General Cable (NYSE: BGC), a manufacturer of cable for solar applications, offers its SunGen PV UL 4703 wire. The wire is available in an array of sunlight-resistant solid colors in all gauge sizes. Recent changes to the National Electric Code (NEC) require that photovoltaic (PV) source, output and solar inverter circuits must be identified at all points of termination, connection and splices. Therefore, General Cable has engineered new colored UL 4703 PV wire to provide installers with properly colored wire, eliminating the need for marking tape or tagging as a means of identification ― saving time and money.
Quality wire and cable is one of the most critical components for solar photovoltaic system performance and lifetime. SunGen colored jacket PV Wire is the ideal value-add solution for ease of installation over wire that is only identified with a colored stripe. Engineered to withstand the harsh operating environments of solar power applications, General Cable’s SunGen line of fully-colored PV Wire offers superior resistance to UV sunlight, while providing stable electrical properties for temperatures ranging from -40°C to 120°C. General Cable’s full line of PV wire is the only product on the market today that is made in accordance with both UL 4703 and CSA RPVU90, and meets the requirement for direct burial.
“The new SunGen line of sun-resistant colored PV Wire aligns with our commitment to solar energy and puts General Cable at the forefront of change, delivering product solutions to meet customer needs,” said Carrie Vidal, Product Manager, General Cable Construction Cables. “Giving contractors the ability to install colored PV Wire improves efficiency by allowing them to meet NEC and UL requirements in a one-step process with wiring that is manufactured with the very latest technology.”
Initial stocking for SunGen UL 4703 PV Wire in sun-resistant colors is available nation-wide for popular circuit size constructions in both 600 V and 2000 V, as well as other available gauge sizes with low minimum-run requirements. As PV systems and interconnected power sources continue to evolve from one Code revision to the next, you can count on General Cable’s R&D expertise to meet the challenges confronting solar customers with industry-leading best practices.