Following an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in Victoria, the Premier, on Monday, announced further restrictions on business activities in metropolitan Melbourne, which come into effect at 11.59 pm Wednesday 5 August.
UPDATE 8 am, 11 August: We have received further guidance on the operation of solar businesses under Stage 4 restrictions, updates are summarised below.
Solar Victoria has provided FAQs that address many of the outstanding questions, visit their website to learn more. The CEC is still seeking clarification on a number of issues and will keep you informed of any further updates.
Solar panels cannot be installed on residential properties under Stage 4 restrictions. We are seeking clarification about battery storage installation.
Critical repairs to residential premises are permitted, allowing installers to continue to undertake any critical maintenance to solar PV or household battery systems.
Solar panels can be installed at construction sites, including a residential renovation where the home is fully vacated. In this instance, specialist contractors must adhere to the worksite’s COVID Safe Plan and are included in the daily workforce caps:
The 5 km travel rule does not apply when travelling for work - however, from midnight Wednesday 5 August, permitted workers must carry a work permit. There are heavy fines for employers who issue worker permits to employees who do not meet the requirements of the scheme. It is the responsibility of the employer to issue the work permit to all employees. Find out more about the scheme here.
For more information visit Business Victoria's website.
For Solar Victoria's FAQs visit their website to leans more.
From 11.59 pm 5 August, stage 3 restrictions will apply to regional Victoria and all Victorians are required to wear masks in public from 11.59 pm, 2 August. Worksafe has put together a very detailed guide for workplaces here.
Solar and batteries can continue to be installed. Businesses should take care to follow advice on safe work practices, you can download a copy of our advice here.
Renewable energy projects under construction or being installed in regional Victoria will not be impacted by the restrictions on construction activity.
From midnight Wednesday 5 August, permitted workers will need to carry a work permit when travelling in or through metropolitan Melbourne. There are heavy fines for employers who issue worker permits to employees who do not meet the requirements of the scheme. It is the responsibility of the employer to issue the work permit to all employees. Download a copy of the template here.