Solar Energy Gti

Solar Energy Gti

Does not grounding a solar panel decrease output?

I have 10 50 watt solar panels (3 amp max) that I laid on bricks in my backyard wired in parallel going to a 550 watt grid-tie inverter and did not ground them and the most watts that I could get was 300 watts (according to a Kill-A-Watt wall plug thing). I just moved my panels to the top of a shed and I’m now grounding them, but I was wondering if the reason that my max watt output was only 300 was because I didn’t have them grounded. I have not hooked up the GTI to see the new output yet.

What are the reasons for grounding solar panels?

Is the reading from the 20$ Kill A Watt EZ accurate? I don’t have a 30 amp multimeter that can check the output of the panels. But the voltage is usually between 19 and 21 volts.

Each panel says 2.9 amp max and 17 volt so why am i getting a higher voltage reading than 17?

I know this is probably a simple answer but if you have a complex math/physics explanation, give me that. I will understand it.

Possible, but unlikely. Sounds more like you changed the incident angle of the panel to the sun when you put them on the roof, since most roofs are canted toward the sun.

The most efficient way to collect solar energy is to have the panel incident (perpendicular) to the sun at all times.

Grounding the panels is a safety feature to prevent electrical shock in case the wiring touches the frame. The ground wire for homes *does not* typically carry current. The HOT wire forms a closed circuit path with the NEUTRAL. The GROUND pin is reserved for a *low resistance return path* in the event that the NEUTRAL fails or is short-circuited.

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