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David Dare – Synergy Solar in Adelaide

Just recently a couple of people with rooftop solar installations in Adelaide contacted us. They are concerned about the quality and safety of their solar installation, after seeing a program on Channel 9 News.  In one case, a customer had received a letter from the OTR (Office of The Technical Regulator).  It is very unusual for the OTR to send out letters like this.  We did a bit of investigation […]Read more »

Samil SolarRiver Inverter Adelaide

Do you have a Samil or SolarRiver inverter? Think it’s not working? If you think you are having issues, start by checking the messages on the screen.  This will give you an idea of what the problem may be. You may be able to fix something yourself. If you need to re-boot your inverter you can find out how to do it here If you don’t have a copy of […]Read more »

Fronius Solar Inverter IG40/60 State 516 Adelaide

Do you have one of the old Fronius IG solar inverters, the larger ones IG40 and IG60? You may get the error code STATE 516 coming up on it.  If you do, this means “One power stack exceeds the permitted limit of error messages per day (>50x)”.  Great, I hear you say, what does that mean, and can you fix it for me? Call us now on 1300 130 546 […]Read more »

AC Over-Voltage or Gradual Power Reduction Issues?

Does your solar inverter come up with messages similar to this? If so, it is usually not an inverter fault, but instead the inverter is reporting what is happening on the grid (the power from the street). Your inverter is reporting to you a problem that you are probably aren’t even aware you have. However high voltage is not good, and you might find your light globes are breaking, or […]Read more »

Protect Your Panels From Pigeons Or Leaf Build-Up

Do you have a problem with pigeons or rodents getting under your solar panels? Are they making a nest, and a lot of mess?  Not only can this be very noisy, smelly and messy, it isn’t good for the panels either.  We have also seen wiring under panels destroyed by rodents.  Pigeon droppings are also not good, when they are on cables they eat away the protective casing, exposing the […]Read more »

Powerone-Aurora-ABB solar inverter E031

If you have a Powerone or Aurora solar inverter with the error E031, you are not alone! This seems to be the most common error on these inverters. According to the manual, this is an internal error, and it is terminal, your inverter will not recover from this. ABB have now taken over from Powerone and Aurora.  They will honour the warranty on these inverters, which is generally 5 years. […]Read more »

Solar Inverter Blank Screen No Lights

We are hearing from more and more people who have a solar inverter on their house that isn’t working. When they are looking at the inverter the screen is blank, and none of the lights are on. Call us now on 1300 130 546 This is not very helpful, as there are no error codes telling you what is wrong. How can you tell what needs to be done to […]Read more »

Macsolar Inverter Error Codes

We are hearing from more and more people who have a Macsolar inverter, and it doesn’t appear to be working.  The hardest thing to tell with a Macsolar is if it is faulty or not.  Some error codes mean there is a problem with your solar on your roof, or your grid. While other errors mean the inverter is faulty. How can you tell? Firstly, which lights are lit up […]Read more »

Shutdown and Restart Your Solar Inverter

Sometimes it is good to manually shutdown and restart your solar inverter, or reboot, as it may be called.  You may want to do this if you have an error message on your inverter, or just to check that all the switches are on, as  sometimes they will go off for no apparent reason. Hopefully you have a user manual from the company that supplied your inverter, but if you […]Read more »

Fronius Galvo Inverter

The Fronius Galvo has been available in Australia since 2014, and is almost the only transformer based inverter available now. It is available in 1.5kw, 2.0kw, 2.5kw and 3.0kw. We are installing these inverters on a regular basis, both on new installations, and as replacement inverters. Call us now on 1300 130 546 What Is So Good? Great Warranty The Galvo’s come with a 5 year warranty as standard, but […]Read more »

Sharp JH1600E Solar Inverters

Just recently we have been contacted by lots of customers with a Sharp JH1600E inverter, and it’s not working. Call us now on 1300 130 546 When a Sharp inverter has a fault, it will come up with an error code in the display window. It is important to read this, to work out what the problem might be. That way we can work out what can be done to […]Read more »

Aero Sharp Solar Inverters

Faulty Aero-Sharp Solar Inverters If you have an aerosharp inverter you may know by now that there is no longer any warranty on this inverter.  The manufacturer, The Shanghai Aero-Sharp Electric Technologies company is no longer trading.  Partly we believe because of the high number of failures and warranty claims. We have been contacted by numerous customers with problems with their Aero-sharp inverters and are always able to help. Options […]Read more »

Ecoplus Solar or Tankbrokers Customers

As you may or may not be aware, Ecoplus went in to liquidation in October 2015.  This means they are not around to assist with any warranty claims.  Unfortunately they also looked after warranty claims for solar systems installed by Tank Brokers, so no help there either. They have left a lot of customers out there with no-one to turn to. We are regularly getting calls from their customers who […]Read more »

Faulty Clenergy Inverter

Clenergy inverters have been installed quite extensively in South Australia. The inverter will either be blue, like this picture here, if it is an SPH15, SPH20 or SPH30.  If it is a larger model, like the SPH40 or SHP50 it will be grey. If you have a Clenergy inverter it is advisable to check it on a regular basis.  At least every week would be a good idea.  These inverters […]Read more »

Faulty Macsolar inverter

Your Macsolar inverter should display a green ‘working’ light, plus the yellow ‘run’ light, to show it is working as it should. However, we are currently getting more and more calls from people with Macsolar inverters which are not working, and the company they bought from is no longer in business, so there is no warranty (Macsolar are no longer trading in Australia any more either). Firstly, check the error […]Read more »

Unleash Solar

Did you buy solar from Unleash Solar? If you did, by now you probably know that Unleash Solar are no longer trading in Australia.  They will not assist you with any warranty claims. We can come and fix up your system for you, and get it back working again. Call us now on 1300 130 546 There are many reasons why solar systems stop working.  However most of the systems […]Read more »

Solar SA

Did you buy solar from Solar SA? If you did, by now you probably know that Solar SA are no longer trading, and that they will not assist you with any warranty claims, and FGE, the company who took them over are also no longer trading. However, all is not lost as we can come and fix up your system for you, and get it back working again. Many times […]Read more »

Kaneka Panel Systems in Adelaide

Kaneka panels were installed extensively in Adelaide and South Australia as a whole, over the last few years.  It is also fair to say they were probably the best selling panel in Adelaide for quite a while.  You may also have Solar Frontier panels, and these are very similar to Kaneka’s. These amorphous panels are ideally suited to Adelaide as they cope with the heat better than monocrystalline and polycrystalline […]Read more »

Great Solar

Did you buy solar from Great Solar? If you did, by now you probably know that Great Solar are no longer trading, and that they will not assist you with any warranty claims. We can come and fix up your system for you, and get it back working again. Call us now on 1300 130 546 There are many reasons why solar systems stop working, but most of the systems […]Read more »

Sunny Roo Inverter

Sunny Roo Inverters As you probably realise by now if you have a Sunny roo inverter, there is no warranty with this.  The importer, Beyond Building, has gone in to liquidation, and the Chinese manufacturer is not interested in helping.  These inverters are not great, and a large number of them are going wrong.  I don’t know of anyone in SA who repairs them, however there are companies in Australia […]Read more »