Panels of different size?

BoFullerBoFuller Solar Expert Posts: 150 ✭✭✭
3 years ago I bought 12 Kyocera 235GX panels for my off grid cabin. It took way longer to get through County regulations than I anticipated, so I used 3 of the panels on my travel trailer for the last 3 yrs. now I'm ready to put the 12 panels on the roof of the cabin but I want to keep 3 panels on the trailer too. Can I buy 3 new 255 panels and use them as one of the four groups of 3 on my cabin roof or should I put the 255s on the trailer and make all the ones on the house the same (235)?
12 Kyocera 235 panels, 16 Trojan L16 RE-B batteries, Outback 3600W 48V system, Generac 11K propane backup generator, NW AZ, off grid, 6,000 ft (system installed in April 2015)

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  • BoFullerBoFuller Solar Expert Posts: 150 ✭✭✭
    New system will be the 12 panels, 16 L 16RE and an Outback 3648
    12 Kyocera 235 panels, 16 Trojan L16 RE-B batteries, Outback 3600W 48V system, Generac 11K propane backup generator, NW AZ, off grid, 6,000 ft (system installed in April 2015)

  • westbranchwestbranch Solar Expert Posts: 5,142 ✭✭✭✭
    I would swap out the 3 on the RV and keep the old ones together, but the 3 new ones would likely work if the Vmp is close, but you would probably lose some of their out put as the lower ones will override the new ones.
     
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  • inetdoginetdog Solar Expert Posts: 3,123 ✭✭✭✭
    The rule of thumb is that when putting different types of panels in parallel into a single MPPT input the Vmp values of they two sets of panes need to be within 5% of each other.
    For a series connection of mismatched panels the Imp values need to be within 5%.
    SMA SB 3000, old BP panels.
  • BoFullerBoFuller Solar Expert Posts: 150 ✭✭✭
    Thanks all. I picked up three Kyocera 255s that I will put on the trailer tomorrow, and then put all 12 of the 235s on the house.
    12 Kyocera 235 panels, 16 Trojan L16 RE-B batteries, Outback 3600W 48V system, Generac 11K propane backup generator, NW AZ, off grid, 6,000 ft (system installed in April 2015)

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