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water and electricity do not mix: conflicts between solar and rainwater harvesting

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Nov 08, 2014 01:03 AM
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by bubba of the bubbles ( last modified Nov 07, 2014



It has been taking a LONG time to get solar hooked up, but several weeks ago we were finally lined up for the final city inspection before flipping the switch.

And then we got red-tagged.

Red-tag means the inspector found something that prevents him or her from green-lighting the project.

The problem? We placed the rainwater tank too close to the electrical box. We need to be about 36 inches away, and we are 25 inches. That. my friends, is a serious bummer.

And it gets worse.

The bid to move the tank 11 inches came in at $3,500. Yikes!

We're presently getting a bid on moving the electrical service, but I don't expect that to be cheap either.

The moral of the story? "Make sure the dang tank is not too close to your electric box." or "Use a local vendor familiar with the local code to install the tank." The misplacement is on us since we used an out-of-town vendor that required us to identify and prep the tank site.

It sucks to make expensive mistakes. Live and learn.




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