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Old April 29th, 2013, 11:29 AM   #1
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This is as simple as I think it could get. Vertical pipe mounted into the ground is welded to a short horizontal pipe. Another pipe is fitted into it. Then the panel mounts welded to that pipe. Don't know if it was done but I would drill a hole in the short horizontal pipe & weld a nut to it. Bolt would be used to lock the mount at whatever angle you want.
Mount could easily be made at any local welding shop or even done on sight.
Pics are taken for a homesteading site.






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Old April 29th, 2013, 01:01 PM   #2
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I'm not familiar with actuators. But I'm guessing wouldn't be hard to set up 12VDC actuator that would let you adjust the angle. I know some actuators are full open or full closed which would not be what you wanted.

If I figure out the right type actuator it could also be used to adjust a roof top unit.

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Very nice. I hope it's not offensive for me to ask--how much were those panels? And what kind of efficiency/output do they generate under full sun?

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As I stated in the OP, not mine. My guess those are 235-285 watt panels.

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Old April 29th, 2013, 08:42 PM   #5
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12VDC linear actuator is what would be used.

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Old May 1st, 2013, 01:43 AM   #6
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I've been ask how to mount the solar panels to the angle iron both shown in the above pics & pics of my roof mounted panels.

Solar panels are held together by their own aluminum frame. The underside of the frame is an L which will match up with angle iron. Predrill holes in the angle iron then set the panels ontop of the angle iron framing. Drill holes threw the existing pre drilled holes done in the angle iron threw the panels aluminum framing but use a small piece of plywood so you can't accidently poke the bottom of the solar panel with the drill bit. Then nuts & bolts to hold the two together.

The reason I like using the angle iron is I can scavenge alot of it plus I can weld it together but I don't have the capability to weld alumimum.


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In Hurricane force winds that we see down in the Gulf, pole mounts can be problematic. The structure my array is on has hurricane straps and was certified for 100+ mph winds. So make sure whatever mount you use, that it will survive the wind it is likely to see. Those panel present a lot of surface area.

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In Hurricane force winds that we see down in the Gulf, pole mounts can be problematic. The structure my array is on has hurricane straps and was certified for 100+ mph winds. So make sure whatever mount you use, that it will survive the wind it is likely to see. Those panel present a lot of surface area.
In the pictures I see what appears to be wind generators. I have considered building a system with wind and solar that is portable. That is trailer mounted. I've just begun thinking in that direction. Wind, solar, and gasoline generator all on wheels. The wind generator I think I would mount on folding pole. Something I could move to where it might do the most good.

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