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Whirligigs in Wilson

Vollis Simpson has become famous for his amazing whirligigs – whimsical constructions with myriad figures, shapes, and colors, all mechanically wind-powered. Now in his 90s, Mr. Simpson still actively builds and maintains his creations. But even for a man of his considerable capability, keeping up with 30+ large and aging clockwork machines/artworks is a bigger task. So the city of Wilson, NC has set out to create a whirligig park, to preserve and display these terrific creations, and celebrate in an enduring way Mr. Simpson’s accomplishments. Work has already begun, and I was privileged to see it in process.

Environmental Hazards

Yesterday we had tornados in the Raleigh-Durham area.  Our local Spotlight Solar installation is unharmed.  It likely had no encounter with a tornado, but it is designed for 130 MPH winds, so it might have been an interesting fight.  Tornados are rare for this area, but we do have other environmental hazards, and have tested our product in these rigorous conditions.  See pictures below of North Carolina style stress tests.  It’s tough out here!

Pollen Loading Test



Snow Loading Test, NC-style