First of all thanks for all the great info on this site! I have just a small 1.2 kw micro inverter set up on my 2nd story roof. Recently we had a serious thunder storm with a couple of big thunder claps close by as I lay awake at 4am...made me think about how much I don't want a direct strike and what else I can do for protection. Read up on lightning rods but really don't want to attract a strike either, however I already have a lot of metal on top of the tallest roof on the block. It occurred to me I could build a stand alone lightning rod a few feet from the house with its own seperate ground rod not connected to my electrical system. Theoretically protecting 25' radius that would cover the second floor. I assume it would be better to keep it off my ground system. This lightning rod would be 50' away from my main panel and my service is underground. Additionally I'm going be inspecting my grounding system, make sure gas and water are bonded. I know my sub pole has a butt wrap coil of #6 at the base as well 2 grounding plates (90' from house), pool has a ground loop (30' from house), I might not have any grounding closer except utility piping. Seems It would be better to have a rod closer like at the outdoor sub panel that feeds the house. Any advice would be very much appreciated!
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Considering building a stand alone lightning rod