It's widely reported that the solar industry has the resource potential to meet the global electrical power demands of every nation throughout the world. During 2015, solar beat out natural gas capacity additions with solar supplying 29.5% of all new electric generating capacity in the U.S. for the first time.
Lightning Risk Analysis Technical Compliance Base In many situations, the need for lightning protection is critical due to the severe consequences that could result from an unprotected lightning strike. The National Fire Protection Association's NFPA-780 and the International Electrotechnical Commission's IEC-62305 standards refer to lightning risk analysis to establish a technical compliance base for selection [...]
Solar farms are just big fields covered with conductive material. They’re almost asking for a lightning strike, which can damage or destroy solar panels, inverters, and other critical equipment. So it’s no surprise that lightning activity and surge-related over-voltage abnormalities are identified as leading causes of solar project downtime. Lightning can be destructive even when [...]
ALLTEC's engineering manager Jim Grasty discusses the threat of lightning strikes on solar arrays and the surprising state of lightning protection at solar farms. Direct and indirect lightning strikes damage on solar arrays can vary from explosive destruction to less apparent, yet accumulative, effects on sensitive electronics. Article By: Steven Bushong for SolarPowerWorldOnline.com Listen to [...]
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