After I had joined in the initial survey for a new airstrip (see our next blog post for details of that) I had some time to help a colleague install a new solar power system for our host's house. They had one already, but of an old design and it wasn't really meeting their needs.
|The old solar panels, with a few bits of the new system|
The first thing we had to do was screw in mounting brackets, but the roof is just made of corrugated iron. So, wood was cut to place inside the roof to take the screw-threads.
|Thankfully some of the tools we were to take back with us were still available|
|The literacy building|
But back to the solar panels. Once the feet were securely screwed in place, we had to build the frame. This involved cutting the aluminium lengths I had previously brought in with the helicopter.
|With the legs cut, we then had to drill holes for the bolts to go through|
|In the midday sun, the roof got too hot for bare feet|
|The ladders were ones made for the literacy building construction|
|We were finally brave enough to remove the previous panels|
|Finally, after dark, the panels were connected into the system|
And the old panels? They'll go on the literacy building's roof to provide power over there.