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Shut down solar systems for cyclone safety

Published: 23 Mar 2018 4:41pm

Ergon Energy customers with Solar PV are being reminded to shut down their systems ahead of Tropical Cyclone Nora hitting communities in the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Ergon Energy Area Manager Far North Charlie Casa  said cyclones can potentially impact solar PV systems and it is crucial that customers take steps to ensure their own safety and consider the safety of emergency crews.

“If you are unsure of the shutdown procedure, contact the manufacturer or installer,” Mr Casa said.

“Even though grid-connected solar PV systems cannot supply the home when the network is not operational, they can continue to generate direct current (DC) power.”

“It is critical to remember that solar panels and their cables should always be treated as if they are live.”

“Customers should not attempt to reconnect solar PV systems after severe storms or roof damage, as their roof may be electrified.”

“Safety should always be your number one priority,” Mr Casa said. “Please do not access the roof without having the system checked first.”

During network repairs or maintenance, customers with solar PV systems may be required to shut them down at the inverter if Ergon Energy uses generators to supply temporary power while crews work on the poles and wires.

For more information visit  https://www.ergon.com.au/network/safety/home-safety/solar-power-safety

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