Authorized Dealer of SunPower®
Flexible & Fixed Frame Solar Panels
Enjoy clean, quiet & renewable power aboard
Sun Powered Yachts has been an Authorized Dealer of SunPower® E-Flex Series flexible solar panels since October 2018. New in February 2020 we now also offer the SunPower® fixed frame solar panels for marine applications, click here for more details. Based on the Big Island, Hawaii we exclusively offer SunPower® high efficiency solar panels which can easily provide clean, quiet & renewable power on any size yacht.
We hope to inspire and inform yacht owners on the benefits of going solar and are here to answer any questions you may have. With a background in sailing and solar and from living off-grid for the past 8 years we have the knowledge to help. Find out more about us. We're open & offering free solar consultations, have plenty of SunPower E-flex panels in stock already here in the USA and can continue to fulfill orders.
We have recently just got back from a fantastic sailing vacation in Turkey (news story) and even more motivated to help you go solar with SunPower! Aloha, Katie & Lyall
Federal Tax Credits
Did you know there are Federal Tax Credits that you could take advantage of for going solar on your boat? Yes, your boat! In the USA there are both Federal & State Tax Credits and in 2020 the Federal Tax Credit is currently 26% of the total cost to put your solar system in place (panels, controller, wiring, batteries, labor etc.)
After filing & receiving your Federal Tax Credit you could save:
170W - save $103.74 | 110W - save $58.50 | 50W - save $25.74
Read more details on our Solar Tax Credits page.
Premium Cosmetic Quality
At Sun Powered Yachts we only sell premium cosmetic quality SunPower® E-Flex panels. Our stock is warehoused on the mainland and we offer free shipping on all our store items in the USA. International shipping is available via MyUS.com to over 200 countries & territories. Please visit our shipping policy page or email us for more details on international shipping.
SunPower® E-Flex Installs
Many of our customers have RV's, campers, tiny homes etc. Frank recently installed 6x110W SunPower E-flex solar panels on his Class C Winnebago View. With his young family they plan a summer of fun adventures with no more noisy generator upsetting the neighbors. Also the flex panels are lightweight & have a low profile which means less drag and more MPG on the road!
2x 170W & 4x 110W
Brian & Karin from SV Delos had to remove one of their fixed frame panels to make space for their internet dome. To replace the lost power they added 780W of SunPower flexible solar panels. They released YouTube episode #262, read our news post about the install or head to www.svddelos.com
Power or sail you can enjoy the benefits of solar with clean & quiet renewable energy aboard. Mike has 12x100W (1.2kW) of SunPower E-flex panels on his 50' Chris-Craft Constellation that are built into his hardtop from Atlantic Towers
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News & Reviews
"Terrific customer service, patient, always responsive..." - Robert
"The process of researching a solar solution for my Beneteau 41 was simplified & clearly understood once I discovered Sun Powered Yachts. Terrific customer service, patient, always responsive..." - Robert
How is my solar panel wired up?
Read our news post going into detail about how your SunPower E-flex solar panel is wired up. From the individual solar cells, the interconnect tabs & junction box SunPower has designed a robust & durable flexible solar panel and has control over the whole production process. Want the best? Look for the SunPower logo.
Flexible Solar Suitable For Your Boat
Become a more sustainable sailor with SunPower® Maxeon™ cell technology
SunPower® Maxeon™ cells have been designed with superior cell strength and durability which will provide long term performance aboard your sailboat. Their solid copper foundation resists corrosion and cracking which degrade power production. The SunPower® E-Flex panels are easy to install, and can be mounted to your deck or bimini.
Please see some of the useful downloads below and learn what makes SunPower® panels fundamentally better for your boat.
85% of Solar Cell Failures
Cell failures are designed out with SunPower
With a commitment to innovation and continued R&D SunPower has designed a solar cell that eliminates 85% of the reasons a conventional cell fails.
The image shows that conventional solar cells lose power over time & fail because of corrosion (45.3%) and breakage (40.7%).
What is a conventional solar cell?
A conventional solar cell is easily recognized by it's thin metal lines across the front of the active solar surface. This is usually a thin aluminum paste which is porous and easily corrodes over time.
SunPower cells have a thick copper foundation which adds strength and is almost impervious to corrosion. By having this copper 'back contact' it is protected from any moisture ingress and the effects of thermal cycling (daily temperature swings from day/night) are reduced.
Breakages are prevented with SunPower's thick, robust inter-connect tabs. These form the connection between each solar cell and allow for expansion/contraction and a level of redundancy with three points of contact. Lose just one of the narrow metal ribbons on a conventional cell and the whole cell fails.