As gratifying as it may be to own a boat, there is no denying that it is quite an expensive luxury. From the actual out-of-pocket price to maintenance and fuel, all the costs of owning a vessel really adds up. However, MPI has a solution: marine solar panels.
Before getting into the multitude of benefits that come from installing solar panels onto your boat, let’s first explain what exactly a marine solar panel system is. A marine solar panel system is comprised of four major parts that work hand in hand to power your boat. The first component is the actual solar panel, which works quite similarly to a regular solar panel. An electric current is produced when sunlight hits this solar panel and this brings us to the next component, a battery. Batteries within the vessel work to store this current so that it can be used to satisfy your boat’s electrical needs. The next part of the system is a charge controller, which is often times required in order to keep the batteries from storing more voltage than they can handle. Without this charge controller, a battery is at risk of being overcharged and damaged. The final component is an inverter. It works to convert direct current (DC) electricity into alternating current (AC) electricity, which is needed if you use typical household appliances, like a microwave, onboard. The number of solar panels required for a boat is all dependent on the type and size of the boat, as well as the overall wattage of the equipment you want to power.
A marine solar panel system is not only a reliable way to power your boat, but it is also an extremely cost-effective way to power your boat. This system generates free electricity for your boat, automatically getting rid of the need to purchase something like a gasoline-powered generator, in turn protecting you from rising fuel costs. Additionally, these systems operate quietly, allowing you to fully enjoy your time on the water without the distraction of a blaring generator. The system can also work to produce usable electricity all throughout the day, even while you’re away from your boat. So, electricity can safely be generated and your battery can be charged during the day and then be used for the evening’s festivities.
Why turn boating into something more complicated and expensive than it has to be? The advantages that come from having marine solar panels on board makes installing them a no-brainer. The best news is that MPI can install the entire marine solar panel system for you, making this decision an even easier one. Do yourself a favor and switch over to solar power today.