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The state of the solar market in Bangladesh

Bangladesh is one of the leading economies in the world, according to the World Bank’s annual GDP report of 2019. The country’s energy sector has grown tremendously over the last 40 years. Today, 85 % of its population has access to electricity, thanks to one of the world’s most advanced domestic solar power programs.

 Currently, Bangladesh’s solar capacity stands at 416 Megawatts. Considering that the country enjoys substantial solar irradiation levels, there is significant room for improvement. So, what is Bangladesh’s expected solar market performance as we look to the future?

Well, the government of Bangladesh recently released a strategic plan dubbed the National Solar Energy Roadmap. The plan’s objective is to put up 40 Gigawatts of solar energy by 2041. The draft explicitly states that 40% of this expected capacity must come from rooftop solar installations. The implementation of this plan will propel Bangladesh’s solar market to the next level while creating vast opportunities. As a solar installer or industry professional eyeing Bangladesh’s budding solar market, you should be excited about the future.

Bangladesh’s solar equipment production and supply capacity

Are you worried about the ease of access to solar equipment in Bangladesh? There is no need to worry because several equipment manufacturers and distributors operate within Bangladesh’s solar market. Still, you can easily import any solar equipment that may not be available locally.

The country boasts of several ports through which you can receive solar equipment from international markets. It also has a reasonably advanced transport and logistics infrastructure. Therefore, you can safely deliver equipment to your project site.

If you ever need to purchase solar equipment for a project in Bangladesh, the Solarfeeds family is here for you. Visit the inquiry page on our website and request a quote rather than spending valuable time chasing after good quotes. I can assure you that we’ve got you covered.   

Rapid Shutdowns

Rapid Shutdown

If you got your first solar panel system installed in your house, chances are you will see a box with an on/off switch that says “rapid shutdown.” But do you have any idea what does it mean or why is it important to know when installing a solar panel system at home? 

In today’s article, we will provide you with an overview of rapid shutdown requirements, and everything you need to know about it. 

What is Rapid Shutdown?

Rapid shutdown is an electrical safety regulation that requires every solar panel system to set the solar panel shut-off switch. The National Electrical Code (NEC) introduced it to the public in 2014 with the aim to provide a simple way for firefighters to quickly cut off the current in the DC conductors of the rooftop solar panel systems. It is basically set to make sure that the roof of a building is safe from fire. Usually, when the standard inverter of a solar system is switched off, the DC wiring, from the solar unit, still runs particularly when the sun is up.

Why is Rapid Shutdown Requirement Implemented?

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) provides rapid shutdown requirements and writes them to the NEC to ensure safety measures. Your home may not catch fire so you don’t have to worry about rapid shutdown functionality. However, if it accidentally happens, firefighters can easily use rapid shutdown solutions to de-energize your solar panel system. 

Remember that simply turning off the solar inverter doesn’t shut down the unit. Turning it off may not power off some inverter setups, wires, and circuits, increasing the risk of electric shock. But if you have a rapid shutdown device, then you can easily power off the entire unit, reducing the electrical voltage of your solar panel system in less than a minute. Generally, the rapid shutdown code set the standard to quickly reduce the voltage of any conductors.

Is Rapid Shutdown Required?

Rapid shutdown is a safety measure of the National Electrical Code (NEC). The NEC releases a new or updated set of requirements for safe electrical systems every three consecutive years. Technically speaking, the rapid shutdown is not required everywhere in the United States, although it’s a good idea to install a solar panel system with a rapid shutdown switch. 

Another important thing to note is the NEC is not federally mandated, so individual states can freely choose to follow and abide by the code within their time frame and discretion. Some states choose an independent, state-wide electrical code instead.

Should You Comply with the Rapid Shutdown Regulation?

Generally, solar power systems without rapid shutdown switches are not totally unsafe to first fire responders. If you have a solar power system installed before the implementation of the rapid shutdown, it is less likely to expose your building to more risk. As long as your solar installer is well-experienced with the job, you have nothing to worry about.

However, if you want to be safe and secured, and for your peace of mind, it’s certainly worthwhile to follow the rapid shutdown requirement. Most of the time your installers are highly educated when it comes to changing codes for your state. They also can design your solar power system that can easily comply with all rapid shutdown requirements.