Todays job required our knowledge of the installation as well as the removal of solar panels. Our client contacted us when they were informed essential roof maintenance work needed to take place on their premesis. We visited the site to remove the solar panels safely and in a way where they could easily be re-instated after the maintenance work had taken place. See the images below of the panels being removed... One row down! C Gascoigne offer installation, maintenance and repairs for all manufacturers of solar PV systems equipment, inverters, panels, total generation meter replacement etc. We are MCS & NICEIC Approved Electrical Contractors with full accreditations and training. Get in touch with our experienced team for any solar PV...Read More
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One of our clients recently reported a potential solar inverter fault which meant that the mains supply to their solar inverter would intermittently trip. This had reached the stage where the main RCD would not reset unless the Solar PV inverter was switched off. The client also reported that their solar PV system was underperforming when compared to their neighbour’s equivalent system on a similar pitch and elevation.
How we diagnosed and fixed this suspected solar inverter fault
Power One PVI3.6 OUTD Solar Inverter Tripping Mains SupplyWe attended the site to carry out earth leakage current checks on the side of the consumer unit which was protected by a 30mA RCD which supplied the Power One PVI3.6 Solar Inverter. The leakage current was monitored with all circuits other than the inverter supply connected. ... Read More
We recently had a call from a client in Ratby, Leicestershire, reporting that one string of a dual string inverter would trip the Trannergy PVI4000TL solar Inverter when isolated. C Gascoigne visited the site and the system was checked and no solar PV fault was found. However, as part of the system check we did discover a faulty main RCD which was was located on the house consumer unit which would not trip under any circumstances. This could have left the customer and his property in danger if left unattended. The RCD unit was replaced from stock on the day and the site left safe once again. This is an excellent example of why testing should be carried out at regular intervals on all Solar PV systems. If you would like to book...Read More
As a Fronius Service Partner this enquiry originated from the Fronius help desk. We were informed that the Fronius inverter had fault code 417 showing which indicates a DC card failure. The customer was offered a replacement DC card with a 1 year warranty or a replacement Fronius Galvo 1.5 inverter with a full 5 years’ manufacturers warranty. In this case the customer decided it would be prudent to opt for the latest technology and have a new solar inverter. As part of the works the customer requested that the solar inverter be relocated. It was also noted as part of our site visit that the DC isolator switch was none lockable, a regulatory requirement. This was also rectified as part of the inverter replacement/relocation work. Fronius solar inverter replacement and repair
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SMA SB4000TL solar inverter - Inverter showing intermittent insulation resistance fault, (fault code 35).C Gascoigne were recently called to a site to locate and provide solar PV fault diagnosis on a suspected fault as PV cable connectors were left unsecured in puddles of water on a roof mounted array. We are currently waiting for a dry day to re-attend and safely remedy the problem. It was also noted whilst on site that the panels had been mounted with the diode boxes at the bottom of the panels. This may lead to water ingress as water flows down the cables and toward the boxes instead of away from the boxes. The array frame has also been installed directly onto the felt roof, this would benefit from being installed on rubber matting to... Read More
We are delighted to announce C Gascoigne Ltd are now SolarEdge Certified Installers offering SolarEdge inverter installation and maintenance services.
If you are to experience any problems with your Solar Edge inverter or inverters, optimizers or power boxes, get in touch with our team of solar PV
As SolarEdge certified installers we can install, replace, fix or repair, speaking to SolarEdge on your behalf ; checking if your system is under warranty and coordinating the repair process as easily as possible for you. We can do this on all SolarEdge systems in place of your original installer.
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We were recently approached by a local Parish Church in Loughborough who reported that they had two damaged Suntech STP245S–20/Wd solar panels on the Church roof connected to three SMA Sunny Boy inverters. The solar panels were damaged by failing masonry on the church roof which caused cracks as shown in the images below. C Gascoigne Ltd attended site with access equipment and replaced the broken panels. The system was quickly back in production to the delight of the church parishioners as the PV system has proven to be a valuable source of revenue since being installed 5 years earlier. The impact damaged solar panel The church after the Solar Panel Replacement If you require solar panel replacement due to damage or a fault get in touch, as well as the...Read More
Is your Solar PV system total generation meter reading low, or has it not changed since the last time you did the reading for the Feed in Tariff (FiT)? This problem is not unusual, it could be the weather but this is now being highlighted by the feed in tariff providers e.g. Npower, EON who will send out a letter when they receive a reading which is 20% less than they were expecting. They use 20% to allow for weather variations. Please give us a call, it could be as simple as your total generation meter needs replacing, we can diagnose the problem and have your system back up and running for you in no time Telephone: 01509 341971 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org C Gascoigne specialise and are vastly experienced in the repair and maintenance of...Read More
C Gascoigne Ltd NICEIC Approved electrician and MCS accredited Solar PV installer are your local Solar I-boost supplier and installer covering Loughborough and the surrounding areas for homes/businesses with Solar PV installed. The Solar I-boost is a simple to install product that wirelessly monitors the energy generated by a Solar Array and diverts any exccess energy to heat the hot water in the immersion heater. Supplied and installed for £462.50*, including VAT. * Price as at August 2016. This assumes that the immersion heater is in working order and there are no other works required other than the simple installation of the Solar...Read More