Staying In Charge—Part III, Solar Power

Chapter 3 of 5 in the Online Book Alternative Energy For Voyaging Sailboats

Solar panels perform best when they can track the sun

There are very few cruising boats that we see these days that don’t have a solar panel fitted somewhere, and many have some pretty substantial arrays. Our experience over the last five years has been largely positive, and we’re convinced that solar has played a valuable part in our supplementary power installation, wherever we have sailed, from the far north of Scotland to the Canaries. And with prices for larger panels now falling below $1/W, solar panels are becoming a more affordable option.


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