The generation problems at the end of 2013 were eventually discovered to be squirrel damage. After replacing and repairing some of the panels we have had our fingers crossed that we have solved the issue.
The good news is that we appear to be back in business, and the panels are generating well again. The photo shows our treasurer Richard Walter by the inverters taking a recent meter reading.
To try and ensure the problem doesn’t happen again, we will be fitting squirrel mesh around the panels later in March.
For the numerically minded reader, below are the details of production so far.
This graph shows average daily output – with the new year production in purple – following a similar pattern to previous years.
Or to look at it another way, here is the monthly output displayed against the average of what we would expect (the green line). The January production is lower than average – this was because the panels were not fixed until the end of the month. However February production was well above average, helping us to get back on track for 2014.
And the raw figures are below.
|Month 2014||Daily Average kWh||% of expected||Cumulative tonnes of CO2e saved||Month 2013||Daily Average kWh||% of expected||Cumulative tonnes of CO2e saved|