DC CONDUCTOR AMPACITY CALCULATIONS HELP

I used an online company to do my solar site plan packet for my local Building & Safety Department. They have done some calculations that look a little off to me. If anyone could help out with correct values, I would really appreciate it, the N.E.C. Tables 310 series are just confusing me. The image is from combiner boxes at array to inverters. It has (4) current carrying conductors @ 4AWG. ISC=9.11. There are 8 strings of 3 modules coming from each combiner box. I don't believe it has a bearing on the calculations, but I'll be using Schedule 40 1-1/4" PVC conduit. If more details are needed, let me know.
Thank you for your consideration.

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  • EstragonEstragon Registered Users Posts: 1,416 ✭✭✭✭
    "There are 8 strings of 3 modules coming from each combiner box".

    To clarify - you have a total of 16 strings (16x3=48 panel)? These go two 2 combiner boxes, 8 strings per box. From each box they propose a pair of 4ga wires to charge controller/inverter(s).

    The required ampacity line appears to be 4 strings per box, not 8 (9.11x1.25x1.25=56.94), which it seems to me would be for 24 panels, 8 strings total split 4 per box. How many panels are you getting?

    As well as meeting code, voltage drop may be a factor if going any distance from array combiners to controller.
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  • mike_smike_s Registered Users Posts: 39 ✭✭
    ISC=9.11. There are 8 strings of 3 modules coming from each combiner box.
    If there are 8 strings with an Isc of 9.11 being combined, shouldn't the required ampacity (after calculations) be greater than 8*9.11=72.88 A?
  • djohnyvonnedjohnyvonne Registered Users Posts: 17 ✭✭
    Estragon,
    my system will have 48 panels.
    2-MNPV12 combiner boxes
    2-GS8048A inverters
    2-GSLC load centers
    4-flexmax FM80 charge controllers
  • mike95490mike95490 Solar Expert Posts: 7,249 ✭✭✭✭
    Putting panels in series and using a pair of 600V 80A charge controllers could simplify things a lot.   And save on wire cost.
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  • EstragonEstragon Registered Users Posts: 1,416 ✭✭✭✭
    In that case it appears the wiring will be inadequate, so heavier and/or more wires, and/or more conduit to reduce fill factor derating, and/or consider high voltage controllers.
    Off-grid.  
    Main daytime system ~4kw panels into 2xMNClassic150 370ah 48v bank 2xOutback 3548 inverter 120v + 240v autotransformer
    Night system ~1kw panels into 1xMNClassic150 700ah 12v bank morningstar 300w inverter
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