I had the pleasure in assisting with the installation of two 40watt solar panels charging three deep cycle batteries. It is a repeater amplifier for radio communications monitoring the volcano. There was active logging happening as we drove up the road to Marble Mountain.
It is getting to be that time of year, and it was still freezing this morning. In places, the frost didn’t thaw all day.
An older installation had bank of humongous 2v batteries at 750ah. Each is almost more than one person can lift.
From the site, three volcanoes are visible. Mount St. Helens to the north:
Later in the day, I set the big batteries in view of Mount Adams.
And a wider shot of Mount Rainier to the northeast.
Here the solar panels are getting their final installation.
I scrambled through some bushes trying to get a good shot of Mount St. Helens. After it was all done, the view from the installation site was best.
Late in the day the light was great. Here is a tree cutting machine on the way down the from the mountain. Think circular saw blade, but 5 feet in diameter!
The southern slopes of Mount St. Helens approaching sunset.
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