We just started cruising, left the dock
10/1. On 9/30 we had to rent a car and replace half of our solar
array (4 x 100 renogy flexible solar panels
on white plastic). My wife found a thread on Facebook about them catching fire, so we contacted Renogy and they said they would replace them.
are the same panels
but with a sheet of aluminum
attached to the back. (ie: if you took your panel off, and put a piece of aluminum
1"-2" smaller on the back, and then reinstalled, that's the fix) Ours looked like they just made them up in the factory for us, the white silicone was still wet when we installed them.
They seem to be fine so far but it's been a whirlwind. We had all these unexpected failures right at the launch, not to mention the water
heater failing last night and taking out the inverter
in the process. I was able to bring the inverter
back from the dead. Anyhow, that's another thread for another day.
Anyhow, just wanted to give you guys a heads up. From what I understand if you have the renogy flexible panels
mounted directly to a surface you should have them replaced. Ours are mounted on our bimini
and when I looked at the bottom I could see heat distortion on some of them. The bimini
is starboard and didn't appear to be damaged.