I am looking at adding a pair of solar panels above my sunbrella bimini on
my Pearson 385. It's at least 7' long over the center cockpit- and that will
allow me to install a pair of 130W Kyocera's easily. Goal is to try to make
100ah a day in the Chesapeake Bay area on average.
What I know so far is that you want higher voltage panels since they will be
less affected when the panels heat up. Also, I'm looking at cells that will
perform better if there is a shadow on part of the panel (boom will be above
the panels and blocking one of them probably!). I also plan to use an MPPT
controller to optimize the power output.
When I finally get some time to do more extended cruising- I would like to
add a couple of panels over my davits to make myself enough power to more
than sustain all my electrical loads- so, it would nice to plan for that now
if it makes sense.
It also appears that there are a few MPPT's that will allow you to install a
random set of solar panels of differing outputs/voltages in series. This would
seem to be more efficient to send a higher voltage to the MPPT. This would
also allow me to add another panel of any size later on....
What works, what doesn't? Any favorite brands?
What kinds of solar panel mounts work well? Anyone install one above a soft
Any input would be appreciated!
S/V Sea Dream