Design defects, component defects, and faulty installation generally cause solar fires on roofs. As with all electrical systems, these problems can cause arcs between conductors or with the floor, as well as hot spots, which can ignite nearby flammable material. Properly installed, photovoltaic solar panels do not cause fires. Most photovoltaic modules are tested by Underwriters Laboratories (UL), which subjects them to the rigors of daily use before being certified.
In the rare cases where photovoltaic modules have been involved in domestic fires, the cause has been the formation of electrical arcs due to improper installation, faulty wiring or insufficient insulation. While solar park fires are rare, they're not impossible. Any high-power electrical equipment, including a solar power plant, presents a fire hazard. The good news is that fire protection in solar parks has rapidly evolved along with the solar industry.
Let's talk more about what happens in the worst case scenario when a fire breaks out on a solar farm. The more solar and electrical equipment damaged in the fire, the more expensive it will be to replace and the longer the solar park will be out of service. When a solar park catches fire, what happens next depends on a number of variables, including the presence or absence of a fire extinguishing system. As a Solaray customer, you will be assigned a dedicated installation coordinator to help you plan your installation.
An article published yesterday in the Sydney Morning Herald highlighted the growing concern about solar panel fires. All these years later, the delay in regulatory oversight in Australia means that we still need to be careful with buyers, and this is likely to cause hundreds of preventable solar panel fires across the country in the coming years. According to a study, it was discovered that the number of fires caused by solar thermal collectors in Germany in the last 15 years was only 0.01%, that is, one in every 100,000 installations. Running your home with solar energy is not only the most effective way to reduce your home's carbon footprint, but it can also save you a lot of money.
The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) has been working to make more first responders, such as firefighters and code officials, understand solar panels and, so far, has trained more than 11,000 of them. In addition, it is well known that solar panels have been involved in many large scale electrical fires in recent years. Installing a safer solar system from Solaray Energy eliminates the risk of solar energy, and by using quality components, you can enjoy a reliable source of electricity for more than 20 years. If you have a solar panel on your roof, there's a good chance that it will get hotter than usual in direct sunlight.
Of those 430, 210 fires were caused by the solar panel itself, the rest were damaged as a result of a fire.