How Microinverters Make Solar Safe
John Berdner, Enphase Energy
Gordon Bowman-Jones, Walsh Carter & Associates
Luke Hinkle, My Generation Energy
Matthew Paiss, San Jose Fire Department
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This cross-industry panel will discuss how photovoltaic systems using string inverters differ from those using microinverters, including how they affect fire risk and firefighter safety. Panelists representing the perspectives of code compliance, solar design, and fire fighter safety, will discuss how the technologies vary in terms of the fire risk they present and their compliance with arc fault detection and ground fault requirements of the 2011 and 2014 editions of the National Electrical Code. They will present case studies of firehouses with solar installations and explain ways fire risk can be mitigated through informed system design, clear system designation, and fire industry involvement in setting local codes.