Where can a PV array be connected?

I suspect that a PV array would normally be connected between the meter and the first DB, but can it be connected more peripherally please?

The most suitable area of roof is at the opposite end of the premises from the electrical origin. However, there is a small DB with spare ways adjacent to the loft space. It supplies one lighting and one socket circuit and is seldom significantly loaded. The distribution circuit from the main DB is 16 mm² singles (with the live conductors being sheathed). As far as I can see, it travels through under-floor voids and is boxed in with other services as it ascends in a bathroom so RCD protection is not required. If the inverter can be situated in the loft space then only a short length of AC cable would be required.

This is what I have in mind.

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  • So long as the inverter stops generating when synchronisation with the mains is lost, the question of which way the current is flowing it not so important. When the thermal part or the RCD part causes contacts to open, the inverter side is safe, after the shut off time.

    But that will be longer than the breaking time alone so ADS times need a re-visit.

    It is much more serious with an inverter capable of island operation, as then the side you may expect to be dead may still be very much alive but just out of phase .


  • so ADS times need a re-visit

    If the cables went all the way back to the origin, they might have to be pretty substantial to meet the minimum Zs; but if they went only part way wouldn't that issue go away? Put another way, you would want the inverter supply to have an R1 + R2 at a comparable value to Ze, which may be difficult to achieve.

  • Puce we droid disturbances such as induced vollage surges caused 0y lighting.


    Additional requirements for installations where the generating set may operate in

    parallel with other sources including systems for distribution of electricity to the



    When a generating set is used as an additional source of supply in parallel with another source, both

    of the following conditions shall be fulfilled:

    (i) Protection against thermal effects in accordance with Chapter 42 and protection against overcurrent in

    accordance with Chapter 43 shall remain effective in all situations


    Where an RCD is providing additional protection in accordance with Regulation 415.1 for a circuit

    connecting the generator set to the installation, the RCD shall disconnect all live conductors, including the

    neutral conductor.

    Ref. BS7671:2018:A2:2022 (inserted using scan text)

  • Puce we droid disturbances such as induced vollage surges caused 0y lighting
    Been a digetistin of the Prof Stanley Unwin guide the most homey eletrickery perhaps
    ?less  muchley  comprehensibible
    is all I can say

    Mind you some of the regs might as well be also



    we have to try all the features on this website and our devices such as my Ipad, it would be wrong not to.