TUESDAY 10 AUGUST, 2010 |
Aero-Sharp Inverters Recalled By Australian Solar Provider
Some solar power system owners in Australia are scrambling to check the make of
their inverters after a provider issued a national recall on an entire range of
Aero-Sharp (not to be confused with Sharp) grid connect inverters.
The company, Beyond Building Energy, issued a recall statement
on its web site
on August 5. The statement reads in part:
"Beyond Building Energy is conducting the recall due to dissatisfaction with the
product's level of quality. After internal audits were conducted quality issues arose due to some systems displaying slow start up times and involuntary shut downs"
Beyond Building Energy said that while the issues with Aerosharp inverters were not serious faults, it would replace all Aerosharp grid connect inverters it had
installed with another brand.
An inverter is an integral part of a solar
, converting DC current produced by a solar panel array into AC
power, suitable for use by home appliances.
According to Energy Matters
co-founder Max Sylvester, the Aero-Sharp inverter
recall incident is a reminder to consumers shopping for solar power systems to
"As with solar
, not all grid
are created equal, even among those approved for use in
Australia. There has been an influx of new players in the Australian inverter
market and some of these products have had little testing in Australian
conditions compared to the more established brands such as SMA
"While it's good to see providers faced with such unfortunate issues being
proactive in their response, the inconvenience to customers in replacing
sub-standard equipment, particularly an inverter, is considerable. It's a
situation where an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure from the
Mr. Sylvester says the problems could possibly extend beyond inverters carrying
the Aero-Sharp brand. "The issue of re-branding was raised in Energy
Matters' community forums
While we have no specific information in relation to these inverters, it's not
unusual for solar power equipment to be re-branded, so we advise concerned solar
power system owners to contact their supplier to ascertain whether their
inverter is a re-badged Aerosharp."
Energy Matters provides a solar
power consumer's guide
to help raise awareness of issues relating to the
purchase of solar power systems.
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