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Roof top solar panels and Wind Turbine Farms in Kihei, Maui

19 Feb , 2013  

home-solar-panels Just got back from a fantastic family vacation in Kihei, Maui. As soon as we left the airport in our rental car, we noticed many the homes had plenty of solar panels on the roofs. Like at least 15 panels. Must be grid-tie systems. Even the churches were getting in on it. One fairly big church had over 60 PV panels. Did a quick search and noticed that there was a 4 year return on savings and an up to 35% rebate. Compared to a past visit to the island of Kauai, two years ago, the Maui citizens are jumping on board. Since I was looking at the roofs more closely, I did see a the newer pipe style of solar hot water heater.

 

Kihei Wind turbine Farm I also saw my first wind turbine farm. Owned by Kaheawa Wind Farm and it was on the road to ‪Lahaina‬ right across the bay to Kihei. 14 Wind turbines ran right up the ridge of the mountain. It was cool to see how the clouds were passing through the the turbine blades. It was like in “real time”. Just had my iPhone, so, the video came out fuzzy.

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Power generation,Solar Power Projects,Woodworking

Roof Top Solar Panel Mount Made from Scrap Cedar Lumber

17 Jan , 2013  

Side view of solar panel mount

Side view of solar panel mount

After finishing the four DIY solar panels, I wanted  a quick mount for the the top of the cabin roof.
The idea location was to mount it to the water barrels on the roof. The plan was to aim the panels to the south (and through a gap in the trees). As usual, my choice of material was Western Red Cedar and square head screws.

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