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#11 todgru

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Posted 17 August 2017 - 07:27 PM

Here is a pic of my version of the flexible panel mounting: Flexible solar panel mounted to the roof

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#12 Alvis

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Posted 18 August 2017 - 01:39 AM

Alvis, are you still happy with your setup? Anything you would do differently?

 

I see that Solar Blvd. is currently out of the 120 Watt flexible panels, but I talked to someone there today who told me they hope to get their next shipment sometime in Sept.

 

EnviroProf, I have been very pleased with this setup (energy harvested, weight, low profile).  With the way I secured the ends (threaded rod), I could probably mod it to tilt up on one end, but have not wanted to mess with that yet.  


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#13 Squatch

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Posted 26 August 2017 - 03:21 PM

This is great to hear. I was looking for panels about the same time that folks started having problems with the Renology flex panels.

 

So I ended up buying a conventional Solar Cynergy glass 160 watt panel. It works great but I'd love to get rid of some of that weight.

 

I had been thinking of starting a new thread just to see if someone had found a new quality flex panel.


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#14 carld

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Posted 26 August 2017 - 03:45 PM

I have my setup for two years now.  Two KINGSOLAR 50W (100 W total) Semi Flexible Solar Panel connected in series with a Viltron Energy Blue Solar MPPT smart charger controller and their MPPT Control/Monitor.  The total cost was about $400.  The mounting frame is made out of  1/8" x 1" aluminum to match the mounting holes of the panels to the roof screws on one side of the roof. I still use the strong arm method of raising the roof.  The panels weigh 2.2 lbs each and the frame is around 2 lbs. 

 

So far I noticed some flakes of the clear coat used on the panels which I clean off every once and a while.  The Control Monitor shows battery voltage and current, load current, solar panel watts and solar panel voltage plus a other stuff I don't look at.  In two years I have never had any electrical problems and the peak output on sunny summer days is around 60W. 

 

 

 

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