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Old 04-28-2016, 10:58 AM   #1
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Solar Price question?

Had a question regarding solar install pricing. I have a 2008 Intl 23D and I am upgrading to 6v batteries. I am considering adding a solar system, mostly to maintain the batteries on storage but also to assist when boondocking. I live in southern Ca and the dealer had a special running for a GoPower Flex Kit. The kit includes a 100w flex panel and the controller, wiring, parts and install for $1,350. Is that a reasonable price for this type of upgrade?
I'm not very knowledgeable regarding solar installations and was hoping to hear back from some of the experts here.
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Personal opinion, that is a horrible price for only 100 wts. I would find a local independent solar shop if unable to do the job yourself. I would bet you have several close by.
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Many known issues with flex panels. I have posted extensively about my real world experiences with them vs. hard panels.

In addition, you are paying HUUUUGE marketing costs with Go Power products. If you check their flex panel pricing, they are in the $600 neighborhood. OUTRAGEOUS!!!!! Go Power is a marketing firm, but a technology company.

Look elsewhere for your system, like AM Solar or Renogy.


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Look elsewhere, that is a horrible price. Those goes are probably using the money to buy mounds of cocaine.
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Look elsewhere, that is a horrible price. Those goes are probably using the money to buy mounds of cocaine.
Was that comment really necessary?


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Maybe Bold spent too much time in Socal
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Is that like recess?
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So much for solar prices………….…………..
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So much for solar prices………….…………..
You're correct Lester. Went astray.
For the OP. I had purchased 3 Renogy 100 watt flex panels in 2014. All was well with them till July 2015 and finally had them tested April 2016 and no more amps, but volts great! One of the issues they had. They are giving me a total refund including shipping. Can't ask for more.
They are working on another flex panel but won't release till 2017 or until they are sure this time.
I agree with all that the Go Power panels are rediculously priced and would steer clear.
A solar outfit near by me is trying to source them but said that they wouldn't warranty them for more than a year. Got to tell you something.
I personally want them and just may wait till Renogy figures it out.
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Damn spellchecker. Sorry Lewster
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You're correct Lester. Went astray.
For the OP. I had purchased 3 Renogy 100 watt flex panels in 2014. All was well with them till July 2015 and finally had them tested April 2016 and no more amps, but volts great! One of the issues they had. They are giving me a total refund including shipping. Can't ask for more.
They are working on another flex panel but won't release till 2017 or until they are sure this time.
I agree with all that the Go Power panels are rediculously priced and would steer clear.
A solar outfit near by me is trying to source them but said that they wouldn't warranty them for more than a year. Got to tell you something.
I personally want them and just may wait till Renogy figures it out.
No worries….I've been called far worse!!!

I had a similar issue with the Grape Solar PhotoFlex panels that I have on my Sprinter's roof for the last 20 months. They still operate, even though they have clouded significantly and the output has been reduced. I have 500 watts on the roof charging a 200 A/H lithium, which is far in excess of what is needed so they still do the job, but not in the fashion that they were designed for.

Grape Solar also has replaced them with their new flex panel that they are having made………..wait for it………….IN CANADA!!!!!!!

I just got them and before I replace the existing panels with their GS-100 hard panels (the set-up that I had prior to the flex panels) I will try out their new replacements……..just to be neighborly……... you understand…………...
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Lewster, I'm sure that I'm not the only one who would be interested in hearing about your test on the new flex panels from Grape.
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