With the news of Hurricane Irma’s uncertain effects to our area here in SWFL, we have received a lot of questions regarding how to prepare solar panels just in case of impact. Here are a few tips:
Solar Electric: A hurricane may cause utility power to fail. If this happens, your inverter(s) will cease to produce power and the system will automatically shut down (unless you have a backup battery installed). You may wish, as an added layer of protection, to shut down your system manually. This can be done by turning off the main photovoltaic disconnect switch(es) located near your utility meter (If not there, a sign near the meter should tell you it’s location). After the storm passes, it is very important to not handle ANY damaged solar electric modules as they may be high in DC voltage which is extremely dangerous. They should be treated like live utility wires. Contact us for an inspection if you observe any storm damage to your equipment.
Solar Pool Heating: In the event of a hurricane, it is wise to turn your pool pump off manually. To be sure, switch the pool equipment circuit breaker into the off position. You may have a breaker located at the pool pump itself or a breaker for the pool equipment in your main circuit panel. Turning off all sources of power is usually the safest and best option. Should you choose to not turn off the power to your pump, make sure that first your solar pool heating system is turned off and then isolated to stop any water flow to the panels mounted on your roof. Turning the isolation valves off manually so that water is not being pumped up to your roof is highly recommended.
This picture is of a typical solar pool heating manifold. The valves pictured here are open. With these style of handles, in order to close the valves, you want the handles to follow the pipe. The third valve pictured here is called a diverter valve and should be in the off position prior to isolating the solar pool heating system. If you have a controller, set the solar to “manual off”. Consult your manual or contact us for further assistance.
Note: Your valves may be a different style with red handles. Red handled ball valves are closed when perpendicular to the pipe and open when parallel to the pipe.
All Solar Products: Solar products that we install are covered by most homeowner’s insurance policies. If you have storm damage to any solar products, notify your insurance company, first, then call us immediately to receive a free repair or replacement quotation. Your solar investment should be treated like any other part of your home. Insurance companies may not be qualified to assess the cost to repair your solar energy products, so it is very important that you contact us to assess any damage. Having been in SWFL for over 40 years, we are very experienced in handling storm damage repairs and replacements.
Most importantly, keep yourself safe and protected. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us 239-574-1500
- Fafco Solar, Cape Coral’s solar energy solutions company, will be holding an open house to celebrate Earth Day on April 19 - 23, 2010 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
FORT MYERS, Florida—April 14, 2010—Fafco Solar, Cape Coral’s solar energy solution company, will be holding an open house to celebrate Earth Day. The open house takes place from April 19 to 23, 2010, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at their corporate office located at 901 SE 13th Place Cape Coral, FL 33990.
Attendees will be able to take a tour of Fafco’s Green Building, sign a “Declaration of Energy Independence,” and learn more about all the solar energy products offered by Fafco Solar. Fafco will give attendees a listing of other local Earth Day events, tips and suggestions for going green and a “Solar Bill of Rights” to take home with them.
“This is a great opportunity for us to be able to educate the public on what they can do to be green and do their part to save the environment. Solar energy is a readily-available and renewable source of energy that will not only reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, but it also helps our customers save lots of money. We’re proud to celebrate Earth Day by teaching our customers how to be environmentally responsible citizens,” says Dan Morrissey, Owner and President of Fafco Solar.
About Fafco Solar Energy:
The Fafco Solar Team, Cape Coral's Solar Energy Solutions Company, is a wonderful blend of talent and dedication. They are committed to giving professional customer service. Fafco Solar is the oldest and most trusted name in Southwest Florida. With over 116 years of pooled solar experience, the Fafco Solar Team is committed to reducing your use of fossil fuel to zero. Customers of Fafco Solar can benefit from a 30% tax credit. To find out more, call Fafco Solar at (239) 574-1500 or visit them online at Fafco Solar Energy.
Servicing Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Naples, Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, Bonita Springs, and all of Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry, and Glades Counties in Florida
In this NBC news snippet, I talk about how solar energy growth isn't a fad and how Florida is not number #1 in terms of solar usage, YET, it is the Sunshine State!
We've been in the Solar Energy business for over 30 years, and we're definitely seeing a continued growth in our solar energy business.
Here's 9 ways you can conserve energy by switching to solar energy based solutions:
- Solar Pool Heater - save by using the sun to heat your pool!
- Solar Water Heater - save by using the power of the sun to heat your water!
- Solar Electric Photovoltaic System - save by powering your home with solar energy!
- Solar Lights - save by using natural light for your home!
- Solar Attic Fan - save by using the sun to pull heat from your home!
- Pool Automation - save by automating your chlorination, pump timing and heating!
If you have any questions about Solar Energy, or would like to learn more give us a call at (239) 574-1500.
We're very passionate about what we do, and would love to help you!
Can you believe that my dad, Ward Jr., started installing solar pool heaters here in Southwest Florida over 35 years ago?
Here I am with my dad, and grandpa, in 1978 celebrating the Grand Opening of our new store in Cape Coral - at the very location we're at today! ;)
Back in the day, it wasn't about 'going green' and 'renewable energy' - the gas crisis of the 70's made solar pool heating much more attractive.
I was fortunate enough to be invited by my dad to participate in this wonderful new technology!
Solar pool heating has always been the most economically viable form of solar energy. It's always made economic sense.
Today, 35 years later, we've expanded our products to include more than just solar pool heat - we also offer:
- Solar Electric Power (or as we call it, photovoltaic (PV) power)
What's interesting is how the use of solar energy plays a big role in our goals today relating to 'going green' and committing to a sustainable future...
Who knew this is where I'd be today!
I'm really excited that we're taking our business to a new level using the power of the Internet to help people just like you create your energy independence.
I'm extremely proud to introduce our new online initiatives:
- This very blog, GoSolarEnergyforLife
- Our Web Site, www.FafcoSolar.com
- Our LinkedIn Business Page, www.linkedin.com/companies/fafco-solar
I want to thank Charly, and his team at Internet Services Group of Florida, LLC, for helping create & deploy our online connection to you!
It's really important to me that you let me know if you have any questions, comments or suggestions, as well.
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