Supplying 2 buildings from stacked 8048As

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Supplying 2 buildings from stacked 8048As

Post by bear_essentials » Sun Dec 25, 2016 2:34 pm

I have 2 identical systems each comprised of FP8048A with 7340W PV and 1000AH battery bank. I haven't set them up yet. In fact, I'm still waiting for all the shipments to arrive.

Anyway, these are destined for a pair of buildings very close to one another (one office and one dormitory). For logistical and other reasons, I must locate the panels, batteries and 8048As combined at one location, between the two buildings (ground mount with a battery shed). So, naturally, I thought of stacking the two power centers together to create a 16KW/2000AH/14.6PV system that could feed either building as required. This seems to make sense since the power consumption of the two buildings dovetails nicely during a typical day and having both battery banks available to supply "extreme" use by one or the other building should mean that the batteries are cycled less deeply; resulting in longer life. Also, by supplying 16KW to the dormitory building, I could potentially run the AC unit during a prolonged outage; which would greatly benefit the elderly folks here in S. Texas.

However, each building has its own meter, so I'm trying to understand whether this is even legal and/or doable. I'd also like to understand what the wiring would look like and what the power consumption would look like.

Thanks in advance for any help/suggestions.

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Re: Supplying 2 buildings from stacked 8048As

Post by sodamo » Mon Dec 26, 2016 12:11 pm

So are these currently grid fed to each meter?

No grid tied experience here, but my thoughts.
If not grid tied then I don't see a problem feeding each meter, but if grid tied can you connect just 1 grid feed to the outback and then let Outback supply both buildings? I'm off grid, but my Outback goes to a common distribution panel that further feeds 5 sub panels in separate structures.
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