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I have ab phase grounded system tied into an existing ground grid. I am installing a new delta- wye solidly grounded transformer. Should the ground loops be tied together? is that safe? Isnt there 480V referenced to another ground form the B phase grounded transformer?

Hi Mike,

Thank you for your question regarding ground systems for different voltage transformers, it is our pleasure to help.

Yes, the grounding systems not only should be bonded together, but they must be bonded together under the National Electrical Code (NEC) and many other standards and regulations.

It may seem counter-intuitive, but even when you have isolation transformers, isolated grounding, DC and AC systems, multiple voltages, Delta, Wye, solidly grounded, resistive grounded, and other non-current carrying equipotential planes, they must all be bonded back together to form a common grounding system. The trick is in how you do the bonding. Series vs parallel connections and other bonding techniques are needed to properly ensure that the above-grade grounding systems are bonded to the below-grade earthing systems.

Frankly, it can get quite complex. Feel free to give us a call at 310-318-7151 California time and someone will be happy to discuss your project with you free of charge.

Best regards,

The Engineering Team at E&S Grounding Solutions


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