I few years ago I bought a 40W solar panel from Yahoo Auction Japan for my tiny prefab at work. For years I have been using generators to power up my tools and sometimes I even use a DC/AC converters hooked to my cars just to get some juice to power-up lights. One time I hooked my DC/AC converter to power-up my vacuum cleaner and the vac killed the car's ECU... HAHAHA!

I asked the power guy if he can hook electricity to my prefab and his price is just too much. The only thing that he has that I don't have is the license for hooking-up the power. I have been playing with 240V since I was 7, I climbed electric posts and towers, have played with high voltage and even got electrocuted several times and this guy said that I have to pay around 100,000 Yen. I refused and he offered me that if I do all the work (building the pole, installing the meter, hooking-up the wires to the power pole, and doing all the set-up by myself) and all he has to do is to make it legal, he'll give me a 10% discount... I refused and showed him my huge generator which is enough to run a welding machine.

This is the reason why I stay off-grid because I don't like some wise-ass telling me that I have to pay a lot for his services that I know that I can do myself...

Saturday, October 16, 2010

roof intallation

The solar panel needed to be installed on the roof and to do this I used two pieces of wood for it's legs, two metal brackets, some bolts and nuts and galvanized wire for tying it to the roof. 
It wasn't raining but just after my installation, the rain poured like mad so I had to do the rest the next day. 


  1. It’s really a great idea to install a solar panel on your roof! Solar products have become a hit these past few years as these help us save energy and money, while allowing us to contribute to the preservation of the environment. Anyway, how is it now? I heard that it can last between 20-25 years, and I hope it will.

    Tiffany Larsen

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