The Dangers of Ignoring Issues

When solar is installed wrong, there are serious, potentially life threatening disasters in plain sight. Take for example a problem we have found all too often.

The installer was in a rush and didn’t fully terminate the wiring. Older systems, which do not have Arc fault detection, just keep on operating. Eventually, that poorly terminated wire will start to generate heat. This heat has melted down connectors, burned wiring boxes down, and even the back side of modules. There are documented cases of these types of issues burning down buildings.

Other issues range from improperly electrically grounded systems, to modules flying off the roof. We have unfortunately been called out to multiple sites, where the previous installation company was clearly in a rush and didn’t properly secure the modules. Typically a solar module is mounted to your home or business, so that it can sustain hurricane force winds.  

So what are you to do? A thorough system inspection, by a NABCEP certified professional can often help avoid many of these issues. We check everything out, so you can sleep soundly, knowing you and your family is safe. 

If you decide you want a battery back-up system or need a stand-alone energy solution, Synergy Power can design and install a system that is right for you. Some back-up systems and all stand-alone systems require a gas generator (propane, natural gas, diesel, etc.). Battery banks vary in size depending on power loads but generally need 10-20 sq. ft. and may require venting.

So how does more adding solar panels to an existing system work?

This all depends on how big your inverter is. If your system was oversized to accommodate adding to it, your inverter should be big enough to handle generating a little more power. If your inverter is too small to handle additional panels, you’ll need to have a larger capacity inverter installed along with the new panels.

Also, be space-conscious. More panels means you’ll need more available space, either on your roof or on the ground.

A couple of things to keep in mind…

The first thing you should do when considering adding to your system is to contact the solar contractor that installed your solar panels originally and discuss with them upgrade options and what your goals are. This is an important step to remember since you can possibly void your system warranty if you hire another contractor to add to your existing system. If the original solar contractor is no longer in business, you should try contacting the manufacturer of your system and ask them to refer a local installer who can help you.

Mixing and matching components from different brands can be done if needed, as long as the voltage is compatible and can be balanced properly.

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