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Old 15-04-2014, 10:58   #1
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Solar Purchase

I am looking to purchase a pair of 140 to 150 watt solar panels, does anybody have thoughts on a good supplier of solar products in or around Fort Pierce Florida.

Also looking for a Blue Sky 2000e or 25-12 controller if anybody has one forsale

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Old 15-04-2014, 11:01   #2
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Re: Solar Purchase

I am also looking for a supplier of flexible panels in the Northwest that dosn't want $10 per watt for them.
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Re: Solar Purchase

What about a large, annual solar purchase for forum members???

I need 4x 300 watt panels and MPPT controller.

If we tallied up everyone's order and bought a pallet wholesale, we could get some deals.

Forget location (and sales tax) and have them arrive UPS.
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Old 15-04-2014, 11:53   #4
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What about a large, annual solar purchase for forum members???

I need 4x 300 watt panels and MPPT controller.

If we tallied up everyone's order and bought a pallet wholesale, we could get some deals.

Forget location (and sales tax) and have them arrive UPS.
I would get behind this idea quickly. Other forums make use of the leverage a group purchase offers. Extend this beyond just solar and we could take this idea to the next level. Great idea!
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Re: Solar Purchase

Fletch,
In S. Florida, you have 3 businesses that have excellent reputations (and I have done business with all 3 of them...and can recommend any of them...)

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I am looking to purchase a pair of 140 to 150 watt solar panels, does anybody have thoughts on a good supplier of solar products in or around Fort Pierce Florida.
1) John and Libby at Hotwire Enterprises, in Tarpon Springs, FL are VERY nice folks and are cruiser-oriented (former cruisers themselves).....
Kyocera ‚€“ svHotwire - 727-943-0424 | svHotWire

I've done business with them....and I highly recommend them!!!


2) Bob Williams at SALT Services, Inc. in Marathon, FL has forgotten more about solar systems and alternative energy than just about everyone else in our community will ever know....(Bob is they guy that invented the "A/H per day" specification, when working with Steve Dashew about 20 years ago!!)
SALT Service Inc - Marine Solar PV Power Panels Energy

I've done business with them, and I highly recommend them as well...(but they tend to concentrate on the higher end of the market / larger purchaseers...)


3) E Marine Inc. in Ft. Lauderdale, although under new ownership/management, still has a good reputation and sell a lot of solar panels, controllers, etc....
Kyocera 140 Watt 12 Volt Solar Panel Fixed Frame KD140SX-UPU - e Marine Systems

I've done business with them as well, but it's been about 7 - 8 years....so YMMV....




4) Do NOT skimp and buy the 2000e controller....that's an entry-level unit, and would be a mistake!!
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Also looking for a Blue Sky 2000e or 25-12 controller if anybody has one forsale.
Spend the extra few dollars for the 2512ix!!!
It is a much better controller.....and I recommend getting the IPN-Pro Remote (even if you don't need/desire the "battery monitor functions"), as this allows you to custom program the controller....(this is VERY important, in order to tailor your charge patterns to your batteries and use patterns..)





5) FYI, if you wish to see my 520-watt array.....installed in 2006....here is an article (w/ photos) that I wrote about the whole system....
http://www.c470.jerodisys.com/470pix/47004.htm






And, some of my other projects on-board....
http://www.c470.jerodisys.com/470pix/foto_bot.htm


Also, here are some videos of some of my Atlantic crossings (and the weather that my array dealt with, without issue)....

Eastbound...



Westbound....





I hope this helps....

Fair winds...

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I would get behind this idea quickly. Other forums make use of the leverage a group purchase offers. Extend this beyond just solar and we could take this idea to the next level. Great idea!


Nice! Let's try it with the solar to start. We can shop a huge order around a bit to get deals.

I'll start a new thread on it.
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Nice! Let's try it with the solar to start. We can shop a huge order around a bit to get deals.

I'll start a new thread on it.

I'm in!
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Re: Solar Purchase

Not to drift the thread anymore....but...

Other organizations do provide discounts, etc...
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I would get behind this idea quickly. Other forums make use of the leverage a group purchase offers. Extend this beyond just solar and we could take this idea to the next level.
But, margins on so many things these days are slight, and with solar panels the profit margins for most retailers/distributors are very small (and with prices changing monthly), it would be a difficult thing to accomplish...and I doubt CF owners would find it "profitable" at all, to attempt....



FYI, if you're interested, many vendors already offer SSCA members discounts....
The Seven Seas Cruising Association - IX - Special Offers

And, others offer discounts for Boat US members as well....
http://www.boatus.com/membership/savings.asp



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Nice! Let's try it with the solar to start. We can shop a huge order around a bit to get deals.

I'll start a new thread on it.
Sounds good!





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Not to drift the thread anymore....but...

Other organizations do provide discounts, etc...
But, margins on so many things these days are slight, and with solar panels the profit margins for most retailers/distributors are very small (and with prices changing monthly), it would be a difficult thing to accomplish...and I doubt CF owners would find it "profitable" at all, to attempt....



FYI, if you're interested, many vendors already offer SSCA members discounts....
The Seven Seas Cruising Association - IX - Special Offers

And, others offer discounts for Boat US members as well....
BoatUS - Membership - Savings Benefits



Fair winds..

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When approaching vendors the worst they can do is say no. If a possibility exists to use our numbers to provide some type of a discount to members of this forum, shouldn't we? An exploratory effort to locate vendors willing to participate costs us nothing except time. If that investment in time saves our community a few dollars that they can repurpose for other upgrades or a larger rum purchase then it is a win.
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