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disconnects for your clean energy system

Clean energy systems such as a wind turbine or solar panels which produce electricity that are attached to a building need to have safety devices called “disconnects” according to the NEC (National Electric Code) Each major component of a clean energy system including inverters, and charge controllers, batteries (if your system is battery based) must be able to be disconnected from sources of power. To be compliant with NEC code, your disconnects must: be switches or ciricut breakers be installed in an accessible location must not have any exposed live conductors clearly display the on/off position be compatible with the system’s voltage and current The picture above shows a Xantrex DC Disconnect that meets all NEC code requirements. Overcurrent protection circuit breakers maybe used as disconnects. Only switched fuses can be considered disconnects. The NEC code says a solar photovoltaic system can have 6 or fewer disconnects, switched circuits or circut breakers to cut off all sources of...

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Buy a quality clean energy system, not a cheap one.

Some consumers are always shopping for the cheapest solar panels or wind powers systems, but its not always the best idea to look for the cheapest deal because when you invest in a renewable energy power generation system you are counting on the system to provide you with electricity for a long time so you want a system that is reliable compared to cheaper. There are many new entrants in the clean energy system space and often these companies produce shoddy products that can cost you more in the long run. Always ask about the warranty and how long the manufacturer of the product has been in business to make sure you’re buying a product with some backing in case something goes wrong. Shop for the best value, because the lowest priced products are not going to save you in the long run. Higher quality and slightly higher priced products often come from reputable manufacturers that have a track record of backing their warranties and lead to less maintenance costs over the life of the system, in the end it boils down to, “you get what you pay...

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