Does it matter where the Inverter is to be sited?
- July 1, 2015 at 10:37 pm #16859
Does it matter more for the Inverter to be sited nearer the solar panels having a shorter D.C. run? OR Is it better for the Inverter to be sited nearer the consumer unit having a shorter A.C. run?
- July 3, 2015 at 9:42 am #16860
I think most installers try to keep the DC run as short as possible, but there is nothing wrong in a long DC run if you have no choice. If the DC run is that long they should do the calculations and use the correct size DC cable.
- July 3, 2015 at 9:44 am #16861
“18.104.22.168 Cable Type and Installation Method
To minimise the risk of faults, PV D.C. cable runs should be kept as short as practicable.”
Source: MCS Guide to the Installation of Photovoltaic Systems 2013.
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- January 23, 2016 at 3:22 pm #17692
is it ok in loft/roof space or is this likely to be too hot?
- January 23, 2016 at 5:00 pm #17693
The loft space is actually the most popular place to install the inverted box. This has the benefit of a short DC cable run and minimum installation disruption within the living spaces of the property.
I’ve never heard of temperature being a factor for the inverter, but cooler panels do work more efficiently (contrary to popular belief).
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