Originally Posted by Cotemar
Should be able top get the SunPower E19 240 watt panel in the $600 range.
They are not cheap
, but if you need small and light these are the way to go.
There are a lot of boats out their using the SunPower panels now.
These guys are going around the world with them panels
I know you and some other folks got some SunPower panels, but I don't think they sell to boats anymore.
I called two local "premier dealers", and was told that they only sell the panels as part of a complete install package to residential or commercial
folks. One even recommended I buy the Sanyo HIT 225W panel. I then called SunPower directly, and the agent I talked to said the same thing. When I asked him if he realized that his panels were on PlanetSolar's RTW solar
boat, all he said was "yeah"......
SO, being a stubborn guy when he's getting told an answer he doesn't like, I "liked" them on facebook and posted the following:
"Hi, I am very interested in SunPower solar panels
for an installation
on a sailboat. However, when I called two authorized dealers I was informed that they could not sell panels unless installed as part of a residential system. Is this correct, or is there another way to procure these panels? The high efficiency rating of your panels is perfect for the limited space typical of a marine environment, which is probably why PlanetSolar has your panels on their around-the-world boat! How can I buy some of your panels?"
....and got no response. I hate having to work to spend my money
, so I'm going to go with the Sanyo model. The SunPower would have been a perfect sizing and wattage, but the Sanyo allows me to better add more panels later based on available "real estate".
Unless you can PM me with how to get two 240W E19's...
I could even make a pair of 320W's work..
I do have to chuckle and note the irony that the company that makes the solar panels
on PlanetSolar's RTW boat won't supply to boats....!