Introduction: TV Satellite Dish Solar Panel
Found a use for old TV satellite dish: support some Harbor Freight/Thunderbolt Solar Panels.
Solar Panels (I used these Harbor Freight panels )
Two 6-foot fence pickets
Old satellite dish
Old 12-v motorcycle battery
Step 1: Unbox Panels
Remove everything from the box, with the HF panels, there are
1 multiplex cable
Step 2: Frame the Panels
Layout the panels and use the fence pickets as frames on the top and bottom of the rows of panels.
On the HF panels, there are pre-drilled holes in the tops and bottoms of the panels.
Hint: don't try to drill with a long screw and you are holding the panel up with your foot. Ahem. Yes, been there done that.
Step 3: Flatten the Dish
My dish wasn't too curved, so I only had to jump on top of it a few times.
A few glasses of wine makes this really fun.
Step 4: Screw Frame to Dish
I glued a few extra pieces of the fence boards to the backs of the two center panels to give the dish something to screw into.
Here, I put the whole schmeel onto an old umbrella stand.
Step 5: Connect Cables, Controller, Battery
The cables from the panel run to the controller, then from the controller to the battery.
Here I just used an old 12v motorcycle battery.
Step 6: Lights
Connect the lights (12v light, this came with the kit) to shed light on your messy shed.
Step 7: W00t
Eh, it'll work for now.
If I did it again, I'd use just three of the panels since they are kind of large for my dish.
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