Solar power installs -- not for the do-it-yourselfer, part 2
3/30/2020

Onboard solar power used to mean a small panel or two mounted on a cabin top or cantilevered over the taffrail that couldn’t do much more than generate the illusion of energy. Things are very different today with extremely efficient solar collectors and energy storage systems that harness the benefits of lithium-ion technology.
 
Sophisticated onboard solar equipment and systems can make sailors pretty much energy independent--but there’s a big caveat. These systems can be mighty complicated--way beyond wiring up a few simple panels. Few among us have the skills needed to design and install a proper system. Below is part 2 of an article written for Marine Electronics Journal by Julia Carleton, an electrical engineer and specialist in marine solar power installations.

Our goal in running the story is twofold: to dissuade anyone who thinks whipping up a sophisticated solar energy system on their boat is a do-it-yourself project; and to provide any boater considering solar power with essential topics to talk about with a qualified installer.

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