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Draft PV SR from NSAI

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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,789 ✭✭✭ irishchris


    http://www.nsainep.ie/Home/Details/21280
    Looks like installation will be regulated, like alarms and electric gates

    In what sense regulated though? As in no more self installs?


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,627 ✭✭✭ quentingargan


    This is the adoption of a standard, and most likely in the future, SEAI would insist that grant aided projects meet this, and engineers of new-builds will require it. I doubt there would be a law forbidding the sale of solar panels to unregulated installations.

    These standards seem onerous and will push up the price of installation work.


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,209 ✭✭✭✭ KCross


    This is the adoption of a standard, and most likely in the future, SEAI would insist that grant aided projects meet this, and engineers of new-builds will require it. I doubt there would be a law forbidding the sale of solar panels to unregulated installations.

    These standards seem onerous and will push up the price of installation work.

    SEAI already have an onerous list of extra requirements that you need to adhere to to qualify for the existing grant and that has pushed up installation costs
    e.g. DC shunts etc.


    Are there alot of entirely new requirements in this standard?


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,627 ✭✭✭ quentingargan


    KCross wrote: »
    Are there alot of entirely new requirements in this standard?

    Alas, yes. For example, each job requires a risk assessment, also, a site survey detailing things like;

    Leaving sufficient clear roof space for any required firefighting and rescue operations (how much is sufficient??)

    For roof mounted systems, the survey information should include detail to
    enable a competent person to design the support system. This detail should include:
    • co-ordinates and ground altitude, height, orientation (azimuth and tilt angle) and dimensions of the roof,
    • dimensions, details and locations of roof covering, battens, joists, trusses, rafters, sheeting and slabs,
    • roof covering including external fire performance rating,
    • means of access to the solar PV equipment,
    • evidence of any existing damage, decay, failure, etc..

    7.1.3 Survey drawings
    Drawings should be marked up with the relevant survey information as follows.
    For systems to be installed on new buildings a set of drawings should be used to record the relevant site survey information gathered in accordance with 7.1.2.
    For systems to be retro-fitted, a set of drawings should be obtained or prepared to record the relevant site survey information gathered in accordance with 7.1.2.

    No more screws into rafters. You need to put in timber plants alongside the rafter. That will be fun on a roof that has been slabbed underneath.

    And lots more....


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,911 ✭✭✭ mp3guy


    Great to see barriers being removed to enable people to reduce their CO2 footprint. /s


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  • Registered Users Posts: 9,079 ✭✭✭ antoinolachtnai


    This is the adoption of a standard, and most likely in the future, SEAI would insist that grant aided projects meet this, and engineers of new-builds will require it. I doubt there would be a law forbidding the sale of solar panels to unregulated installations.

    These standards seem onerous and will push up the price of installation work.

    This isn’t a standard. It’s a recommendation.

    It won’t be compulsory, certainly not in the sense the wiring standards are.

    Increasing and maintainingstandards is important.

    A risk asssessment is not a big deal if you understand anything about working on roofs. There is some formality about it sure, but so what? It helps keep the emphasis on safety and keeps people safe at height.

    Remember, you probably know a lot about doing this work, what is safe, what isn’t, what will work, what won’t. The SR isn’t really focused at you. It’s focused on the thousands of new installers who will come into this field for the first time in the next year.

    If there are particular aspects that aren’t really required in your view you really should give feedback stating when and why certain steps can be skipped.


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