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Which Panels and Controller

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I would like to add solar panels on top of my Bimini. I could fit two panels as large as 65'' x 35'' on either side of the back stay. What brand and size panels should I get? What MMPT controller? Series or Parallel? Where has good prices?
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Kyocera KD135-GX is a good choice and warranted for marine use.
Kyocera KD135GX 135 Watt 12 Volt Solar Module

There are many MPPT controllers available from Outback, Morningstar, Xantrex, and Blue Sky. This is a good choice Blue Sky SB2000E MPPT charge controller

Parallel wiring.
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Lowest Prices in Solar Panels, Systems & Inverters

Check these folks out for pricing. 18 months ago I got 2 185 watt panels for $350 each. Things have gotten even cheaper.......i2f
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Good prices but the Kyocera panel I linked to is less expensive than at your link.
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I've added two 185w Kyocera panels plus a Morningstar 45 amp MPPT controller. It's more then enough to keep the 12v refrigeration going even after a few days of cloudy weather. When we're on the boat it looks like I'll be able to go a week or two without needing to run the engine. I sourced the panels from Northern Arizona Wind & Sun for a good price but shipping to Japan was more then the panels :-(

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Solar system and battery bank

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I want to develop a system on solar that the load is 250 watt continous. the battery bank should support it to 2 day. can anyone guide me in it like the solar panel should i have it's ratting and about battery bank.

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Please stop posting the same question in multiple threads, tabrar.
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I want to develop a system on solar that the load is 250 watt continous. the battery bank should support it to 2 day. can anyone guide me in it like the solar panel should i have it's ratting and about battery bank.

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