Clear back in June I wrote a post about our plans to put in a grid tie solar power system. Since it is now October, you can imagine that a LOT of water has gone over the dam since then. What I left you with at that time was a shot of the cleared off space where the solar power generating “plant” was going to be.
I mentioned that the barn needed to be refurbished, and that got done. The “new” shop looks really good. Although you can’t see the whole space, this picture of the new inverters gives you an idea of how it turned out after the old sheetrock and the trash got cleared away. After that, we had insulation foam installed in the walls and ceiling of the shop room, covered that with sheet rock, and then textured that. Then we painted. Here are the inverters, on their lovely wall.
Oh yeah. Those are new, double paned insulated windows too. Nearby is the wire that will run from the solar panels to the inverters. This is scheduled to be pulled through the conduit and connected to the inverters on Monday. All that cedar stacked around is the trim for the windows and doors of the shop. Sometime that will be nailed back up. Nobody is in any rush about that! We have other fish to fry.
Since I believe in the adage “A picture is worth a thousand words” I am going to save a lot of time and verbiage by posting a series of pictures taken over the course of the summer, with a minimum of explanation.
The next shot was taken during the digging of the holes for the frames. The saw horses are stationed over the holes to keep people who walk around inthe dark (that would be me) from accidentally stumbling into them. Shortly after this picture, the back hoe came and dug the big holes, which I neglected to document before they had frames and quikrete in them.
The last picture is of the back of the panels showing how they are bolted to the frames. In order to keep the aluminum frames from deteriorating, there is a nice stainless steel washer between every frame and the steel support structure. It had something to do with bimetallic corrosion or galvanic corrosion or some such arcane magic thing. Those washers were forever skittering away and hiding in the grass. Fortunately, they were very inexpensive.
So that is where we were yesterday.
Today, this is what happened. Starting from the power pole where the electric company will put their meter for the grid tie…
Out around the sauna…
And over to the barn…
Right next to the barn where the power enters from the solar panels to go to the inverters, and then comes back out to go to the pole…
The ditches near the barn…
Now, you would think that that would be enough work for one day, wouldn’t you? You would be wrong. The crew proceeded to pull the wire through all that conduit you saw laid out there. They glued the conduit. Then the guy with the bobcat went along and pushed the dirt back into the ditches on top of the installed conduit, and tamped it down.
Here is a shot of the panels after most of that was done. Notice the posts with conduit next to them. That is where the junction boxes will go, and the wires from the panels will head off to the barn.
The final result as of 3:30 p.m. today:
We still have some back filling to do right by the barn, and around the posts that support the frames.
Need I say that there is a level of excitement around here that is very high??? I am stoked. Jim is tired. After all, he was out there working and pulling wire and spending money while I was doing five massages and watching the evolution in between.
We are SOOOOO close to having our grid tie solar power system up and operating we can almost taste it.
As they say in the Army, “HOOAH!”