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I have an off grid system with 1 Xantrex XW4548 inverter, 1

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Hello;
I have an off grid system with 1 Xantrex XW4548 inverter, 1 Xantrex XW-MPPT60-150 charge controller, and 12 Siemens 75 watt panels. I would like to add about 1200 watts of new panels. I have been told that the best way to do this upgrade is to connect the new panels to a new controller and then to the battery bank and leave the old controller as is. What do you think, will two XW-MPPT60-150 controllers work together happily.
I once had an old system with two charge controllers and it was almost impassable to get the two controllers to work together. It was a constant battle of minute adjustments with a jewelers screw driver on the circuit boards.
Thank you for your help.
Ron Ames
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Small Engine
Expert:  Rico_Soma replied 1 year ago.

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You would need an additional battery bank for the new array. I doubt your existing battery capacity is big enough to take advantage of the added capacity not to mention there is a possibility of the conflict you mention. But beyond the new battery bank the rest of the advice is sound. You also have the advantage of 2 separate systems so even if 1 goes down you'll have the other as back up