After 10 days straight of very hard work, we decided we all needed a break. We took the opportunity to go out to the garden for another picnic and at the same time figure out why the solar pump stopped working. Usually solar systems as simple as the one installed in the garden are very reliable, but I did not know how to go about the repair. So we took Rich–I was busy getting tools etc for him so I neglected taking a picture of his repair of the panels standing on a 55 gal drum in the back of a pickup. What he found was maddening and reassuring at the same time. He was getting no power reading out of the panels–there was plenty of sunshine–so he looked at the connections which had been totally rewired. I said that Alhassane had told me that someone we do not know had come out and was charging cell phones and being paid for it. He apparently tried every combination of wiring until he found one that worked and did his business and could not figure out how to put it back. So our pump was out of commission for over a month. We had a gas powered back up, but it was a rather infuriating development. I guess we need to sell the guy one of our new chargers that charge three at the same time–whoever he is.
- A little relaxation was called for–sorry Rich I did not mean to block out your face. Sol brought glorious paté from Paris.