Eagle Bluff - Wind and Solar demonstration site 
Power shed under construction.
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Power shed under construction.
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Assembling the 1kW solar array on Uni-Rac top of pole mount. We had to drill extra holes in the SolarWorld modules, but all together the assembly went really well.
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Assembling the 1kW solar array on Uni-Rac top of pole mount. We had to drill extra holes in the SolarWorld modules, but all together the assembly went really well.
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Randy with Community Electric in Lanesboro, MN trenches for the solar.
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Randy with Community Electric in Lanesboro, MN trenches for the solar.
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Power components begin to get wired.
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Power components begin to get wired.
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Batteries! Trojan L16HC
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Batteries! Trojan L16HC
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Battery details
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Battery details
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Proudly using components made by our friends at Outback, Bergey, Midnite Solar, and Magnum.
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Proudly using components made by our friends at Outback, Bergey, Midnite Solar, and Magnum.
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Solar array bolted together. Assembly took about 2 hours with three people.
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Solar array bolted together. Assembly took about 2 hours with three people.
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The 100 foot wind generator tower is up!
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The 100 foot wind generator tower is up!
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The tower was first raised without the Bergey XL.1 on top. Raising the tower was tricky because most of the guy wires were replaced and the site was not level.
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The tower was first raised without the Bergey XL.1 on top. Raising the tower was tricky because most of the guy wires were replaced and the site was not level.
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Jim's Tacoma in harms way.
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Jim's Tacoma in harms way.
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Tower on the way up with Clare Jarvis in the foreground.
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Tower on the way up with Clare Jarvis in the foreground.
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More tower raising. It's always scary seeing the weird shape the tower takes on.
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More tower raising. It's always scary seeing the weird shape the tower takes on.
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Joe Deden, director of Eagle Bluff, helps.
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Joe Deden, director of Eagle Bluff, helps.
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Fussing with guy wires.
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Fussing with guy wires.
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James Jarvis, Joe Deeden, and Clare jarvis start assembly of the Bergey XL.1.
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James Jarvis, Joe Deeden, and Clare jarvis start assembly of the Bergey XL.1.
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Darin from Eagle Bluff joins in.
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Darin from Eagle Bluff joins in.
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Anemometer and wind vane.
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Anemometer and wind vane.
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Now Doc from Eagle Bluff gets involved.
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Now Doc from Eagle Bluff gets involved.
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Marshall gets the anemometers ready.
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Marshall gets the anemometers ready.
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The tail is installed on the XL.1.
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The tail is installed on the XL.1.
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Jim risks his head to put the blades on. Why does Bergey specify that it has to be installed this way?
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Jim risks his head to put the blades on. Why does Bergey specify that it has to be installed this way?
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Tip distance is measured and set equal.
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Tip distance is measured and set equal.
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Ready for the big lift!
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Ready for the big lift!
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Will it hold?!?
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Will it hold?!?
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Joe lifts the tower.
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Joe lifts the tower.
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James stood at the end of the tower and directed the show. Radios were used to communicate the tractor lifting the tower and directions were shouted to the two side guy points to keep constant slack / tension in the cables.
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James stood at the end of the tower and directed the show. Radios were used to communicate the tractor lifting the tower and directions were shouted to the two side guy points to keep constant slack / tension in the cables.
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Mud on the tower.
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Mud on the tower.
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The base plate decided it was going to be at an angle. It remains that way.
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The base plate decided it was going to be at an angle. It remains that way.
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Clare Jarvis adjusts the tension in the lower guy point.
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Clare Jarvis adjusts the tension in the lower guy point.
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Up and away.
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Up and away.
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Up!
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Up!
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It's a job we can be proud of.
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It's a job we can be proud of.
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Junction box for power and wind sensor cables. Flexible conduit goes about 5 feet up the tower.
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Junction box for power and wind sensor cables. Flexible conduit goes about 5 feet up the tower.
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James Jarvis started at 6:45AM. It was a long day.
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James Jarvis started at 6:45AM. It was a long day.
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Just need to get it hooked up and making power.
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Just need to get it hooked up and making power.
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The power shed is well built and very well insulated.
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The power shed is well built and very well insulated.
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The Magnum inverter and Midnite e-panel are pumping out 120 volts!
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The Magnum inverter and Midnite e-panel are pumping out 120 volts!
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