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Some Things You should Know About RV Solar Power

It is so great for nature lovers to travel and discover something interesting around the countryside in a recreational vehicles. However, most of them are large, heavy and fuel-consumed. Thanks to advanced technology, practical solar-powered engines are available on the market, which lead to the development of few hybrid RVs. Some solar power kids are applied to the RVS to decrease the cost of electrical hook-ups at camping sites. Before intending to set up a system like that, you should pay attention to some things.


The first thing to do when deciding on the right solar kit is to gather some information. The amount of roof space available on which to mount a solar array. Next, it should be approximated how much direct sunlight will be available on average, both during driving and while parked in the Sun. Lastly, it should be determined how much electricity is being used in camp, and how many appliances are desirable to power at any one time.


With these facts in mind, it becomes possible to make a fair decision regarding the necessary amount of solar panels with which to create an array, what type of photovoltaic panels to use, and how much battery storage will be needed. There are three kinds of panels commonly available on the market. The cheapest is made from amorphous silicone. It is, however, the least efficient at converting light into electricity. The next step up is polycrystalline silicone, being more expensive but more efficient. The slightly more expensive monocrystalline cells are the best, having the highest available efficiency. The one problem with monocrystalline cells is that they’re not cut into square wafer-like pieces, and so cannot be packed together as neatly as the other cell materials. Monocrystalline is the best choice if there is sufficient roof space available. It may be wise to consult a professional when making this determination, and definitely when ready to install.


In some cases, when there isn’t space to install a large enough array, it may be necessary to employ a gas-powered generator to supplement power generation when the solar system is overtaxed. Otherwise, it will still be necessary to find camping sites with electrical hook-ups. Once again, as with any complex installation, a professional should always be consulted.


As energy prices rise, so do camping fees with electrical hook-ups. Eliminating these expenses can go far in offsetting the cost of gasoline, and in quelling the unrest that can come with the enormous carbon footprint of an RV.


Edmund E. Taylor has researched and writes on a number of topics including solar energy, the green movement, renewable resources and recycling. His background is in teaching and higher education. For more of Edmund’s articles on alternative energy for RVs, please visit PV Power – RV Solar, a supplier of residential and commercial solar power information.

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