SOLAR OWNERS URGED TO CHECK SOLAR POWER SYSTEM

13/05/2014

Homeowners and electricians are urged to check their solar power system after Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie issued a recall order on certain Avenco branded DC solar power isolators that were found to have an internal fault that can lead to overheating and fire.

 

Member for Kallangur, Mr Trevor Ruthenberg, said the recall followed investigations conducted by the Electrical Safety Office (ESO) and independent reports from the University of Queensland and the Queensland University of Technology.

 

“This isn’t about creating panic, we’re just reminding solar customers to check their system to avoid any potential fire risks,” Mr Ruthenberg said.

 

Member for Pine Rivers, Mr Seath Holswich, said 27,000 of the affected parts had been sold in Queensland, so it essential for everyone to double check the brand of their isolators for peace of mind.

 

“If a resident or installer finds they do have the affected isolator, we ask that they disable it so it can be replaced,” Mr Holswich said.

 

“For those who can’t access the isolator safely or are unsure of what to do, they are best to get in touch with their electrician or seek advice from their installer.”

 

The affected Avanco brand DC isolators include the following model numbers: AV/DC4P25A, AV/DC2P25A, AV/DC4P25AUB, AV/DC2P625AU, AV/DC2P25AU, AV/DC2/2P25AU, AV/DC2/2P125AU, AV/DC4P25AU, AV/DC4P25AUS and AV/DC4P25AUT.

 

For more information on the recall and consumer rights, please visit the Electrical Safety Office website at electricalsafetyqld.gov.au or the Office of Fair Trading website at www.fairtrading.qld.gov.au/isolator-recall-consumer-rights.htm