4 x 100w solar panels and one 30a charge controller?

1911
1911 Registered Users Posts: 47 ✭✭
hello,

I recently ordered 4 x 100w SunPower flexible panels.

I already had a Morningstar Prostar 30 w/ display.

Do I need a second charge controller or can the 30 amp cc handle the 400 watts?

specs on panels:

  • Nominal power: 100 Watts
  • Power tolerance: +6 / -3 Watts
  • Vmp: 17.1 Volts
  • Voc: 21.4 Volts
  • Imp: 5.9 Amps
  • Isc: 6.3 Amps
  • Module efficiency: 18.8%
Thanks!

Comments

  • mcgivor
    mcgivor Solar Expert Posts: 3,854 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    Morningstar has a string calculator which is is extremely useful for finding out the best configuration http://string-calculator.morningstarcorp.com. Without knowing the proposed nominal voltage and assuming worst case scenario 12V, it would appear a single 30A  controller would be all that's needed. All panels in parallel 4 × 5.9A = 23.6A  actual would be closer to 75% of rating so 23.6 × 75% =  17.7A so within 30A maximum.
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  • powersurge
    powersurge Registered Users Posts: 27 ✭✭
    edited September 2019 #3
    FWIW my 4 100 watt panels 18.9 voc
     5.29 imp ( 21.16 total) with 30 amp pwm almost every day in summer I see  22 amps.  edge of cloud flashes 24 amps.
    Has been working 3 years.