Solar panels put homes at risk of fire: Clean Energy Council

 

The Renewable Energy Systems Committee wants an audit of the scheme and more inspections undertaken.

Committee spokesman Ted Spooner says there are “very, very limited inspections” being made to ensure the panels meet national standards.

“When you have very poor quality controlling modules you can end up with fractures in joints … that can lead … to fires,” he told ABC Television last night.

The Environment Department is reportedly discussing whether an audit is needed.

Opposition environment spokesman Greg Hunt wants Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to order an Auditor-General’s inquiry into both the solar and deadly home insulation schemes.

“These [programs] … have all been riddled by mismanagement,” he told ABC Radio.

“There are homeowners who are at risk.”

AAP

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