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Which demand charge controller (DCC) model do I need ?

We have adapted the demand charge controller (DCC) to be a good fit for every type of building complexity, but how to know which of the 4 base models to choose from? Luckily, most situations fall into two contexts.

The single-family home context

Homes or townhouses that have an electrical service panel in an accessible location and without capacity for the addition of electric vehicle charging equipment.

If your electric service panel is accessible, your options are either the DCC-12 or DCC-10 :

DCC-12, used more than 95% of the time: an electrician would add a new branch from your electrical panel to the DCC-12, then to the EV charger. The DCC-12 doesn’t include an internal breaker, which is not often required since you already have one in your electrical panel. This makes the DCC-12 model a smaller size and less expensive. With it’s NEMA-3R enclosure, the DCC-12 can be installed outdoors as well as indoors.
DCC-10, used less than 5% of the time: an electrician would add a new branch from your electrical panel to the DCC-10, then to the EV charger. With it’s NEMA-3R enclosure, the DCC-10 can be installed outdoors as well as indoors.

The multi-unit building context

Multi-unit residential buildings (condos or apartments) or townhouses whose electricity meters are located at an appropriate, unobstructed distance from the electrical panel (also known as accessible meters).

If your electrical meter is accessible, your options are either the DCC-9 or DCC-11:

DCC-9, if your electrical panel is between 60A and 125A: an electrician would insert the DCC-9 between the meter stack and your electric distribution panel electrical panel.
DCC-11, if your electrical panel is between 150A and 200A: an electrician would insert the DCC-11 between the meter stack and your electrical panel.

For an outdoor installation

DCC-9-3R

Also offered: DCC models in BOX form

A DCC-BOX is the enclosure for the DCC-PCB technology that powers the DCC. We sell the BOX as an option because we realized that adding infrastructure can be costly and that the DCC-BOX alone is a commitment to the space and wiring needed to make a building ready for the installation of EVs. When a charging station request is made, the DCC-PCB technology can be ordered so as to lump the cost for the new EV owner, without creating a cost for additional infrastructure or other MURB residents. The DCC-9 is also offered grouped in arrangements of 3 or 6 to optimize on available electrical room space and according to need.

Find the DCC-BOX model you need:

Installation example of 30 individuals DCC-9-BOX

Installation example of 6 DCC-9-BOX6, which equals to 36 individual BOX

Completing the DCC-BOX with a PCB

Once there is a need for installing a charging station, the DCC-BOX can be completed into a full working DCC by installing the PCB in it, which is the electronical component responsible for energy management.

Get the right PCB for your DCC-BOX:

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