Solar Panels Finally Here!
Fall of 2013 and finally, the approval has come thru on the Microfit program, here in Ontario. This was a very lengthy process that involved several visit from various engineers, all quite perplexed at how we were going to secure the panels to the roof. I have a steel roof, with a wavy profile and 1″x2″ strapping. No one wanted to sign off on the engineering on this (had I put 2′x 2″ strapping, it would not have been an issue) so finally, it was decided that we had to have 12 times the normal amount of anchor points than if we had have had the 2×2 strapping. Ridiculose!
You can imagine how time consuming this process was, plus they had to custom manufacture the anchor bolts to accomodate the brackets! Each one had to be painstakingly installed and then caulking applied to ensure no leakage of rain thru the roof. Bolts are spaced at 8″ intervals horizontally and 12″ vertically!
Time for the solar panels to go on:
Solar Panels going on!
And the inverters on the back of the house:
And the finished product:
This project took 12 days to complete. It should have taken about 3, on a normal install. But I am no stranger to being out of the ‘norm’ on any of my projects!
At the end of the day, it’s all done and dusted AND the best part…. the panels are right on target for generating exactly what was predicted and estimated!
Now, some of you may ask, could I live off the grid from the energy I generate. The answer is a deffinate YES.. but why would I? I generate 8 to 10 times more than I use, and therefore, sell this to the grid. It would be redundant for me to live off the grid. Now, should everything ‘go pear shaped’ (as we say in the UK) the system can be retrofitted to supply the house needs… if and when necessary.