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Animal Damage

Animal Damage

A very common problem we see with solar systems is cables being chewed on or through by animals. The usual offender is the humble opossum and the crime takes place at night. Whilst the cables are not a food source they are at risk if the array is sitting too high off the roof, the cables are not fixed to the framing correctly or are too close to the perimeter of the array. Chewed or damaged cables pose a very serious risk for electrocution and starting fires. It’s important to check your systems output via your inverter on a weekly basis. If you see the performance drop below what you could expect for the conditions then get the system checked by an accredited electrician or 30 North’s system testing team. 30 North can assist you with your insurance claim and repairs.

NOTE: Arrays need to have adequate clearance from the roof to allow organic matter and water escape. Never get up on your roof to clean or inspect your panels. Your precious life is worth more than a few extra kWh or the cost of getting a qualified electrician out to give you piece of mind.

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