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05 February 2007 @ 09:37 am
one panel, worth $160, un-salvageable  
I am still extremely angry that no weather forecasters predicted the near hurricane force winds that caused the damage I discovered last night. I checked all four forecast services continuously Friday night and Saturday, especially just before I left for Columbus. None were predicting gusts higher than 40 miles per hour.

I was able to repair two of my 15 watt panels and my 5 watt panel. My third 15 watt panel is unable to produce more than about 10-1/2 volts, so it is a total loss. Internal damage is visible, caused by impact when it landed out in the field. All the other panels just suffered from severed wires.

The replacement value of the destroyed panel is at least $160.

I am going to see if I can get by with 35 watts of charging capacity instead of 50. If not, I will need to order a new panel over the internet for at least $160.