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Old 05-25-2016, 09:09 AM   #21
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Thanks Peter, Janice. I'm not able to run my panels in series. The open circuit voltage of three panels in series is higher than safe for the controller. I would have liked to use a Morningstar product, but it was beyond my budget for this year.

I've determined that the ground on the solar panels is insufficient. I wish I received proper instructions from the vendor on this, prior to installation. It turns out I should have used 6 gauge. I have used 8. In addition the electrical engineer who works for the vendor said that if insulated ground wire is used, residential codes call for THWN (Thermoplastic Heat and Water-resistant Nylon-coated). Ancor wire has vinyl insulation.

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