The solar panels have arrived. And so have the installers. In fact, the solar panel installers have come and gone, leaving behind the almost-ready solar panels on their posts, ready to be hooked up to the grid.
Two days ago, I wrote about our solar base installation, and shared a photo essay of the work that the first crew did. Today, I will do the same thing with the second crew.
This was a bigger crew with bigger machines. Never before had our humble little field hosted so many people – or any machines bigger than our lawn tractor.
The crew had plenty to unload from the transport truck, using the boom truck, starting with the frames, one for each post.
Across the frame are attached rows of metal beams. It is to these beams that the solar panels themselves will be attached.
The solar panels themselves had to be unloaded from the truck. Although each panel is surprisingly light and easy to manipulate, a whole skid of them is not only awkward to lift and pretty heavy to carry. The exciting thing is that the solar panels even arrived. There was a shipping backlog that had threatened to delay installation, but the panels had arrived on time.
If you read even a little about solar panels, you will come across hundreds of photos of what the sun-ward surface looks like. This is what the back of the panel looks like (a somewhat unique view to offer readers of The Solar Ontario Blog).
The solar panels were attached to the beams.
Before the frame with the panels attached could be hoisted into place, some equipment needed to be installed. The pipe inside the pole connection the panels to the external pipes had to be put in place.
This is the hinge that allows the panels to move. You can see how it can swivel on the post, and also how it can tip to follow the height of the sun.
This little item is not a weapon for a sci fi movie or a TV game show. It is in fact the arm that moves the solar panel rack to face the direction of the most solar radiation.
As the frame was being lowered onto the hinge, I had this spooky feeling like a UFO was landing on my property. That is how it felt.
As they position the final panels, you can see where the arm fits in.
Nothing left but the sawdust and some glitter. It’s clean-up time, and the field will soon be deserted again – until the third crew arrives to hook up the electrical wiring.