Monday, May 28, 2012

The Solar Panels Are Up!

The panel mounting frame consists of 10 3" galvanized steel posts, 5 on the south side and five on the north side.  They are 3 feet in the ground with cement.  The angle of the panels is 36 degrees (our latitude).  The posts on the north side are much taller because we are building on a north facing slope.  On top of the posts are two horizontal runs of 3" galvanized pipe, held in place with Ironridge top caps.  On top of the horizontal pipes are 14 Ironridge rails, specially designed to hold clamps to easily mount the solar panels.  Below, Kenny Brown is marking the bottom of the rails so the panels will not get out of square as we mount them.

Here is a closeup of one of the posts showing the top cap and the horizontal pipe.

This is a closeup of how the rails mount to the horizontal pipe.

Here, Kenny and I are constructing the mounting system that will hold the inverter, the AC disconnect and meter base for the utility company.

Voila!!  All 28 of the panels are up.  Nothing is connected yet, and we still have to dig the trench to carry the #6 wires from our meter to the power pole.  Stay tuned .  . .

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Second anniversary of the flood

May 2 was the second anniversary of the big flood, and the day we moved upstairs into our new house.  I will post below several pictures of how the house looks now.  We don't have much furniture yet.  Below is the kitchen looking west.  The big white box is the fridge, a Sunfrost R19.

This is our propane stove, all hooked up.

The living room waiting for a sofa and recliners.  

The staircase and dining room.  The AC is on the wall.

The dining room with pass through to the kitchen.

Bedroom in the loft.

Study in the loft, waiting for a desk.

Our next project is to get the solar panels connected to the utility grid.  We have ordered all of the mounting parts and will start putting posts in the ground tomorrow.  An exciting thing happened yesterday.  We caught the birth of a large family of praying mantis babies.  These little fellows are about 1/2 inch long and there must be several hundred of them.