Saturday, November 10, 2012

We Have Solar

Went out this morning and bought a deep cycle battery from Walmart. Stopped by the car wash on the way home and tried to clean off the fiberglass roof. It worked a little but I didn't have many quarters and had to get out the hose and scrub the roof for a while when I got home. It was dirty and fungus-y.

I didn't get any work done on the interior today, other than wiring the battery and the charge controller. None of that is mounted or installed permanently yet.

I got the solar panels put on the roof this afternoon but at this point I'm not sure if they're going to stay put, and if I don't feel comfortable with the setup tomorrow afternoon I'll either be bolting everything down or else taking the panels off so I can drive the van to work on Monday.

I'm using some high bond tape to mount the panels on the roof. I've heard of others out there using the same tape and their panels are still there after miles upon miles of driving but it's a pretty scary way to go and I'm still not confident that it'll work at this point. If it works, I'll only have one hole in the roof where my wires from the panels go through.


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