Seismic Guidelines for PV Installations


Written by Anne Fischer

The Los Angeles Community College System in California (US) was all set to go with a huge solar installation, but the designs were scrapped because the arrays were going to be built above seismic faults. The problem may not have been that installing solar equipment in seismic areas is inherently life threatening, but rather that engineers and code enforcing agencies had nothing to go by in ensuring the safety of such systems. Fortunately this is changing. The Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Committee of the Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC) is a group of PV specialists who have been working on the development of standards for solar arrays in earthquake-prone regions, the results of which will likely have broad impact throughout the industry. – See more at:….