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Posted by dmmwtx on August 15, 2008, 1:55 am
 
I am about to embark on a solar project; one that most of you have
already done.  I plan on setting up a small system as an experiment
(isn't it sweet, Jr's taking his first step).

Originally I thought I would power a room in my house:  Some panels, a
charge controller, batteries, and an inverter.  After searching
around, I determined that for a first solar project this was going to
cost a lot (not to mention all the sweet talking to the wife I would
have to do).  So I have decided to change the scope of the project and
reduce the amount of power I require.

As you know the solar panels are a major part of the cost.  Searching
around on the internet I have come across lots of prices and they vary
greatly.

I did come across a complete package at Amazon, "Sunforce 50044 60-
watt Solar Charging Kit" ((Amazon.com product link shortened)
Solar-Charging/dp/B000CIADLG/). You will notice that it is 4 panels at
15 watts each in ideal conditions, but it is a start.

I would rather have a single panel in the 80-120 watt range as a
starting point.  Do any of you fine folks have any suggestions where I
might find a solar panel(s)?  I am really looking for someone to say
"I get all my panels at XYZ because they have the absolute best
prices".  I also have to consider the shipping to the Nashville area
as part of the price as well.

There is a good chance that I will expand the system and purchase more
panels at regular intervals if my initial project works out - hence
the reason I would rather purchase more powerful panels than the 15
watt ones included in the Sunforce kit.

Thanks for any help you can provide.  Feel free to respond to this
post or to email me directly at "d m m w t x (at) g m a i l (dot) c o
m".

Posted by Martin Riddle on August 15, 2008, 2:58 pm
 

|I am about to embark on a solar project; one that most of you have
| already done.  I plan on setting up a small system as an experiment
| (isn't it sweet, Jr's taking his first step).
|
| Originally I thought I would power a room in my house:  Some panels, a
| charge controller, batteries, and an inverter.  After searching
| around, I determined that for a first solar project this was going to
| cost a lot (not to mention all the sweet talking to the wife I would
| have to do).  So I have decided to change the scope of the project and
| reduce the amount of power I require.
|
| As you know the solar panels are a major part of the cost.  Searching
| around on the internet I have come across lots of prices and they vary
| greatly.
|
| I did come across a complete package at Amazon, "Sunforce 50044 60-
| watt Solar Charging Kit" ((Amazon.com product link shortened)
| Solar-Charging/dp/B000CIADLG/). You will notice that it is 4 panels at
| 15 watts each in ideal conditions, but it is a start.
|
| I would rather have a single panel in the 80-120 watt range as a
| starting point.  Do any of you fine folks have any suggestions where I
| might find a solar panel(s)?  I am really looking for someone to say
| "I get all my panels at XYZ because they have the absolute best
| prices".  I also have to consider the shipping to the Nashville area
| as part of the price as well.
|
| There is a good chance that I will expand the system and purchase more
| panels at regular intervals if my initial project works out - hence
| the reason I would rather purchase more powerful panels than the 15
| watt ones included in the Sunforce kit.
|
| Thanks for any help you can provide.  Feel free to respond to this
| post or to email me directly at "d m m w t x (at) g m a i l (dot) c o
| m".

Check out http://www.sunelec.com/  At times they have blemished panels, also call
for small qtys.
In any event your looking at ~$00/100W panel.

Cheers



Posted by Yourname on August 15, 2008, 10:44 pm
 

@p31g2000prf.googlegroups.com.

Vey nice link!  Thank you.  :-)

Posted by Eric Sears on August 18, 2008, 4:12 am
 On Fri, 15 Aug 2008 10:58:31 -0400, "Martin Riddle"



call for small qtys.

Just out of interest, I imported a crate of panels from this supplier
to NZ - they were great value. Just plain panels (no frames). At the
time the 90 watt panels were about US$40  - still cheap when
airfreighted to NZ.

Eric

Posted by Martin Riddle on August 18, 2008, 7:30 pm
 
| On Fri, 15 Aug 2008 10:58:31 -0400, "Martin Riddle"
|
|
| >
| >Check out http://www.sunelec.com/  At times they have blemished panels, also
call for small qtys.
| >In any event your looking at ~$00/100W panel.
| >
| >Cheers
| >
| >
| Just out of interest, I imported a crate of panels from this supplier
| to NZ - they were great value. Just plain panels (no frames). At the
| time the 90 watt panels were about US$40  - still cheap when
| airfreighted to NZ.
|
| Eric

Out of curiosity, how did you mount these frameless panels?  I recall the best
method was straight to a framing member with
some type of silicone adhesive.

Cheers



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