This is what I did with little knowledge and at the high sun of the day getting about 10 amps on the controller. Is this good or bad?
There was a previous solar
hookup with 2 old 80 watt panels
(now junk) connected to a Morningstar Prostar-15 with display.
To keep the cost down on my initial install I hooked up the panel to the Prostar-15. I ran 15 ft of wire postive 15' and negative 15' number 10 copper wire bought from the dealer with connectors. I wired it in to the # 12 or # 14 wire coming from the controller that runs about 10 ft. I really don't like the smaller wire but needed a quick deal as we are sailing soon and just wanted what I could get with what I had.
I have a 8 kw Kohler genset and an Air breeze so I have plenty of power if needed. I am adding one panel now with the second one to come later in the year with an mppt
My question is how am I doing with this install and about how many amps should I be seeing on the controller. I have no idea what to expect. Well I would like to expect about 6-8 amps average per hour during the sun normal sun time hours.
would be appreciated. I know I need to replace the wire from the controller to the new #10 wire but I do not have the time before we sail to mess with it. Thanks for any advice