1.1 In this guide, basic principles of photovoltaic module design, panel assembly, and system installation to reduce the risk of fire originating from the photovoltaic source circuit are described. 1.2 This guide is not intended to cover all scenarios that could lead to fire. It is intended to provide an assembly of generally accepted practices. 1.3 This guide is intended for systems that contain photovoltaic modules and panels as direct current (dc) source circuits, although the recommended practices may also apply to systems utsing alternating current (ac) modules. 1.4 This guide does not cover fire suppression in the event of a fire involving a photovoltaic module or system. 1.5 This guide does not cover fire emanating from other sources. 1.6 This guide does not cover mechanical, structural, electrical, or other considerations key to photovoltaic module and system design and installation. 1.7 This guide does not cover disposal of modules damaged by a fire or other material hazards related to such modules. 1.8 Units--The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard. 1.9 This guide does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.
Photovoltaic modules and panels should be designed to reduce the risk of fire and should be assembled with good quality control practices. Photovoltaic systems should be designed to reduce the risk of fire and installed with fire safety in mind. This guide is intended for use by module manufacturers, panel assemblers, system designers, installers, and specifiers.
photovoltaic; PV module; PV panel; PV system; fire; fire prevention; best practices; shading; arcing; installation; commissioning; maintenance
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