MX-60 max input wattage

khinphxkhinphx Registered Users Posts: 7
I have 8 KC130's ( 2 goups of 4) I have a chance to get 8 more KC130's (2 goups of 4) bringing my total to 16. (4 sets of 4) will my MX-60 handle the wattage. My Casa is at sea level in very sunny mexico.
Thanks

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  • halfcrazyhalfcrazy Solar Expert Posts: 720 ✭✭✭
    Re: MX-60 max input wattage

    what is the battery voltage?
  • khinphxkhinphx Registered Users Posts: 7
    Re: MX-60 max input wattage

    sorry, I have a 24volt system, 12 L16's (3 rows of 4) 3500 watt outback inverter..
    Thanks
  • khinphxkhinphx Registered Users Posts: 7
    Re: MX-60 max input wattage

    I also have each goup of 4 panels wired to a combiner box
    thanks again.
  • nielniel Solar Expert Posts: 10,300 ✭✭✭✭
    Re: MX-60 max input wattage

    that would exceed the max ratings of the mx60 at 24v out. you will need another controller to handle the other 8 pvs unless you can go to a 48v battery system. that would mean a new inverter as yours is 24v and the cheaper route is to get another controller to handle the extra power.
    make sure your batteries will handle this doubling of power well.
  • khinphxkhinphx Registered Users Posts: 7
    Re: MX-60 max input wattage

    Would I be able to add just 1 additational goup of 4 panels with out exceeing the MX-60?
    Totlal of 3 goups of 4 panels. all KC130
  • halfcrazyhalfcrazy Solar Expert Posts: 720 ✭✭✭
    Re: MX-60 max input wattage

    12 of those panels will be close but will be fine. If you dont have the controller yet you could get the outback FM80 it would handle 16
  • BB.BB. Super Moderators, Administrators Posts: 32,019 admin
    Re: MX-60 max input wattage

    The Outback (and Xantrex--and others perhaps?) charge controllers have a digital link that can chain all of the charge controllers together--so they behave like one unit (I am pretty sure--check the manual for the details).

    Other than the costs of adding a second controller (same brand) and possibly a "Mate" (external hub/controller for Outback)--there should be no downside if you want to add the panels (and you have the battery bank and loads to need the extra power).

    -Bill
    Near San Francisco California: 3.5kWatt Grid Tied Solar power system+small backup genset
  • crewzercrewzer Registered Users, Solar Expert Posts: 1,832 ✭✭✭✭
    Re: MX-60 max input wattage
    I have 8 KC130's ( 2 goups of 4) I have a chance to get 8 more KC130's (2 goups of 4) bringing my total to 16. (4 sets of 4) will my MX-60 handle the wattage. My Casa is at sea level in very sunny mexico.

    sorry, I have a 24volt system, 12 L16's (3 rows of 4) 3500 watt outback inverter...

    The MX60 is rated to handle up to 1,600 W STC of PV for 24 V battery applications. That would be 12 of the 130 W modules (1,560 W STC) configured as 4 (modules in series) x 3 (series strings in parallel) or as 3 x 4.

    HTH,
    Jim / crewzer
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