Safety First for Firefighters and Your Home

Apr 02, 2018

Safety First for Firefighters and Your Home

It’s not an exaggeration – our firefighters are our local heroes. We rely on them in countless emergency situations: house and bush fires, road crash rescues, storms and natural disasters, and even missing persons and forensic searches.

However, in our day-to-day routines, hardly any of us realise that without our firefighters, we’d be in grave danger. They guarantee our safety that we take for granted.

Now, we are not suggesting that Enphase Microinverters have the same level of importance as a firefighter. Yet, in their own right – they actually do. And here is why: Enphase Microinverters are safe AC pieces of electronic equipment. Day in and day out, Enphase Microinverters tirelessly deliver clean and green energy to your home to power your fridge, washing machine, air-conditioner, or heating device. Enphase Microinverters really are just like appliances inside your home – they work, and they are safe.

Enphase Microinverters run at a maximum of 60 Volts, making the chances of an electrical shock close to zero. With Enphase Microinverters, there will never be high voltage on your roof, that you could have with conventional string inverter systems. In addition, string inverter systems require DC isolator switches to be installed as a safety measure to protect from high voltage DC. However, multiple news reports link DC isolators of those conventional string inverters to overheating incidents and risk of fire. Numerous recalls of DC isolators have been made over the past few years.

So, be safe and install Enphase. It’s as simple as that. And that’s exactly what 22 fire stations of the rural fire brigade in and around Toowoomba in Queensland have done. Each station is now the proud owner of an Enphase Microinverter System on its roof to harvest clean energy from the sun in the safest possible way. The four main reasons why the rural fire brigade chose Enphase Microinverters over any other system are pretty obvious.  They wanted:

  1. The safest system due to its all-AC architecture
  2. The highest quality system due to components tested in the harshest climates
  3. The best value system that maximises self-consumption and leads to great savings on quarterly electricity bills
  4. The smartest system due to online monitoring and fleet management of all 22 systems on a single platform

According to Tim Chittenden, acting Superintendent and Regional Manager of Rural Fire Services, Queensland, this is exactly what they got:

‘Rural Fire Service across Darling Downs Area has undertaken a commitment to not only reduce our costs for local volunteer Rural Fire Brigade but also ensure we are being responsible community members and working to reduce our environmental impact. RFS looked around for a reliable safe and highly productive solar system to meet our needs of reducing cost while doing our bit for the environment.  The Enphase system has achieved this result and we are already seeing excellent benefits from the systems with brigades producing more power than we are using. The use of microinverters with each panel has ensured we will have a long lasting low maintenance system which has the highest safety standards.’

So, let Enphase Microinverters also be your little heroes in your quest for safer solar.

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