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brantse

Attractive, detached solar pergola to be enjoyed for picnics and power generation for years.

What You Need to Know

Description:

I constructed a 26' x 16' free-standing pergola out of pressure treated lumber to support the 24 Jinko 255 watt panels. Each panel is connected to a SMA SB-240 microinverter. The panels are inclined at 20 degrees and facing approximately 200 degrees. I attached the panels to painted steel unistrut channel.

Other Benefits:

In the following years, I will install a paver stone patio beneath the pergola and plan to plant wisteria or some other type of climbing vines to enjoy the beauty of the space. I anticipate placing a picnic table and other patio furniture underneath it to provide comfortable seating areas.

Maintenance Requirements:

None yet

My Motivation:

1 - Address increasing electricity costs; 2 - Reduce overall environmental impact; 3 - Provide attractive, usable space

Advice:

As a P.E., I may certainly have unique knowledge and skills that allowed me to do this as a DIY project. That said, I don't believe that designing and constructing a similar system is out of the capabilities of many handy, motivated, and experienced DIY'ers.

Open House Info:

Contact me if anybody would ever like to come view my system. I would be honored to show it off.

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