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Old 19-04-2010, 17:26   #1
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Bracing Wind Generator / Solar Panel Pole

some kind family/friends built me a mount for my wind generator and solar panel out of a 9' long 3" aluminum tubing mounted on welded to a .5" thick plate which is mounted to the deck/toe rail and backed underneath (yes I know just how lucky I am!) but I need to properly brace it....my initial though was rigging like with a mast but that would need 4 sides.....now my thought is to use basically bimini frame material (7/8" stainless tubing) that would be attached using a similar type of system as my bimini is attached to the deck.....would that be strong enough??? any other suggestions out there?

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Old 19-04-2010, 17:33   #2
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First of all, I'd like to borrow your friends some weekend soon.

Second, yes. That's precisely the type of bracing that many people use to stabilize their generators. When using the bimini-style parts, it's important to through-bolt the connectors rather than just use set screws. (Actually, this is only important if you're planning to go to sea.)

A concern about the design, as I see it, is that the solar panel will often be shaded by the generator mount. Is there some element in your design to minimize this? Even the slightest shadow, such as one from a brace, will significantly reduce the panel's output.
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yea -- I just asked for a mount for my wind generator and they got all excited and made the rack for the solar panel too......I didn't get any design input unfortunately but hey -- it's free

yea I'll back the strut mounts with aluminum (I have some spare sheets I use for backing material
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When you get to Mexico, cut off the wind generator mast at the level of the solar panel.
You'll get more electricity.
Don't ask me how I know. lol !!
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