Lightning and surge protection for solar installations

Africa has the highest incidents of lightning strikes annually. A significant variance in lightning flash densities across different parts of Africa requires unique solutions across countries. Dehn Africa is building its experience and reputation in creating tailored solutions for solar energy installations across the “lightning continent”. NASA maps, made from satellite data, show conclusively that Africa is the continent with the most hotspots of lightning activity, and also how the lighting flash density tends to be highest around the equator. The company has worked on a number of solar installations across the region with regards to lightning and surge protection, and is acutely aware of the differences that must be accounted for at the design and installation stages. Across Africa, the company has seen a focus on ground-mounted utility-scale PV installations, and has worked on projects that are both government-sponsored as well as private sector initiatives, or even a mix of the two. The company has consulted on installations in countries including South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique, Mauritius, and Uganda.

Contact Hano Oelofse, Dehn Africa, Tel 011 704-1487,


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