Proudly offering SunPower® E-Flex Series Flexible Solar Panels

Lightweight, Flexible & Powerful

Sun Powered Yachts is an authorized dealer of SunPower® E-Flex Series flexible solar panels suitable for marine applications.  Based on the Big Island, Hawaii we exclusively offer SunPower® flexible solar panels which, when combined with an MPPT charge controller, can optimize solar electric power production on any size yacht. We hope to inspire and inform yacht owners on the benefits of going solar and help reduce their impact on the natural environment and marine life.  Find out more about us on the Meet the Team page or come say hello at the Seattle boat show in January.  

Isn't it time you become energy independent aboard?

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Premium cosmetic quality on all our SunPower® E-Flex panels

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.

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Could you take advantage of the Federal Tax Credits?

Did you know there are Solar 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 2019 the Federal Tax Credit is currently 30% of the total cost to put your solar system in place (panels, controller, wiring, batteries etc.)  Read more details on our Solar Tax Credits page.

SunPower Advantages

Choose Your SunPower® E-Flex panel

and Start Sailing With The Sun

Click on a SunPower® E-Flex panel for more details 

Disconnect From The Dock

In adding SunPower® E-Flex panels to your yacht you have the ability to disconnect from the dock.  Why not extend your time on the water & explore farther and for longer.  Read a blog post from 'Kaimana' on how Scott & Melissa added solar extending their cruising range to 8 months without plugging into shore power!  Savor the silence on your yacht by running your engine less to power your needs aboard.  Less engine hours equals less engine maintenance & who wants to hear that noisy engine anyways?  Here's a few installs of SunPower E-flex solar panels by our customers: 

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Beneteau Figaro3

1x 110W

Charlie at NAOS Yachts ocean tested a SunPower 110W aboard his foiling Figaro3 on the TransPac 2019.  Needless to say it was a wet and bumpy ride from LA-Hawaii & the 110W powered all their items on the 2,200NM crossing.  Read our blog post for more details.

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Alibi 54' cat

14x 170W

Harry is cruising the remote islands of French Polynesia with over 2,380W (2.38kW) of high efficiency SunPower flex panels aboard his Alibi 54'.  With few options for plugging into shore power he can really disconnect from the dock!

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Bennington pontoon

6x 170W

Dirk installed 6x 170W SunPower flexible solar panels on his bimini to charge a 48V battery bank and power his Elco EP-20 electric outboard.  He's now quietly cruising the lakes all day and returning to the dock with full batteries.

Silent power

Solar panel systems burn zero fuel and have no moving parts. They are clean and silent, producing no atmospheric emissions or greenhouse gases that are harmful to the earth.  Enjoy those quiet anchorages with no more noisy engine/generator running just to charge your batteries.

Easy install

The simple and easy installation of SunPower® E-Flex panels on your bimini, dodger, or deck, will reduce costs of adding an expensive davit or custom racking and mounting solution for traditional large & heavy fixed  frame solar panels.

Highest quality

Incredibly reliable and easy to maintain. With no moving parts, visual checks and servicing easily keep systems operating. Solar panels are robust & durable with a junction box designed with a high level of protection from dust & water ingress.

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.

SunPower Cell Technology Virtually

Eliminates 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.

Reasons why conventional solar cells fail

Learn More About SunPower®

Maxeon™Solar Cell Technology

Sun Powered Yachts is a supporter of the 'On the Wind' podcast hosted by Andy Schell from 59' North.  Enjoy regular talks as Andy meets with people from around the world of sailing and chats about their experiences on the ocean.  Be inspired and entertained as Andy's guests, from tall ship captains to yacht designers and Volvo Ocean Race skippers, chat casually & recount their adventures.  

Check out www.59-north.com for more info on where Andy & Mia are sailing to next on their Swan 59 'Icebear' & Swan 48 'Isbjorn' and click here to listen to the podcast.

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