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GROUNDING YOUR SOLAR ,WIND AND LIGHTNING PROTECTION.

Posted by admin on Mar 15, 2011

Grounding your solar panels,wind turbine and your battery bank.

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flyingeagleone:

it will kill the …
it will kill the batteries in about 1 1/2 days with nothing charging and nothing on or pulling from them. i have beat my head against the wall. any help would be awsome. i could make you a video if it would help you understand my system.

March 15th, 2011 | 3:34 am
flyingeagleone:

hey i have a simple …
hey i have a simple setup, i have 2 deep cycle battery 1 tiger claw 3000 watt inverter and a missoiuri wind generator. i have wired directly into the main box. in other words i took 2 breakers and jumped them to the inverter, so if i turn them off at the main and on at the inverter im on wind power if not im on power co power. all seems to work ok but my batteries are draining down even when nothing is on? like its dead short.

March 15th, 2011 | 3:34 am
field16:

Thanks for the tour …
Thanks for the tour of your beautiful setup. Looking forward to the geothermal video, too. I hear you mention it in your other videos and have always wanted to know more about that. Thanks.

March 15th, 2011 | 3:34 am
linuxpyro:

Hey one more thing. …
Hey one more thing. With grounding the negative on the batteries, a single connection to ground doesn’t really create a potential difference – that’s within the battery. With the negative connected to the ground rod there’s no complete circuit. A small amount of current will flow, which you can detect with a sensitive multimeter, but not enough to drain the batteries appreciably.

March 15th, 2011 | 3:34 am
linuxpyro:

Hey Kevin, not to …
Hey Kevin, not to nitpick, but you mentioned electricity only runs on the surface of wires. You might be referring to the skin effect, which happens with alternating current at high frequencies. Direct current does go through the wires. A lightning bolt will have a rapidly changing current, but it doesn’t really switch polarity like AC, so that’s not much of an issue here. Anyway thanks for the vid, having a separate system ground’s a great idea.

March 15th, 2011 | 3:34 am
maddogg862000:

As an Electrician, …
As an Electrician, grounding everything is very important.
As a Do It Yourself-er, grounding is VERY IMPORTANT!

Once again good sir, you have made a great informative video.
ftw

March 15th, 2011 | 3:34 am
ditmar11:

Hi Kevin, thanks …
Hi Kevin, thanks for your advice. i think i stick with the xantrex conversion control wiring diagram and ground everything, that is: panels, ground stake and negative terminal of the batteries. the panels(850W) are mounted on slotted angle iron and tied down with bolts. just one ground connection will do. i think. thanks again for your expertise input. Ditmar

March 15th, 2011 | 3:34 am
wtam69:

Thanks for making …
Thanks for making the video so quickly. A lot to digest. You make u tube worth watching.

March 15th, 2011 | 3:34 am
OBXSOLWIND:

@Yankeeprepper Hey …
@Yankeeprepper Hey YANKEE.
You are welcome you have been a huge help to me as well. Keep your info comming.
Kevin

March 15th, 2011 | 3:34 am
OBXSOLWIND:

@ditmar11 Xantrex …
@ditmar11 Xantrex recomend grounding all componants but those are chasis grounds they are not your battery negitives. So you are correct. I am not planning on grounding my pannel frames but all else is grounded.
I hope that helped.
Kevin

March 15th, 2011 | 3:34 am
OBXSOLWIND:

@u2nvme You have to …
@u2nvme You have to run a uninsulated loose braid wire to a ground rod the deeper the better.

March 15th, 2011 | 3:34 am
OBXSOLWIND:

@timmylc Thank you
@timmylc Thank you

March 15th, 2011 | 3:34 am
Yankeeprepper:

You have done a …
You have done a great job, very nice. I sure appreciate the “free” info. Your videos are very helpful for me, helping me plan out my next addition of solar. I will be following your recommendations and layout. Thanks for the effort here.

March 15th, 2011 | 3:34 am
ditmar11:

hey kevin, about …
hey kevin, about grounding the batteries to the hole system, xantrex recommends it. that is, ground rod, panels and breakers.no minus grounded from the batteries to the combined ground? please let me know, thanks…..ditmar

March 15th, 2011 | 3:34 am
u2nvme:

Great video once …
Great video once again!
With the lighting rods is that all you need to mount them or do you run a copper wire to a ground stake?

March 15th, 2011 | 3:34 am
timmylc:

GREAT VID looking …
GREAT VID looking forward to more :D

March 15th, 2011 | 3:34 am
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