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Siemens 65 Watt solar panels
How''s the fresh water conversion coming?
I installed a kyocera 60 watt panel and an ICP Global Technologies CC20 charge controller. I couldn''t be more happy with it so far.
I am on the hard and don''t have power, so I use 4 - 6volt golf cart batteries and a Hart Interface Freedom Marine 15 inverter to power my power tools. The solar panel keeps my batteries charged.
The CC20 has a maximum rating of 300 watts, so I will one day suppliment with 2 - 120 watt kyocera panels for a total of 300 watts, hopefully supplying most of my needs and minimizing engine run time for charging. The CC20 has some neat features: It regulates and automates the charging process, protects the batteries from over charging, and has interactive displays. It can tell me how many amps I am getting out of the panels and what voltage the batteries are at. I love it. I bought it at Camping World, but now see that West Marine offers it to the marine industry. Check out the ICP Global site at http://www.icpglobal.com for more details.
I went with the Kyocera over the ICP and Siemen panels based on price/watt. The Kyocera 60 watt panel was just over $300. I purchased through Defender.com. It is a poly-crystaline panel, which is lower watt/sq. inch, but does better under shadows that a mono-crystaline panel.
Solar is very slick. Which ever manufacturer you go with, it will be worth the money. I highly recommend it.