We continue our series of reports on the installation of a new set of solar panels at the Visitors’ Parking and Access area. [see reports from 2/18 – 2/25/08]. We continue our series of reports on the installation of a new set of solar panels at the Visitors’ Parking and Access area. [see reports from 2/18 – 2/25/08].
Construction and metal shop volunteer, Darina Trendafilova, has cut the individual pieces for the steel frame on which the solar panels will be mounted. Now she welds heavy brackets to the frame pieces.
Arcosanti is built on marginal land, on the south edge of a mesa. Intense winds whistle and sometimes roar through the high desert that surrounds the site. [see 7/24/06 report of the actual mini tornado, that heavily damaged the visitors entrance]
… to explain the very heavy gage of steel for the solar panel frame.
Visiting alumni Adam Nordfors and Angus Gluck assemble the outer frame of a storage shed that will house the control unit and batteries for the solar panels, on a concrete slab at the south-west corner of the recycling area, right next to the visitors parkinglot.
As we mentioned, the panels will power path lighting in the visitors parking lot and along the path from the parking area to the Crafts III entrance.
Next report of this series will be posted on 2/29/08.