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Advice for Homeowners – How to choose an ultra-safe solar system in South Africa

 ·31 Oct 2023

As South African homes continue to embrace solar energy as a crucial source of backup power to deal with load shedding, safety issues have become a hot topic.

This was exacerbated when recently, 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 no matter the cause, homeowners have received a huge wake-up call thanks to the incident.

A resident named Daniel from Cape Town who wanted to install a photovoltaic system at home said this fire made him and his family worry about installing a solar system at home.

“We are willing to deal with load shedding by consuming clean electricity, but we need highly secure products,” said Daniel.

“I don’t want to put my family and house at any risk.”

DC faults

According to public statistics, more than 80% of fire accidents in solar projects are caused by direct current (DC) side faults.

The most common of these faults are DC arc faults, which tend to occur because of DC cabling issues.

Once a DC arc is generated, it is very easy for it to lead to a fire-related accident.

However, Sungrow’s solar systems have ways to combat DC faults that set them apart from the competition.

Sungrow – a safe, officially approved inverter brand

Sungrow is a global renewable energy supplier with an excellent reputation in the clean energy field.

After 26 years of continuous technological innovation, Sungrow ranks as the top PV inverter supplier globally by shipments, and its products are available in more than 150 countries.

Sungrow’s residential solar solutions are famously safe, reliable and highly efficient, performing well in mainstream international markets such as Europe, America, and Australia.

This makes Sungrow solar systems the best option for your home – and Daniel agrees.

“In addition to choosing reliable solar panels, I also compared inverters and battery products on the market, and I was very impressed with Sungrow,” said Daniel.

“Regarding the safety issue that homeowners like me are most concerned about, Sungrow’s inverters use cutting-edge fireproof technologies that guarantees an extremely safe residential solar system for my family.”

This technology comprises an advanced arc-fault circuit-interrupter (AFCI) system that detects arcs with 99.9% accuracy.

With such an impressive ability to detect arcs, you can rest assured that Sungrow’s solar systems will protect your home against fire threats.

Furthermore, if homeowners want to achieve an ultra-secure solar system, they can choose to equip their houses with Sungrow’s SP600S power optimizer, which allows module-level rapid shutdown and guarantees a safe DC voltage thoughout your system’s lifespan.

In case of an emergency, such as a fire, the optimizer 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.

Click here to shop for a safe Sungrow solar system.

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