Heavy-handed regulation of home energy storage devices in some states risks crippling one of the most exciting industries of the future before it gets going, the Clean Energy Council said today.

Clean Energy Council Chief Executive Kane Thornton said it was disappointing that some state regulatory bodies were considering restrictions that would require all home energy storage units to be located outside of homes in a separate contained unit.  

“Consumer safety is our first priority, and there is nothing to suggest that this requirement would do anything other than throw up unnecessary barriers and red tape around an industry which is poised to make a big contribution to energy security across the country,” Mr Thornton said.

“Requiring home energy storage units to be installed in a contained unit on the outside of a house is unnecessarily restrictive, as long as they meet strong international standards and are installed by an accredited installer to clear guidelines.

“Obviously a clear, robust framework towards regulating home batteries is essential, but an over-zealous approach to regulation will simply put this technology out of reach of many households.

“The Clean Energy Council continues to lead the development of new standards and last year we developed the first energy storage installation guidelines to provide guidance for accredited installers.

“We require accredited solar installers to do additional training to be able to install home battery units. We also continue to run regular forums and other energy storage events to ensure that Australia has a network of competent, credible professionals who are able to install home storage units safely in homes around the country.

“This is an exciting technology and we should be doing everything we can to encourage more widespread use rather than putting on the brakes before it properly gets going,” he said.

Please contact Clean Energy Council Media Manager Mark Bretherton on 0413 556 981 for more information or to arrange an interview.