Harnessing the Sun

| 3/30/2015 2:08:00 PM

Rima Austin“This is a man’s job, what are you thinking trying to put this together?” No, that’s not some random guy talking to me, that’s the voice in my head when I start pulling out the pieces of my solar panel kit. I have had the kit for about a month now, sitting in the corner out of the way. I intentionally left it out in the open so I always have to think about it every time I walked by it, or should I say, considering the size of my house, trip over it.

The kit.  The kit's inventory.

Installing a solar panel kit was not as hard as I had convinced myself it would be. Everything was going smooth until I got to the part of assembling the frame. I looked like a 5-year-old trying to assemble a complicated art installation. For a few seconds, I even thought they didn’t include enough parts but upon looking at the instructions over and over I found that they did. After it was all said and done I had four screws left, I guess these were extra for me to use on other projects as they come up. Right?

A side view of the panels.

I decided to attack this particular project in steps. I thought that would be the only way to keep my wits about me. I also set aside an entire day for this and knew I was going to take my time. The first step was unloading the box and posting to all my friends and family on Facebook what I was doing. I wanted to share my excitement of finally doing the solar thing that I had been talking about for so long.

Step two was turning my phone off to stop the calls and notices from family and friends warning me not to kill myself. Several of them went on to explain the different ways one could kill themselves during the installation of solar power. I had visions of being blown out the side of my house and ending up in the garden. In step three, I sat down with a cup of coffee and read the instruction manual from cover to cover.

7/8/2016 2:56:12 PM

Rima, How is the solar panel working out for you? Did it give you enough power for what you needed? Thanks, CharlotteB

4/1/2015 9:55:12 PM

I also have been thinking about buying one of these kits. Harbor Freight has them on sale for $139 this week. Never doubt what you can do.