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grounding your solar electric system

According to the National Electric Code (NEC), all solar panel systems need to be grounded to code. At a minimum the NEC requires that all systems must have equipment-grounding conductors that connect the metal surfaces of the solar panels to a ground rod. typically grounding systems include the following items:

  • code compliant ground lugs screwed into each aluminum rail that touches the solar panel
  • grounding rod driven into the earth near the solar panels
  • stranded copper wire or solid wire connected to the ground lugs and then to the ground rod.

In Europe, grounding is not required, although here in the US it’s a must, Homepower ran an excellent article about solar electric system grounding, check it out below:

Author: Deep Patel

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