Safer Solar is an initiative of AC Solar Warehouse, Australia’s largest wholesaler of Safe Solar technologies, in conjunction with other industry stakeholders 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 in the world due to the availability of cheap (lower quality) components, low permitting/approval costs, and relatively lax standards compared to some other regions . Solar system prices are constantly being driven down by solar retailers that 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.
All of these factors contribute to a focus on price over safety in the Australian solar system 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 there is greater public awareness of the risks associated with cheap DC solar systems.
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