I have 5 solar panels totaling 625 watts which work great in the summer but in the winter the sun is to low to get a full charge so you need to raise your panels to a 45 degree angle.
I have built a raised rack to elevate the panels to avoid shadows from the air conditioner and other
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A friend of mine ask me if he could raise his panels with actuators. His is a flat mount on the roof not raised rack like mine so I did some thinking for a way to lift them. Not an easy chore to do as you have no room to put a lift under the panel with only 1 3/4" above the roof to work with. I started with a 8" stroke actuator and angle and a single drawer silde.
I set this up on a sheet of plywood to try it out. It worked so we attempted to apply it his roof
I came up with using drawer slides and pushing and pulling the panel up and down. This worked but we found that it was to much strain on the single drawer slide so the slide had to be on edge instead of flat the way I had it set up. So I'm changing the setup to use two drawer slides and have them both on edge. So the tork is pushing down on them the way the drawer slides are made to be used.
We have completed the set up and it works great, very smooth, no strain on the actuator or
the drawer slides.I added a video of Bud"s panel lift at I have added a video of Bud's panel install at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GnUz3yrqoTQ