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captainward

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New solar array
« on: January 25, 2014, 06:40:45 PM »
I built this welded frame and hardware for my new five panel array.
this equals 30 amps or  500 watts and powers many of the household items, tv ,computer, house lighting and Ham Radio station.
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Re: New solar array
« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2014, 03:49:51 AM »
Nice work!

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Re: New solar array
« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2014, 02:25:32 PM »
Nice of you to say so....:O)  Thanks.

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Re: New solar array
« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2014, 02:56:47 PM »
captain-
i think i may have seen some of your vids on youtube??  do you have a wind turbine as well? 

is that a tarp above the panels?  maybe a cheap "charge controller" ?

looking good!

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Re: New solar array
« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2014, 11:46:18 PM »
Hi Birdhouse  yes I have a wind turbine vawt. Yes I have some videos on the construction of the vawt.  Thanks for noticing.

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Re: New solar array
« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2014, 01:09:25 PM »
captainward
 Is the angle adjustable on you array?
We live in Michigan and have to deal with snow a lot of it this year.
We have found a steeper angle lets the snow come off on its own a lot better!
Nice job and looks like it would be easy to add more panes in the future.
Isaiah & Bub

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Re: New solar array
« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2014, 06:24:34 AM »
Hi Bub 73, Yes the angle is adjustable with a long pole connected to a 12 volt electric car jack I installed under the frame, there are holes in the stabilizers that can be moved up or down as the sun gets higher in the sky with the electric jack.  We don't have snow, so keeping the snow off the panels is not a problem for us. But we do have a drought water is getting scarce.
73s  :O)
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Re: New solar array
« Reply #7 on: March 15, 2014, 12:54:19 AM »
nice set up.
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Re: New solar array
« Reply #8 on: March 15, 2014, 02:13:27 PM »
Nice but all I can think of is *cringe* the wind here would rip that apart in days   :P lol I know everyone doesn't have 40+mph winds on a regular basis

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Re: New solar array
« Reply #9 on: March 28, 2014, 05:52:11 AM »
I wouldn't worry about it handling wind. 

I'd be more concerned the TV antenna pole casts a shadow on it.