Its lead story was questioning the safety and quality of the Australian solar power industry. Leigh Sales promised to reveal “the dark side of Australia’s solar obsession”.
It certainly left the viewer wondering if buying solar was such a good idea. Especially if there’s a chance it will burn their house down! But we all know journalists like to sensationalise. So what’s the truth?
The bad news: Yes – there is a problem with low quality installations. Too many substandard and unsafe solar systems are being installed on roofs around Australia.
The good news: If you refuse to buy the cheapest system on the market, do your research into panel brands, inverter brands and solar installation companies you are highly unlikely to get a low quality install.
So let’s take a deep dive into the ABC’s story to determine what was fair and what was not: