Solar Latest News Round-Up July 2011

The first issue of our Solar News Round-Up - A bulletin that contains the latest Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Testing news has now been published.

A Standard Solution To PV Safety Fears

News has emerged recently of another situation where concern has been raised over the safety of certain domestic solar PV installations.
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PV Market Shows Unprecedented Growth

Photovoltaic power is well on the way to contributing an important share of the future energy mix according to the European Photovoltaic Industry Association’s (EPIA) Global Market Outlook report.
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Solar PV Test Reports Made Simple

A new software program helps solar PV system installers produce all electrical test documentation for client handover packs quickly and easily - A 30 day free trial is available and a free online video tutorial.
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Kings Cross Station Solar PV Installation On Track

New hand held electrical test instrumentation has been used for the first time as part of the installation of one of the UK’s largest solar panel systems.
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ESC Best Practice Guide Is Updated

The Electrical Safety Council (ESC) is updating its Best Practice Guide (BP3) ‘Connecting a microgeneration system to a domestic and similar electrical installation (in parallel with the mains supply)’.
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Your Questions Answered

Q. Do I need to use a type B RCD on the AC side of the PV system electrical installation?
A. This is one area where there appears to be some confusion. For example, many inverters have transformer isolation between the AC and DC side, preventing DC fault currents from being fed into the electrical installation. Transformerless inverters are increasing in popularity due their increased efficiency and reduced cost and physical size...
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Q. As an established electrical contractor, what do I need to do to win solar PV installation work?
A. Registration with the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) is the key starting point...
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