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BrooksBrooks Registered Users Posts: 1
What is the minimum size cc do I need to get to handle 400 watts of solar panels??

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  • EstragonEstragon Registered Users Posts: 4,478 ✭✭✭✭✭
    It depends on system voltage, and to some extent the location, panel specs, and controller. 

    For 12v in very general case, you could use 400w x 75% for warm panels ÷12v = 25a.  A more conservative approach would be 400w STC output ÷11v deep cycled charging plus a bit of room for temp derating = 40a controller.
    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
  • JeremyJeremy Registered Users Posts: 5
    To determine the inverter size we must find the peak load or maximum wattage of your home. If 400 watts, the inverter size is 400 watts. 
  • mike95490mike95490 Solar Expert Posts: 9,097 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Jeremy said:
    To determine the inverter size we must find the peak load or maximum wattage of your home. If 400 watts, the inverter size is 400 watts. 
    If you want your inverter to last more than a couple months running at 100% capacity, you size it so sustained loads are only 75% of max. and it's surge capacity is larger than any appliances with motor start up surge (fridge, well pump, HVAC blower)
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  • EstragonEstragon Registered Users Posts: 4,478 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I think the question was controller output capacity, not inverter.
    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
  • fratermusfratermus Registered Users Posts: 44 ✭✭
    Estragon said:
    For 12v in very general case, you could use 400w x 75% for warm panels ÷12v = 25a. 
    Should we specify that this case leverages MPPT's ability to clamp power if we do get more than expected in some conditions? I'd hate to see someone toast their PWM controller
    2017 Promaster 159" DIY camper
    570W mono / 220AH GC
  • EstragonEstragon Registered Users Posts: 4,478 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Yes.  As mentioned, the number is a very general case.  OP hasn't even said what bank voltage is, let alone controller, panel specs, etc.
    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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