So for 4 years I have been wanting to be able to leave the refrigerator
on during the week with it out on the mooring
and no one around. I also wanted to get my batteries
fully charged at the same time. So solar
became the answer to me.
I chose solar
even though there are a lot more wind generator
on boats out in the mooring
field than there are solar panels
. I also figured that it would be less expensive than wind
once I did all the mounting etc. and that a 290W panel was 1/4 the cost on a wind generator
So what is the cost of cold beer
? I have the system up and running and the cost has come to $1469 which includes the panel, controller mounting, wire and connections (and 12 hours of my time).
The panel itself at $269 was the cheapest part of the whole system!