Off grid DIY Duel Axis Automatic Solar Tracker Design and Installation

Off grid DIY Duel Axis Automatic Solar Tracker Design and Installation


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hello it’s Dan again here I’m up on my 00:05
very scary treehouse solar array the 00:10
first one I built last year I got a 00:13
little bit of glare but just to give you 00:15
an idea of how insane this is I’m at 00:19
treetop level all around and I built 00:23
this little rickety platform and I had 00:27
no choice 00:28
no Sun on the ground anyhow this is a 00:32
dual access solar panel you see how it 00:35
swivels so the Evening Sun is down here 00:39
warning says it’s way over there I pull 00:42
it with ropes now see where that hinges 00:44
there’s a bolt that bolt lets it pivot 00:49
forward and back I have it screwed off 00:52
for winter time right now but in the 00:54
summer I relieve that and I could easily 00:57
put a solar tracker on on both access so 01:01
your solar tracker goes right under the 01:02
by that huge there and if your panels 01:05
are well balanced there won’t be any 01:06
stress right now I have it set for mid 01:10
mid noon Sun anyhow you see I used old 01:16
sawhorse screws we had some 50 mile an 01:20
hour winds I was watching it like a hawk 01:22
the whole tree 01:24
the whole tree shakes because I’m at the 01:28
very tippy top 01:29
but astoundingly it was not affected the 01:33
wind pulls on both sides of the panel’s 01:35
equally and it held and I’m not even 01:38
done yet this is just one year in as an 01:43
experiment so so there it is if you can 01:46
see how it would pivot like the seesaw 01:49
there you know both ways he also goes 01:51
forward and back but this is the one I’m 01:52
using primarily the other access you’d 01:56
like to change spring fall and you know 01:59
winter winter time so there it is 02:06
right across the way there I’m on the 02:08
I’m on one solar tracker treehouse here 02:15
and right across the treetops about 02:20
another 30 feet up on a that’s like a 02:24
90-foot mount is my other array and at 02:29
the very top you can see my new windmill 02:32
we don’t have any wind here but on the 02:35
stormy winter nights that thing will be 02:37
ripping so I only iBank on the solar all 02:42
summer long 02:42
well summer spring and fall winter I get 02:47
reduced production maybe fifteen twenty 02:49
percent of my normal input so hopefully 02:54
that windmill and I have another one in 02:57
the house that’s going on top of this 02:59
tree

One thought on “Off grid DIY Duel Axis Automatic Solar Tracker Design and Installation

  1. The tree will grow fluffy, and secondary growth is already starting. I will trim it like a Chinese Bonsai and water it well when I water my garden, below. Some extreme "tree hugger " types might try to demonize my installation as cruel to the tree, but I could have just cut them all down. Instead, I love my trees, and this is the beginning of a symbiotic and loving relationship that will last until I die. The tree will live on.

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