I began performing on street corners in the fall of 2013 so I feel like at this point I have a good handle on how to work a crowd. But oh boy did Vegas change that opinion fast. When we decided to spend December and January in Las Vegas I knew I didn’t want to spend a ton of time on the Strip. As fun as the Strip can be for tourists it’s not a great place to perform. You get to share the area with a ton of other people soliciting in a giant mass of humanity, and there are legal issues and strict regulations against performances and other kinds of ‘solicitation’. Not a great recipe for violin busking. Fremont Street however, had all the makings of a great busking space.
Solar power is pretty amazing, especially on the road. The idea that you could have energy generated anywhere? Pretty cool. So when we heard that Kevin’s dad had been gifted a 400 watt solar array from a friend we got very excited. The van is very comfy in general but being able to use basic cooking appliances and recharge our laptops will push it that one extra step into palatial (for a van).
So while we were in Las Vegas for a month, we installed one of the panels! It’s a common theme that we come by resources second hand and have to figure out how to work with what we have rather than buying preset kits or ideal configurations of equipment. So this blog post is for the DIYer that wants to know the nitty gritty of solar installs from the perspective of a total electrical layperson.