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Blog Author Steve Hudgik

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Higher Utility Solar Voltages Heighten Arc Flash Safety Issue

An article in Solar Industry Magazine points out that utility solar generation facilities are growing and are operating at higher voltages.  The article states:

"As solar sites continue to rapidly expand, maintenance has become an increasingly important factor to maintain productive facilities. Prior to this solution, nearly every maintenance procedure required manually entering a live compartment, wearing a significant amount of PPE in order to help ensure the circuit was properly isolated.  Beyond the added time it took to perform tasks, this method also provided an increased opportunity for personnel to encounter an arc flash hazard."

The article goes on to point out that having designs that place components that need to be accessed for maintenance and taking measurements outside of areas where an arc flash danger exists help to mitigate the likelihood of an arc flash event.

Read the article here.

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