Planning a day with 2-3 inches of afternoon snow...

PhotowhitPhotowhit Solar Expert Posts: 5,543 ✭✭✭✭✭
Well, I've been up since 4:30-5, guess I should get up and be somebody...lol. Not getting back to sleep at 9am.
Bonus sunshine, before the storm today!

Planning my Saturday;

Burn barrel and cleaning paper goods!

Haul in as much firewood as possible before the storm, though I pretty much did that yesterday.

Top off house battery, be sure the solar array broom is undercover and easy access!

Be sure to get pork sirloin on the grill by noon!

Check/add wood to woodstove!

Enjoy lunch.

1:30 Snow, nap...lol

5:00 swept snow off solar array, I know you don't want too, but it'll be dang nippy in the morning! Should be bright enough to get some decent charging Sunday!
May be an image of outdoors
Home system 4000 watt (Evergreen) array standing, with 2 Midnite Classic Lites,  Midnite E-panel, Prosine 1800 and Exeltech 1100, 660 ah 24v ForkLift battery. Off grid for @16 of last 17 years. Assorted other systems, and to many panels in the closet to not do more...lol

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  • wellbuiltwellbuilt Solar Expert Posts: 569 ✭✭✭✭
    Nice , my panels are ice up for the foreseeable future ☹️ They are frozen and won’t melt when is below 20o 
    Out back  flex power one  with out back 3648 inverter fm80 charge controler  flex net  mate 16 gc215 battery’s 4425 Watts solar .
  • PhotowhitPhotowhit Solar Expert Posts: 5,543 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Should melt in the teens if you have direct sun and can get some exposure.
    Though perhaps you might be saying -20... no help there!!!
    Home system 4000 watt (Evergreen) array standing, with 2 Midnite Classic Lites,  Midnite E-panel, Prosine 1800 and Exeltech 1100, 660 ah 24v ForkLift battery. Off grid for @16 of last 17 years. Assorted other systems, and to many panels in the closet to not do more...lol
  • Dave AngeliniDave Angelini Solar Expert Posts: 5,799 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited February 6 #4
    Add to the list,  keep the snow shovel where it won't be buried so you can dig out the solar array broom ;)

    When this happens here, there is a store in town that has beer, ammo, and gas. They should add pork sirloin, I know they have tri tip,  veggie sandwiches, beyond beef burgers, my favorite is fish tacos!

    Oh yea, make sure you have a tow rope in your vehicle. I almost got stuck up on the mountain 2 nights ago. As I punched thru 2 feet of snow by going way to fast on a mountain I thought,  there is no place like home.
    "we go where power lines don't" Sierra Mountains near Mariposa/Yosemite CA
     http://members.sti.net/offgridsolar/
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  • 706jim706jim Solar Expert Posts: 410 ✭✭✭✭
    My frozen panels would melt nicely once the cells were uncovered from snow, if even just partially. I invested in a car window scraper to help remove ice safely. Enjoy the cold! (At least there are no bugs at this time of year)
    Island cottage solar system with 2400 watts of panels, 1kw facing southeast 1kw facing southwest 400watt ancient Arco's facing south.Trace DR1524 MSW inverter, Outback Flexmax 80 MPPT charge controller 8 Trojan L16's. Insignia 11.5 cubic foot electric fridge. My 27th year.
  • Chris11Chris11 Registered Users Posts: 118 ✭✭

     there is a store in town that has beer, ammo, and gas.
    You have a store that still has ammo? 

  • wellbuiltwellbuilt Solar Expert Posts: 569 ✭✭✭✭
    My panels just don’t melt off @20o or below once they freeze hard they stay frozen , it needs to be very sunny 
     maybe in a few more weeks the sun will be high enough in the sky to melt some snow . 
     Any way I went from 16” of snow , to a 5’ snow drift across most of it .☹️
      And someone put my panels 30’ in the air .
     I’ll have a scraper to put on the end of my pole for next trip up in a few weeks
    Out back  flex power one  with out back 3648 inverter fm80 charge controler  flex net  mate 16 gc215 battery’s 4425 Watts solar .
  • Dave AngeliniDave Angelini Solar Expert Posts: 5,799 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Chris11 said:

     there is a store in town that has beer, ammo, and gas.
    You have a store that still has ammo? 

    Some ammo these days. We are a small rural county and the store has you place an order and they call when it is in. Our big problem is the tourists going thru town on the way to Yosemite National Park.
    "we go where power lines don't" Sierra Mountains near Mariposa/Yosemite CA
     http://members.sti.net/offgridsolar/
    E-mail [email protected]

  • PhotowhitPhotowhit Solar Expert Posts: 5,543 ✭✭✭✭✭
    So we only got an inch or so of dry snow, It did get down to -1 overnight. I was going to wait for double digits to go clear the snow but have nice sun penetration through the upper clouds, distinct shadows, so I went out and cleared them a few minutes ago, 5 degrees (11ish). I was surprised I wasn't getting much of any power through the 1", after clearing the 4Kw area of the array, it had gotten a bit darker, only 5-600 watts charging, but that will top me off if it doesn't get much worse.

    The snow fell on sub freezing panels and was dry, so was easy to clear... More, maybe today, certainly tomorrow, before it gets really cold mid week. 
    Home system 4000 watt (Evergreen) array standing, with 2 Midnite Classic Lites,  Midnite E-panel, Prosine 1800 and Exeltech 1100, 660 ah 24v ForkLift battery. Off grid for @16 of last 17 years. Assorted other systems, and to many panels in the closet to not do more...lol
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