Pictures of the solar panel raising party
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Many thanks go to George for taking the pictures!
|The house had been prepped before the raising party with roof reinforcements, mounting brackets installed, and David Coale helped with the wiring on the Friday before.|
|Here are seven of the ten primary helpers wiring up a panel of six modules. From left to right: Arthur, Neil, David, Otmar, John, Chris, and Will.|
|The panels were then lifted up the back side of the roof. Many hands make light work!|
|Getting the panels down the front side was a trick because the brackets are sharp, could damage the panels and there is no room to walk around a panel when it is in place. We used 2 x 6 boards to slide the panels into place. When they were in place we turned the boards to lower the panels onto the brackets.|
|With the third panel on the roof, we needed to reach underneath and connect the prewired panels to the main wires going to the fuse combiner box. On the right in this picture are Robert (in black) and Cuno who somehow avoided the camera at other times :-)|
|The last panel went in smoothly despite the lack of maneuvering room around it.|
|A victory pose as the last panel has dropped into place.|
|Checking out the power output of the system.|
|A couple arrows on the house meter makes it easy to tell when we are selling power back to the utility.|