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Anyone have experience with Go Power solar panels?

Shopping the Defender warehouse sale, I saw solar panels called Go Power. I can't seem to find anyone who can give an experienced review of them.

Anyone have any experience with them and would you recommend them?
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Re: Anyone have experience with Go Power solar panels?

Not really answering your question, but I just wanted to raise this alternative....

I just got some Chinese clones of the new high efficiency SunPower cells very affordably, half the price. So far they are doing well. Check the blog below for a post about it.
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Re: Anyone have experience with Go Power solar panels?

Do tell ... Who is the vendor?
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Re: Anyone have experience with Go Power solar panels?

Go Power panels are from Carmanah - a Victoria B.C. based company.
Mobile Power Systems and Solutions for RV, Utility, Fleet and Marine Application

I think they are good panels - I sell them and I was the one that picked them to sell. They are well made and backed by a very good company. I have had good reports from customers who are using them - on both boats and Rv's. Their flexibility allows them to be installed on biminis or other areas where a curve is desired.
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Re: Anyone have experience with Go Power solar panels?

All I see there is ...

I managed to track down a company in California that sold through eBay. They had been able to import these cheaper SunPower panels.

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Can you name the vendor please?
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Re: Anyone have experience with Go Power solar panels?

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I managed to track down a company in California that sold through eBay. They had been able to import these cheaper SunPower panels.

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Can you name the vendor please?

You need to be careful with knock off panels as you never know what you get. The Chinese are most often buying the cells that don't pass inspection or are considered "A" grade. To the naked eye the product is a great look-a-like but under closer inspection you can see why they are not "performs-like"...

This is a severe level of microcracking of the cells on a brand new, just out of the box, Chinese knock-off panel... The polymers used in the Chinese panels are also not the same, so how long they will hold up to UV is another question mark? The inventor of these panels still has a patent on the technology, which the Chinese ignored.. Yep cheaper because they stole the technology (did not have to do the actual R&D), or tried to interpret it, but look-a-like is not always the same thing... Caveat emptor....

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