Unfortunately after a month trip away from home, I returned home to a dead solar inverter. I think it died exactly the same time I left. My supplier has ordered a new one but it has not yet arrived. I will have ended up losing probably two months worth of peak energy production this year.
I don’t have a fancy system for tracking the power production and usage. I have just been looking at the bills from the electricity company, which are a bit cryptic. There is a small light on the inverter when it is on but I am not the type of person to notice whether a light is on or off.
I have had solar for five years now and the inverter is warrantied for ten years. The system will be completely paid for in a few years before the inverter warranty expires. The panels themselves are warrantied for over twenty five years. Solar is a great long term investment and I am always surprised how few people install the panels.
I was surprised to find this morning that my inverter came back to life. Nevertheless a new one is on the way. My supplier says he has now switched to a more reliable brand.