Safari Energy sues Chint Power Systems for defective utility-scale inverters

New York-based solar developer Safari Energy sued Chint Power Systems in the Central District of California in March 2022 after alleged defects in Chint’s inverters resulted in three dozen fires at large-scale solar projects in Georgia in less than a period of two years.

The Georgia projects were built by SolAmerica Energy Services and the power generated at the sites is sold to Georgia Power Company under a PPA.

Case No. 2:22-cv-1522 describes the complaint for “negligence, breach of the express warranty, and breach of the implied warranty of merchantability.”

Prosecutor Safari Energy said in the lawsuit that each of the inverter fires happened suddenly and unexpectedly.

“As a result of the fires, each of the inverters involved was destroyed. Other property and equipment in plaintiffs’ facilities were also damaged in the fires, including but not limited to electrical and communications cables not supplied by Chint,” the lawsuit said.

Despite the fact that Chint has replaced certain units that have burned or otherwise become defective, the company has “not repaired the purchase price of the many other units that are defective, but which have not yet spontaneously burned or otherwise become defective.” , replaced or refunded.”

On June 24, 2022, the court referred the matter to private mediation and ordered the resolution by August 11, 2023.

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