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Old 23-01-2013, 19:56   #1
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Solar Panels From Home Depot

Has anyone used the Grape solar panels that can be bought from Home Depot?

I have been shopping for 2 solar panels, about 150 watts each for a total of 300 watts. I have called several Marrine vendors and I am getting quotes for panels that range from $1500.00 to 2400. Just for fun I did a google search and found that Home Depot sells pretty much what I am looking for, for a fraction of the cost of a marrine seller. About $700.00 total for panels and controlers with wireing.

Am I missing something? Are the Home Depot panels poor quality? One thing I know about Home Depot is if I have a problem with something they pretty much take it back no questions asked.
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Old 23-01-2013, 20:13   #2
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Re: Solar Panels From Home Depot

Look at sunelec.com for low prices. Their service is spotty but they sell the lowest quality panels out of China for next to nothing. I bough 3 190 watt panels for under $1000.00 including shipping. I can't really say that I recommend them unless you want the cheapest and don't mind getting screwed around a little bit. Not ripped off but just BS'd.
I have no complaints with the panels themselves and I do have the most watts in the anchorage.
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Old 23-01-2013, 20:22   #3
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Re: Solar Panels From Home Depot

Among others, I like these guys:

Solar Cell, Solar Panel, Renewable Energy, Wind Energy, Charge Controller, Solar Trackers

So far, we've purchased about 3,000 watts worth from them.
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Old 23-01-2013, 20:30   #4
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Amazon lists a 2 pack of 145W for $320.00

A friend and I split a n order last month. Free shipping. They're pumping out the power for me every day.

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Old 23-01-2013, 20:31   #5
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Re: Solar Panels From Home Depot

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Among others, I like these guys:

Solar Cell, Solar Panel, Renewable Energy, Wind Energy, Charge Controller, Solar Trackers

So far, we've purchased about 3,000 watts worth from them.
Thanks for the link. Can you tell me what you liked about them other than the price? Good service? Fast shipment? From what I saw on there site, they seem to have fantastic prices. Any info would be great.
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Re: Solar Panels From Home Depot

This place has always had a good selection at low prices, some below $1 a watt.

http://www.wholesalesolar.com/solar-panels.html
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Re: Solar Panels From Home Depot

I have been looking at flexible solar panels to mount on top of my bimini. These guys even sell the zippers to go with the panels.
Not the cheapest...anybody tried them yet? They have US distributers as well.
Flexible Solar Specialists - SolbianFlex Australian & NZ Distributors
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I have been looking at flexible solar panels to mount on top of my bimini. These guys even sell the zippers to go with the panels.
Not the cheapest...anybody tried them yet? They have US distributers as well.
Flexible Solar Specialists - SolbianFlex Australian & NZ Distributors
I too was looking for light, flexible panels for my electric kayak. Ebay has by far the best prices.
flexible solar panel in Solar Panels | eBay
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Old 24-01-2013, 06:52   #9
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Re: Solar Panels From Home Depot

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I have been looking at flexible solar panels to mount on top of my bimini. These guys even sell the zippers to go with the panels.
Not the cheapest...anybody tried them yet? They have US distributers as well.
Flexible Solar Specialists - SolbianFlex Australian & NZ Distributors
I too was looking for the Solbian Flex solar panel, I also wanted to mount them with zippers on my bimini, but the cost is crazy right now. I called several sellers and so far non are discounting off of retail. They want $856.00 for the 125 watt panel, so when you add up all the extras needed your up to $2400.00 or so and that still doesn't acount for the cost of zippers. Anybody know a seller of these panels that is discounting even a little?
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Old 24-01-2013, 07:28   #10
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Among others, I like these guys:

Solar Cell, Solar Panel, Renewable Energy, Wind Energy, Charge Controller, Solar Trackers

So far, we've purchased about 3,000 watts worth from them.

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Are you planning to start an on the water electric company??

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Re: Solar Panels From Home Depot

Panels! They seem to be all over the place. Just take the time to search them out. I purchased my first two 145 watt panels from Amazon delivered for about $320. Was so pleased with them I ordered another two that sit in my garage for spring-early summer installation. Its like everything else, if you want pedigree papers with your purchase, expect to pay more.

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Old 24-01-2013, 07:44   #12
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Re: Solar Panels From Home Depot

For the folks looking for the zippered panels... Windtraveler blog put some on their boat a few months ago and zipped them on their bimini but I have not seen a review of them yet. Might give them a buzz and see how they are working for them. Right now they are still in Ft. Lauderdale and are on the web most every day...
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Thanks for the link. Can you tell me what you liked about them other than the price? Good service? Fast shipment? From what I saw on there site, they seem to have fantastic prices. Any info would be great.
We purchased a 120 watt panel for the boat from them a few years ago, then recently purchased 12 Sharp 240 watt panels and a rack system with Enphase inverters and misc. for our house's grid tie system.

Our son helped mount the panels. I'm sure glad it wasn't windy!

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Re: Solar Panels From Home Depot

SolarBlvd has two 140 watt 12V panels and a Y connector for $359.

Solar Cell, Solar Panel, Solar PV, Solar Products, Charge Controllers, Solar Trackers
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Re: Solar Panels From Home Depot

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I have been looking at flexible solar panels to mount on top of my bimini. These guys even sell the zippers to go with the panels.
Not the cheapest...anybody tried them yet? They have US distributers as well.
Flexible Solar Specialists - SolbianFlex Australian & NZ Distributors
I just had the zippers sewn onto the bimini for 2 X 125 watt Solbian panels, but I haven't used the panels yet. (It was below 0 deg F. here this AM) They are extremely light, but pricey. When I was looking, a couple of people who had used them last season wrote that they had had excellent results including someone using them in Maine.
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