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Old 11-12-2018, 14:58   #1
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Single large solar panels - buying them?

So I have been busy planning solar installs for the last 18 months and I thought I had everything planned... until I started trying to buy a single large 350w ish solar panel. It seams all the resonable pricing assumes a minimum of four panels and often ten. Seems like you need a syndicate to buy them.

Anyone tackled this problem. Anyone need nine solar panels in the Florida area?

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Re: Single large solar panels - buying them?

I bought mine from E-marine systems in Ft Lauderdale and had no issue buying one at a time. They're a bit more than when buying 10 at a time,but much less hassle.
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Re: Single large solar panels - buying them?

I bought two X 250 Watt panels with free delivery, $324-00 AUD included 2 x 2 into one 4MC connectors, Here in Melbourne Australia,

You could buy one or a dozen, It didnt matter how many you bought,
I now have 500 watts sitting on my dinghy davits and they work well,

The 300 Watt panels were too large for my installation, As they are a bit wider,
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I bought mine from E-marine systems in Ft Lauderdale and had no issue buying one at a time. They're a bit more than when buying 10 at a time,but much less hassle.
^^^^^^ Like Captain Bill said.

Of course it is not unusual that when somebody posts here looking for a "reasonable" price what they ACTUALLY want is an unreasonably LOW one...
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The shipping on big panels is the killer. Get them in person in Miami as suggested earlier in the thread.
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^^^^^^ Like Captain Bill said.

Of course it is not unusual that when somebody posts here looking for a "reasonable" price what they ACTUALLY want is an unreasonably LOW one...
Golly you can read me like a book...
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^^^^^^ Like Captain Bill said.

Of course it is not unusual that when somebody posts here looking for a "reasonable" price what they ACTUALLY want is an unreasonably LOW one...
What I paid for my panels is the current going rate,
Why drive 160 kilometres when they have free delivery,
I have 3 solar companys here to choose from all with the same prices,
One company has lower grade panels, So you dont buy from there, But people do buy them,

But I could have paid over 1000 Dollars for the same panels if I didnt scroll down the page looking for the cheapest prices on the same panels,
Paying exorbitant prices for the exact same panels does not get you better panels,
It just means you have paid exorbitant prices,
And yes, They are all made in China, And have a ten year guarantee,

I did have one bloke message me that he was quite proud of the fact that his panel cost him $800-00 and would give him one amp more than my cheap panels would, $500-00 is a lot of extra money for one amp,
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Re: Single large solar panels - buying them?

Why not 2nd hand on Gumtree or its equivalent

We got 250watt Jinko (Tier 1) panels with 9.5 years of the 10 year warranty remaining ( confirmed by me) for $140 each including delivery
Bought 9

Add: WOW, prices have really dropped over the last few years.
Can get new ones for similar money
There's even winaeco ones there for half what they were last I looked.
Tempted to get 3 more to put up top.

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Why not 2nd hand on Gumtree or its equivalent

We got 250watt Jinko (Tier 1) panels with 9.5 years of the 10 year warranty remaining ( confirmed by me) for $140 each including delivery
Bought 9
For $22-00 extra per panel, 250 Watt, I got brand new panels, That included the 2 into one MC4 connectors, Free delivery included,

One company is in Altona and one in Preston that sell brand new panels, With free delivery,
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For $22-00 extra per panel, 250 Watt, I got brand new panels, That included the 2 into one MC4 connectors, Free delivery included,

One company is in Altona and one in Preston that sell brand new panels, With free delivery,

Yep, but I was only interested in panels from proven Tier 1 companies.


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Re: Single large solar panels - buying them?

I bought 2 LG 330 panels grid tie sized for about 425 Canadian dollars . I did pick them up from the warehouse. No piont in cheap ing out on this stuff . Infact like insulation in a house ,I think solar on boats is cheap as it pays back everyday
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