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:
    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]
  3. Tuicemen

    Tuicemen Solar Guru

    With the warm weather coming to an end I figured I best get something rigged up to keep the N/S tilt in the position best suited for winter months when I'm not here.
    While playing with adding a RF remote to the SunTura I had also played with adding a Kill switch :
    Instead of killing all power(red wire) I wired for the N/S tilt to be disabled (blue wire).
    This was a 5 min in field mod as I made up the short jumper wire prior;).
    Drilling the Hole in the case was the hardest part of the job but a battery drill made it easy.
    The switch required a small notch in the hole so the switch didn't spin.
    This was done with a utility knife.;)
    Here's a picture of the finished mod, I think it looks pretty professional!:rolleyes:
    The Cool thing with this type switch (3 position) I used here, I could also wire in a E/W kill though you couldn't kill both at the same time with this switch.:cool:

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