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Residents wary of solar after fire incident

by Tintswalo Baloyi 
JOHANNESBURG – HOMEOWNERS have been advised to choose an ultra-safe solar system amid the scourge of load shedding in South Africa.

More homes in South Africa began to use solar energy as backup power but a huge flame coming from the solar roof of a building in Century City attracted public attention.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation but the incident gave homeowners a wake-up call for solar installation safety.

A Cape Town resident only identified as Daniel, is among those that are wary of solar panels following the incident.

“The fire made us worry about installing a solar system at home,” he said frankly.

“We are willing to deal with load shedding by consuming clean electricity, but we need highly secure products, I don’t want to put my family and house at any risk.”

According to public statistics, more than 80 percent of fire accidents in solar projects are caused by direct current (DC) side faults, chief among them is DC arc. Once the DC arc is generated, it can easily lead to a fire accident.

Officially approved inverter brand, Sungrow, pledges its dual protection realises an ultra-safe solar-powered family life.

Sungrow is lauded as a global leading renewable energy supplier in the clean energy field.

After 26 years of continuous technological innovation, its business covers more than 150 countries around the world. Sungrow is ranked as the No.1 photovoltaic (PV) inverter supplier globally in shipment.

For the rising demand for residential solar installations worldwide, Sungrow’s residential solutions are hailed as safe and reliable and highly efficient, performing well in mainstream international markets such as Europe, America, and Australia.

Sungrow has an advanced arc-fault circuit-interrupter (AFCI) system that detects arcs with 99,9 percent accuracy, such excellent detection capability will help your house eliminate fire threats.

Furthermore, the company states that if homeowners want to achieve an ultra-secure solar system, they can choose to equip themselves with the SP600S power optimizer, which allows module-level rapid shutdown and guarantees a safe DC voltage of the PV power plant throughout its lifespan.

In case of an emergency, such as a fire, the optimiser automatically shuts down relevant modules within 20 seconds, which is 10 seconds faster than the general requirement, ensuring the safety of firefighters and minimizing or avoiding losses for homeowners.

– CAJ News

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