Auswell Energy explores some tips on how to ensure your solar power system is functioning properly after a storm during Australia’s wet season.
Solar power systems are a great way to reduce long-term power costs and environmental impacts. However, over time solar systems need regular maintenance to ensure their longevity, particularly in Queensland’s tropical climate which brings about storms and hail during the rainy months.
In the event of a blackout, your inverter may shut itself off, and turn back on once the storm has passed. This is normal and is nothing to be concerned about unless you receive a warning sign on any sort of digital interface. If you are still concerned it is a good idea to take precautionary measures to ensure everything is in working order.
Here are 3 steps to ensure your solar power system is functioning normally after a storm.
1. Check your system’s performance
Monitoring your system’s performance is a great way to identify issues quickly. This includes checking for drastic changes to generation levels or solar feed-in tariff on your power bill, monitoring data for decreased performance, and checking your data screens or online interfaces for any error messages.
2. Check your system’s performance
You should visually inspect your solar power system to check if your inverter is showing a red or orange light when panels are generating. Also check for any debris build-up such as tree sap and bird droppings, any visible damage or loose panels, and any wire damage or fraying. Cracks may also occur after hailstorms. These may show up on the surface of your solar panels, though sometimes they appear as micro-cracks on cells underneath which are difficult to identify to the untrained eye.
3. Call your home and contents insurer
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In the occasion that you do find damage to your solar power system, the best solution is to call your home and contents insurer. If the option is available, it is recommended that you choose a local, experienced CEC-accredited installer/electrical contractor that is trustworthy. Even if you are unsure if damage has occurred, a trusted professional will be able to identify any issues for you to claim on your insurance plan faster. Claiming sooner rather than later will prevent low output issues down the track, saving your valuable time and money.
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