Is Going Solar Safe? Understanding Solar Panel Safety.

The short answer is yes, solar is safe.

Yes, solar panels are normally very safe. However, with recent news stories about Tesla’s solar panel fires, homeowners might be asking: ‘Is going solar safe?’ While these incidents might spark concern, it’s important to understand that solar panels, like any electrical component, aren’t inherently dangerous. Rather, it’s human error and negligence in installation and maintenance that can lead to safety issues.

What went wrong with Tesla’s panels?

Tesla, a major player in the solar industry, is now facing lawsuits from both Amazon and Walmart. The reason? Several building fires attributed to Tesla’s solar panels, raising questions about the safety of going solar. In summary, the lawsuits states:

“This is a breach of contract action arising from years of gross negligence and failure to live up to industry standards by Tesla with respect to solar panels that Tesla designed, installed, and promised to operate and maintain safely on the roofs of hundreds of Walmart stores.” *

The Amazon warehouse fires were determined to be caused by similar negligence due to under-trained installers, rushed installation, and a serious lack of industry standard quality assurance.

Where did the danger come from?

Tesla and their predecessor-in-interest, SolarCity, ignored industry and safety standards, deciding to focus on growing revenue over doing right by their customers. Installations were completed as quickly as possible with disregard to quality, and improperly trained installers were employed in order to rush from one job to the next.

While these incidents might spark concern, it’s important to understand that solar panels, like any electrical component, aren’t inherently dangerous. Rather, it’s human error and negligence in installation and maintenance that can lead to safety issues.

Is My Home Safe with Solar Panels?

When installed and maintained properly, solar panels can be a safe and reliable source of energy for your home. The key to safety lies in the correct installation and regular maintenance by qualified professionals. Solar panels are designed to withstand harsh weather conditions, from scorching heat to hailstorms, and are equipped with safety features to automatically shut down in case of an issue.

As with any electrical equipment, ensuring their safe operation requires strict adherence to established installation standards and routine inspections. It’s worth noting that incidences of solar panel-related accidents are extremely rare and are usually a result of cutting corners in installation or neglecting maintenance.

When choosing a solar provider, it is paramount to choose one that prioritizes safety and quality in their installation and servicing, such as Solar Energy World. We use high-quality panels, employ trained installers, and follow rigorous inspection protocols to ensure a safe and efficient solar power system for your home.

The Solar Energy World Difference

First and foremost, every solar installer works directly for Solar Energy World. No third-party contractors will ever be sent to our customers.

Second, our products are guaranteed to operate and remain safe over their entire life cycle. We ensure optimal safety by only offering products that set the standard for quality and safety. We also continually employ up-to-date solar panel installation best practices.

Last, our amazing team of solar installers have years of experience working for parent companies in related fields prior to receiving solar panel installation training from solar panel brand partners.

On top of our rigorous installer training, SEW sends an in-house NABCEP-certified (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) solar designer/installer along with a Solar Energy World licensed master electrician who supervises our crews.

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