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As South Africa grapples with the challenges of load shedding, many consumers are turning to solar installations as a sustainable solution. While this shift promises numerous benefits, from energy independence to cost savings, it also introduces new considerations in terms of compliance and insurance coverage.

The Impact of Load Shedding on Solar Adoption

The increasing frequency of load shedding has accelerated the adoption of solar energy systems by homeowners seeking reliability and sustainability. However, this rapid increase in solar installations brings to light the necessity of ensuring these systems are compliant with current regulations and adequately covered by insurance.

Compliance and the Certificate of Compliance (CoC)

A critical aspect of solar installation is compliance with regulatory standards. For insurance purposes, a Certificate of Compliance (CoC) is mandatory for solar systems. This certificate serves as proof that the installation adheres to South African National Standards (SANS) and is safe for use. Insurers require a CoC to cover the solar installation, emphasising the importance of using qualified professionals for installation.

Solar Installations: Risk and Insurance Implications

Fire Risk: One of the primary concerns with home solar installations is the potential fire risk they pose. Proper installation according to SANS regulations is crucial to mitigate this risk. Insurance companies are closely monitoring fire and theft claims related to solar installations to determine if premium adjustments are necessary.

Theft of Solar Equipment: The high value of and demand for solar panels, batteries and inverters makes them a target for theft. Ensuring that your insurance policy covers such eventualities is vital. Additionally, meeting maintenance and regulatory requirements is a condition for insurance coverage.

Structural Integrity: The installation of solar panels can significantly affect a building’s structural integrity. Assessing whether the roof structure can support the weight of the panels is essential to prevent accidental damage, which could impact your insurance coverage.

The Importance of Expert Advice

With the complexities surrounding solar installations, obtaining professional advice is invaluable. As your insurance broker, Leigh Insurance plays a pivotal role in guiding you through understanding the risks associated with solar panels and how they affect your insurance policy.

Ensuring your solar installation is compliant and adequately insured not only protects your investment but also contributes to a sustainable future. With Leigh Insurance, navigate the transition to solar with confidence, knowing your shift towards renewable energy is both safe and secure.