The Certificate of Electrical Safety (CES) is a requirement of the Electricity Safety Act 1998 and Electricity Safety (Installations) Regulations 2009 for all prescribed electrical installation work.
The Registered Electrical Contractor will complete the certificate and must vouch for the compliance of the entire installation, including the panels on the roof, even if someone else performs the work.
Failure to comply with the certificate requirements is a criminal offence and licensed workers that fail to comply may be subject to disciplinary action which could result in the suspension or cancellation of their licence.
Who fills out the form?
The Certificate of Electrical Safety (CES) will be filled out by the Registered Electrical Contractor who connected the wiring for your solar PV installation to your switchboard.
Once the CES is completed, the Registered Electrical Contractor is required to organise for an independent electrical inspection of the installation to take place using a Licenced Electrical Inspector, before the system can be connected to the electricity supply or used.
Once the inspection has been completed and the inspector has determined the work has been completed in a compliant manner, they sign the "Certificate of Electrical Inspection" field located on the right-hand side of the Certificate of Electrical Safety.
Where does the form go?
The signed CES form will need to be provided to your electricity retailer and a copy will also need to be provided by your Registered Electrical Contractor to Energy Safe Victoria (ESV), the technical regulator responsible for ensuring the safe and efficient supply and use of electricity.
The CES can either be left on site, in which case this will be indicated on the EWR, or the Registered Electrical Contractor will send this form to your electricity retailer on your behalf. Always confirm with them that this is the case and ask for a copy of the CES for your own records.
Your electricity retailer will then organise for the CES to be sent to your electricity distributor.
Things to watch out for:
Check that the inspector who signs the 'Certificate of Electrical Inspection' field has actually climbed onto the roof to inspect the wiring from the panels. This is a requirement before the system can be signed off. The distributor will organise for any metering upgrades/remote configuration and will generally conduct an anti-islanding test before allowing the panels to be connected to the grid.