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Old 08-07-2019, 11:38   #1
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Wiring new solar/wind installation with existing inverter/charger

I'm looking for help understanding how to wire a new solar panel installation and, eventually, wind turbine into my existing system that includes an inverter/charger and remote battery monitor.

I promise that I've tried searching the forum and overall site, but I'm not finding anything in previous threads addressing this particular question. Something like a wiring diagram or pointer to where one exists online would be ideal, but any assistance would be welcome.

Current setup is:
House bank: 6 X 6V/225ah golf cart batteries wired in series-parallel (12v/675ah bank)
Magnum Energy ME2012 modified sine-wave inverter/charger
Magnum Energy ME-RC standard remote control, which shows current battery charge state, etc.

I plan to add two 170W panels fed into a Victron SmartSolar MPPT controller. Subsequently, but soon, I'll add a wind turbine with its own controller.

I'm very familiar with how the inverter/charger is wired to the house bank, shore power, and AC distribution panel (had to replace several components after 2017 lightning strike).

I'm trying to wrap my head around how to wire the solar controller (or controllers if I expand the system) and turbine controller into the existing system. Like, literally, where the controller outputs (on the Victron SmartSolar model just marked "Battery") would connect.

I haven't found any wiring diagrams in the Victron manuals online. I found the attached diagram on Google image search; it seems to indicate just connecting the controller "battery" outputs to the house bank at the same point at which the inverter charger is attached to the house bank, i.e., at/before the DC fuse. If so, the next question would be what about when adding the turbine controller.

Any input would be appreciated. Thanks very much in advance.
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