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Could you tell me what size of aluminum wire to use to run from a meter base for a distance of 500 feet to  provide a 200 amp service to a shop. Your help in this regard would be greatly appreciated.

This is a good question. For something like this I would be looking at the cost and load of the end use. There will be some voltage drop but if your shop is not using much electricity 200amp SER cabe maybe fine. If you are using electrical equipment that make large start up demand you will need to use a larger 300amp SER cable.

This is a job that you will need to hire a pro for. If your shop does any type of manufacturing you should hire an engineer (and use copper). If you shop is really a man cave I do not thing you will even use 100amp at any given time.

It comes down to what your load will be and how much more you want to spend on material. Code wise I believe it is 10% voltage drop for every 100 feet. Most of our work is in the city so I don't normally need to make long runs.  
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