Solar rules overreach overturned by court

The Supreme Court of Queensland has ruled invalid a state government regulation that threatened the solar PV installation sector.

As reported in @AuManufacturing news, the rules required licensed electricians to perform mechanical work such as lifting, mounting and fixing unplugged solar panels.

The Clean Energy Council (CEC) led a campaign against the regulations, which it saw as a threat to jobs on solar farms and in commercial PV installations.

Now the Supreme Court has ruled on an application from a solar farm developer, that the rules are invalid.

Justice Bradley declared the amendment regulation Section 73A to be beyond the regulation-making powers of Queensland’s Electrical Safety Act.

Picture: Hunter Douglas

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