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DIY - Solar Top Of Pole Mounted Panels Part #1 - Pipe Install

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Published on Aug 25, 2011

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This begins the process to top-of-pole mount my 2 new 200Watt panels. I'm using an 11' x 4" OD x .24" (Wall), Schedule 40 Extruded aluminum 6063 structural pipe. It's encased in concrete in a hole drilled to about 51" in depth and 18" in diameter. There is 6" of crushed rock at the base and a 7" square block frame at ground level. Structurally, this mounting should withstand high winds, etc and last a long time. Also, hopefully, this will give a more professional look to this DIY project. I'm laying 50' of flexible gray conduit from Lowes, in a trench 15' x 5" W x 8" deep. This part of the project was not cheap but I believe it was worth it. If your going to do something worthwhile, enjoy it and make it worthwhile. You can get your pipe at a decent price online from "onlinemetals.com". My top of pole mounts are from IRONRIDGE, model# UNI-TP/04, which you can get from "ecodirect.com" at a decent price. The 200W panels come from sunelect.com, they are the cheap Grade B's, but who cares as long as they have a warranty and perform as good as the Grade A's. Grade B means cosmetic defects.

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