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Ground mounted external conduit

  • 27-12-2020 2:37pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 2,788 ✭✭✭ irishchris


    Entering the last stages of ground mount self install and looking for some help from the more knowledgeable here. Just wondering if any here have done a self installed system and if so how did they route the cables into house. I have run 2" esb ducting underground and under path to side of house. Am stumped on how to enter house from there. It needs to go 5 feet up and then one foot to the left before entering house. Also does anyone know if using metal conduit do they have to be earthed?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,721 ✭✭✭ graememk


    irishchris wrote: »
    Entering the last stages of ground mount self install and looking for some help from the more knowledgeable here. Just wondering if any here have done a self installed system and if so how did they route the cables into house. I have run 2" esb ducting underground and under path to side of house. Am stumped on how to enter house from there. It needs to go 5 feet up and then one foot to the left before entering house. Also does anyone know if using metal conduit do they have to be earthed?

    What are you using to bring the DC power to the house?

    I don't know about metal trunking, but I'm in the start of a install on a shed with the inverter being about 50 m away and we are bringing the dc in on 5 core 6mm² armoured, then you wouldn't have to worry about ducting going up the house, it can be just directly clipped.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,788 ✭✭✭ irishchris


    graememk wrote: »
    What are you using to bring the DC power to the house?

    I don't know about metal trunking, but I'm in the start of a install on a shed with the inverter being about 50 m away and we are bringing the dc in on 5 core 6mm² armoured, then you wouldn't have to worry about ducting going up the house, it can be just directly clipped.

    I have 4mm DC cabling coming in through 2"pvc esb ducting


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,721 ✭✭✭ graememk


    That should fit in 25mm trunking, And most likely plastic would be fine, Can get black stuff that blends in well.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,577 ✭✭✭ SouthWesterly


    Any chance of photos Chris?


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,788 ✭✭✭ irishchris


    Any chance of photos Chris?

    Will do. At the minute just have posts concreted at a south facing 39 degrees angle. Will be bolting cross beams and unistrut before panels next week. Did all the nasty time consuming work first like the digging of trenches through garden and gravel driveway. Planning on getting the cable conduit etc sorted before installing the inverter , switches etc. With Christmas it has stopped for couple days and will get back at it later this week. Will post photos of progress this week when has progressed more.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 170 ✭✭ harderthanf


    irishchris wrote: »
    I have 4mm DC cabling coming in through 2"pvc esb ducting

    It is armored/SWA?

    What size array are you planning? You could lose some Vs over that distance with 4mm.

    You can bury/use SWA without the requirement for a conduit AFAIK (as long as the dept is good), so not certain you'd require it.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,788 ✭✭✭ irishchris


    It is armored/SWA?

    What size array are you planning? You could lose some Vs over that distance with 4mm.

    You can bury/use SWA without the requirement for a conduit AFAIK (as long as the dept is good), so not certain you'd require it.

    Non armoured, 4mm PV cable like those one https://solartricity.ie/electrical-solar-cable-red-25m/

    In 2" esb duct at depth of 30 inches with 4ft high 20mm pvc duct on side of house wall. Total distance 20m from panels to inverter. Total array size will be 3.2 kwp


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