|Scott and Terry Martin unload the steel pipes|
|The "before" picture - you can see the stakes in the ground marking the site|
|Terry carrying the cement mixer up to the work site|
|These forms for the cement bases were balanced carefully|
on the truck
|And then Terry held them there during the|
drive to the location
We began construction this Tuesday, August 23 with the arrival of Terry Martin, his equipment and the steel pipes. Getting all the materials up to the site was the first challenge. Our upper meadow was recently brush hogged by Terry's partner Greg Miller and is not easy to get to with a truck, let alone carrying all this material. As you can see from the pictures it was slow going.
|Dave, Scott, Greg Miller and Terry working hard to|
install the vertical poles, six in all.
|I've adjusted the camera angle to vertical following the|
post on the left so you can see the slope
|All six verticals and the horizontals are up and ready for|
the solar panels - arriving on Monday
|One set completed and working on the second|
The array consists of two sets of three vertical posts, sunk in concrete molds, each with a horizontal steel bar across. Fourteen solar panels will be mounted on one and thirteen on the other. A cable buried in a four foot trench, 18" down, links the array with the house. More on all of this later...
|Next was digging the trench for the cable linking the|
house with the solar array
|Here's a better shot of Terry starting|
the trench - lots of rocks of course!
|There was over 500 feet of trench to be dug, cable laid|
and then it all had to be covered up and raked smooth