Friday, 19 September 2014

Adelaide Solar Panel Testing

The aim of home solar panel testing is to ensure that you are getting optimum performance and the best value from your solar panels.

Solar panel testing for Adelaide homeowners
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We provide you with comprehensive data

At Solar Fix Network, when we undertake solar panel testing, we use state-of-the-art equipment to test your home solar energy system and the information that we gather enables us to provide you with a comprehensive report, comparison graphs and data that is verified by one of our experienced electrical engineers.

Our aim in testing your solar panels is to ensure that they are performing consistently and to your expectations. We check and compare their actual performance against the targets outlined by your system designer or installer, to ensure that the operation and output remains in line with the ongoing performance rating.

Check your warranty

Over time, is inevitable and to be expected that there is some drop in the performance of your solar panels. This should be clearly outlined in your warranty (e.g. most will guarantee 90% of stated output for the first ten years of operation, and 80% over a period of twenty-five years). Our solar panel testing service is therefore crucial to ensuring that you are getting full value for money from your investment, as you are able to know if your system is performing to expectations.

If you don’t have the relevant documentation that outlines the expectations as to how your home solar system should be performing, our Design Consultation service can help. We can collect and collate information that provides you with a comprehensive collection of design documents to enable you to monitor the ongoing performance of your system.

Adelaide Solar Panel Testing Service

Our solar panel performance testing involves a thorough and rigorous testing of the major parts and components of your home solar energy system:
  • inspect modules for defects or damage 
  • check the module mounting system components for corrosion or damage and verify the tension of clamps and brackets 
  • check the array cabling for heat, uv, vermin or mechanical damage and secure any loose or hanging cables 
  • inspection all cable connections 
  • check the integrity of all conduits and cable entry points 
  • check the integrity and operation of rooftop and wall DC isolators, and the AC Solar main switch 
  • check the system is correctly labelled 
  • check string (array) voltages and currents 
  • check the system is earthed 
  • measure the integrity and performance of each string of modules with use of IV Curve test equipment 
  • log solar inverter readings and compare production to date against design or expectation 
  • provide a detailed report of the system test, including a list of actions taken, system measurements, and any issues that may require further action

Learn more about the benefits of solar panel testing at www.solarfixnetwork.com.au

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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Inspection and Maintenance of Solar Panels Ensures Safe and Efficient Operation

In South Australia, we haven’t had problems with solar panel safety on the same scale that some other states have had with regards to a rapid influx of poor quality, imported solar inverters and isolators as a result of the withdrawal of feed-in tariffs (FITs). This is because in SA, the withdrawal of FITs was done more gradually, and so there wasn’t the same rush, and influx of less than scrupulous retailers and installers onto the market, trying to cash in as homeowners hurried to take advantage of the scheme.

Nevertheless, the quality of the most important components of your home solar energy system, namely the solar inverter and DC isolator, make a significant difference to the reliability, efficiency and safety of your home solar energy system. It is crucial both for the effective and safe operation of your solar panels that these and other vital components are checked on a regular basis by trained industry professionals.

Adelaide solar panel cleaning, inspection and maintenance
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Adelaide Solar Panel Inspections


When we inspect solar panels, or carry out a maintenance check, we’re able to ascertain important information that affects the efficiency of your system, such as the integrity and operation of rooftop and wall DC isolators and the AC solar main switch, and whether your DC isolator is not at risk of overheating. We will also assess the wiring of your DC isolator, to check it is operating safely. We also examine your solar inverter to ensure that it’s not becoming excessively hot, to check that the circuitry is of sufficient quality, and that the seals are in good condition.

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Friday, 15 August 2014

Adelaide Solar Panel Cleaning and Maintenance Services

The Cost Benefits of Solar Panel Maintenance and Cleaning


As of 1 July 2014, electricity costs in South Australia are set to soar year again—this time, by 4.4%, or as much as $85 per year and making ours amongst the highest in the world. This is even more frustrating for consumers when it is estimated that SA Power Networks rakes in annual after-tax profits of $420 from every customer in the state.

Adelaide solar panel cleaning and maintenance services from Solar Fix Network
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If you have solar panels installed, you have already gone some way to mitigating these costs. However, the never-ending hike in energy prices means that an efficiently operating home solar energy system is even more important.

Most homes in Adelaide can expect to use about 50% - 60% of the energy generated from a home solar energy system, with the remainder being exported back to the grid. Therefore, whether you are enjoying the greater benefits of a generous feed-in tariff (FIT), or are simply receiving the minimum retailer payment from your electricity retailer, in order to reduce the amount of electricity you draw from the grid and to increase the amount that you ultimately feed back, your solar panels need to be working at maximum capacity.

Our regular solar panel maintenance and cleaning service ensures that your panels are clean, not being shaded, and that the important components such as the solar inverter and DC isolator are functioning effectively and safely. This also means that you can be sure that you are getting the most from your investment, and that you are not contributing excessively to SA Power Network’s profits!

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Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Adelaide Solar Panel Care and Maintenance

Having your solar panels inspected, performing regular maintenance checks, and having them cleaned on a regular basis is vital to ensuring that your home solar energy system is working as efficiently as possible. An efficient solar system working to its full capacity means that you cut down on your energy use, reduce your household emissions, and save money on your electricity bills by consuming less and by feeding back to the grid.

Like any significant investment in technology, it pays to take the time and effort to ensure that your system is working to maximum capacity, and in the case of solar panels there are clear cost benefits to be gained that outweigh the expenditure involved.

At +Solar Fix Network, our solar panel cleaning, inspection and maintenance services ensure that you have an effective and efficient home solar energy system and that it’s producing the results you require—namely cutting your energy use and costs and reducing your household emissions.

Solar Fix Network offer a full range of solar panel maintenance services
Visit us at www.solarfixnetwork.com.au to learn more

Solar Panel Maintenance Checks and Cleaning Improve Efficiency


In order to ensure that your solar panels are working at their most efficient, regular inspections. maintenance checks and cleaning are invaluable.

For instance, at a periodic solar panel maintenance check we will assess as to whether your panels are being affected by shading. Suburban Adelaide is blessed with a great deal of greenery and while this might wonderful for the ambience of your street and neighbourhood, fast-growing trees with overhanging branches can impact on how much direct sunlight is able to get to your solar panels, especially in the winter months.

Our maintenance checks can therefore determine whether the are any impediments to your panels receiving the maximum sunlight, thus affecting their overall efficiency and costing you money.

Solar Panel Cleaning


Our Adelaide solar panel cleaning service will remove any build up of stains, grime or debris that might be preventing sunlight from reaching the solar cells. Such build up can be caused by air pollution, dirt, dust, rain or bird droppings, as well as lead litter from nearby trees and branches.

A build up of residue and grime on the surface of your solar panels can reduce their operating efficiency by up to 40%, which in turn means that you are not producing energy at the rate you could be and so your power bills may not be dropping as anticipated.

Our eco-friendly cleaning service uses minimal purified water that contains no harmful chemicals or detergents, and environmentally-friendly telescopic reach-and-wash cleaning poles and brushes so that no residue is left behind afterwards. Your solar panels are then in a ultra-clean state and there are no barriers to your being able to make the most of every ray of sunshine available.

Inspection Services


In South Australia, it is a requirement that solar panels are inspected on a regular basis. The timeframe for this should be set out in the manufacturer’s instructions, but if this isn’t the case, a solar panel inspection in Adelaide needs to be carried out every five years.

We specialise in offering a solar panel inspection service that will ensure that you are meeting the warranty conditions set out by your manufacturer as well as South Australian state government legislation.

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Sunday, 22 June 2014

Why regular solar panel maintenance checks are important

DC isolator


Your DC isolator is a central part of your system’s operating efficiency and safety and it needs to conform to AS5033 with regards to its construction and installation.

There were a number of incidents in northern Australia in early 2014 where faulty imported DC isolators were believed to have overheated, or moisture entered the switch’s enclosure, and this caused sparks and overheating. In a significant number of cases this then led to solar panels catching on fire. As a result, the DC isolators that were at fault—the Avanco DC isolator and the PV Power isolator—have now been recalled and withdrawn from sale.

However, even if your DC isolator is not one of these two models, these accidents nevertheless highlight the fact that high-quality components are essential to a safe and efficient system. They also demonstrate all too clearly the importance of having regular solar panel inspections and maintenance checks.

Homeowners should check the documentation that was provided by their solar installer in order to check the brand of DC isolator that has been used, as well as ensuring that the component that has been installed is the same as that in the documentation.

How will solar panel inspection help?
  • we confirm that your DC isolator has been made by a respectable manufacturer whose products are known to be of an acceptable standard 
  • we check the integrity and operation of rooftop and wall DC isolators and the AC solar main switch, and ensure that your system is correctly labelled 
  • we check that your DC isolator is not at risk of overheating 
  • we review and assess the wiring associated with your DC isolator, to ensure that it is delivering the appropriate safe operating conditions 

Solar inverters


The solar inverter enables the DC current that is generated by your solar panels to be into your home so that it can then be used by household appliances. It also the means whereby the excess energy you produce can be fed back into the grid, enabling you to capitalise on any feed-in tariff you may have.

In order to get the most out of your system, your solar inverter needs to function efficiently. Unfortunately, too many homeowners have been persuaded to install cheaper, low-quality inverters with the aim of reducing initial set-up costs. However, this is ultimately a false economy as a cheap inverter is more likely to fail or work below optimum capacity, meaning that you are drawing more power than you need to from the grid, and not benefitting from your feed-in tariff.

This is why it is so important to check your inverter on a regular basis, and if it is underperforming, or you notice a drop off in output, that you have an inspection and maintenance checks. At Solar Fix Network, we offer a full range of solar inspection and maintenance services, and our skilled and trained staff can inspect and test your solar inverter to ensure that it’s working to full capacity and that you’re getting the full benefits of your system.


Solar panel cleaning 


If your solar panels aren’t clean—whether due to rain, pollution, bird droppings or other deposits—sunlight is unable to reach the solar cells and they therefore absorb less energy. In turn, this means that your system is producing less energy and so is costing you money. It’s crucial, therefore, that your solar panels are as clean as possible.

We offer a comprehensive solar cleaning service, using eco-friendly materials and technology, that is designed to keep your solar panels clean and working at their best.,

Using purified water that contains no harmful chemicals or detergents, your rainwater collection and supply will not be affected, while rubber seals and glass panels are not damaged by the use of chemicals. Throughout the cleaning process, we use minimal water and so cleaning is completed in a safe, environmentally sound manner.

Our cleaning utilises gentle, environmentally-friendly telescopic reach-and-wash cleaning poles and brushes, ensuring that there are no spots, harmful residues or chemicals left behind, while our use of scratch-free cleaning technology means the glass on your panels remains like new.

Adelaide solar panel cleaning, inspection and maintenance services
To read more about our Adelaide solar panel maintenance services, please visit our website


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Sunday, 15 June 2014

Adelaide Solar Panel Maintenance Services

In order to ensure that your system is working at full capacity, there are several different checks that you can carry out that will tell you how well your system is performing. If you carry out these checks on a regular basis, you won’t have to wait until your energy bill arrives to find out that your home solar energy system is not operating at full capacity.

Check your solar inverter


On a two-weekly basis you should check your inverter display, ideally in daylight conditions late in the day—in South Australia the best time is between 4.00pm - 5.00pm. If it’s dark when you make this check, or there is very limited sun, your inverter display will be blank, but this doesn’t necessarily indicate a fault. Therefore, any checks of your solar inverter should ideally be made when there is a reasonable amount of sunlight, and little or no cloud or haze.

Check the following:
  • there are no error messages being displayed 
  • if possible, check the Peak Power display. This is often shown as Ppeak. This will be measured in watts (W) or kilowatts (kW) 
  • the energy produced today. This is usually shown as Eday or Etoday. This is measured in kilowatt hours (kWh) 
If you are not familiar with the displays on your system, the manufacturer’s manual will explain where these can be found. If you don't have a copy of the manual, you should be able to download one.

Check your system’s efficiency


All home pv solar energy systems should come with documents from your solar retailer or system designer that will detail your expected energy yield. As a first step to checking the efficiency of your system, compare the results that are displayed on your solar inverter with those that your designer has supplied.

Keep a record of the readings that you take, including information such as the time and date, and what the weather conditions were like (e.g., cloudy, clear, sunny, etc.) This will then be a useful reference point for you to be able measure changes or fluctuations in your system’s performance.

If your solar inverter is underperforming


If you aren’t getting the output from your system that was predicted, or you notice a drop in performance, then it’s important that you have your system inspected as soon as possible.

We offer a comprehensive home solar inspection service for homeowners in Adelaide and throughout South Australia, and our expert team can advise you on the steps that need to be taken to ensure that you’re getting full value from your home solar system.

To find out more about solar panel maintenance, please visit our website or email us with your questions.

Solar Fix Network clean, inspect and maintain solar panels in Adelaide
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Monday, 9 June 2014

Adelaide Solar Panel Maintenance

Home solar energy systems require relatively little maintenance—however, this does not means that they require no attention or servicing.

In order to ensure a safe and efficient operating system that is effectively producing energy for your home and feeding it back to the grid, it’s important to have a regular and thorough maintenance programme for your solar panels.

At Solar Fix Network, we offer Adelaide homeowners a comprehensive solar panel inspection, maintenance and cleaning service that ensures your home solar system is working to capacity so that you are able to enjoy the full benefits of your investment.

We specialise in providing a complete range of inspection, maintenance and cleaning services and our staff are qualified and licensed to carry out mandatory SA Power Networks compliance inspections.

We can meet all of your solar panel maintenance, servicing and repair needs wherever you are in South Australia. You can visit us at +Solar Fix Network or our website. In addition, you can call us on (08) 8185 1552 or email us.

At Solar Fix Network, we offer Adelaide homeowners a comprehensive solar panel inspection, maintenance and cleaning service
To read more about Adelaide solar panel maintenance, please click here
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Thursday, 29 May 2014

How do we clean solar panels?

Solar panels need to be cleaned by experienced and trained professionals. There are a number of reasons for this. For instance, leaf litter, bird droppings and pollution that have settled on your panels can’t simply be removed with soap and water. However, at the same time, some cleaning products can in fact cause damage to your panels and may in some cases void your warranty. Furthermore, working on rooftops can be a hazardous activity if you don’t have the right equipment and know-how.

At +Solar Fix Network, because we are solar panel cleaning specialists, we use eco-friendly materials and technology to clean your solar panels, and it is done in a completely safe, environmentally sound manner.

We use purified water that contains no harmful chemicals or detergents, and so your rainwater collection and supply will not be affected, while rubber seals and glass panels are not damaged by the use of chemicals. Throughout the cleaning process, we use minimal water.

When cleaning, we use gentle, environmentally-friendly telescopic reach-and-wash cleaning poles and brushes and these ensure that no spots, harmful residues or chemicals are left behind after cleaning. Your solar panels are left throughly clean and with no calcium or salt and mineral deposits remaining, while our use of scratch-free cleaning technology means the glass on your panels remains pristine.

It’s important to check the regularly that your solar panels are as clean as possible and performing at their optimum, so that you can be sure you’re getting the most from your investment
Please click here to read more about solar panel cleaning in Adelaide

More than just cleaning 


At Solar Fix Network, we offer more than just a solar panel cleaning service:

Two-Year Solar Panel Maintenance Test and Check 


If your warranty conditions don’t specify a time frame within which your solar panels should be inspected and cleaned, we highly recommend that you don’t leave it any longer than two years.

Our experienced and skilled staff are able to identify and rectify issues before they become serious and costly problems. When we complete a Two-Year Maintenance Test and Check, we issue a new Cetificate of Compliance.

Our Two-year Maintenance Test and Check service includes:

  • inspecting modules for defects or damage
  • checking the module mounting system components for corrosion or damage and verifying the tension of clamps and brackets
  • checking the array cabling for heat, uv, vermin or mechanical damage and securing of any loose or hanging cables
  • inspecting all cable connections and checking the integrity of all conduits and cable entry points
  • checking the integrity and operation
  • of rooftop and wall DC isolators and the AC solar main switch, and checking that your system is correctly labelled
  • checking string (array) voltages and currents
  • checking that the system is earthed
  • measuring the integrity and performance of each string of modules with use of IV Curve test equipment
  • logging inverter readings and comparing production to date against design (or expectation)
  • providing a detailed report of the system inspection, including a list of actions taken, system measurements, and any issues that may require further action

Five-Year System Overhaul 


The SA Government has stipulated that all owners of PV solar systems in the state are required to ensure that solar panels are inspected within five years of installation, and every subsequent five years. The regulations also state that this work is required to be carried out by an appropriately qualified and licensed tradesperson.

We are specialists in carrying out the requisite inspections in order to satisfy these important guidelines, and can carry out maintenance and a system overhaul at the same time.

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Friday, 23 May 2014

Why do you need to clean your solar panels?

Pollution, rain and dust


Being located on the roof and open to the elements, it’s inevitable that your solar panels won’t always remain clean, particularly if they are tilted at a relatively shallow angle, or there are trees and power lines nearby. This is because rain, dirt, dust, bird droppings, air pollution and other elements can easily find their way onto your panels, and create a build-up of stains, grime and debris.

And although a home solar energy system does not require a great deal of maintenance, it is nevertheless important that the surface of the panels remains as clean and residue-free as possible. If not, it means that sunlight cannot reach the solar cells and they absorb less energy, which in turn means that they produce less electricity.



Dirty Solar Panels Aren't Efficient


Dirty solar panels, or solar clouding as it is sometimes called, is a problem that only becomes worse the longer you leave it, and solar panels that aren’t clean don’t operate at maximum efficiency. Estimates vary, but analysts suggest that dirt and other debris on the surface of your solar panels can affect their operating efficiency by as much as 40%.

Therefore, it’s important to check the regularly that your solar panels are as clean as possible and performing at their optimum, so that you can be sure you’re getting the most from your investment. In addition, regular cleaning may also form a part of your warranty cover.

Clean Solar Panels Produce More Energy


Reduced solar panel output means that you may not produce enough energy to run your home and then still have to draw power from the grid. This means that you won’t experience the drop in energy bills you were expecting, because not only are you still using mains electricity but you’re not feeding energy back to the grid and so aren’t earning any benefit from your feed-in tariff either.

In either case, your dirty solar panels are costing you money!


Our Solar Panel Cleaning Service


At +Solar Fix Network we offer Adelaide homeowners a regular six-month solar panel cleaning service designed to keep your solar panels clean and working efficiently. This includes:
  • cleaning your solar modules 
  • checking whether your solar panels are being shaded and for any other potential obstructions 
  • a visual inspection of the module mounting components 
  • the checking and logging of inverter data 
  • a summary report of your service
To find out more, please visit our website or email us and we will be happy to provide you with further information. 

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Sunday, 6 April 2014

How to know if you have problems with your solar inverter

Your solar inverter is the most important part of your home solar system, and problems will affect both its efficiency and cost-effectiveness. Therefore, it's important to inspect your solar inverter regularly so that you can ensure that it's working properly and so that you're getting the best value from your system.


Warning signs of a faulty or non-functioning inverter

  • you have a solar system installed in your home, but you’re not noticing any reduction in your electricity bills 
  • error messages being displayed 
  • you notice there’s some damage to the inverter 
  • you notice that the inverter seems to be very hot


What causes problems with inverters? Why do they fail?


Although solar energy systems are fairly robust and don’t require excessive amounts of maintenance, it is nevertheless crucial to have a regular maintenance routine so as to check that your inverter in particular is functioning to full capacity, as this is the key component of a safe, efficient and reliable solar installation.

Solar inverters can be subject to variable, often high levels of voltage, are exposed to extreme ranges in temperature, and can be susceptible to moisture and dust, and for this reason less well-made, poor quality inverters tend to have a high failure rate, impact negatively on performance and efficiency, and can even pose an electrical safety threat.


The signs of a poor quality inverter may include:

  • becoming excessively hot 
  • poor seals 
  • substandard circuitry

At Solar Fix Network, we are specialists in the inspection, maintenance and repair of solar systems and help you to ensure that you’re getting the most out of your system and that it’s achieving what you intended—reducing your energy use and emissions, and seeing major savings in your electricity bills.


Solar inverters are the most important element of a home solar energy system
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Thursday, 27 March 2014

Check the warranty on your solar inverter

Unfortunately, during the boom years of solar panel installation in South Australia, a lot of new solar installers who entered the market were primarily interested in capitalising on the rapid growth in solar uptake, and did not provide the high levels of expertise, skills and knowledge that consumers can reasonably expect. When the government began reducing the feed-in tariff and there was a subsequent fall in the demand for solar, a number of these installers in Adelaide went out of business, and so when systems failed because low-cost inverters began to malfunction, solar system owners felt they were left high and dry, with the only option being to purchase and install a new, more costly inverter.

However, if you have a faulty or damaged inverter you may not have to buy a new one. We specialise in the inspection and repair of inverters, and in many cases a malfunctioning inverter can be repaired without the need to purchase a new one.

Unfortunately, in the case of many cheaper inverters, repair may not be an option and a new one needs to be purchased. However, even if your installer is no longer trading, this doesn’t necessarily mean that the parts and components of your solar system, particularly your inverter, are not covered by the manufacturer’s warranty.

Therefore, it’s important to track down your warranty documents and find out the time span for which your inverter is covered, and the steps you need to take to have it replaced. Even low-end inverters should come with a five-year warranty, while those at the top end of the market may very well be covered for ten years.

The good news is that you may not have to bear the full cost of having your inverter replaced. In some cases, the manufacturer’s warranty may cover the replacement cost and the labour, in others you may have to pay the labour costs, but if your inverter is less than five years old, chances are that you won’t have to pay for it all yourself. It’s worth your time to find those warranty documents!

Check if your solar manufacturer has a service office in Australia, so that you can get in touch with them, or we are happy to contact your solar inverter manufacturer on your behalf to pursue a warranty claim.

Your solar inverter is the most important part of your system, so you need to inspect it regularly
At Solar Fix Network, we specialise in the inspection of solar inverters
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Monday, 24 March 2014

What is a solar inverter and why is it so important?

A solar inverter converts the DC current produced by your solar panels into an AC current that enables electricity to fed into your home in a form that can be used by your appliances. It also enables electricity to be fed back into the commercial grid. Your inverter is such an important component because it enables you to extract the optimum energy from your solar panels.
An inverter that is functioning properly and efficiently is therefore crucial to your being able to get the full benefit from your solar system. If your inverter is not working to full capacity:
  • you will be drawing power from the grid more often and in greater quantities than you should be
  • your electricity bills will be higher, because you are having to use more commercially produced electricity
  • you will not be receiving as much financial return from your feed-in tariff from your supplier, because you are not able to return the optimum amount of electricity to the grid
Inverters, especially those from the lower end of the market, are the component that is most susceptible to malfunction and this is why, if you have had a solar system in place for two years or more, you need to check on a regular basis that it’s operating effectively. For a system that’s been in place for this length of time, we recommend that you check that it’s working to its full capacity every two weeks. A simple visual inspection may reveal an error message on the inverter display, or warning lights might be showing.

Why check so frequently? Because waiting until the electricity bill comes is too late! By then, you will have been drawing power from the grid at a far greater rate than you anticipated and so you could be in for a nasty shock.  Unfortunately, many people only discover that there are faults in their solar system when it stops functioning altogether. 

If you’ve noticed a drop in your system’s efficiency, but can’t see any obvious signs of an inverter malfunction yourself, we offer a full range of inspection and maintenance services, and our trained and skilled staff can inspect and test all aspects of your system to ensure that it’s delivering maximum efficiency and minimising your costs as much as possible. 

Solar inverters need to be inspected and maintained regularly
Adelaide has some of the highest electricity bills in Australia, so make sure your inverter is working properly

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Monday, 3 March 2014

We specialise in solar panel inspection and maintenance for Adelaide homeowners

Adelaide specialists in solar panel inspection and maintenance
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New Study Shows How Solar Panels Keep Electricity Costs Lower

A new study has shown that the increased installation of solar panels on domestic homes in Australia has made a significant on keeping spiralling energy costs lower than they might otherwise have been.

The report, commissioned by Meridian and PowerShop, suggests that the use of renewable energy has checked the rise of energy prices in the face of ever-increasing demand. Solar panels enable Adelaide homeowners to buy less electricity from suppliers, and so the impact on the grid at peak times is reduced. This has contributed to the rise in prices being controlled, as overall electricity consumption throughout the country has been decreasing since 2009, the study suggests.

As more and more Adelaide homeowners see the benefits of solar power, at Solar Fix Network we offer a range of support services that enable you to keep your solar panels working at their best. Our solar panel inspections mean that you are complying with South Australian legislation, our maintenance services ensure that faults are spotted and rectified, while our cleaning services allow your solar panels to operate at maximum capacity.

To find out more, contact us on (08) 8185 1552, email us at info@solarfixnetwork.com.au or you can visit our website. In the meantime, please feel free to download our brochure below for more information.

Solar Fix Network offer a full range of solar panel inspection and maintenance services
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Solar Panels Inspection

Homeowners in Adelaide who have had solar panels installed already know the economic and environmental benefits, and the improved energy efficiency of their homes.

However, it’s important to understand that regular inspection, as well as cleaning and maintenance of your solar panels, is vital.

There are three important reasons why you need regular inspection and cleaning of your solar panels:

  1. to ensure that you are meeting the manufacturer’s warranty conditions (if applicable)
  2. to ensure that you are meeting South Australian legislation
  3. to ensure that your solar panels are working as efficiently as possible

Warranty conditions
The warranty documentation that came with your solar system may specify how frequently you need to have it inspected in order to be able to meet the warranty conditions, so it’s important that you adhere to these guidelines in order to protect your valuable investment. However, it may be the case that your warranty does not stipulate regular inspection intervals; if not, we recommend that you have your system inspected every two years.

South Australian Legislation
Unfortunately, not everyone who has a solar system installed is aware of the South Australian government legislation regarding their inspection and maintenance. 

SA Power Networks Small Embedded Generation Technical Guidelines stipulate that your solar system either needs to be inspected and maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions or, if this isn’t specified, within five years of the system’s installation, and then every five years after that.

Operating efficiency
Solar panels that aren’t clean don’t operate at maximum efficiency; however, like the windows on your home, or your car windscreen they can get dirty quite quickly. Dirt, dust, bird droppings, air pollution—all can conspire to keep your solar panels from being in pristine condition and so operating at full capacity.

Our Services
We specialise in carrying out solar panel inspection and cleaning that enable you to meet both your manufacturer’s warranty conditions, and state government legislation. Additionally, our cleaning services ensure that your panels are able to work at their very best.

At Solar Fix Network, we can meet your solar panel maintenance, servicing and repair needs wherever you are in South Australia. Call us on (08) 8185 1552 or email info@solarfixnetwork.com.au.

Solar Fix Network are the leading solar panel inspection and maintenance firm in Adelaide
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