Solar System Hurricane Preparedness

09/11/2018
 

Two Easy Steps to Protect Your Solar PV System During a Hurricane 

WHAT TO DO TO PROTECT YOUR SOLAR SYSTEM:

Solar systems are an investment and one that should be protected. While preparing for a major storm, your first priority is to safeguard your family and home from destructive winds and flooding. However, we would like to remind you to take these two (2) easy steps to protect your solar PV and battery systems from storm-related damage and possible utility grid electrical disturbances.  These should only take a few minutes to complete and could save you thousands of dollars from potential loss.

STEPS TO PROTECT YOUR SOLAR SYSTEM: 

  1. Locate your solar PV disconnect which should be clearly labeled. Pull the switch from the ON or CLOSED position and flip the handle to the OFF or OPEN position.
    This should be all you need to do before the storm to protect your system from possible large utility disturbances and surges that could damage your inverters or other equipment.
    After the Storm:
  2. Have a certified electrician or solar PV professional come by to inspect the solar PV system and then safely return your system back to service if there has been no damage.
    If you are confident that there has been no damage to the PV array or equipment, you may turn your system back on AT YOUR OWN RISK.  However, we recommend having a Hawaii Unified technician inspect the system to prevent restoring power to a damaged system which could cause a fire, electric shock or further damage.

WE CAN HELP:

If you have suffered damage to your solar PV system, Hawaii Unified can document the damage in full detail and help you submit an insurance or warranty claim.  We can work with your insurance provider to help with estimating costs and then repair and restore your system once your claim has been processed.  Our goal is to make this process as simple as possible for you to focus on more important things like your Ohana and Home or Business.