CEC De-Lists SSE Solar Inverters

SSE solar inverters

The Clean Energy Council has announced the de-listing of all Shanghai Surpass Sun Electric Co Ltd’s (SSE) solar inverters from its approved products list, citing potential safety issues.

The de-listing occurred after the failure in testing by the CEC of an SPS5KTL-ED model grid-connect inverter for compliance with AS 4777-2 (Grid connection of energy systems via inverters).

“As a result of failing the Passive Anti-islanding test when programmed for Australia and other issues, all of SSE’s inverters were de-listed on 29 January 2019,” states the CEC. “This failure is regarded by the CEC as a potential safety issue as the inverter may not shut down under some grid fault conditions and may potentially damage other equipment.”

In its announcement the CEC didn’t provide any further detail as to what the “other issues” were.

Anti-islanding is an important safety feature that detects the loss of grid power in a fraction of a second and switches off the solar inverter automatically. This not only protects grid equipment, but also those who may be working on rectifying a fault.

All SSE solar inverters were de-listed as it isn’t practical for the CEC to test all models, so it is taking the results of the SPS5KTL-ED test as indicative of other devices until such time it is demonstrated otherwise.

While the CEC’s web interface no longer lists SSE models, a PDF version of the approved inverters list dated January 25 notes other models approved at that time were:

  • SPS10KTL-B
  • SPS12KTL-B
  • SPS15KTL-B
  • SPS17KTL-B
  • SPS20KTL-B
  • SPS25KTL-B
  • SPS30KTL
  • SPS3KTL-B
  • SPS4K6TL-B
  • SPS4K6TL-ED
  • SPS4KTL-B
  • SPS4KTL-ED
  • SPS5KTL-B
  • SPS5KTL-ED
  • SPS6KTR
  • SPS8KTL

As mentioned, the only model to have been tested by the CEC is the SPS5KTL-ED, which is a 5kW solar inverter.

In order for solar power systems to be eligible for Australia’s major solar subsidy, panels and inverters used in a system must be on the Approved Products List at the time of installation.

The Clean Energy Council advises installers with SSE inverter stock on hand to not install it. Installers should contact their suppliers and await advice from the manufacturer or electrical authorities regarding the course of action to take.

Those with SSE solar inverters as part of their system should contact their installer.

Shanghai Surpass Sun Electric Co Ltd is part of the SSE Group, which also consists of Hubei Surpass Sun Electric Co.Ltd., Hubei Surpass Sun New Energy Technologies Co.Ltd. and Surpass Energy Pty Ltd. (Australia). SSE Group was founded in 1997.

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About Michael Bloch

Michael caught the solar power bug after purchasing components to cobble together a small off-grid PV system in 2008. He's been reporting on Australian and international solar energy news ever since.

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