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The importance of ground fault protection

Don’t want to get electrocuted by your solar power system? Make sure you have ground fault protection in check. Most grid tie inverters such as the Xantrex GT Series have built in ground fault protection. According to NEC (National Electric Code) for solar photovoltaics states all roof mount solar photovoltaic arrays must have ground fault protection. What ground fault protection does is grounds the inverter itself through a grounding rod which prevents you from being shocked when touching the inverter. The picture above is the Xantrex GT series PV Ground Fault Breakers that disconnects the solar photovoltaic array if a ground fault occurs in the wiring. Grounding your system also limits voltages due to line surges, lightning, or accidental contact with higher voltage lines. In addition grounding stabilizes voltages because the earth is a common reference point for the system. If there are over current devices on the system grounding provides a path for these devices to operate. Does this make sense? Without being too technical, its important that your system is grounded for obvious reasons, and since most grid tie inverters come with ground fault protection you have no excuse not to ground your solar photovoltaic...

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Xantrex solar inverters preferred in Spain.

Did you know Spain has a more progressive solar market then the USA? Spain has been investing aggressively into solar energy over the years. Xantrex recently won an award for Best Quality in Elektroprofesional magazine, a solar publication in Spain. Specifically Xantrex won its award for its solar inverter line, from off grid, grid tie and 3 phase inverters. The Quality and Innovation award was suggested by 365 solar power system installers in Spain. Xantrex Solar Inverters are a popular brand used in many solar installations across the USA also. This is a great award for Xantrex because it proves that its inverters are being trusted across the...

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