September 17, 2013

Protecting yourself during bushfire season in South Australia

It’s coming to bush fire season again here in South Australia and people in high risk areas will be getting ready for a very hot summer. So what does this have to do with solar?

Well during high risk days SAPN will cut power to prevent sparks causing fires from power lines. This means that people are losing power throughout the day besides slowing production at work places in high risk areas; it also means that water pressure will drop and automatic sprinkler systems don’t work.

You may think that you’re fine as you have a petrol or diesel generators and pumps , what was found during the Black Saturday fires was these pumps and generators where starved of oxygen from the smoke and stopped working.

So how does solar help, in this instance we can use battery storage systems that are charged by the solar panels. These batteries can store so many days of power thus keeping automatic watering systems energised. Using electrical pumps to pump water they don’t depend on oxygen to run and will continue to work during thick smoke. Having electrical generators/pumps gives you the benefit of not having to storing fuel and potential increased fire risk substances around your home.

These battery systems can be sized to run any electrical items in your house including fridges, lights pumps up to running your whole house if you like. The systems are so smart they will automatically run your generators and pumps during the year to make sure maintenance tests are followed.

Battery Backup Systems can also be used to save you money every day even when there is no risk of bush fire buy storing power and using it at night rather than feeding power into the grid.


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Newman Mundy started NME Solar Solutions in 2010, with a desire to bring quality and good customer service to the solar industry. Newman regularly consults to solar industry groups and companies, plus is a member of accredited master electricians and the Australian Solar Council.

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