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    Plug & Play Solar kits

    https://cleantechnica.com/2014/03/14...kit-truly-diy/

    I've come across this website for a plug solar panel kit, any code reference that these equipment must comply?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HecThor View Post
    https://cleantechnica.com/2014/03/14...kit-truly-diy/

    I've come across this website for a plug solar panel kit, any code reference that these equipment must comply?
    Don't do it. They are just wrong in so many ways.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HecThor View Post
    https://cleantechnica.com/2014/03/14...kit-truly-diy/

    I've come across this website for a plug solar panel kit, any code reference that these equipment must comply?
    If they are 'installed' they need comply with 690 and 705, to begin with, and they don't. You can be sure the equipment is not UL listed either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ggunn View Post
    Don't do it. They are just wrong in so many ways.
    I agree

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaggedben View Post
    If they are 'installed' they need comply with 690 and 705, to begin with, and they don't. You can be sure the equipment is not UL listed either.
    Haha, exactly "they don't"

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    Thanks for that link. The comments were a good read.

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    So far I have seen only one "plug-in" solar solution that was actually NEC compliant. It used a non-standard socket on a dedicated circuit which had to be installed for the purpose by an electrician (who was therefore responsible for permit, inspection, 120% rule compliance, etc.)
    Once the receptacle was in place, the homeowner could then plug in the packaged system which he dropped in place (considered a UL-approved product, so arguably no permit required for that part of the installation) to that receptacle. The non-standard plug connector was part of the panel and inverter package.

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    from the site comments>>>>>

    The inverters and panels for all of our grid-tie kits are UL-1741 approved,
    &&&&

    The inverter is manufactured in China, and the manufacturer name is Beijing Kinglong New Energy, KLNE series, and model name Sunteams.
    Approval for the method of connection is left to the utility companies. In many states, the AC male plug connection has been approved. In a couple states, it has not been approved, and the kit must be connected directly to the electrical box, adding one more step to the connection process.

    ~RJ~

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    I guess there are only a 'couple states' that don't follow some version of the NEC.

    This is a scam, and a potentially dangerous one if a customer pushed the limits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoldDigger View Post
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    Once the receptacle was in place, the homeowner could then plug in the packaged system which he dropped in place (considered a UL-approved product, so arguably no permit required for that part of the installation) to that receptacle. The non-standard plug connector was part of the panel and inverter package.
    It is hardly the case that UL approved equipment doesn't require a permit to install.

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