Solar Power for Electricity for Houseboats
by Stacey Shapiro
(Key West, FL)
Solar Power Panels for Houseboats.
What do I need for Solar Panels on a Houseboat? I am going to be living on a 38 foot houseboat in Key West, out in the Gulf. I'm wondering about solar power for electricity, cable and internet. Is this possible?
Do you know how many panels I would need for a houseboat like this? I have been researching online, but I can't seem to get an answer. Any answers would be most appreciated, and would give me a starting point.
Thank you, Stacey. Reply - Answer
Well Stacey, that's a great question since many houseboats are using solar panels for power. There are either using solar panels as their sole source of power, or to using them to augment their "anchor out time".
Many houseboaters also have a small generator for times when solar panels are not generating as much as possible because of cloudy days.
The two words that are important to understand and figure out are consumption & generating capacity
. In other words, in simpler terms it's the "in & out" or available power coming in, and your power demands going out.
You have to calculate the consumption needs of your equipment and houseboat, and match that with an appropriate amount of solar generating capacity.
Once you calculate and figure out your needs, and you want to look at some good solar panels,
you will find these of interest.
Lastly, hopefully some of our readers will share and post comments about their houseboat solar power experiences.
Here are two interesting solar power articles from our readers.Solar Houseboat PlansSolar Powered Houseboats
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