I have already detailed the three stages of our solar power generation installation, and here I will share a few extra details – some of the items left off in earlier posts.
To recap, there were three phases of installation:
- The construction phase to dig, drill, pour the cement and erect the posts.
- The solar panel installation phase (to install the solar panels, of course
- The electrical phase to handle all the various electrical elements.
So here are some of the details not mentioned in those posts…
The photo above is the solar radiation sensor. Based on this little pyramid, the panels will turn toward the strongest radiation. Generally, they will face the sun. But on a very cloudy day, they might face straight up to capture the most of the diffuse light.
The photo above is the wind sensor. If the wind is too strong and puts the panels at risk, this sensor tells gives the command to flatten the panels – horizontal – so that they don’t risk being harmed by too much wind.
This is the Tigo Maximizer. I will write a post about this one later, but for now I can tell you simply that this will help us monitor each panel’s performance separately and make adjustments accordingly.
This is a photo of the backside of the solar panels. Ever notice how all the photos you see of solar panels always show the side facing the sun? What – like solar panels don’t have two sides? So here we are again at The Solar Ontario Blog, breaking new journalistic ground by showing you the business side of the solar panels. It’s not as glorious under here, of course, but as you can see, this is where things get done.
Here is a close up of the corners of four solar panels, complete with the wiring and the Tigo Maximizer gizmo for each individual panel. Now we are ready to rock. If all goes well, Hydro One will push the button on Wednesday and we will officially start generating power for the Grid.