A new code of practice and electrical safety regulations will be implemented in May 2019 to enhance safety in Queensland’s commercial solar farm industry.

The new regulations mean only licensed electricians can mount, locate, fix or remove solar panels on solar farms with a total rated capacity of at least 100kW.

Industrial Relations Minister, Grace Grace, said the Construction and operation of solar farms Code of Practice 2019 and the Electrical Safety (Solar Farms) Amendment Regulation 2019 would become law on 13 May and cover all Queensland solar farms.

“These new regulations are all about ensuring we keep pace with new and emerging technologies and keep workers safe,” Ms Grace said.

Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy, Dr Anthony Lynham, said Queensland remained firmly on track to achieve its target of 50 per cent renewable energy by 2030.

“Based on strong growth of renewable energy in the state it is estimated Queensland will reach 20 per cent by 2020.

“The new code and regulations can only enhance the industry – ensuring the safety of workers and the highest safety standards.’’

Electrical Safety Commissioner, Greg Skyring, said health and safety was the key priority for the electrical industry.

“The new code of practice and regulations will provide guidance and clarity for solar farm developers, owner and contractors when it comes to their electrical safety duties,” Mr Skyring said.

More details about the new code of practice and electrical safety regulations is available here.

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