(July 7, 2016) The Netherlands national Amateur Radio society, VERON, has issued a report on spectrum pollution problems caused by residential solar panel installations.
Electrical systems in the European Union, including solar panel installations, must comply with applicable EU EMC standards. These solar systems include a combination of solar panel, inverter, and associated wiring.
The VERON report cited a 2014 study in 14 European countries by the EU EMC Administrative Cooperation Working Group, “which found that this emission limit more often than not is exceeded,” reported ARRL.org. As solar installations proliferate, the noise generated by the inverters will become more widespread.
“Only 33 percent of surveyed inverters linked to solar panels met the 2014 European EMC emission requirements,” VERON said in a report on its website. “The situation has hardly improved, evidenced by the fact that radio amateurs are increasingly subject to interference from solar panel installations.” It pointed out that the interference can be extreme and cover a wide swath of Amateur Radio spectrum.
To read the English translation of the report, click here.