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The Solar Panels Are Up

For the past couple of months I've been sharing with you about our plan to put my chest freezer and second pantry refrigerator on solar energy. After finishing the updates and modifications to the back porch, Dan went to work building a rack for the solar panels. This was a weather permitting project, but we didn't mind the pauses because we definitely need the rain.


He's especially happy that he didn't have to buy a thing to build the rack! He was able to use materials and hardware that he already had.


Required spacing of the panels was specified in the installation manual. For these, a quarter-inch.


The angle will be somewhat adjustable.





The next step will be running the cables from the panels to the house, which is about 30 feet.


In the above photo, the corner of the house that you see is our back porch. That's where the freezer and fridge will reside. A battery box will be built next to the house under the windows. Options for the cables are putting up a pole and running them overhead to the house, or burying them in a conduit under the driveway.

It's hard to be patient about getting this project up and running, but it's important to take the time to do our homework and think things through. Every completed step is progress.

The rest of this series can be found here:

The Solar Panels Are Up © October 2019

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