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Solar panel safety in natural disasters

The Australian bushfires have impacted Australia at a catastrophic level, causing damage to thousands of homes.

The uptake of solar panels is heating up in Australia as more Aussies look to reduce their energy bill and tap into the sun’s natural energy, to make their home more sustainable.

Solar panels come with a certain level of fire hazard associated with them due to the nature of the product and its ability to generate energy. However, there are ways to mitigate fire risks around solar panels to make them safer.

If you live in a fire impacted area and have solar panels, it may be useful to refer to the following information provided by the Clean Energy Council: 

“Upon returning to your house, do not attempt to turn your solar power system back on. Contact your Clean Energy Council-accredited installer to have your system recommissioned. If your installer is not available, contact a licensed electrician who can check your system to ensure it is safe.” 

The Clean Energy Council outlines that attempting to turn on your solar power system “could result in a lethal electric shock”. 

Noting, that even if the network supply is turned off, solar power systems and associated wiring may still be live, with the system continuing to produce voltage. 

If you currently reside in an area that has been placed on high alert, there may be additional precautionary measures available to you. Depending on your system requirements, you may be able to follow a shutdown procedure for grid-connected systems or stand-alone systems

Upon returning to your home, you can contact a CEC-accredited installer or a licensed electrician to assess your solar power system. 

Financial hardship assistance

If you are a Brighte customer who is experiencing financial hardship, please contact us at 1300 274 448. If you know of any Brighte customers who may be affected, please pass the message on that we are here to help.

The information contained in this article is general in nature and does not take into account your personal situation. You should consider whether the information is appropriate to your needs and, where appropriate, seek professional advice.