Hints and tips regarding installing your Heliomotion system
Please download and read both the assembly guide and the operation and maintenance manual carefully before you start installing your Heliomotion system, and refer to it regularly as you go along. Lay out all the bags of components and make sure you match them to the relevant pictures in the guide. You will find the components are supplied done up to make life easier - and that includes the angle rod and extension rod which are supplied fastened together as one unit ready for use.
It is unusual, but possible, to make an error which can make a huge difference to the success of your installation. These are the most common issues we have heard about from our customers and installers:
Ensure you order the Atlas Copco Cobra (or equivalent from Speedy Hire or HSS) in advance so you are ready to start when your system arrives.
If installing the ground anchors while unaware of disturbed ground, this may necessitate adding a concrete "collar". Sandy soil is not suitable for ground anchors.
Ensure the balk is lined up accurately to due south. Be aware that if you use a mobile phone compass to check the direction, it can be distorted by the metal on the system.
When installing the angle rod - make sure it is at the vertical on the bar of the aluminium frame so it correctly adjusts the angle of tilt.
The longer extension rod is only attached when you are first installing the system to allow the electrician access to the back of the panels, and when you want to turn the panels to the horizontal if a high wind is expected - over 67 miles per hour. When the installation is complete and the system is about to be switched on, the short rod should be in place.
If you are in a very windy location, apply thread-locking fluid as advised on page 11.
Over tightening the fork joints and clevis eye may prevent correct tilting. See page 19 of the assembly guide.
If we are not supplying panels, make sure you buy panels that are correctly sized for the system.
The backs of the panels you have won't necessarily look exactly the same as the panels in the assembly guide - we cannot show all the connection possibilities. If you need a data sheet for our Meyer Burger to Eurener panels, we can email It to you.
Trying to add the extension rod during a storm, rather than in advance is to be avoided. See Windy environment section in Operation Manual.