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Tower of Power III: Raising the solar panels

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Here is the video you have all been asking for. How did you get the solar panels up to the top of that tower?

The activity required the use of a 2:1 block and tackle to haul each panel up, one at a time, with human muscle power. Once at the top, each panel was hefted into the frame, and attached with 4 bolts, which required some circus work: hanging from bat hooks under the panels, ladder scrambling, and plank walking. While working at the top of the tower, we wore climbing harnesses and clipped in to anchors for safety. There are 12 panels on each tower frame for a total of 24 panels; each panel measures about 3 x 5 feet and weighs about 40 pounds.