Installing Solar Panels on a Grand Design Momentum 350M
Here’s a good question…
“What the HELL is taking you guys so long???”
I’ll explain (quickly!)
- We’re doing all of this “after work” (mostly on my brother’s schedule, since mine is so flexible…I can literally drop anything and go!)
- Utah weather in Spring! Ahhh…the joy! Almost summer, then 5 minutes later we have fresh powder for a good shred on the Diamonds.
- All of this is being figured out, faked until we make, fabricated and tweaked as we go along…carefully!
- Safety, performance, weight control, and efficiency (of the system…not us…obviously!) are the key considerations!
Right now, with 3 panels, we have the capability of generating about 810 watts!
We now have a total of 3 panels on the roof! We’ve also managed to streamline the install process for a single panel down to about 45 minutes (WooHoo! – Seriously…that’s a big deal since all of the brackets are under the damn panels! And there’s Demon Semen everywhere!.) We also figured out a way to get the 6th panel onto the roof AND leave room for that 3rd A/C unit! This means another quick email to our friend who’s welding up all of our aluminum racks (dig it! Custom aluminum racks everywhere!. He’s built 2 for me so far (battery rack and equipment rack…you’ll see them soon)–at a cost of only $170!
Last night we shot a lot of video of the actual panel install…minus the secret step (which is putting Gaffer Tape over the Demon Semen…we finally figured that out AFTER we shot the video…saves a LOT of time and mess.). So, I’ll start working on that also…it’s going to be a long video (at least 45 minutes…sorry; I’ll try to break it up.)
Now, of course, we have at least 2 days of crap weather moving in with high winds. So all of this is coming to a screeching halt. We’ll move to installing components on the rack instead (we call it the “Upside-down Utah rack”; that’s what it looks like.). Video of that process will be shot as well.
And, lastly, I may have an emergency work trip next week. That’ll slow things down even more…