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Xantrex Grid Tie Solar Inverters Recalled

January 18, 2011
Xantrex Technology Inc.
The Danger:
A component of the inverter can degrade, causing out-gassing within the wiring compartment of the inverter. When arcing occurs, gasses could build and force the compartment cover to blow off. If the cover is blown off with enough force, it can injure the user or cause damage to property that is close to the inverter.
This recall involves about 25,000 inverters. The recalled inverter converts solar photovoltaic voltages into utility grid voltages, allowing the owner to feed power into the electrical grid. The recalled units were manufactured between September 2005 and August 2010. These products were sold under the Xantrex, Sunpower, and General Electric brands. The brand name is printed on the front of the unit.
Sold At:
Solar distributors and system integrators in the U.S. and in Canada from September 2005 through January 2011 for between about $2,500 and $4,000.
What To Do:
Contact an authorized dealer to receive a free repair. Consumers can also call Xantrex Technology toll-free 800-714-7176 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday.
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