Helpful Tips

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Helpful tips about looking after your solar system

Voltage Ride Through Standards SA

Regulatory Changes for Smarter Homes – an initiative of the SA Government comes in to force on 28th Sept 2020. What does this mean?  Good question, we have all been asking this, and this is our current understanding, but who knows, we could have got it a bit wrong, as there is a lot of confusion out there.  We talked to the OTR (Office Of The Technical Regulator) on Friday […]Read more »

Is a Home Battery Right For You?

Call us now on 1300 130 546 for more information and a quote for Tesla Powerwall2 with a $2700 discount. Most people are better off financially with a solar system on their house. There is also the added benefit of the ‘feel good factor’. Each person is helping the environment in their own way.  But now, you can add a battery to your current solar system. Or, if you haven’t […]Read more »

How To Check Solar Panels Are Working

We constantly get calls from solar system owners, who think their solar is not performing as it should, but really have no idea whether it is working properly or not. A lot of people ignore their solar until they get a bill, when they are either happy with the result, or they either find out the system has stopped working, or they haven’t got as many credits as they believe […]Read more »

Why Is Shading Bad For Solar Panels?

I’m sure you’ve heard that shade is bad for solar panels, and obviously they need sun to perform. But why exactly is shade that bad? There are actually 2 types of shade you can get, solid shade, like a wall or a chimney, or soft shade, like a tree and the shade from the leaves as they move. Shade from trees is not great for producing lots of power.  However […]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 »

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 »