Commercial solar power manufacturers make use of solar panels to generate power for consumption by transforming sunlight into electricity using a modern network of sensitive computer equipment. Residential solar power producers make use of the same technology but on a smaller scale. Nevertheless, one of the biggest causes of damage to the solar power system is the same for both types of either the commercial or the residential, coming in the form of lightning strikes and the surges that follow. The prevention of the lightning strikes to the panels when a strike occurs within a specific range of a panel is nearly impossible, but by the integration of surge protective devices, you can prevent the damage produced by the subsequent surge.

These surge protective devices work the same way as the typical surge suppressors of the past, by cutting the flow of electricity past the point of installation to protect everything around it. Another form of surge protection is grounding to Earth which diverts electrical overflow to the ground instead of the wires up. But grounding is not always efficient. This is why the installation of SPDs is so important for the preservation of components.

In the past, the SPD’s that were installed into solar panels were a simple cutoff switch that interrupted the flow of the surge. This device was either damaged by the surge itself or might need to have components of itself replugged or replaced once it performed its duty. A new series of SPDs designed for these types of environments can still work perfectly after they obstruct a surge from flowing past, and they do not need replacement or resetting. In most systems, they will allow the complete system to remain functioning and online even after an overflow incident. Solar system owners can now relax from the risk of electrical surge running through their solar systems and also save them time and money through the utilization of the new generation SPDs. You can completely eliminate or reduce larger expenses associated with damage through the installation of simple and affordable devices.  Unprotected systems will ultimately fail in most cases, but protected systems can outlast even the most optimistic predictions of their useful lifespans.

 

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