I got the bug again and bought another four solar panels to add to my system. I had to take up all the current panels and move them over, build another rail mounting system and splice together the power cables. It took a few weeks but I finally got the first of the next four on the roof.
As you can see in the image, the new panel is the one showing 559Wh. It’s not easy for a person to accomplish such a feat when one has nobody to depend on for assistance. Luckily, with a good brain and the right tools one man can move the mountain.
The hardest part was getting the panel itself up to the 2nd story without killing myself. I tried using a rope to pull the 40 pound panel up the ladder but it wasn’t going to budge. Fortunately, I still had the special hook I fabricated last time. Using the hook made of welded steel angle brackets, I was able to move the panel up the ladder one rung at a time. I took a break to make sure I was fresh then pushed it up onto the roof. I didn’t really feel especially unsafe at any time so I’m going to say it is a good system. Getting them down when I move may be another story though. Sure wish I had a crane.
The weekend is over now and I’m out of time and energy so I’ll see about getting the other three panels up, one a day, over the next week evenings. Best to not overexert yourself when doing something dangerous.
Solar power is awesome and especially affordable when you do it yourself. This is something that makes life worth living.