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Old 03-04-2009, 08:04   #1
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Where to Buy Solar Panels?

Anyone know of a good place to buy solar panels & why you think so?
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Old 03-04-2009, 08:25   #2
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When i was outfitting makai I found the best place to get good information, great support, and awesome prices was Solar panels. Discount solar power kits for homes, cabins, RVs. and used the forum at windsun.com for questions. Use the home/commercial solar sites over the marine related ones. I got 4 kyrocea 120's (5 years ago) for barley the price of a single identical panel the west marine had listed. Basically saved more than $3K.
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My understanding is that there are some BIG developments coming on solar - from a price, performance and durability perspective. If you can, you might want to hang on...
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This may be true -- I hope so for the sake of my solar stock (which desperately needs help), but the immediate advantage of new developments will likely be that the present technology will be a bit cheaper. The new stuff itself will be very expensive, even if suited to a marine environment.

But wouldn't it be wonderful if solar (and battery technology) were cheap enough and/or efficient enough to run a/c?
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I had great experience with Solar Panels from Wholesale Solar Renewable Energy had panels and Outback controller shipped to a trans-ship company for delivery in the West Indies and everything arrived in ship shape on schedule with no problems and they were at the time the best overall price. You'll have to check on how they stand now but they are a very reputable company as I've also had other friends purchase from them with the same experiences. They are tops but it would have been easier if they had the connections to directly ship to the Carib but they don't seem to have an interest in getting into out of US shipping at this time... but they did say ... but they may soon if they get enough interest.
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Just checking out solar myself - a friend has fitted a BP 50 Watt panel and regulator and paid over twice here in Ireland than I found it for on the net from the U.S. (Shippeing may erode much of that saving though) The U.S. company I came across is www.affordablesolar.com might be worth checking out. . .
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Anyone know of a good place to buy solar panels & why you think so?
Check the price for the Sunpower 90's here:
Solar Panels under $3 per watt, Worlds Lowest Price, Solar Panels at very low cost, SunElec.com

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I was referred to these guys by another member on this board. I bought 3 Kyoceras and a charge controller. Excellent price. Great service. Highly recommend.

High Power Solar Panels - Over 100 Watts
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I was searching solar panel costs on the web and they were all running around $4.15 to 4.80 per watt and then I came across DM Solar 200 watt panel at $3.20 per watt. That's $640 for the 200 watt panel.
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Arizona solar is overpriced... compared to the florida location. Think about the cost of shipping as well. Phoenix or Miami? Hmmm. Check the prices on comparible outputs and SunElec is by far cheaper and they're closer to the Florida coastline, and they ship to the islands.
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Best place i have found for panels---http://sunelec.com/
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This SPAM appears to be a blatant phishing attempt, don't reply to it.

the website is in chinese and has pictures of vegetables and the email is from hotmail and yahoo.

Considering that any reputable supplier will have a legitimate address, I would regard this as a likely sign of a scam.

Caveat Emptor.
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Check out affordablesolar.com
I've used them several times. Bought my Kerocera 130's and Blue Sky MPPT controller from them. Very good prices and service. No affilliation.
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Down here in the oil patch, good used panels can be had second hand as the oil rigs change theirs out every two years even if they're still good. Supposedly there is a place in Lafayette La. If anyone's seriously interested, I can chase it down the address.
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