Last night the rain, thunder, and lightning besieged the house like nothing I had never experienced before. One lightning bolt flashed with such intensity the entirety of the living room turned a soft pink. All I could think of as I listened to the storm was of the solar panels and the school roof they were mounted upon. I prayed that against all logic this storm wouldn’t reach the school 2km away. In order to mount the solar panels, we wove metal bailing wire around the mounting brackets and through the roof into the attic. Thus, small holes the diameter of a screwdriver are in the roof underneath the panels. We have not yet caulked them to form a waterproof seal.

This morning we held our breath as we anticipated the severity of the water damage. Luckily, however, minimal water got into the roof. We opened the windows in the science lab and by lunch, any residual water had evaporated. As an extra precaution, Lauren, Albert (the student) and I duct taped over the brackets and placed leftover shipping box cardboard scraps (thank you Deline Box and Display) above the holes. After lunch we placed a tarp over the entire array.

Amy Weeks and Amy Boyce created a mounting platform out of the cardboard shipping boxes (thank you, AGAIN! Deline Box and Display) for the solar array batteries to keep them up and off of the conductive cement. Lauren and I wired the charge controllers while Jeff connected the batteries.

Here’s to another successful day!

Thank you for your support!

Abbie Weeks

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