Well, after I finally wrcked one of the solar panel brackets by inadvertently falling on it (yes the bruises hurt...), what are the electrickery downsides to removing one panel. Not sure how they are wired up, parralel or in series but that will become aparent very qiuckly after unplugging the thing. What I'm concerned about is any likely damage to the solar controller.
You'll have to post the individual panel specs and the controller specs to get correct information.
Controller specs is more important in that if it is a 12v controller (a bit unlikely but possible) then the panels must be in parallel. Other than that if they are higher voltage panels then it all gets a bit more awkward to work it out.
ETA can't you just remove the brackets and put the panel flat on the roof? I remember it's quite a curved roof so perhaps a bit awkward.
Disconnect the panel. If the solar still works (with less vim, obviously) then they were in parallel and you have just lost 1/3 of output. If the solar doesn't work at all, they were in series. You then have to connect the wires that did connect to the panel, together in order to re-make the circuit.
Tel - LEM - a - Khus for the thickos that didn't do the classics at proper school.
A mate of mine sorted the problem that he had with his centre line snagging, it was a neat idea which worked very well. Simply crafted from wood he made two guard guides which allowed the line to slide up and over the corners of the offending panel, if you can use a saw and a surform plane you can do this in a couple of hours. Sikkaflex to the roof at the corners and jobs a good'un. Phil
I was considering something like that, but the panel was already damaged and plan for next year is to replace all the panels with 4 (2 fore of the centre line and 2 aft). In the meantime I'll cope with lower solar input.
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