SunPower install gallery
We're always adding to this page when we receive updates from our customers that have installed their SunPower E-flex or fixed frame solar panels. We hope you might find it useful to see the different install methods, how many panels are going on each boat, what controllers they are using, wired in series or parallel. We will provide as many details as we can but please ask us questions if you are looking at a particular install.
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Sail Clarity, a Leopard 46', is home to Nick & Megan and is their fourth boat. They've set up plenty of solar systems in their time and now have 4x327W SunPower fixed frame and 7x170W SunPower flex solar panels. They have a new YouTube video on the 2.4kW SunPower solar system aboard. www.sailclarity.com
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 have a 24V battery bank so wired the panels in series to increase the voltage. Watch their YouTube video and check out www.svddelos.com
Zenon runs adventure sailing trips in the Pacific North West aboard his Hanse 531. They installed 4x 170W SunPower flex panels on their bimini, that's around 225 amp hours a day at 12V - plenty of power for the charter guests. For more info visit their website www.zensailingadventures.com
Custom teardrop trailer
Many of our customers have RV's, campers, tiny homes etc. Bill recently installed 1x170W SunPower E-flex solar panel on his custom teardrop trailer. With his family they plan a bunch of roadtrips. The flex panels are lightweight & have a low profile which means less drag and more MPG on the road!
Albin 27 FC
2x110W SunPower flex panels wired to a Victron 100|20 MPPT charge controller provide plenty of power for this family cruiser. The Bird-B-Gone had to be added to prevent the pesky birds from leaving presents on the panels! Check our blog post for more details.
You could see up to around 16 amp hours a day from a SunPower 50W flexible solar panel. Nice amount of power to keep your 12V battery bank topped up whilst on a mooring. Pair it with a Victron 75|10 MPPT charge controller. With built-in bluetooth you can monitor the system from the VictronConnect app on your phone or tablet.
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.
We met Ed at the Big Bay Boat Show in January 2019 and he went on to install his 2x110W SunPower flex panels aboard his 43' Jeanneau and put together a great write up on the installation process. Wired in parallel to a Victron 100|30 this allowed Ed room for expanding his solar array, which he did with 2 more 110W panels. Read his case study in our news feed.
Explore further! With 2x110W panels Scott is able to explore more remote parts of the Baja peninsular and stay out camping for longer. He uses solar to power his Dometic cooler aswell as laptop, phones etc By using a 50' PV extension cable he can park in the shade and run the panels out into the sun and move them during the day to capture more sun.
We installed a 170W (4x12) on our Dufour 382 in Corsica. During our week aboard in 2019 we took down the bimini and had a sailmaker in Bonefacio add a velcro 'pocket'. This will help reduce the number of engine hours just for charging & have happier charter guests - nobody likes a noisy engine. We oversized our controller (Victron 100|50) as we plan to add more panels later.
Kelly Peterson 46
Q&M Travels rocking their 2x110W flex panels aboard their charter boat in the Bay Area. Sail with Quincey & Mitchell and enjoy those silent sunsets aboard. Check out their website www.qmtravels.com
880W of renewable power aboard a Catana 471 with SunPower flexible solar panels. That's a lot of clean & quiet power aboard, nice! Install by Patrick & his team at Marine Electric Systems in Annapolis, MD.
Why not hook up your 100W panel to an Ecoflow River and camp longer? These are solar generators, large lithium ion battery banks, that can be charged with solar power and provide DC power aswell as invert to 110V AC power. Check them out www.ecoflow.com
2x170W SunPower E-flex panels will produce an expected daily yield of around 113 Amp hours for the 12V battery bank aboard this Beneteau 50'. Paired with a Victron 100|30 that's plenty of clean & silent power aboard. The canvas person fabricated a clean & tidy custom install on the bimini adding extra fasteners.
Fountaine Pajot 41'
Whilst at the Big Bay Boatshow in San Diego the owner of an FP 41' stopped by our booth and asked if we could install some panels before they left for Ensenada in the morning! Brian at Upgrade Marine set to work and removed 3x 5yr old 100W flex panels and replaced them with 4x110W SunPower panels. With 46% more power in less space they were off to cruise Mexico the next day!
Neat & tidy install of a SunPower 170W flex on a Sabre 402 dodger from the guys at Flat Island Boatworks. Check them out if you are looking to go solar in/around Pensacola, FL. More details on his installs on their website www.flatislandboatworks.com
Discreet, silent power with 2x110W SunPower E-flex panels on top of the bimini attached with LOXX fasteners. Panels are wired in parallel to a Victron 100|20 for a 12V battery bank. Expected daily yield around 75 amp hours.
Blue Jacket 40
With 1x170W on the hardtop the owners of this Island Packet can expect around 57amp hours a day on their 12V system. Paired with a Victron 75|15 MPPT charge controller which can be monitored via bluetooth and the free VictronConnect app on your phone or tablet.
Amel Super Maramu
Neat install that used a kind of bolt rope to slide the panels into place on the brand new extended bimini top. A total of 680W of SunPower flex panels added aboard an Amel Super Maramu. Read Paul's blog post about it all here
Archer is home to Seth, Elizabeth & their 3 boys as they sail around the world. We met them over Christmas in French Polynesia and they were bound for New Zealand. They added 4x100W to their existing array and lay them on the tramp when on anchor. Check their website www.the-sailing-family.com
Amel Super Maramu
Grab your January issue of SAIL magazine to read the full article on Kelly's install aboard her Amel Super Maramu. 5x 100W flex panels attached with LOXX fasteners on the bimini. Each panel is wired to their own Genasun boost controller to charge a 24V battery bank.
If you're looking for a charter boat in the Bay Area then chat with Captain Heather. She offers trips aboard a custom classic racing yacht 'Carodon'. She installed 3x110W wired in parallel to a Victron 100|30 and saw her power production more than double from her old panels. For more info visit her website www.finedayforsailing.com
With not a lot of 'roof space' available to install a solar panel Dave fabricated a custom racking/support mounted to the pushpit of his 30' wooden sloop. This is easily collapsible (or removable) and the 110W panel is paired with a Victron 75|10 charge controller.
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!
Robert contacted us and was looking for advice on how to go solar aboard his Beneteau 41. We were able to answer his questions about the setup & help him on his way to having 340W of SunPower flex panels. They did a great job with the install and are very happy with their new panels. Robert kindly left us a very positive Google review