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The bushfire emergency: fires, blackouts & solar safety

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Hot, hazy Australian suburb

These past weeks and months we’ve been horrified to see the extent and impact of the devastating bushfires across the country. 

Last week fires brought down power lines and caused blackouts across Eastern Victoria, while more than 40,000 homes in NSW went without power after transmission lines were destroyed. This comes after the Australian Energy Market Operator’s (AEMO) prediction that up to 1.3 million Victorian households could face blackouts this summer alone. 

Energy and Environment Minister Matt Kean told the Sydney Morning Herald that “the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) says it was their toughest day to operate the system in over a decade”. 

If you have been affected by the fires, we’re thinking of you. If you’re an electricity customer of ours and are experiencing hardship due to the fires, please get in touch when the time is right for you. 

 

If you have solar panels on your roof 

If you have solar and you were forced to evacuate because of the fires, please do not touch your solar system when you return to your home. If your system was damaged by the fires, turning it on yourself could put you at risk of a lethal electric shock. 

It’s vital you contact your accredited installer to recommission your system. For more information, visit the Clean Energy Council’s website

If you’re forced to evacuate in the future, and only if you have time, shut down your solar system before you leave. There should be a shutdown procedure marked on your inverter or meter box.

 

Where you can donate to support victims

These fires have left so many of us anxious to know what we can do to help those affected. If you would like to help but are unsure where to start, our team is donating to the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Appeal. There are also State-based appeals to support affected residents, firefighters and wildlife.

 

NSW

 

VIC

 

SA

 

National

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