Solar Panel System Failure

Solar inverter fails within four years!

I haven’t blogged about the the East-west split solar system for some time. As far as I know it had been doing very well and running without problems. This was until last week when I learnt that the SolarEdge inverter had stopped working.

Solar InverterAfter checking the display panel we found that it was showing ‘Error Code 26’ – a faulty AC relay. We checked the manual and it appears that this is caused when the AC relay fails during the wake-up test and that we should contact SolarEdge support.

After a couple of calls to the company that installed the solar panel system we were informed that the inverter would need replacing. We were rather shocked at this news as the system hasn’t even achieved four years use 🙁

Although we were expecting an inverter to last a lot longer than just four years, we were very pleased that the inverter and initial installation was still under warranty. The installation company ordered a replacement and installed the unit within 7-days. It would have cost around eight hundred pounds if the inverter was not within warranty.

I can’t help now thinking about how many inverters we will get through before the systems pay for themselves!

Solar Generation Statistics – December 2012

South, South-East statistics table shows that during the month of December 2012 my Sanyo PV solar array yielded 60.64 kWs of electricity, averaging 1.96 kWs per day.

Best day: 5.46 kW 10/12/2012
Worst day: 0.02 kwh 19/12/2012 🙁
Generation per kwp: 30.32 kW
Daily average: 1.96 kwh

I thought that I had experienced the worst day when I reported a 0.13 yield on the 24/11/2012 – well after a dreadful day’s weather on the 19th December my system generated a mere 0.02 kWs!

South South-East December 2012 Solar stats
This is the last East-West Split statistics table and ends the twelve-month period since installation. I will only be blogging the total monthly yield from now on for this system. The table shows that during the month of December 2012 the 2.64kW SolarEdge PV array yielded 40.69 kWs of electricity, averaging 1.32kWs per day.

East-West Split December 2012 Solar Stats

Solar Panel Generation Statistics – November 2012

South, South-East statistics table shows that during the month of November 2012 my Sanyo PV solar array yielded 81.63 kWs of electricity, averaging 2.72 kWs per day.

Best day: 6.64 kW 11/11/2012
Worst day: 0.36 kwh 24/11/2012
Generation per kwp: 40.82 kW
Daily average: 2.72 kwh

South South-East November 2012 Solar stats

The East-West Split statistics table shows that during the month of November 2012 the 2.64kW SolarEdge PV array yielded 59.7kWs of electricity, averaging 1.99kWs per day.

East-West Split November 2012 Solar Stats

Solar Panel Generation Statistics – October 2012

South, South-East statistics table shows that during the month of October 2012 the 2kW Sanyo PV array yielded 128.49kWs of electricity, averaging 4.14kWs per day.

Best day: 8.89 kwh 16/10/2012
Worst day: 0.36 kwh 10/10/2012
Generation per kwp: 64.25 kwh
Daily average: 4.14 kwh

Solar Statistics October 2012 South,South-East

The East-West Split statistics table shows that during the month of October 2012 the 2.64kW SolarEdge PV array yielded 107.57kWs of electricity, averaging 3.47kWs per day.

East,West-Split Solar Statistics October 2012

September 2012 Solar Panel Generation Statistics

September solar generation – I guessed that this was going to be the month when solar harvesting would start to wind down a little, especially with the autumnal nights now drawing-in in the build-up to winter. Well the days have certainly grown shorter and the nights longer, but I have been quite pleased with the South, South-East’s  generation figures for the month. The first table shows that during the month of September 2012 the 2kW Sanyo solar PV array yielded 207.02kWs, averaging 6.90kWs per day. This is more than what was achieved in June and very close to August’s yield!

Solar Generation Statistics - September 2012This East-West Split statistics table also shows that during the month of September the SolarEdge system array yielded 201.63kWs, averaging 6.72kWs per day. The solar set-up now beginning to suffer a little without the late evening sun!

East west split solar generation stats - September 2012

 

June Solar PV Generation Statistics

June 2012 should have been a good solar generating month, however I can’t help but feel a little robbed after experiencing the wettest June on record and one of the dullest too! Having solar PV panels gives you an added perception of the weather conditions around you, especially if like me you are in your first year of solar harvesting. You think only of all the sunny months you have experienced over the years – not even a flicker enters your mind of all the poor ones which have gone before and I’m sure that there were many!

With June also incorporating the longest day I was hoping to see some more yield records broken. We may still see these statistics reach new heights in July or even August but for now I can only reflect on what could have been. Anyway, I’m still, although less eager this month, going to keep on posting good or bad solar PV generation statistics for my South, South-East 2 kWh Sanyo solar panel array and my father’s 2.64kWh Sunpower East-West Split system.

The South, South-East statistics table shows that during the month of July 2012 the Sanyo solar panel array yielded 202.98kWs of electricity from the sun, averaging 6.77kWs per day. This is a little less than what was achieved in April.

June 2012 Statistics South, South-East

The East-West Split statistics table shows the system fairing a little better with a yield of 231.26kWs, averaging 7.71kWs per day. By comparison this is a little better than what was achieved in April – the system continuing to benefit from the higher sun throughout the day and late into the evenings.

June 2012 Statistics East, West Split