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Solar Tracker Installation Tips: Panel Installation & Chain Fall Safety

Posted by Dick Hopwood on April 12, 2017

Last month, I ended Hint #4 by discussing options for securing the frame to the mast after landing it onto the can. Most of the time, the AER installation crew secures the frame to the mast and then breaks for lunch. Logistically we sometimes use this time to have someone install the load center onto the mast and wire the SO cables to the breakers. If the underground AC run from the grid has been installed, completing this wiring can also occur now if time permits. This allows the panel installation to be completed and the tracker is immediately ready to power up. As I always say, remember, your objective is to install an AllEarth tracker in one day!

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Topics: Solar System Installation, Solar Tracker Install

Solar Tracker Installation Tips: Landing the Frame & Rail Assembly

Posted by Dick Hopwood on March 7, 2017

In our last solar tracker installation tip, we discussed installing the mast on the base and landing the can assembly. If you have planned appropriately, you will want to finish the frame/rail assembly just prior to finishing the mast/can installation. Once the machine lands the can it can immediately hook up to the frame assembly. The slings should be ready to go as part of the frame build.

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Topics: Solar System Installation, Solar Tracker Install

Solar Tracker Installation Tips: Mast and Can Installation

Posted by Dick Hopwood on February 1, 2017

The New Year is upon us and with it comes Tracker Tip #3. In the last Tracker Tip I discussed building the frame efficiently. The frame assembly is ready to be lifted onto the can, but you have not installed the mast and can yet. One thing we emphasize on our team is efficient use of manpower. Remember that our objective is to install an AllEarth Solar Tracker in one day, so the different phases of the installation process work best if you divide and conquer when needed. The mast and can installation is an example of this.

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Topics: Solar System Installation, Solar Tracker Install

Solar Tracker Installation Tips: Building the Frame Efficiently

Posted by Dick Hopwood on December 6, 2016

You're ready for your solar tracker installation: your tracker pallet is onsite and the crew is ready to roll. The base has been installed, the groundwork is complete, and panels have arrived. But before you can install an AllEarth Solar Tracker in one day, you need to have built a very important and time saving tool, otherwise known as the jig.

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Topics: Solar System Installation, Installation Issues, Solar Tracker Install

Preparation for a One-Day Solar Tracker Install

Posted by Dick Hopwood on November 1, 2016

Your objective is to install an AllEarth Solar Tracker in one day. The pallet is arriving tomorrow, and the crew is ready to go--but are they really? Whether the base is already in the ground or going in tomorrow, preparing the entire crew for the installation process is key to a successful one-day install.

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Topics: Solar System Installation, Installation Issues, Solar Tracker Install

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