Multiple arrays on one residential lot

DaleRibbleDaleRibble Registered Users Posts: 2
Hi there,

I'm in Canada and currently have an array on my garage (located by meter and where my service comes in). Just wondering if I can at a later date, add another array to my house down the road. My house has a sub panel and the power is fed from my garage. Let me know your thoughts.

Cheers

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  • mike95490mike95490 Solar Expert Posts: 9,462 ✭✭✭✭✭
    At some point, the length of wire from the PV inverter, to the Utility Transformer, is going to be the limiting factor due to voltage rise from the wire resistance. Your arrays will tend to raise the AC voltage on your side of the transformer, and sometimes, that is enough to fault the inverter from overvoltage.
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  • BB.BB. Super Moderators, Administrators Posts: 32,212 admin
    Details matter... Besides what Mike said above, there are issues with permitting and what the utility will allow (maximum array size and such). Also, depends on your present main electrical panel rating, your existing and planned array size, etc.

    In general, at least in the USA, 10 kWatt and smaller systems are typical. Larger systems (over 10 kW), can run into issues with the utility/grid tied capacity regulations, and such.

    -Bill
    Near San Francisco California: 3.5kWatt Grid Tied Solar power system+small backup genset
  • mvasmvas Registered Users Posts: 384 ✭✭✭
    Hi there,

    I'm in Canada and currently have an array on my garage (located by meter and where my service comes in). Just wondering if I can at a later date, add another array to my house down the road. My house has a sub panel and the power is fed from my garage. Let me know your thoughts.

    Cheers
    Of course you can, but you need to follow the rules.
    You need to learn the rules regarding Maximum Solar Amps that can back-feed a sub-panel and
    Maximum Solar Amps that can back-feed the Main Panel.
  • DaleRibbleDaleRibble Registered Users Posts: 2
    Thanks everyone. Our service is 200 amps going to the garage (Main panel). The garage has a 5.4Kw system with all its components mounted on/inside the garage. I have a line trenched from my garage to my house that feeds power to the house. The most I would add is another 5Kw system.
  • mvasmvas Registered Users Posts: 384 ✭✭✭
    Thanks everyone. Our service is 200 amps going to the garage (Main panel). The garage has a 5.4Kw system with all its components mounted on/inside the garage. I have a line trenched from my garage to my house that feeds power to the house. The most I would add is another 5Kw system.
    What is the max amps from Solar that you can back-feed through your 200 Amp Main Panel ?
    Do you know how to calculate the answer?
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