Running Power to my Barn

Discussion in 'Electrical Forum discussion & Blog' started by ntmare230, Jan 2, 2011.

  1. ntmare230

    ntmare230 New Member

    Jan 2, 2011
    Winter Garden, FL
    I have a barn that is approximately 600 feet from the meter. I have done some research and am willing to run 4/0 Triplex to the barn, but my question is will the 600 feet of 4/0 wire significantly add to my bill? If I have less than a 2% voltage drop, will the bill be basically the same as if it was 50 feet from the meter and I used a smaller wire?

    I appreciate your help,

  2. jwelectric

    jwelectric Electrical Contractor/Instructor

    Jun 14, 2007
    North Carolina
    Nothing wrong with the voltage drop at 2% but

    What size panel is going to be installed at the barn? Was this from a calculated load?

    Is there a disconnect such as a fuse panel or breaker panel at the meter?

    If there is a disconnect at the meter then triplex will not work as the neutral would need to be insulated and an equipment grounding conductor would be required.
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