Chapter 10

Staying Secure: Wiring and Safety Components


Bullet Figuring out circuits

Bullet Examining conductors and conduit

Bullet Taking disconnects and overcurrent protection into account

Bullet Protecting your systems from ground faults

Bullet Labeling for the benefit of safety personnel

When you install a PV system, you must make safety your top priority. That means giving the wiring and safety components of your PV designs special consideration, particularly during installation. In this chapter, I describe some common wiring and safety components used in PV systems, specifically conductors, conduit, disconnects, overcurrent protection devices, ground fault protection, and labels. (See Chapter 13 for how to size these items.)

Remember Every utility and jurisdiction, the government entity (typically a city or county office) that dictates the requirements for building and electrical work, you deal with will ...

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