“Going green” isn’t going away. In fact, using solar energy is more popular than ever. The problem is that the solar cables used in the systems which make solar energy possible, are still relatively new and widely misunderstood.
The two most popular types of solar cable are USE-2 and photovoltaic wire (PV wire); and PV wire did not appear in the National Electric Code (NEC) until 2008. Both cables are approved for use in outdoor photovoltaic arrays, but there are many differences between the two which determine which is more appropriate for your solar project. Watch the video to explore variations in construction, features, ratings, and UL and NEC recommended usage.
Allied uses a combination of animation and on-site footage of solar cable applications to give a multi-dimensional view of both USE-2 wire and PV wire. Though these types of solar wire are the overwhelming focus of the video, it also covers some of the benefits of turning to solar energy, and provides a quick introduction to custom solar cable.
Overall, the video, which runs just short of 5 minutes, 30 seconds, gives a solid background of information for anyone who wishes to learn more about solar wire, regardless of their level of experience in the up-and-coming industry.
You can watch “Solar Cable: PV Wire vs. USE-2 Wire” and more educational videos on Allied’s YouTube channel: youtube.com/awcwire. Additional video series featured on the channel include the popular “Cable Basics,” and “Product Spotlights.”
About Allied Wire & Cable, Supplier of Electrical Wire
Allied Wire & Cable (awcwire.com) is a family owned and operated wire and cable distributor and value-added manufacturer. Allied services many of the largest industries in the country, including the government, military, and the aerospace, automotive, and telecommunication industries. Dedicated to providing the best and most personalized service possible, Allied offers customization services, including cut and strip, printing, dyeing, striping, twisting, and more, so that customers can get their wire and cable exactly the way they need it. Allied also assigns individual sales reps to customers, providing a single point of contact to guide them through the cable buying process. Headquartered in Collegeville, PA, Allied has offices in Florida, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin, along with several warehouses across the country. In November 2010, Allied opened its newest stocking facility in Las Vegas, Nevada.