SunTura HD kit Runnning In Ontario Canada

Discussion in 'Solar Products' started by Tuicemen, Dec 6, 2016.

  1. Tuicemen

    Tuicemen Solar Guru

    Although this is a dual axis I currently only have the East/West actuator connected.
    This was connected to my own designed mount which I had setup to move manually years ago.
    This worked great except when I forgot to turn it ( happens more frequently as you age).
    I'm all for automation and this just made sense.
    The tracker has been in operation for about 2 months now and other then retightening a few bolts I haven't had to do any maintenance.
    The winter will be the real test on this, so far we've had some 52mph winds which this has stood up to just fine.
    We haven't had any real cold days yet those will come in January.:rolleyes:
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    I repurposed an old dog house to hold a 12 volt truck battery and charge controller to handle powering the tracker. The battery is charged with a 120 watt solar panel(which looks like it is resting on the ground).
    Over kill with the 120 watt solar panel I know but it was a spare.
    Once I've totally converted to 24 volts I may replace it with a 75 watt Shell panel.
     
  2. Tuicemen

    Tuicemen Solar Guru

    The other day I finally got around to adding the second actuator for N/S tilt.
    The E/W actuator performed well so far standing up to the Ontario Canadian winter.
    We get a fair bit of snow here so I suspect I'll need to disable the N/S actuator when I'm not here to clear the snow.
    Since the tracker mount was my own design adding the N/S tilt option was semi there but installing the actuator took a bit of time to work out spacing's.
    It also took a few manual testings to be sure the wires were long enough and not pinching ,or catching anything.
    I had to set the limit switch to limit the north tilt but feel with some adjustments to the actuator placement I can gain that extra tilt back if needed.
    Spinning the actuator so the motor is to the side instead of at the bottom will give extra clearance from the E/W actuator.[​IMG]
     

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