Solar Panel Self-destruction?

UV damage, water ingress is spelling the end for lower-cost solar panels.

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Solar power has become ubiquitous on sailboats, first on cruising boats, but now even on sport boats, where a small solar panel is the lightest, simplest way to keep batteries charged. Installation is relatively simple, operation is passive, and maintenance is minimal. But there are some things that can go wrong and time always takes […]
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Darrell Nicholson is Director of Belvoir Media Group's marine division and the editor of Practical Sailor. A lifelong thalassophile, he grew up sailing everything from El Toro dinghies to classic Morgans on Miami's Biscayne Bay. In the early 90s, he left a newspaper job to sail an old gaff-rigged ketch across the Pacific and has been writing about boats and the sea ever since. His weekly blog Inside Practical Sailor offers an inside look at current research and gear tests at Practical Sailor, while his award-winning column,"Rhumb Lines," tracks boating trends and reflects upon the sailing life. He sails a Sparkman & Stephens-designed Yankee 30 out of St. Petersburg, Florida.

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