With flooding predicted for parts of New South Wales over the coming days, Fair Trading Minister Anthony Roberts has reminded New South Wales residents whose homes are damaged by storms to take care if their house has a solar power system installed.
“Damage to a roof by debris can interfere with normal solar panel operation,” he said. “There can be electrical hazards with solar panels or Photovoltaic Arrays (PV Arrays), which can generate an electrical current regardless of whether or not the electrical supply from the state grid has been turned off.”
Minister Roberts urged owners of affected systems to ensure they seek the correct advice.
“Solar panels can continue to generate electricity during daylight hours. If you are unsure about the state of your solar panel installation, contact the installer or get the advice of a licensed electrician. Do not turn on the equipment without checking first.”
Consumers are also warned to be on their guard against shoddy tradesman who offer to repair any flood damage – whether solar-related or otherwise.
“Unlicensed repairers are quick on the scene, often door-knocking residents with the offer to help,” stated Minister Roberts. “Consumers should only ever contract with licensed tradespeople and can check trade licences online at the Fair Trading website or call 13 32 20.”
Solar Panels and Floods
During last year’s floods, The Clean Energy Council (CEC) produced a basic safety bulletin in regard to solar power systems that can be downloaded here (PDF). The brief guide contains advice for systems owners on action that should be taken before, during and after a flood event.
by Australian Solar Quotes