Roof Junction box

All all, New here, 1rst post. I'm looking at installing a 5kw Enphase system with 230w REC panels on my roof. I think I have most of it planned out well but I really don't know how to run the conduit up through the roof into a j box. I would like to have the roof penetration directly underneath the j box. Any products or pictures out there that would help me? Also, since I have to run 2 branches, how is it done? Is there a double disconnects out there that I should use or do I need to have 2 separate runs of conduit into 2 disconnects? Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!


Thanks!!

John

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  • n3qikn3qik Solar Expert Posts: 741 ✭✭
    Re: Roof Junction box

    Look at this:

    http://www.rstcenterprises.com/pdf/soladeck_brochure.pdf
  • System2System2 Posts: 6,290 admin
    Re: Roof Junction box

    Thanks Ken, Exactly what I was looking for!

    John
  • n3qikn3qik Solar Expert Posts: 741 ✭✭
    Re: Roof Junction box

    Glad to help.

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  • jimwilksjimwilks Registered Users Posts: 7
    Re: Roof Junction box

    In the picture which Ken provided the link to, there are small cord grips for each of the outgoing PV wires. Regular cord grips from any electrical supplier are much larger than this.

    Where do I get these small cord grips?

    Jim
  • n3qikn3qik Solar Expert Posts: 741 ✭✭
    Re: Roof Junction box

    Look at Newark.com, 601 found.

    http://www.newark.com/conduit-fittings?isRedirect=true
  • dwhdwh Solar Expert Posts: 1,341 ✭✭✭
    Re: Roof Junction box

    Any electrical supply shop will have them in various sizes and types.
  • jimwilksjimwilks Registered Users Posts: 7
    Re: Roof Junction box

    Thanks very much!

    Jim
  • CVN-71CVN-71 Solar Expert Posts: 54 ✭✭
    Re: Roof Junction box

    I used the Soladeck for my installation and it's excellent, easy to put in, easy to wire.
    I didn't use it as a combiner though, rather just as a pass-thru to the combiner directly beneath it in the attic.
  • pbartkopbartko Solar Expert Posts: 37 ✭✭
    Re: Roof Junction box

    I'll second the recommendation for the SolaDeck. I used it on my progect, and it worked great. Very easy to install and has an integral flashing.

    Pete B
  • SolarJoe67SolarJoe67 Registered Users Posts: 3
    I agree, for shingled roof, soladeck can't be beat. BUT, you will also require TWO branch circuits, each going to a 20A 2 pole breaker for your 5KW system, since each "String" (in this case RUN of TRUNK CABLE) can be no more than 16 of the M250 inverters. That means two runs of romex from the breaker box to the roof. There's enough room in the soladeck box for TWO sets of transition wiring from trunk cable to romex. Be sure to order an extra "drop" on each trunk cable to make sure you get the extra LENGTH you need to get to the jbox from each trunk cable end point!! Sometimes they cut the trunk cable as short as 12 inches!!  With TWO trunk cables, you have to END each of the 2 cables close enough to the Jbox to get in and have some length left to do the terminations!!
  • SolarJoe67SolarJoe67 Registered Users Posts: 3
    Also, don't forget, when you are running that romex through the attic, you MUST keep it at least 10 inches below the roof surface and support it every 36 inches (or closer).
  • mike95490mike95490 Solar Expert Posts: 8,285 ✭✭✭✭✭
    And keep the wire gauge large enough you don't get voltage differential that over-volts the micros.  [ 260V on the roof, 240V at the meter because 12ga was "safe" ]
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