They don't sell to boats.
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".
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....!