Solar Roof Talk Episode 7- Wire management for rooftop PV arrays

Back from Solar Power International in Vegas, Jeff and Sue chat with guest speaker Nick Korth, product marketing manager of Renewable Energies for HellermannTyton, to discuss best practices of wire management for rooftop PV arrays. Nick is also host of the “Beyond the Planet” webinar series, which addresses topics such as how weather impacts PV systems.

This week’s topics include:

  • Edge clips vs straps (cable ties)
  • Trunk vs PV cable mgmnt
  • Managing large cable bundles
  • Conduit and roof transition boxes
  • Rail based VS Rail free
  • Metal vs plastic
  • Plastic cable tie life
  • Ratings Hours exposure
  • Codes and Standards language and requirements are modest and lacking in guidance
  • NEC 110.12 neat and workmanship like manner, NEC 300.4 protecting conductors, and NEC 334.3 bend radius
  • UL standards UL 2703 for racking systems, UL 1565 for wire clips, UL 62275 for wire ties
  • Clip Retention of wires, and clip Retention on frame
  • Looping ties through frames
  • Birds, squirrels, and critter management

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