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I am looking add about 200 to 250 watts of electrical solar panels during the non-sailing (winter) season. Beyond my power needs, what should I consider to get the best return for my investment? Do you have any thoughts such as: If had to do this again, I would......
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1. Get a good MPPT regulator.
2. Get at least 4x as many watts as your daily amp hour needs if solar is your only source of power. (i.e. 200watts=a 50ah/day AVERAGE input.
3. Keep em out of any shade.
4. a mount which can be angled a bit can help, especially at higher latitudes.
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CAMARADERIE - Please define "good" MPPT regulator.
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