I have 20 solar panels on the roof, I’ve been wanting to do some experiments with tracking and temperature so I got 1 more solar panel to play with.
I’ve been way to busy to get far on that project, but in a few spare moments my dad and I slapped together this rig to hold the solar panel.
It has a hinge to adjust the angle for seasonal variation, and the panel is on an axle that lets it point at the sky for whatever time of day.
Of course, after we finished it, we realized what we did wrong and how to do it better – eventually I want to build an active tracking system and the geometry of this rig makes that hard.
But I had the wheels and lumber lying around so this is what we came up with:
I haven’t even had a chance to hook it up electrically yet, if I get a few spare moments I’ll try to do that this week.