Many solar operators believe damage or poorly performing PV panels are protected by manufacture warranties. However, we surveyed several major manufacturers and found that every single one exempted damage resulting from lightning. [...]
Solar farms are wide-open unobstructed areas of conductive material. It’s no surprise that they are highly susceptible to lightning strikes. Direct strikes may be relatively rare, depending upon a facility’s size and location, so most damage is usually sustained [...]
Lightning protection, surge suppression, grounding/bonding solutions for gas stations
For the protection of structures containing flammable vapors, flammable gases, or liquids that can give off flammable vapors; masts and overhead ground wires may be utilized to create a catenary lightning protection system.
Grounding & Bonding Solutions, Lightning Protection, and Surge Suppression for Renewable Power Facilities
Lightning Protection, Grounding, & Surge Protection for Utility Power
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]