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An Analysis of Jamaica’s budding solar market

Are you a solar installer or a professional in the solar sector? Do you intend to invest your time and finances in Jamaica’s nascent solar market? I can confidently tell you that you will be making a wise choice if you decide to pursue affluence in Jamaica. The Caribbean Island nation’s government has supported its solar market since 2012.

Currently, a huge percentage of Jamaica’s energy supply stems from fossil fuels. However, the government has intensified its efforts to promote the adoption of solar and other forms of renewable energy. Recently, Jamaica’s Prime Minister announced that his government is planning to commission several solar projects.

These projects are meant to help the country attain its target of a 20% renewable energy mix by 2030. Also, the government plans to revise its national energy policy to encourage private sector involvement in solar energy adoption. Essentially, you stand a chance of making it big in this market if you play your cards right.

Jamaica’s solar equipment production and supply capacity

There are several solar equipment manufacturers and suppliers operating within the Jamaican market. However, Solarfeeds is your best option when it comes to solar equipment procurement. As a leading e-commerce marketplace for solar equipment, we grant you access to some of the world’s leading brands. If you are looking for quality and affordable equipment, we are your go-to partner. Just visit our inquiry page and place a request for quotes.

Ports and logistics services in Jamaica      

Jamaica has several sea ports. Consequently, you will not find it challenging to import quality solar equipment if the need arises. Once the equipment arrives at the port, you can safely deliver it to the project site using any of Jamaica’s leading logistics companies.

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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.