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A Snapshot of the Norwegian solar market

Norway is situated far north of the globe meaning it does not receive as much sunlight as most nations. A significant proportion of the country’s energy stems from hydro. Still, it has made huge strides in adopting solar energy even though its lunar resources are limited. According to a recent report, there is a considerable rise in public support for the Norwegian solar industry.

As of December 2019, Norway had a cumulative installed solar capacity of 120 Megawatts. This capacity came into being through the addition of 51 Megawatts, the highest added capacity in a single year. Commercial and industrial installations made up 60% of the additional solar capacity while residential installations came second with 35%.  

Norway’s estimated installed solar capacity in 2020 was 152 Megawatts. This reveals that the Scandinavian country’s solar capacity is growing steadily along with its solar market. What does this mean for you as a solar installer? Well, lucrative opportunities tend to sprout up as any market continues to grow.

Solar equipment production and supply capacity in Norway

The Norwegian solar market enjoys a healthy presence of solar equipment manufacturers and distributors. They deal with the supply of solar panels and several other components. Do you need a trustworthy supplier for your current or next project?

If the answer is yes, consider yourself lucky because you are in the right place. Our website hosts several leading solar equipment suppliers. Please feel free to go to our inquiry page and request quotes. Rest assured that the Solarfeeds family has got your back.

Ports and logistics in Norway

Norway’s transport infrastructure is something to smile about. Apart from a highly competitive logistics and forwarding services sector, it has several freight ports. Some of the country’s major ports include;

  •         Port of Tromso
  •         Port of Narvik
  •         Port of Bodo
  •         Port of Bergen
  •         Port of Haugesund
  •         Port of Stavanger
  •         Port of Oslo
  • ·         Port of Drammen

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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.