Best Practice for running 8 DC home run cables through roof to combiner box below

aluminumwelderaluminumwelder Registered Users Posts: 10 ✭✭
I have 30 solar panels in 4 strings and 8 pv wires I need to get from the top of a 12' tall picnic shelter with metal roof down about 6 ft to go into midnite solar combiner box. I want to drill 2" hole in roof with black rubber boot. can I just put a couple of elbows on top to prevent water from getting in to meet NEC code?

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  • wellbuiltwellbuilt Solar Expert Posts: 620 ✭✭✭✭
    They sell a water proof fitting that fits on 11/4 steel conduit it has 12 holes in a rubber seal that gets tight around the solar wires this runs from under the array to your combiner box to keep water out
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  • littleharbor2littleharbor2 Solar Expert Posts: 1,598 ✭✭✭✭
    I have 30 solar panels in 4 strings and 8 pv wires I need to get from the top of a 12' tall picnic shelter with metal roof down about 6 ft to go into midnite solar combiner box. I want to drill 2" hole in roof with black rubber boot. can I just put a couple of elbows on top to prevent water from getting in to meet NEC code?
    Typical weatherhead used for utility power drop on 2" rigid pipe.

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  • mcgivormcgivor Solar Expert Posts: 3,795 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    I have 30 solar panels in 4 strings and 8 pv wires I need to get from the top of a 12' tall picnic shelter with metal roof down about 6 ft to go into midnite solar combiner box. I want to drill 2" hole in roof with black rubber boot. can I just put a couple of elbows on top to prevent water from getting in to meet NEC code?
    Typical weatherhead used for utility power drop on 2" rigid pipe.

    Yes that's what I would recommend, even better with a heat shrink multiple conductor boot https://www.3m.com/3M/en_US/company-us/all-3m-products/~/3M-Heat-Shrink-Heavy-Duty-Breakout-Boots-HDBB/?N=5002385+3294230515&rt=rud
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  • Wheelman55Wheelman55 Registered Users Posts: 139 ✭✭✭
    I’ve used these Heyco Solar Mastheads. https://www.elecdirect.com/cord-grips-strain-relief/heyco-solar-masthead-cable-glands

    Multiple sizes and # of holes. 

    Best. 
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  • aluminumwelderaluminumwelder Registered Users Posts: 10 ✭✭
    thanks for ideas. I wound up using a 1 1/4" service entrance weatherhead because the 2" ones were too tall. Needed a low profile so I could have it under a solar panel. Now I just need to plug up the spaces with conduit playdo or something since inspection is in a few days and heyco wont' get here in time. 
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