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Old 10-19-2018, 04:00 PM   #3321 (permalink)
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I too support cellular solar power.
But to go totally off the big grid you need batteries, but the cost of the batteries and their replacement makes it cost prohibitive.

There are a fee ways to position panels.
Fixed panels, passive tracking and live tracking.

Fixed panels, obviously bolt them to something that doesn't ever move.
Passive tracking, seasonal tracking what ever you want to call it usually moves panels on a single axis to take advantage of the higher and lower sun as the seasons change, can be manual, require tools to loosen nuts and bolts to allow for movement or be somewhat automated.
Then live tracking follows the sun on one or more axis throughout the day. Your east west tilt is usually all automated, the north south tilt may be fixed or manually moved, or automated.

1984 chevy suburban, custom made 6.5L diesel turbocharged with a Garrett T76 and Holset HE351VE, 22:1 compression 13psi of intercooled boost.
1989 firebird mostly stock. Aside from the 6-speed manual trans, corvette gen 5 front brakes, 1LE drive shaft, 4th Gen disc brake fbody rear end.
2011 leaf SL, white, portable 240v CHAdeMO, trailer hitch, new batt as of 2014.

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