Solar panels for goats
The structure to hold our 15 solar panels is 18ftx20ft. We chose to locate it at the top of the property where we get the most hours of sun and it can do double-duty as a water catchment surface. High up is the best location for water tanks so gravity does all the work in creating great shower pressure without the need to pump.
Mr Nicholson recommended making the supports in concrete rather than wood to lessen any lateral movement from high winds that may put stress on the panels. Once the nine concrete pillars were cast the next task was to build the wooden roof frame and add the galvanized roofing material which will catch the water.
The structure follows the natural slope of the land and is about 5-6ft off the ground. This is the optimal height to get the most sun but still be low enough for the trees to break some of the force of high winds, should we be hit by a hurricane.
We like to get the most out off all materials we bring onto the land so in addition holding the solar panels and capturing rainwater, we think this structure will also serve a wonderful purpose in the near future as our goat house.