The picture shows the four panels mounted on the frame lying on the lawn for testing purposes. Each panel is rated at 240 watts. I am currently using a cheap grid-tie inverter which is not giving me maximum efficiency but I am going to use it for now.
I plan on buying some Enphase m215 micro inverters that connect to each panel converting the DC power to 240V AC that I can run directly into the house. Sweet. Each inverter costs $140 so it will cost me close to $600 but for a hobby like this, I think it is worth it. It would cost more per watt to buy a single String Inverter. The micro inverter is more efficient too.
I’m all about the D.I.Y so I built the railing out of stuff I bought at Lowes. It is mostly parts found in the electrical section. The rails are normally used for mounting electrical boxes and stuff to the wall. I took some L brackets from the same area and welded them to a metal “foot” that will slide up under the asphalt shingles for weatherproofing.
It is all ready to go and I plan on getting it up on the roof somehow over the next week. I hope I can do it without falling to my death. If you don’t hear from me for a while, please call the morgue to pick up my body.
Maybe I can talk someone into giving me a hand. It is just a matter of getting them up two stories.