Safer Solar is an initiative that aims to raise the awareness of the AC and DC optimised safe solar technologies available to the Australian market. Safer Solar, in conjunction with other industry stakeholders, is committed to improving solar power system safety in Australia.
Australia has one of the highest rates of solar system installations per capita in the world. We also have some of the lowest average installed system costs due to the availability of cheap, lower quality components, low permitting/approval costs, and relatively lax standards compared to other developed nations 1. Solar system prices are constantly being driven down by solar retailers who often provide low quality equipment, poor quality installations and little or no post-sales support.
It is very difficult for even a relatively well-informed solar system purchaser to work through the sales messaging to understand the actual quality of the equipment they are being offered.
These factors all contribute to a focus on price over safety in the market as the statistics for system faults and fire reflect. There is no doubt that incidents of faults and fires on these systems will continue and, in fact, increase until equipment and installation standards are changed and greater public awareness of the risks associated with cheap DC solar systems is achieved.
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1 In the US, for example, all DC cabling is required to be installed in metal conduits and they are also implementing standards mandating the remote shutdown and isolation of the DC components of solar power systems. This is significantly more onerous and provides a greater level of safety than the current installation standards in Australia