Hopefully this won't scare anyone off from trying to go greener- but... we just got hit by lightning; for the second time this year. First one took out the well pump for the greenhouse. This one took out the solar array for the greenhouse.
Yes, the whole dang system is professionally grounded for lightning. Lightning, alas, can ignore your nice grounds if it feels like it.
This is what it looks like; melted junction boxes, with cooked diodes. Every panel in the array got something melted.
On the up side; that solar array has been working; flawlessly, and with NO maintenance (unless you count wiping snow off) for 14 years. Not so bad, really.
But it's a major headache at the moment. Yes, it IS covered by my insurance this time. With some deductibles, of course. The problem for me is; this particular model of panel is of course no longer made. And newer panels- aren't the same size/shape. So they won't fit on the existing mount. So I not only have to find new panels, but erect a new rack.
In my spare time. ha ha ha.
The storm, of course, came when the hot weather finally broke- and it went from 85°F on one day, to 45°F 24 hours later. hm.
This array is the main power for the greenhouse. We do have a small diesel backup generator; mostly for the odd week when the sun never shines at all. But it's now urgent to get this done before freezeup, since installing it probably requires pouring some new concrete, for a new mount...