Let the sun shine in! (Solar System Step 4: The Solar Panels)

This week, with the extensive and energetic partnership of Rob Adamson and Katherine Robbins, I we installed the long anticipated solar panels and made the final connections to the cottage solar power system.

As of 5pm on July 3, 2020, Fugawee has functional LED lighting in all the rooms, powered by a 12V battery which is recharged daily from electricity generated by two solar panels. Now, I can reduce my generator usage, and mothball the kerosene lamps.

This project took several years, a few hundred dollars, and alot of physical effort to complete. I had to renovate two bedrooms to install the electrical runs, assemble and install a proper power panel, and build and install the roof-mount for the solar panels.

And now, c'est finis.



I returned to the cottage this past week, and spent two blissfull, silent days, at peace with nature and away from the generator.

I did run the generator for a few hours, the first evening, just to cool the fridge and recharge my phone. But, after that, I spent the remaining day and a half luxuriating in the silence that the lake offers. For the first time in many years, I didn't frighten the birds away from the cabin with the hammering of an internal combustion engine, and, this time, I actually got to see and hear a hawk hanging out behind the cabin.

The solar "system", from panels on the roof to controller and battery, to lights in all the rooms, worked perfectly, I had the cabin lights on for 5 or 6 hours, both evenings, and the solar panels recharged the battery quite handily. I do believe that a new era has dawned in my little log cabin. At least, I see the light.

I'm looking forward to my next trip up; I'll finally be able to sit back and enjoy the cottage. At least for a little bit.