The Solar Sytem!

Just so that you can be in on the action.

The solar system is in!   This is way more than we ever asked for or dreamed of!  Our hearts are full of praise to God!

We met the 2 trucks in Omkoi , last Wednesday, November 20, to show them the way.  The weather is so un-co-operative!  We could hardly believe that just as we got onto the bad road it rained.  The road showed signs that it had rained a lot!  The trucks had to drive very slowly because the batteries and converters etc. must not be damaged!  On one descent I looked back to see the truck with the batteries turned completely sideways, with the two back wheels in a deep ditch.  It came jerking down the hill in that position.  We prayed earnestly as we approached Breck’s corner of terror!  If that were just as wet we all could go over the cliff!  God is in control, and though the devil keeps trying to extinguish this light, God miraculously answered our prayer!  Just before the whole series of downhill hairpin turns – the road became dry, even though the rain was still drizzling down!  Truly we cannot cease to praise Him here!

These guys have driven a lot of bad roads before and say they are used to it, but all of us had to be concerned about this trip.  The part leading up to our building that goes around the church and around our old house and on up is especially tilted and steep.  The front wheels came off the ground in one place!

Here is the heavily loaded truck that the 5 electricians were in.  That box on the top is EXTREMELY heavy!

Here is the heavily loaded truck that the 5 electricians were in. That box on the top is EXTREMELY heavy.

 

You can see the struggle it was even with all those men to get it up the hill to our house.  We must invest in concrete steps up to the house.

You can see the struggle it was even with all those men to get it up the hill to our house. We must invest in concrete steps up to the house.  The poor patients also struggle up this part.

 

The plan was that the electricians would work half the night so that they would be finished by noon the next day.  They must move on to Southern Thailand after that.

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They worked late into the night with two flood lights running off a generator.  Also note how large this cabinet is.

There is only 2 problems.  The cabinet that you see is way too large!  It was only supposed to be half that size.  Also one of the solar panels broke in transportation.

 

In our storeroom this cabinet takes up a LOT of space. This side contains all the switches, breakers, inverters and batteries.  The other side is empty.

In our storeroom this cabinet takes up a LOT of space. This side contains all the switches, breakers, inverters and batteries. The other side is empty.

 

 

The solar panels fit beautifully on this section of the roof with no overlap!

The solar panels fit beautifully on this section of the roof with no overlap!

 

A truck will come some time next week and replace the broken solar panel, and replace the large cabinet for one half that size.

We thank this team from Chiang Mai.  Mr. Alessandro, general manager on the right.  His wife in the center, and the 6 other Thai men are the electricians that did all the work.

We thank this team from Chiang Mai.  Mr. Alessandro Locatelli, general manager on the right. His wife is in the center, and the 6 other Thai men are the electricians that did all the work.

 

The batteries are fully charged and the lights are working!!  They say this system could support a refrigerator, washing machine and rice cooker! However, the sun at this time of the year only lasts on these panels till 2 – 2:30 p.m.  We will see how much electricity this will produce here.  We believe it will more than provide for our needs!  One thing we know, we will have LIGHT!

“While ye have the light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of the light.”  John 12:36

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