Grape Solar GS-2300-KIT Residential 2,300 Watt Grid-Tied Solar Power System Kit

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This Grape Solar 2,300 Watt Kit generates 210kWh to 420kWh of electricity per month for use in your residence. The kit consists of Grape Solar CS-P-230-DJ PV modules, PVP2000 Inverter and roof-top mounting system for mounting the modules. This system is easy to install, and the ideal size for future expansion. You have the option to generate a portion of your electricity consumption or the entire daily/monthly consumption of your household.

Unlike other generators, once the system is installed, there are no mechanical moving components; therefore, maintenance is not an issue. The kit is eligible for receiving federal/state/local rebates and incentives. A complete high-performance solar PV system designed for USA/Canada/countries that use 120/240 AC, 60HZ. This kit combines Grape Solar’s industry-leading solar panels with a top-of-the-line inverters and racking, specially designed for the highest system-level performance and most cost effective solution. Package DC power output: 2,300 Watt. (10) Grape Solar CS-P-230-DJ 230W Poly-Si panels.

Panels are UL, CEC and FSEC certified. Panel output tolerance: 0-Percent +3-Percent. Panel dimension 64.9-Inch by 39.0-Inch by 1.57-Inch.  Total roof space required: 180-squar feet. Impact resistance: hail diameter of 28mm with speed of 86km/h. (1) PVP-2000 inverters from PV Powered.  AC/DC system disconnects and 10 year warranties are included. (1) set of Regular Roof Mount racking system, wind load up to 80mph. Recommended Electrical Wiring: 2 strings x 5 panels/string with PVP-2000 inverter. Combiners, cables, and fuses are not included. Solar Panels: 25 years power output warranty, 10 year material and workmanship warranty. Inverter: 10 year warranty. Racking: 10 year warranty.Kit includes 10 Grape Solar 230 watt solar panels, a PVP2000 inverter, and a roof-top racking system



How To Install Marine Solar Panels

Solar panels can be a great help to sailors, keeping vital lights and appliances functioning, even when batteries run low or a generator malfunctions. They are also a much quieter way of recharging batteries!

Learning how to install marine solar panels will be vital for the sailor who wants their advantages, but first he or she must learn which solar panels are best. Three types of solar cells are commonly used in solar panels, each with its own advantages. The sailor needs to learn these advantages and select the solar panels that are best for the need.

Types of Solar Panels

Solar panels must be kept from shading, as shaded cells draw energy for themselves from other cells.

1. Solar panels using monocrystalline cells have high conversion efficiency, and take up less space, but lack shade protection.

2. Solar panels using polycrystalline cells have even higher conversion efficiency, take up even less space, but still lack shade protection.

3. Solar panels using amorphous silicon cells have lower conversion efficiency, and take up more space, but do have shade protection. This can be especially important on a sailboat.

Marine solar panels are available in both hard and flexible types. Hard solar panels can be attached to the deck, while flexible solar panels might be attached to deck or canvas.

Size and Number of Solar Panels

Learning how to install marine solar panels will include calculations to determine what size and how many solar panels you will need. This information is readily available on the Internet by searching the question: “What size solar panel do I need” on your favorite search engine. The rule of thumb is to allow for 20% more solar panel power than you estimate you will need.

Placement of Solar Panels

Once you have determined the size and number of solar panels needed, you will be better able to determine where they will be placed. The best places depend on the boat’s configuration and size of the panels. Take your time and think it through. Read the instructions that came with your solar panels. You will want to avoid all violations of warranty terms.

The simple answer to how to install marine solar panels is: in the sun. Select locations that will get maximum sunlight without shaded spots.

In placing marine solar panels, consider the use of extra bars/braces to secure the panels. You obviously want them to remain stable.

How to Install Marine Solar Panels

Your marine solar panels should have clear instructions for installation. In addition to those, consider the following.

Most marine solar panel systems have three main components:

1. Solar panels to collect sunlight and produce a charge for you.

2. Charge controller to regulate the charge entering your battery and avoid overcharging it.

3. Batteries to store the energy your solar panels created.

Once marine solar panels have charged your batteries, you can use that energy to run most 12 volt DC appliances. These might include your safety lights, regular lighting, pumps, and fans, as well as small appliances. If you add an inverter, you can also run 120 volt AC appliances such as a microwave, radio, satellite dish, or radio. An inverter is a separate unit, not mentioned above, that transforms the current coming out of the battery into that required by most appliances.

First off, check to see that the system has a voltmeter. If it does not, purchase and install one. This will allow you to check the charge you are getting.

Affix your solar panels securely in place, and connect them per the instructions included in your kit. Use only tinned marine grade wire running from the panels to the batteries. If you are unsure of the wire you are considering, ask questions. Regular automotive wire may look similar, but in marine conditions, it will lose its ability to conduct electrical power.

Helpful Tip

Pre-packaged marine solar panel kits take the guesswork out of installation.


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