Common sense has prevailed after the Queensland Electrical Safety Office (ESO) reversed a recommendation that all home battery units should be installed in a separate external enclosure, the Clean Energy Council said.
The energy storage industry believes such a recommendation would only add unnecessary costs and red tape to the rollout of battery storage across the state, putting it out of reach of many consumers.
Clean Energy Council General Manager of Industry Integrity Sandy Atkins welcomed the decision by the ESO, saying it had listened to the industry and taken a sensible approach to regulating the technology.
“Customer safety is a big priority for the energy storage industry, and the Clean Energy Council believes battery units should meet strong international standards and be installed by an accredited installer to clear guidelines,” Mr Atkins said.
"If batteries meet these strong standards, there is clearly no need for them to be installed in a separate external enclosure."
The Clean Energy Council previously worked with CSIRO to put together the most extensive analysis of storage safety in Australia to date, as well as developing the first energy storage installation guidelines for accredited installers in 2016.
More information about the installation of energy storage systems in Queensland can be found on the ESO website.