Sydney solar panel warning: one in five at risk of fire

Only one in five solar panels have been installed correctly across Sydney, posing widespread safety risks related to dodgy wiring, according to research from the Department of Climate Change.

Of 658 Sydney homes audited, only one in five solar panel systems had been installed correctly, with 18.5% of these found to have ‘major’ defects, posing safety risks to homeowners, according to a news article by The Age.

Incorrectly-wired DC circuit breakers were the biggest problem, posing potential fire risks, The Age reported.

Residents are not able to fix the problem themselves, according to the report.

The federal government has allegedly known about the faulty installations since October last year, with some experts claiming nothing was done because the government didn’t want its solar panels rebate to gain negative publicity.

”They have tried to keep this away from the public as much as possible, that’s clear,” The Age quoted one solar panel operator as saying.

”They didn’t want it to be seen as another home insulation debacle.”

The solar panel market is Australia is hotting up, with Sydney-based solar cell manufacturer, SilexSolar, expecting to raise production by a whopping 300% this year, as local families prepare for rising electricity prices and a carbon tax.

Another solar manufacturing company in Queensland, Eco-Kinetics, is building a brand new solar facility — with the support of the Queensland Investment Incentive Scheme — to assemble photovoltaic modules and manufactured mounting kits south of Brisbane.

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