Solar Electricity - Switchboard and Meter Upgrades
Before we can install a grid-connected solar
power system, we will need to ensure that your
existing switchboard and meter meet current standards.
The following information will help you determine
if your meter and switchboard are okay, and approximate
pricing for upgrades if required.
If your home is under 10 years old, then it's
If your switchboard looks something like this
one - then it's probably okay!
If your meter box looks like this - it will
need a major upgrade!
The best way to check if your system is compliant with solar, is to email us a photo for a free evaluation
Why are switchboard upgrades necessary for your household?
As well as the regulations which requires a minimum standard
for switchboards and meter-boxes, for solar-grid connection,
updating your old fuse/switchbox makes perfect sense.
- Old fuseboxes are more prone to short-circuits.
- Their fuses
can catch and spread fire easily.
- Chance of electrical shock
The electrical safety switch, available these
days with latest switchboards, eliminates the chance of electric
shock, or serious physical damage due to a fire breakout.
An electrical safety switch shuts down the main power supply
as soon as it senses the slightest power leakage from a broken
wire or switch.
A few decades ago, households did not contain the number of
electrical appliances or devices as they do now, so the simple
fusebox was considered adequate. (computers, TV's in every
room, microwaves, home theatres, central heating etc.)
If your lights flicker, or you experience frequent fuse-tripping
then it's most likely that all your electrical equipment is
overloading the system.
Everything has a use by date. If your home still has a ceramic
fuse box with re-wireable fuses in the meter box or an electrical
switchboard then it has passed its use by date, and your switchboard
is an electrical hazard.
Modern switchboards are fitted with auto-trip circuit breakers
and safety switches which cut the electricity when there is
an electrical fault. This can save your appliances, prevent
electrical cables catching on fire, or even save a life from