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Disconnecting solar panel

I want to disconnect my 200 watt solar panel during the upcoming hurricane. I have a Victron mppt 75/15 controller. Is there anything I should do before disconnecting and reconnecting the solar panel? Thanks

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Guy Stewart (Victron Community Manager) answered ·

Turn the MPPT off in Victron Connect before disconnecting the panel too, isolate the panel anyway you can. Switches, removing fuses, covering the panel.

The panel leads are not designed to be disconnected under load, and can be damaged.

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snoobler answered ·

When removing from service:

Disconnect the panels first.

Disconnect the battery second.

When returning to service:

Connect the battery first.

Connect the panels second.


If you have breakers between them, this is a very effective way to disconnect the circuit before physically disconnecting.


Most recommend covering the panels when connecting/disconnecting to cut voltage to reduce the potential for shock.




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