Here in Far North Queensland we are no strangers to Mother Nature. It’s a stunning part of the country up here and she sure knows how to put on a show. Sometimes that means that we also are faced with the more difficult weather conditions.
Did you know that even if the network supply is turned off, solar systems and associated wiring may still be live? That means that your solar system could continue to produce voltage during the day.
Switching your Solar to the “off” position is not enough to protect your property so here are some helpful hints to help you in a weather event.
The Clean Energy Council of Australia advises that there are only two things to remember;
If your solar panels have suffered fire, flood or cyclone damage, attempting to turn them back on (including operating any switches) could result in a lethal electric shock. An accredited installer needs to check that your system is safe.
Ensure that any repairs to the system are electrically safe before it is recommissioned. This check needs to be done before other clean-up work starts around the modules and associated electrical wiring.
Once the system has been checked and is safe, follow the start-up procedure.
Make sure that when preparing your property for a weather event you include preparing your solar power system.
The Clean Energy Council of Australia provides these guidelines;
You can follow the ‘shutdown procedure’ when leaving your house. This should be marked on your inverter or meter box.
A general guide to the procedure is as follows:
Some stand-alone solar power systems may include battery storage that can also be disconnected.
You can take the following steps to shut down your stand-alone solar system and battery storage:
For more advice on keeping your family safe from Solar in a natural disaster, contact us now.
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