Thursday, October 21, 2010


Trees.  Good for the environment but no good for your solar power.

In the winter, my panels used to get shaded by a bunch of trees near by, as the Sun made its low 15 degree arc above the horizon.

Well, now a big gap has opened up in the horizon!  For years, there has been this nearly dead fir tree in someone's garden, on the other side of the courtyard, blotting out the late morning sun in our garden.  But yesterday, unannounced, a van turned up with some tree surgeons and a massive shredder.

It took about a day and half, but the dead tree was gradually chopped up and shredded, leaving a big new window on the horizon - and no doubt a few extra welcome Watt-hours on the clock this winter.

Time lapse over two days

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