Friday, January 21, 2011

Back Country Solar: Take Two

It has been about a week since I last updated you on the progress of the Back Country Build (BCB). This was a pretty fun and progressive week all in all. Starting Monday, we rented a two man auger with the goal of digging eleven 4 ft deep holes and eleven 3 ft holes. The bed news is that there was only about 6 to 12 inches of top soil and the rest was decomposed granite. What that ultimately meant for us was that we had to go and rent a Bobcat with an auger to do the digging. Tuesday, after the holes were all dug, the inspector came out and signed us off on that phase of the project. The rest of Tuesday and Wednesday, we anchored the posts to there new permanent homes. I wasn't able to make it out to the site today, but the plan was to get the 500 ft trench from the array to the house dug so that we will be able to run the DC electricity back to the inverter. Monday we should be set to continue working on the racking system adding the cross supports to the posts.

We are all very excited about this project, as it is the first that we are documenting on the internet and also because SolaraloS is dedicated to the proliferation of Solar electric systems. I was going to try and make a time lapse youtube about the job, but the camera was forgotten for a few day so I will have to make it up to you on the next site. I will also be getting some more photos of the build posted in the next for days, so until then, Go Solar!

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