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Old 10-08-2013, 10:51 PM   #1
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Best way to run wiring for solar on penthouse?

What is the best way to run wiring from a solar panel on the top of a penthouse roof to the battery inside the SMB?

I'm remodeling the interior of my new/used SMB so now is the time to pre-wire for solar.

Is there a how-to link? I'd like to understand if the wiring runs inside the penthouse or outside. Do I need to drill a hole thru the roof of the penthouse? etc.
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Old 10-08-2013, 10:55 PM   #2
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Re: Best way to run wiring for solar on penthouse?

I drilled a hole through the penthouse top on the outside of the canvas. Then ran the wires inside at the interface between the canvas and the top. Added caulking where the wire went through the penthouse.
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Re: Best way to run wiring for solar on penthouse?

Take a look at how the 3rd brakelight is wired through the top - above the liner and below the canvas, then above the canvas to the outside. From there I used a watertight fitting to get the wiring through the fiberglass and to the solar panel. Since it is outside the canvas, it doesn't have to be watertight to prevent leaks, but to prevent water intrusion and mold/mildew on the canvas.

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Re: Best way to run wiring for solar on penthouse?

Use the search function. A quick search revealed these threads:

Solar panel wire routing.
DIY solar overview
Solar Panel Install
installing a solar panel
Hal The Van

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