Here are just a few things that we want to make you aware of before you go & buy a solar system.
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27th June 2014
AVANCO branded dc isolators
Examinations have identified internal faults that lead to overheating and fires with the Avanco brand of isolators that are used in solar electricity system installations.
The Electrical Safety Office has issued prohibitions on the supply or installation of these isolators.
The effective isolators were sold in Queensland after 1 January 2012.A recall order has also been made for the affected Avanco brand dc isolators imported by Advancetech Pty Ltd.
The recall order requires Advancetech Pty Ltd to remove the Avanco dc isolators and to replace them with isolators that will leave the solar power system electrically safe and operational.
Advancetech Pty Ltd must pay for the cost of this replacement.
CLEAN Energy Council
18th June 2014
GEN3 and SPM rotary DC isolators
On 18 June 2014, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) issued a product safety recall for several models of DC isolator supplied by Uniquip Industries.
Please note: the recall of GEN3 and SPM isolators is unrelated to the Avanco isolator recall (see below). Uniquip Industries can not assist with replacements or enquiries relating to Avanco-branded isolators.
Product description Rotary DC isolator used in PV array applications
Identifying features The recall covers SPM and GEN3 branded isolators with the following model numbers: GEN3DC-25 GEN3DC-32 SPMDCISO25 SPMDCISO32
Sydney Morning Herald
20th May 2014
Complaints about rooftop solar panels have jumped markedly as more Victorians have taken up cheap offers in the booming green energy market.
The number of people contacting the state's consumer watchdog about solar electricity systems increased from five a month in 2007 to 183 a month this year.
Largely about faulty units, poor installation, service delays and difficulty in cancelling contacts, the complaints have pushed solar power systems into the top five products reported to Consumer Affairs Victoria, alongside furniture, white goods and cheap clothing.
12th May 2014
The Queensland Government has announced a recall of a faulty solar panel part which has sparked about 40 fires. Master Electricians Australia chief executive Malcolm Richards says the recalled isolator may overheat or catch fire.
He says he knows of about 40 to 50 fires that have been started by the faulty isolators.
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
"PVPower" Branded DC Isolator
4th March 2014
Product information Product description
PV Array DC Isolator Identifying features" PVPower" part number: XPDCISO1000V32A
What are the defects? The product features an internal fault, where a high resistant connection may form. What are the hazards? There is a risk that the DC Isolator may overheat and, in some cases, cause fire.
SOLAR POWER TODAY
16th February 2013
The Australian Competitor and Consumer Commission is advising consumers to take the necessary steps to ensure that they’re dealing with the right solar company. The advice follows in the wake of a spike in consumer complaints about solar electricity systems.
Complaints about solar power systems and businesses have gone up more than 30 percent last year, with deceptive claims about power output listed as the number one culprit. In 2012, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission received 1,613 complaints about solar systems compared to the previous year’s figure of 1,229. This number excludes the complaints made to state-based fair trading agencies.
SUNSHINE COAST DAILY
20th October 2012
Family memories lost as fire destroys home
Posted on March 25, 2014 by People who know Solar Safety
“What was once a beautiful family home was reduced to ash this week – and it’s possible it could have been prevented.”
Had a Remote Solar Isolator (Safety Switch for Solar) been installed this fire could have been prevented.
A fire broke out yesterday in the garage of a Pelican Waters home, which was fitted with two solar panels, forcing crews to burst through a window to fight the roof fire from inside the garage.
Homeowner Malcolm Harris said he was grateful the fire had not spread to the rest of the home, thanks to the quick thinking of the fire crews.
The garage roof collapsed during the blaze. No one was home at the time. The fire broke out yesterday in the garage of a Pelican Waters home, which was fitted with two solar panels, forcing crews to burst through a window to fight the roof fire from inside the garage. Homeowner Malcolm Harris said he was grateful the fire had not spread to the rest of the home, thanks to the quick thinking of the fire crews.
The garage roof collapsed during the blaze. No one was home at the time.
THE ADVERTISER SOUTH AUST.
8th September 2011
A RANDOM audit has identified a high number of non-compliant solar installations.
A State Government audit of 300 household installations found more than half were non-compliant, including two considered a high risk of causing fires. It has prompted Energy Minister Michael O'Brien to order more random audits and warn higher-risk breaches and repeat offenders would result in prosecution.
"The South Australian Government takes electrical safety very seriously and won't tolerate shoddy work," Mr O'Brien said. The audit included 50 installations associated with complaints from the public.
Forty-four of those were found to have low-risk compliance issues, such as poor workmanship and untidy wiring, while one was rated a high-risk of causing a fire.