Jason Lazar – AIS Industry Manager
Australia is on the verge of seeing a significant increase in the use of battery storage systems by both residential and commercial consumers. The combination of increasing electricity costs, growth in the of households and businesses with solar panel installations, and potential fall in price of battery technology are some of the key factors driving growing consumer interest in battery storage technology.
Adoption of new technology comes with its own set of investment risks. However, the introduction of relevant standards for both the equipment and the skills required to install the Battery Storage Systems can facilitate safer and more efficient uptake of battery storage technology into the Australian market.
Over the last two months, Australian Industry Standards (AIS) has been working with industry stakeholders to develop two units of competency for the design, installation and maintenance of battery storage systems for grid-connected photovoltaic systems:
- Install, maintain and fault find battery storage systems for grid-connected photovoltaic
- Design battery storage systems for grid-connected photovoltaic systems
The development of the two units of competency is being undertaken by a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) of subject matter experts drawn from across industry, with support from AIS. Following the initial meeting of the TAC in August, draft versions of the units of competency were released for public comment. The TAC met again last month to review all comments and feedback received on the drafts as an outcome of the public consultation process. Upon consideration of the feedback, the two units were redrafted and have been made available for a second round of public consultation.
AIS will continue to work closely with industry, through our allocated Industry Reference Committees (IRC), to identify the skills required to facilitate the uptake of new technology by industry, suppliers and consumers. Through the identification of these skills needs, the IRCs supported by AIS will ensure that the existing training packages are contemporary and reflect the requirements of changing technologies and industry practices.