Natural Disasters & Emergencies

Solar and natural disasters including bushfires

The following guidelines have been published by the Clean Energy Council for households/businesses with solar systems located in areas under threat from bush-fires, floods and cyclones.

Fire, flood and cyclone emergency situations
If you have solar panels on your roof and are faced with an emergency fire, flood or cyclone situation, there are only two things you need to remember:

  1. If you need to evacuate, leave your house immediately
  2. Upon returning to your house, do not attempt to turn your solar power system back on. Contact your Clean Energy Council-accredited installer to have your system recommissioned. If your installer is not available, contact a licensed electrician who can check your system to ensure it is safe.

Safety in flood and bush-fire affected areas
If you come across a solar system that may have been damaged in a flood, storm or bush-fire, an accredited installer needs to inspect the system to ensure it is not dangerous.

Do not attempt to turn on the system after a storm or flood. Take care with solar equipment or structures which may have fire damage. Stay away from the solar panels and wiring until assessed as safe to approach.

Even if the network supply is turned off, solar systems and associated wiring may still be live; systems will continue to produce voltage during the day.

Ensure that any repairs to the system are electrically safe before it is recommissioned. This check needs to be done before other clean-up work starts around the modules and associated electrical wiring.

Once the system has been checked and is safe, follow the start-up procedure.

Click here for more information, including planning ahead for fire, flood and cyclone situations.

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