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Re: PSA: Don't park your car below snow-covered PV!

Wed Dec 11, 2013 4:37 pm

dgpcolorado wrote:My garage roof also sheds in front of the garage door. I usually have to shovel the snow pile to get the cars out...
Yeah, I should have taken a picture of the big pile of snow behind the cars before I moved it off the driveway. Normally it arrives there without my assistance.
dgpcolorado wrote:My solar panels on October 4th before pulling the snow off.
Is that a squeegee with an extension pole that you use for clearing the panels?
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Re: PSA: Don't park your car below snow-covered PV!

Wed Dec 11, 2013 5:41 pm

That ice falling off the roof was Awesome!!!
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Re: PSA: Don't park your car below snow-covered PV!

Thu Dec 12, 2013 3:49 pm

RegGuheert wrote:
dgpcolorado wrote:My solar panels on October 4th before pulling the snow off.
Is that a squeegee with an extension pole that you use for clearing the panels?
Yes, a window squeegee on a long painter's pole. Works well and doesn't harm the glass. I use a snow cutter for the roof when I want to take the snow off in places, but the roof is metal so it usually sheds pretty well.
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Re: PSA: Don't park your car below snow-covered PV!

Thu Dec 12, 2013 6:37 pm

dgpcolorado wrote:My garage roof also sheds in front of the garage door. I usually have to shovel the snow pile to get the cars out (although in recent days it has been so cold the snow didn't slide off the roof until today). If I had it to do over again I'd design the roof structure differently.

Seven Words:

Snow fence and a large everything pizza.

(Actually, just the snow fence, I just added the pizza to pad to seven words. ;) )

There are various types. We used a finer opening on steep roofs in Nrn Michigan, saw some in Germany as well.

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Re: PSA: Don't park your car below snow-covered PV!

Fri Dec 13, 2013 2:41 pm

AndyH wrote:Seven Words:

Snow fence and a large everything pizza.

(Actually, just the snow fence, I just added the pizza to pad to seven words. ;) )...
I prefer that the snow slides off the roof; I don't mind shoveling it from the garage entrance and everywhere else it isn't an issue. The big problem I have is the north facing roof valleys: the snow turns to ice and the glaciers + gravity have damaged my metal roof. I've considered heat tape but it would be awkward to install and is a waste of electricity, so I now use my snow cutter to pull the fresh snow away from those valleys. In retrospect I wish I had designed a shed roof profile that had no valleys for snow to build up and turn to ice. Live and learn.
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Re: PSA: Don't park your car below snow-covered PV!

Mon Dec 16, 2013 10:15 am

The snow that has been lingering on my lower panels for days apparently cause the Enlighten website to flag 6 of the panels/inverters as broken. I guess I should get a really long squeegee...

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