Erwin
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Frame

Started this discussion. Last reply by Renewable Ray Aug 24, 2012. 1 Reply

Hi All My solar panel frames were destroyed. Any Ideas on how to make new frame.ThanksContinue

Wires

Started this discussion. Last reply by Big Moe Jul 29, 2011. 11 Replies

  What type of wire is everyone using to run from the panels to controller. The wires that come with the HF kit are not long enough to go where i would like to place them. I' looking at about a 30ft…Continue

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You've advanced beyond the entry level kit or maybe you want to give 24 volts a try. This is the place to talk about the more advanced aspect of DIY solar.See More
Mar 23, 2013
Renewable Ray replied to Erwin's discussion Frame
"What kind of panels are these? Can you post pictures?"
Aug 24, 2012
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Frame

Hi All My solar panel frames were destroyed. Any Ideas on how to make new frame.ThanksSee More
Aug 24, 2012
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Jul 31, 2011
Erwin replied to alvin bell's discussion Voltage Readings
"Bill k  How many amps are Romex cable rated for. I eventually would like to buy some more panels.  And how do you attach all the cables and protect them from the elements, I'm a Newbie so please bear with me. Thanks"
Jul 30, 2011
Big Moe replied to Erwin's discussion Wires
"It is according to what wire you use. I use welding cable. I have some 6 AWG , 2 AWG  and 1/0 AWG . Welding cable is UV rated so it does not have to be shielded if it is outside. On the wires that are not UV rated I either put them in PVC…"
Jul 29, 2011
JP replied to Erwin's discussion Wires
"Just minimize the run as much as possible. I used the stock wires and trimmed them down even. I run the AC from the inverter over the distance and with AC your losses are negligible. So convert as close as possible to the panels to reduce the DC…"
Jul 28, 2011
sl dl replied to Erwin's discussion Wires
"I ran #6 because I got a good deal on it, 100' for 20 bucks, and put it inside conduit across the roof and into the house. about 25'"
Jul 28, 2011
Erwin replied to Erwin's discussion Wires
"   Thanks for all the answers. But are all the wires mentioned ok for use outside or do they need to be protected from the elements. If so then how?   Thanks"
Jul 28, 2011
John J. replied to Erwin's discussion Wires
"Well I have 3 singles and 1 kit for 6 Panels. Next years plan is 1 more kit for 9 panels. I'll probably have the 2nd battry before Oct."
Jul 28, 2011
Geekster Dave replied to Erwin's discussion Wires
"Boy I wish Ray's post were an easy to find "sticky" or some such - this subject comes up SO often: How Long and What Gauge Should My Wiring Be?   It always comes back to "it depends"...  How long is the run, how…"
Jul 28, 2011
Raymond Dias replied to Erwin's discussion Wires
"As others have said it depends on how far you plan to go. I have my panels connected to a Square D breaker box and use 10 awg stranded wire from the breaker box to the disconnect switch. From there I use 2awg wire to the charge controller and from…"
Jul 28, 2011
Big Moe replied to Erwin's discussion Wires
"How many kits do you plan on having when you are done?  This will help determine the gauge you should use to begin with.  It really sux to keep replacing your wire as your array grows.  I have done it multiple times... I've…"
Jul 28, 2011
John J. replied to Erwin's discussion Wires
"All my panels tie into a small bus terminal in a combiner box. From there I use 14ga stranded to the controller. But it's only about 15 feet. My current 100w 7a controller wire leads are the same size ( I think ) as the panel wires. That kinda…"
Jul 28, 2011
Erwin replied to Erwin's discussion Wires
"Thanks"
Jul 28, 2011

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