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    anyone tell me the best and cheapest place to get solar panels from ?



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    Ya know those traffic control lights ? Oh right, legally

    Ebay had some good prices, but the shipping might kill that idea.

    A good price is about $10 per Watt, $6.60/W is a very good price.

    There are also a few solar specialists around, but I don't know how their prices compare.

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    I noticed Super cheap auto now carry them in the battery department the other day near the chargers if that helps you.

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    China is the cheapest.


    But locally Altronics wholesale will do an 80 watt panel for about $575 inc GST.

    Of course I am talking about monocrystalline panels, not the cheap polycrystalline ones.

    Also they are weatherproofed and have an inbuilt reverse polarity diode etc.

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    Have a look at your local ham radio swap meets. (hamfests)
    i bought some 80w 2nd hand panels for about $100 ea

    have a look at and see where the swap meets are.

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    Wow, you suck ! My local hamfest hasn't seen any, else I would have snapped them up at that price

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    I would instantly buy at least 200 of them at that price...

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    yes i agree it was good value but he only had 2 panels.
    fairly old, about 1200 x 400, with circular cells, and that come with a controller as well.
    the seller said that they had just been "decommissioned"
    i just had to buy them...........

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    Just my experience with older Solar panels:

    My mum has 50W noname(I can't locate a brand name) panels that are 15y old. They look partially discoloured and produce now barely 30W @14V.
    I have 50W panels from Siemens roughly of the same age. Not only do they still look like I just unpacked them from the box when I wipe over them but they produce almost 60W @14V on the same location.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trash View Post
    Ya know those traffic control lights ? Oh right, legally

    Ebay had some good prices, but the shipping might kill that idea.

    A good price is about $10 per Watt, $6.60/W is a very good price.

    There are also a few solar specialists around, but I don't know how their prices compare.
    Jaycar Wholesale ( Electus ) have decided to get real about their Solar Panel pricing now , You can get a 175W SunPower Mono for about $1100.00 with 20Year Warranty. That's about $6.30/W Very good value and high Quality.

    I would be vary wary of some of the cheap no name panels selling on eBay from China using B Grade silicone. , You would be lucky if the sellers are around for 20 days let alone cover a 20 / 25Year warranty.

    My best advice is stick with panels distributed here in Australia ,EG: the 4 highest quality panels on the market SunTech , BP , Sharp and SunPower .

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    Of that list BP are by far the best...and the dearest.

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