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T8kingtheplunge
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https://www.ecowatch.com/puerto-rico-tesla-2493674522.html

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Posted : October 6, 2017 11:02 pm
singlefin
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The small solar panel farm West if the main post office in Christainsted was shredded by Maria.

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Posted : October 7, 2017 2:25 am
Scubadoo
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The small solar panel farm West if the main post office in Christainsted was shredded by Maria.

Yeah, that's what I was thinking but the one near Home Depot which is a lot larger looks OK.

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Posted : October 7, 2017 2:32 am
Gumbo
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You should see the solar farm near Home Depot on STT. Demolished

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Posted : October 7, 2017 9:21 am
singlefin
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Over at the Blue Water Terrace, they mounted them flat against the ground on a cement slab.
They said only one got damaged by some flying debris.

As usual, there's always a trade off. I'm sure the angled panels generate more electricity, but...

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Posted : October 7, 2017 7:18 pm
ironheadUSVI
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The one at the STX Federal Courthouse was totally destroyed.

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Posted : October 7, 2017 9:09 pm
Scubadoo
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That's the one West if the Richmond post office in Christainsted.

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Posted : October 7, 2017 10:32 pm
Scubadoo
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Hmmm.

The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has accepted the Hawaiian Electric Companies' plan charting the near-term actions that will lead to 100 percent of Hawaii's power generation needs coming from renewable resources by 2045.

On Molokai, Maui Electric is working with the community on options for reaching 100 percent renewable portfolio standard by 2020.

Regulators accept Hawaiian Electric Companies' plan to reach 100% renewable energy

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Posted : October 10, 2017 2:48 am
Beeski
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I have 48 panels, on a cement slab on the ground, with earth berms taller than the panels on each side of the slab. No damage.
I am shocked the panels by the Animal Shelter on STX survived.
I am not surprised the STT panels by Home Depot or the Federal Building STX were destroyed. Poor design for hurricanes.

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Posted : October 10, 2017 1:43 pm
LiquidFluoride
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I only lost 4 panels off my roof (and one more impaled with flying debris) & I'm on the south west corner.

Luckily we only need 17* of pitch for panels here so it's pretty easy to mount them on the ground or a strong roof, my rail system [url= http://www.ironridge.com/](Iron Ridge)[/url ]is rated to 140mph.

There was a [URL="http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/abinazir/2011/06/15/what-are-chances-you-would-be-born/"]1: 400,000,000,000,000[/URL] chance of you being born: what have you done with your miraculous life today?

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Posted : October 10, 2017 4:49 pm
vicanuck
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I have 48 panels, on a cement slab on the ground, with earth berms taller than the panels on each side of the slab. No damage.
I am shocked the panels by the Animal Shelter on STX survived.
I am not surprised the STT panels by Home Depot or the Federal Building STX were destroyed. Poor design for hurricanes.

I have 30 panels on my roof. Mike Bruno installed them. I actually think his installation made my roof stronger. Not one was damaged.

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Posted : October 10, 2017 8:08 pm
sttanon
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The way that the designs were for the solar farms made no sense...... With the way that the panels were angled, combined with the fact that the bases were not enclosed, it ensured that you basically had a large array of solar sails.... If the bases had been more blocked off the winds would not have gotten underneith the panels as much...

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Posted : October 18, 2017 1:57 pm
LiquidFluoride
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the angle is important for solar harvesting, 17* here is ideal.

My roof is pitched at 18* so mine are basically flush with the roof (they stand off about 3 inches or so) which is probably why I only lost 4 panels.

There was a [URL="http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/abinazir/2011/06/15/what-are-chances-you-would-be-born/"]1: 400,000,000,000,000[/URL] chance of you being born: what have you done with your miraculous life today?

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Posted : October 18, 2017 1:59 pm
Scubadoo
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The way that the designs were for the solar farms made no sense...... With the way that the panels were angled, combined with the fact that the bases were not enclosed, it ensured that you basically had a large array of solar sails.... If the bases had been more blocked off the winds would not have gotten underneith the panels as much...

You mean setting solar panels like airfoils isn't a good idea?:S

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Posted : October 18, 2017 3:45 pm
daveb722
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Mike's about to reinstall mine. Lost 14, good to hear about his work.

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Posted : October 18, 2017 4:30 pm
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