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Ensure your housetop solar panels from natural dangers

Solar photovoltaic (PV) vitality is the foremost promising vitality source of modern times. Australia has experienced a stunning increase in the establishment of solar panels. Most interestingly, 20% of Australian homes have roof-mounted solar panels.

Concurring to the information given by the Clean Energy Council says that one in four Australian homes have roof-mounted solar panels. It appears that a roof-mounted solar panel is a great choice.

Do rooftop Solar Panels have safety issues?

Housetop solar panels guarantee simple and speedier establishment. In addition to that, the housetop establishment restricted access to get the panels so that your children will be completely secure. In any case, roof-mounted solar panels can cause danger, like every other source of power. Electric shock is an essential concern and we simply ought to take safety measures instead of introducing Solar panels.

Before establishment is considered, an intensive solar panel hazard evaluation should be carried out. The poor-risk relieving methodology may increase the danger exponentially. In this manner, a careful hazard evaluation will assist you to anticipate solar panel harm and keeping yourself absent from each danger.

Environmental Risks

The coordinated introduction to the open-air environment may posture extra dangers to the rooftop solar panels. One of the major concerns is the snow stack. Snow does not continuously slide off solar panels which posture a danger.

Overwhelming snow stack on the existing solar panels can debilitate the roof and leads to potential collapse.

Wind load is the moment’s major natural risk. Solar clusters act like a cruise and it is able to modify turbulence.

The arrangement of spiral ice layers around the basic components may posture a hazard to the solar panel. This influences both the plan of the solar racks and the supporting roof structure.

Best practices for Environmental Risks

The auxiliary plan of most solar panels gives satisfactory security to resist the foremost natural risks.

However, you’ll take a couple of steps to maintain a strategic distance from undesirable harm. Vegetation pruning encompassing the solar panel makes a difference to extend the panel’s capacity to retain sunlight. 

Prevent brief outs by normal checking of panel’s seals and resealing any that are blurring. Climate security highlights like lightning poles can be introduced to ensure Solar Panels from strikes.

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Health Care Workers Stage Coal Power Protest at AGL HQ

Doctors, nurses and other health care workers gathered at AGL’s Melbourne headquarters on (add the relevant date), calling on the company to totally ditch coal power and replace it with renewables by 2030.

The health care sector across Australia has a fair bit going on at the moment, but many workers haven’t lost sight of another clear and present danger to health that could dwarf the impacts of COVID-19 – the continued burning of coal.

A study from Harvard University last year, estimated the number of deaths attributable to fine particle pollution generated by fossil fuel combustion was around 18 percent of total global deaths in 2018. A report from the same year indicated air pollution from coal-fired power stations in New South Wales was causing hundreds of premature deaths in the state every year.

As part of the Melbourne protest, a mock medical ward was set up with “dying” patients to illustrate the health impacts of air pollution and climate change. Among the protesters was a group who traveled from Gippsland – the heart of Victoria’s coal country.

“Gippslanders face significant health burdens as a result of both toxic air pollution from Victorian coal-fired power stations and the health impacts of climate change from droughts and deadly bushfires,” said Warragul GP, Dr. Benjamin Lewis. “To save lives from both of these threats, AGL needs to replace Loy Yang A with renewable energy by 2030 while ensuring the wellbeing of workers and the local community.”

AGL has a current closure date of 2048 for Loy Yang A, a brown coal burner that generates around 30% of the State’s electricity. Market forces could see it shutter well before then, but a little prodding doesn’t hurt and could even help speed up the process.

AGL Has An Opportunity To Save Lives

The Melbourne protest was part of a Healthy Futures campaign that also involves an open letter to AGL’s board requesting the company commits to replacing all its coal-fired power stations with renewable energy as soon as possible, and by 2030 at the latest.

“AGL has an immediate opportunity to save the lives of hundreds of Australians every year from the effects of toxic air pollution and climate change,” states the letter. “We implore you to seize this opportunity.”

The open letter, which accuses the company of being “Australia’s biggest climate polluter”, has been signed by 25 health organizations and 600 healthcare workers to date.

AGL announced its intention to demerge in July 2021; splitting into two separately ASX-listed companies – one of which will carry the electricity generation portfolio and won’t have “AGL” in its name.

Last year, Greenpeace said the company was “masquerading as a renewables leader when 85% of the power it generates comes from dirty coal.”

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Energy commission dials back plan to charge households to send rooftop solar power to the grid

A proposal for households with rooftop solar panels to be charged for exporting electricity into the power grid at certain times has been softened, with regulators guaranteeing a “free option” under which people will not face any cost.

The Australian Energy Market Commission said its final decision on changes designed to prevent “traffic jams” of electricity at sunny times in the middle of the day, would also prevent network operators from placing a blanket ban on customers sending energy to the grid.

Under changes to be announced on Thursday, electricity network companies would have to offer solar customers an option under which they would not face a financial penalty, but would probably face a limit on how much electricity they can export.

Other options would involve solar users paying an upfront cost in return for being paid a higher rate for energy exported when demand for grid electricity is higher. One of the goals of the paid option is to make it more attractive for people to invest in batteries, electric vehicles (EVs), and appliances that allow them to timeshift household energy use. The commission said proposed network offers for solar offers would be assessed by the Australian Energy Regulator, which would have to consider the “long-term consumer interest”. Existing solar customers would not move on to the new system before July 2025.

The shift follows a pushback against a draft declaration in March that critics said could penalize people who had installed solar in good faith and give too much power to networks in proposing consumer charges. A final decision was delayed due to the extent of public feedback.

In a statement released to media ahead of the final announcement, the commission said the changes would impose “tough new obligations” on network companies requiring them to make their businesses solar and battery friendly. It said it was part of a plan to have more solar households, cut greenhouse gas emissions and keep costs down.

The commission’s chief executive, Benn Barr, said it had listened to feedback and tightened protections for consumers to ensure people would not have to pay to export solar if they chose not to. He said people could earn by sending electricity to the grid when it was needed or save by using delay-start functions to set appliances such as dishwashers to run on solar energy in the middle of the day.

The commission’s chair, Anna Collyer, said it would turn the “current one-way street delivering power to people’s homes into a two-way super-highway where energy flows in both directions”.

“Power network companies will need to deliver services to support solar and they’ll be judged on their performance on how much solar exports they allow into the grid,” she said. “These new measures to drive smart solar are fundamental to enabling a modern electricity grid.”

She said the changes reflected widespread concern from industry, consumers and environmental groups that the grid would not be able to handle a forecast doubling of household solar power over the next decade.

About 2.8m Australian households now have solar systems. At peak moments in the middle of the day, slightly more than half the electricity across the national market is from renewable sources, compared with about 30% across the year.

Advocacy group Solar Citizens has been sharply critical of the commission’s proposed change, describing it as a “sun tax”. It argued solar users should be rewarded for helping cut emissions, and that changing the rules after the fact was unfair.
But the fairness principle was also invoked by those broadly supportive of the commission’s proposal. The change was a response to proposals from power distribution company SA Power Networks, the Total Environment Centre and welfare organizations the Australian Council of Social Service (Across) and St Vincent de Paul.

Kellie Caught, the senior adviser on climate and energy for Across, has said the country needed a rapid transition to renewable energy, but increased network costs to deal with the influx of household solar should not be paid by people without panels, including the third of households who rent.

She told Guardian Australia last month it was important that people with solar were given a choice over whether they paid to send electricity to the grid at busy times or could accept a limit on how much they exported.

State governments raised concerns about the commission’s draft proposal to varying degrees. Victoria and Queensland indicated they did not support export charges.

The commission estimated under a worst-case scenario solar owners choosing paid plans would still earn at least 90% of what they do now from their panels. It said it should lead to a power bill reduction for 80% of customers. (Credit: https://bit.ly/32bf1bW )

Why should you invest in Solar Power?

Wallet-friendly one-time investment for 25* Years

All these advantages come without leaving a hole in your pocket. Installation of the solar power system is a one-time investment. The investment reaps huge dividends in form of lower electricity bills for several years.

Reduce your carbon footprint

Sustainable carbon-free energy solutions such as solar are crucial in achieving our climate goals and the sustainable development agenda.

Evasion from the greenhouse effect

Solar Power means producing energy through photovoltaic process. The environmental impact of solar power is significantly smaller than other power generation method. No harmful emissions are released into the air when electricity is produced by solar panels This means your small measure can contribute significantly to save the environment.

Better Grid Security

Increasing usage of solar energy would lighten the load on the power grid and therefore ensure better grid security. This implies fewer power cuts and more protection from disasters.

Limitless and eternal solar energy

The sun provides more than enough energy to meet the whole world’s energy needs. The photovoltaic process that transforms the eternal sunlight into electricity doesn’t require any fuel and has no variable costs. It produces electricity in an efficient and cost-effective way.

Save on electricity bills

Installing solar panels significantly reduces monthly electricity bills and dependence on the power grid. According to long-term forecast solar remains a cost-effective solution and long-term investment in the future.

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