Department of Climate Change Probed on Security Risks of Solar Panels

Australia’s Climate Change and Energy Department has been questioned about the security risks of solar panels to the national electricity grid amid the federal Labor government’s push to achieve net zero emissions via renewable energy.

During a Senate Estimates hearing on Feb. 12, Hollie Hughes, a Liberal senator for New South Wales, raised the issue that overseas malicious actors could manipulate Australia’s power system via the smart inverters used in many solar panels in the country.

“We have a significant number, a vast proportion of solar inverters that can be controlled by an outside player and are being provided and manufactured by companies with very strong ties to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP),” she said.

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