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Papua New Guinea

A brief assessment of the solar market in Papua New Guinea

An estimated 12% of Papua New Guinea’s population has access to on-grid electricity. The country’s power supply network is extensively unreliable, and blackouts are the order of the day. It relies heavily on oil and diesel, even though it has a huge potential for hydro and solar power generation.

Currently, 2.5 Megawatts worth of solar projects are underway across three solar plants in Papua New Guinea. Although on-grid solar lighting is a course for concern, the country has emerged as one of the world’s largest off-grid solar markets. To be precise, 60% of households in Papua New Guinea rely on off-grid solar for daily lighting needs.

The government of Papua New Guinea targets to electrify 70% of the country by 2030. There is no doubt that solar energy will play a critical role in the attainment of this goal. Therefore, solar installers and solar experts should expect vast opportunities in Papua New Guinea’s solar market.

Papua New Guinea’s solar equipment supply capacity

There are several reputable solar equipment suppliers in Papua New Guinea. Most of these companies seek to provide mobile lighting solutions and off-grid power. Fortunately, the Solarfeeds family has got you covered. Our e-commerce marketplace serves all solar installers and professionals by providing access to the world’s leading solar equipment brands. You can get competitive quotes just by placing a request via the website’s inquiry page. Is this not easier than roaming around requesting quotes?

It is also not difficult to import solar equipment to Papua New Guinea. The country boasts of an extensive network of seaports. A carefully selected logistics company can then deliver the equipment to the project site. 

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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.