Australia’s diverse climate, known for its extremities, poses unique challenges for solar power systems. Ensuring your solar panels can withstand extreme weather conditions is essential for their longevity and efficiency. Here’s how you can safeguard your solar investment in the face of intense heat, bushfires, coastal salt-mist and storms.
1. Preparing for Heat and Bushfires
Heat Resilience: Solar panels generally operate efficiently under high temperatures, but extreme heat can affect performance. Installation with adequate space for air circulation helps in cooling. Regular cleaning also maintains efficiency during hot spells.
Bushfire Safety: In bushfire zones, fire-resistant solar panels are essential. Panels certified with fire safety standards like the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 61730 test for fire resistance are ideal. This certification ensures that the panels can withstand high temperatures and resist fire. Regularly clearing flammable materials from around solar installations can further reduce bushfire risks.
2. Weathering the Storms: Cyclonic Resilience
As demand for renewable energy grows, so does the need for solar panels resilient to extreme weather, such as cyclones. WINAICO is at the forefront, exemplified by their rigorous testing in collaboration with Structural Engineering Consultants Australia (SECA) Pty Ltd. Their High-Efficiency Bifacial commercial modules, particularly the WST-525NGX-D3, underwent intensive testing in Darwin to evaluate their capability to withstand cyclonic forces.
These modules exhibited remarkable strength under test pressures of 8.5 kPa and were certified for a design pressure of 5.82 kPa, demonstrating their robustness in cyclonic conditions. This ensures that WINAICO panels are not only efficient but also capable of withstanding extreme weather, making them ideal for regions prone to severe storms.
Robust Installation: Secure installation is vital for withstanding high winds and storms. Use quality mounting equipment and ensure professional installation for stability.
Surge Protection: Protect solar systems from lightning and power surges with surge protectors to safeguard against storm-related electrical damage.
3. Resilience Against Salt-Mist Corrosion
Australia’s vast coastline exposes solar installations to harsh salt-mist conditions, which can corrode and degrade solar panels. WINAICO’s panels are rigorously tested in accordance with the international standard for salt mist corrosion (IEC 61701), and they have undergone additional voluntary testing with the Taiwan VPC Authority.
During salt mist testing, panels are exposed to a fine mist containing salt particles and then heated to accelerate corrosive effects. WINAICO’s panels endured extreme exposure to salt mist for over 56 days, showing no significant change in electrical performance or exterior alterations, certifying them to level 6 – suitable for the harshest environments, including coastal areas. This certification ensures that WINAICO panels are exceptionally equipped to withstand the corrosive effects of salty sea air.
4. Long-Term Protection and Warranties
Peace of mind comes with choosing solar panels that offer extensive warranties and insurance coverage. WINAICO sets the bar high with a 30-Year Product and Performance Warranty, legally assuring that your panels will perform optimally for their lifetime. This is complemented by complimentary system insurance for all solar panels sold in Australia, unique to WINAICO, providing 2 years of free coverage, extendable to 5 years. This 3-in-1 insurance policy is crucial, offering essential protection against material damage, including fire, natural disasters like storms and hail, theft, and even animal damage.
It’s also essential to ensure that the panel manufacturer you are dealing with is an Australian entity to ensuring all claims and warranties are covered by Australian Consumer Law.
5. Comprehensive Certifications for Extreme Conditions
There are comprehensive Australian testing standards to ensure that panels are rigorously tested for the harshest conditions Australia has to offer. It is critical to research the rating panels are achieving against these standards to safeguard the future of your panels.
Enhanced Testing Procedures: WINAICO exceeds standard testing protocols by conducting additional voluntary tests, such as extended exposure to salt mist, to ensure that the panels not only meet but surpass industry benchmarks for durability and resilience. This includes not only Australian but international testing standards.
6. Emergency Preparedness
Maintain accessibility to emergency shutdown procedures and keep essential contacts readily available.
Conclusion: A Resilient Solar Future
By choosing WINAICO’s certified panels, which offer comprehensive warranties and insurance and are equipped to handle extreme weather and harsh coastal conditions, you’re ensuring that your solar system will be a resilient and sustainable power source for many years.