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An in-depth look at South Korea’s solar market

South Korea is a forward-thinking economy situated in the Asian continent. It is also amongst the top ten electricity consumers in the world. What portion of the nation’s energy consumption is solar?

South Korea’s solar market has been performing pretty well in recent years. According to the country’s trade ministry, approximately 4.1 Gigawatts of photovoltaic systems were installed in 2020. Any solar installer or solar industry professional will agree that this is an outstanding achievement.

It is also essential to note that South Korea’s solar capacity has been on an upward trajectory since 2018.

In 2018, the nation’s solar capacity stood at 2.4 Gigawatts and 3.8 Gigawatts. Essentially, 2020 was the most successful year recorded by South Korea’s solar market. Still, the solar market is headed for a boom as the country looks to the future.

Opportunities for solar installers and professionals and in South Korea’s solar market

Are you a solar expert or solar professional pursuing success in your field? There are vast opportunities for you in South Korea’s solar market. It would be unjust if I failed to tell you that this is the best time to work in South Korea.

Investment in South Korea’s solar market will be approximately $5.1 billion in 2021; only 3.8 Gigawatts of solar plants are expected to secure funding. You could be one of the individuals working on these projects if you play your cards right.

It is also worth noting that South Korea boasts of several solar equipment producers and distributors. In addition to that, it has a healthy network of ports and logistical infrastructure. Therefore, you can easily import any equipment that may not be available locally. Solarfeeds, a leading e-commerce marketplace for solar equipment, is here for you. Feel free to visit our inquiry page and post a quote request. We will get back to you promptly because we value you.  

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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.