Information for Solar Customers: Solar Inverter Recall Announced
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced on January 18, the voluntary recall of selected solar inverters sold under the brand names of Xantrax, Sunpower and General Electric that were manufactured between September 2005 and August 2010.
While Roseville Electric is not certain if any of its more than 1,000 solar customers are affected by this recall, this information is being posted as a public service message.
Information is also available at www.gosolarcalifornia.ca.gov/equipment/inverters.php or at www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11099.html. The brand name appears on the front of the inverters.
If consumers find their inverter on the list, they can find out how to get the inverters repaired by emailing RE.CustomerCare@ca.schneider-electric.com.
According to a notice issued by California energy officials, the voluntary recall is necessary because a component of the inverter can degrade, causing out gassing within the wiring compartment of the inverter. When arcing occurs, gasses could build and force the compartment cover to be blown off. If the cover is blown off with sufficient force it can injure the user or person or cause damage to property in close proximity to the inverter.
Inverters convert solar photovoltaic voltages into utility grid voltages.