It seems like a million years ago now that Mark and I hooked up the wee little 300W PV system for basic operations when we first arrived on-site in June. Ben and I made a few little upgrades over the summer to include adding a 4th panel, switching to a more robust charge controller for future growth, and adding both a remote inverter start and Ethernet communications port for the charge controller. All of this was fine and dandy for the past few months, but we needed to give the array a boost for winter. Below are the progress photos so you can see more about our shoot-from-the-hip PV facelift.
Adjustable table legs for angle supports for version 2.0.
Altogether, complete with weather station, safety placard coming soon.
This new rig will put the panels up high enough to avoid being blocked by snow accumulation (we hope), and the adjustable tilt will give us more seasonal control to harvest even more power. It didn’t take very long, and our total budget was close to $100. Again, we aren’t perfect and made plenty of mistakes along the way, but the outcome of this little project is so very gratifying. There is a great sense of accomplishment and satisfaction when you can take an idea from your head and make it into reality. If you are looking ahead to building something new for yourself and you aren’t sure how it will turn out because you’ve never done that type of thing before, just go for it!! It may not be pretty and it may be kinda painful at times, but you will grow and learn and come out better for trying. We call that the ‘Sahalee Way’ around here. Feel free to ask questions in the comments below about this project or anything else you read here, and THANK YOU for following!!