Solar Panels on Trucks and Trailers

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by Dice1, Mar 14, 2013.

  1. pawpaw1

    pawpaw1 Medium Load Member

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    Fuel is consumed in making Everything . There is no free lunch. Technology requires Brainpower. You have to pay for that , too.
    As to blacksmiths , lets see. Ford started in what , about 1905 ?
    saw a Commerical on tv the other day. Man pulling a horse trailer got stuck in the mud . He got out his horses , hitched them up , and pulled his truck out.
    Somebody had to shoe those horses. So , over 100 years after cars were invented , and mass produced , more than 40 years after a man walked on the moon , and blacksmiths are still around.
    Go figure . LOL !
     
  2. Dice1

    Dice1 Road Train Member

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    My current panels even pick up under a parking lot light in the truckstop parking lot.
     
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  3. Dice1

    Dice1 Road Train Member

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    I have had my regular solar panels on now for almost 3 and half years with no problems and I have a little over $500 in them.

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    But what do I know with only 3+ years experience with them actually mounted on my truck.....

    Have not had a cell failure and they still put out like they did the day I bought them....so much for the 5 year replacement statement.

    The new stick on panels are even more durable that you can shot it with a 50 cal weapon and not loose the panel. The newer flexiable panel technology is more durable and will collect more sun light at more of an angle than the traditional solar panels of the past even though they are bigger for the same wattage. I have a little over $300 in the 3 panels I bought of E-Bay for the roof of my condo that I have not had time to mount them yet.

    FYI. I am installing a 12KW solar system for my home this summer that has tax CREDITS that payback for more than half the system....That is tax credits and if you do not understand what a TAX CREDIT is, you should fire your accountant because it is just like you already paid that much in taxes and you will get refunded the full amount not needed for your adjusted income or even no income you will get 100% of it back. I will also get paid back for all electricity produced over what I consume on my home.

    More pictures for those that have not seen the system I currently have on my truck for the last 3+ years...

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    My panels have been all over the country including a delivery to the new Formula One Race Track in Austin, TX.

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    I am glad everybody is not so narrow minded and will at least try other technology.
     
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  4. j3411

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    Solar panels on a truck is not new. I saw a company truck ( don't remember the name) out of NM 3 years ago with them on the roof. I would think that if they were a cost effective all the truck makers would at the least have them as an option.

    But...

    It's thinking outside the box that has always driven this country.
     
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  5. Dice1

    Dice1 Road Train Member

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    I actually moved a dry van with a lift gate on it that belonged to FEMA that had a solar panel on it to maintain the battery for the trailer lift gate that gave me the idea to mount one on the truck..FEMA may have a trailer parked for a long period of time between disasters and need it to work when it is needed. We all know what happens to batteries that sit for a long time.

    There is also a company that sold some expensive and not very efficient solar systems for trucks before I mounted mine. I did not like what they sold nor the price, so I did my own with equipment bought off of Ebay.
     
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  6. Wings2Wheels

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    A .50 caliber weapon? What, a .50 caliber BB gun?

    Get real. If you want to talk about equivalent force over the entire panel, or something of that nature...which I still doubt...that's all well and good, but I guaran-####-tee you that if I shoot that sucker with a Barrett M82 from 1,000 yards away, that solar panel is HISTORY.

    Speaking of solar panels, I wonder what happened to all the panels that President Peanut put on top of the Whitehouse back in the 70s?
     
  7. aiwiron

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    New solar panels are not in sequence as they once were, if a portion of the cells are damaged the panel still continues to function without total shut down like the old ones. Being shot I have no clue but to say that under road conditions they are not likely to fail.
     
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  8. cuzzin it

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    Actually a neighbor of mine shot one of his panels 10 + years ago.... still works to this day
     
  9. Dice1

    Dice1 Road Train Member

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    It's obvious you do not have clue about the new flexiable solar panels that you can shoot a. 50 cal bullet hole in the panel that is 15.5" by 112" in size that would be a whole lot of. 50 caliber holes to take it out......remember it is flexiable and not on glass like the traditional solar panels of the past.

    One shot into the middle of the peel and stick panel from a Barrett M82 will not take the panel out.

    FYI I own a few firearms myself.
     
  10. ncdiver069

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    here is a thought, cover the roof with solar panels charge battery's all day then pull into a truckstop plug into a power inverter,drain the battery get credits for fuel !the gov would have to forgive the weight of the battery's It might make the greenies happy
     
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