On the lake

Discussion in 'Post Your Photos' started by Tuicemen, Sep 3, 2016.

  1. Tuicemen

    Tuicemen Solar Guru

    Just a outside view of my solar. Planning on adding a tracker, currently the panels on the pole are moveable only manually by hand.[​IMG]
     
  2. Tuicemen

    Tuicemen Solar Guru

    Here's my 400 watt turbine on the tower.
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    And a view from the base of tower looking back at house.
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    Note the angle of the panels on the deck and pole both are set for winter (just to lazy to adjust ) I usually produce more then I can use during the summer even with these angles.
    Roof panels are completely covered in winter usually have 2 feet or more snow so these will eventual get moved along with the deck mounted panels to a pole mount.
     
  3. Tuicemen

    Tuicemen Solar Guru

    Here's my control room located in the basement.[​IMG]
    Note: the gray box with meters for solar and wind is left over from my very first setup and is no longer connected (I just haven't removed it yet)
    Hoping to use it in a 12 volt small cabin setup in the future!:rolleyes:

    I've wired the Tristar charge controller to my HP thinclient (modified & running Windows 10 24/7) so I can view my solar status using the Morningstar software created for the TriStar. Of course this only displays info from the array connected to it but it also shows the battery bank state of health.
     
  4. Tuicemen

    Tuicemen Solar Guru

    Here's a close up of my moveable array.
    8 X 140 watt Kyocera panels wired for 48 volts feeding my Outback Flexmax 80
    On a good day (if I remember to turn it) I can get 564 ah 7.6 kwh
    Note the 75 watt panel on the dock I have it wired to enable the use of a portable device with a USB or cigarette lighter adaptor.
    Originally I had thought of using a small 12 volt fridge to keep beverages cool but that didn't pan out well.
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  5. Tuicemen

    Tuicemen Solar Guru

    I removed the birch tree (starting to die) which in some pictures looked like it was leaning towards my pole mount array.
    I was actually leaning more towards the lake, but I was worried a strong wind could snap something off hitting the panels and maybe taking out the whole array.
    I removed the stump and figured while I have the hole I should put in a new pole for a large array using grid tie panels.
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    I still have no intention of connecting to the grid it is just that they are the cheapest route to go for panels right now.
    I plan to purchase the panel pole mount then modify it for a sun tracker unlike the existing mount which was pieced together with things on hand.
     
  6. Tuicemen

    Tuicemen Solar Guru

    I finally got the 6 inch pole cemented in place. looks like it won't be til spring before I get the panel mount on as I want to modify it for a tracker.
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    While I was at it I added the E/W actuator sensor and controller of the sun tracker to my old mount so no more manual turning it.:cool:
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  7. Tuicemen

    Tuicemen Solar Guru

    Finally got the new grid tie panels mounted!
    I rewired my old tracker array to 24 volt so I could use the new grid tie panels with my Outback flex 80 charge controller.
    Moving to a 24 volt system allowed me to place more panels per charge controller so panels from the tracker are now on the same charge controller as the ones on the deck.

    The new grid tie panel array currently isn't tracking but I plan to add a tracker to this in the future.
    This may only be a N\S actuator first as it is much harder to turn E\W then the smaller array mount. NewArray.jpg
     
  8. Tuicemen

    Tuicemen Solar Guru

    Any one following this will notice above I moved the panel from the dock to just below the old array.
    The dog house beside it contains a charge controller and old truck battery to power the SunTura.
    I ordered a HD tracker from another supplier for my new grid tie array which has double the ratings of those distributed by Windy Nation (unfortunately they couldn't get these). This new Actuator requires 24 volt so I picked up a 12 to 24 volt step up converter and mounted it in the dog house as well. This allows me to run both Sun Tura trackers from the same battery.
    I was a bit concerned with the wire run but since I was assured the actuator would run on 18 volts I left the dog house in the same spot.
    Inside the dog house I insulated the walls and floor with pink Styrofoam SM. I found an old Styrofoam cooler and placed the truck battery inside it. I wanted to be sure the battery wouldn't freeze on a -30 degree winter night. So far this has worked.
    I placed a hinge on the roof so I can access things from the top.(going threw the door proved difficult lol);)

    The other day my HD actuator finally arrived! (Remind me to never use UPS again) I was leery after last experience with them but this was the topper.
    In any case I finally got the new actuator mounted today and ran an initial day long test.
    I can see I still need to do some minor adjustments to get my full East ward movement but I get enough now for the coming winter.
     

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  9. Tuicemen

    Tuicemen Solar Guru

    The WAF (Wife Acceptance Factor) is a big deal with getting any additional modifications or automation done here.
    So when I was asked if there was a way to move the solar panels off the deck to allow a more visible view of the yard I jumped at the chance to add a new pole mount.
    My Wife has already seen the benefits of trackers, So I asked if she though I should add one for those too (I already knew the answer but sometimes it is good to make it look like it was their idea) ;)
    I've started work on the array mount and got the base pole cemented in place.
    I suspect it won't be till spring/summer of next year till I get the panels move as nice weather is getting to be a sort supply now.
    I have the array mount figured out using power struts and some 2 inch tube which I've welded up to allow a dual axis tracker at some point.
    Since these are small 75 or 80 watt panels the array won't be that heavy, a standard SunTura kit would most likely handle it, however I'll go the HD route.;)
     
  10. Andy R.

    Andy R. WindyNation Engineer

    Really nice set up. Good for you.

    Tell your wife that "tinkering around" at your cabin helps keep you out of the bars.
     
  11. Tuicemen

    Tuicemen Solar Guru

    LOL :)
    Well she has never complained about my tinkering and usually encourages it.;)
     
  12. Tuicemen

    Tuicemen Solar Guru

    With the new pole or base pole of the new array cemented in I started to dig the trench for the wire so I can utilize the same run into the house from the other small array.
    new pole.jpg The pole isn't fully painted as a 1/2inch larger diameter schedule 40 pipe slides over which will allow E/W movement. I'll grease this up heavily before that is slipped over.
    I temporarily toped the pole off with a solar garden light (from Costco) which supplies a surprising amount of light at night.
     

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