It’s been over two years ago since I started looking for ways to collect solar energy on the roof, here at JeeLabs.
And then reality set in… the roofs of the houses in this street are covered with shingles from the late 70′s, and as we found out they contain asbestos – yuck! Then, earlier this year, we were told that nothing could be done on the roof unless those shingles were first officially removed by a specially-equipped third party:
So now at last, those “bad” shingles have been replaced and panels have been mounted:
That little bulge is a “Solar tube” which brings extra sunlight into the stairway.
That’s 2 x 5 panels on this side, and 3 x 4 on the other roof:
(the 10 panels you saw in the first picture are mounted on the roof to the far left)
For a total of 22 x 240 = 5280 Wattpeak. Not that they will ever all generate full power at the same time, because these two roofs are facing west and east, respectively. But hey, together they should still give us more than our annual 3100 kWh consumption. JeeLabs is about to become a net electricity producer!
Just one more step: wait for the SMA 5000 inverter to arrive and get it hooked up…