Tips for mounting solar panels on a sailboat 

Solar panels get all the glory, but do you have an idea for uploads. A good mount can help you to get the solar much higher, and your ability to increase by 40 percent. Depends upon the space, the type of mounts are going to be decided. You need solar while moving because the engine does high work. You have to choose the effective solar panels for getting better performance in your boat.

While going for a solar system, you should keep your batteries more healthy and have to charge regularly. Because the batteries will last longer if the number of extension and charge cycles can be reduced to the depth.

Ways to mount the solar panels into the boat:

There are some products available for bonds to overlap the surfaces. If you are choosing this option, it is necessary to remember some recursive tasks before using the paste. Most of the manufacturers recommend the cleaning the outer surface area before binding, and some suggest the surface of the sand before the adhesive.


The binding solution completely depends upon the type of boat you have and the place to be bind. Glueing is not a proper method of binding your solar panels. It cannot be able to hold your solar panels properly.

Therefore, you have to prefer the stainless steel bolts for mounting the solar panels in the boat and also it will never make rust on your boat. You should properly drill the holes for mounting.

Solar panels Vs Types of mounts:

Some marine solar panel mounts do not apply to different size panels. Fixed load layout by very strong. If you do not have a lot of cruise and panels being permanently flat, these mounts can handle any weight you can throw at them.

If you need to rotate and angle mounts, you must check the capacity of the maximum load. What is the general rule of the thumb? How larger the mount and can it holds the solar panels. If the weight of the panel is 100w or less means you have to prefer the cheaper mounts. If the weight of the panel exceeds the 100w means, you need to click here to check the maximum load weight of marine solar panels.

Different types of solar panel mounts:

Fixed mount:

Most of the excellent examples are available for the fixed mount. The fixed mount method is weightless and cheap.

It is not difficult to apply. However, you have to get rid of the holes on the surface of what you want to connect. This bracket helps you to add a group of styles to multiple characters. The producer also recommends production of RV’s. The main advantage of the fixed mount is the capability to handle the panel size from smaller size to 300w.

Adjustable mounts:

This Mount helps for the direct responding from the sun to the solar panel; one feature is commonly used when the boat is still present. For Liveaboard Boater, Adjustable is essential to load. The energy level can be increased up to 40 percent by adjusting the panel angles.

These are all the important tips for mounting the solar panels on a sailboat. Therefore, you have to select the right panels for your boat.

Benefits of Solar Energy

Save Money on Your Energy Bills

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a typical homeowner relying on electricity to heat water could save up to $1000.00 in the first year of operation by installing a solar water heating system! The savings over time increases as electricity rates rise. The average solar heating system pays for itself in 3-5 years.

Solar Energy is Excellent for the Environment

52% of our nation’s electricity is made by burning coal. Burning coal for electricity pollutes our rivers, lakes, oceans, air, soil, and our bodies. It also releases carbon dioxide which is heating our planet. Solar energy is an excellent alternative because the sun is a clean, inexhaustible source of clean energy, available for free. The energy will not run out, go up in price, bury miners, destroy coastlines, remove mountain tops, increase asthma, or spew pollutants into our world.

Using Solar Promotes Sustainability.

According to the World Commission on Environment and Development, sustainability is the concept of meeting “the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”. Harnessing the nearly unlimited energy from the sun is an excellent step toward sustainability. The petroleum industry’s analysts predict that we will start to run out of fossil fuels, our current main source of electricity, between 2020 and 2060, but prices will rise dramatically long before, and have already begun doing so. Shell International predicts that renewable energy will supply 60% of the world’s energy by 2060.

Using Solar Increases our Energy Security.

It’s no secret, our nation’s current fossil fuel energy use depends on imports of natural gas, coal, and oil imported from other countries. Our sources are vulnerable to political instabilities, trade disputes, embargoes, and other disruptions. In addition, much of our current energy structure is vulnerable when you consider the high voltage lines which must be maintained or the consequences of an accident at a nuclear power plant. It’s very possible the money we spend on petroleum makes it into the hands of our enemies at war.

Many energy security concerns could be lessened by the increased development of renewable resources. Installation of solar energy systems can increase the reliability and reduce the vulnerability or our power systems. Solar energy systems are smaller, more dispersed, and less prone to disruption than conventional electricity systems. There are also no explosive or flammable fuel stocks needed. Solar will not take decades or cost billions to implement. We can have it on your home or building next week.

Energy security is also created because supplies of solar energy are predictable and abundant. This allows consumers to avoid swings in supply and demand in energy markets, which can dramatically affect the price of energy. Technological improvements and federal and state incentives have made the cost of renewables more cost competitive compared to power from conventional sources like coal and natural gas.

The Local Connection

Renewable solar energy resources are developed locally. Often, money spent on renewable energy leaves a community, going to utilities outside of the region. Dollars spent on renewable energy stay local, creating more jobs and fostering economic growth.

Solar Generators Provide Free Energy from your Yard!

Is your electricity down? Solar powered generators are an easy way to ensure that your electronic devices have a power source. Simply wheel the generator out to a sunny area to charge, and there you have it! The generator acts as a back up power source for a considerable amount of time to charge your laptops, cell phones, iPods, etc. in times when your home is out of power.

Outdoor Work to Do?

Solar Powered Generators are a great way to do your yard work without the hassle of gas-powering your machines. The portability of our generators make them perfect for being used as outdoor electrical outlets or charging stations.Solar system work also work well in boat, here some tips to install marine solar panels in boat.

How Solar Backup Generators Works

Sizes vary by panel wattage and battery amp hours. They are made from a simple, effective design that consists of a solar panel connected to a wagon (or wheeled apparatus of your solar backupchoice) with a closed container holding the DC to AC inverter, a charge controller for juicing up the battery, and one or more batteries depending on the desired usage time. This is easy to use – the inverter has electrical plug-in outlets just like you’d find in your living room. They can be used power electric yard trimmers, camping lights, laptops, festive holiday lights, or pretty much anything you can plug in. They make an excellent learning tool for schools.

Energy Efficiency Improvements – Weatherization & Remediation & Insulation

What Are Weatherization and Remediation Services?

Our energy audits identify the areas where a building loses conditioned air. The upgrades that stop these losses from happening are collectively called weatherization or remediation. Most often, this includes air sealing with leak or spray foam, adding insulation to attics, walls & crawlspaces, insulating water lines, adding vent dampers to exhaust ports, improving attic access weatherstrips, and many other solutions.

A broader definition is to say that weatherization or remediation services are cost-effective energy efficiency measures applied to existing residential, multifamily housing, and commercial buildings. They include a wide variety of energy efficiency upgrades that encompass the building envelope, its heating and cooling systems, electrical system, and electricity consuming appliances. In other words, the full range of energy efficiency measures in buildings that apply to all homes and buildings.

How Much Do The Weatherization and Remediations Services Cost?

The typical cost for these services average around $2,500. This is far less than the cost of replacing windows or adding solar energy and gives similar or better reductions in utility costs. Clients that have completed both an energy audit and remediation see reductions in their utility bills near the 20%-30% range.

What Are Examples of Energy Efficiency Upgrades?

Typical examples of the efficiency upgrades we provide on a daily basis include:

  • Air Sealing
  • Attic Insulation
  • Attic Access Insulation
  • Weatherstripping Doors
  • High Efficiency Windows
  • Solar Hot Water Heating
  • Duct Sealing
  • Low Flow Faucets
  • Low Flow Shower Heads
  • High Efficiency Pet Doors
  • High Efficiency Mail Slots
  • Vapor Barriers
  • Many More…

Often the buildings receiving attention from an energy audit are old and in need of repair. Our clean energy consultants check major energy systems with highly specialized testing tools to ensure occupant safety. They view the house as a system under the concept of “whole-house weatherization.” These analyses take the whole-house approach, which maximizes energy and dollar savings. Because of this rigorous approach and analyses backing it up, weatherization has become a leader in advancing home energy science and in helping spawn a new industry providing home energy efficiency services to the wider public.

Custom Designed Solar Hot Water Systems

Continuum specializes in the custom design and installation of Solar Hot Water systems in both Residential and Commercial applications, including radiant floor heating and pool heating. Solar hot water systems are an excellent, cost efficient way to supplement your hot water supply. You can also sell the SREC’s – which can mean up to $600 a year in your pocket.

For the typical residential site, we install Closed-Loop Pressurized Glycol and Closed-Loop Drainback systems. We also install solar pool heating systems.

There is no trade-off in owning a solar thermal energy system. It can either supplement or altogether replace your existing hot water heater and in both cases you will always have as much or even more capability to heat water than you had before installing a system. Prices start at about $$10k for the average home and they can pay for themselves in about 5 years. In addition, the building value increases by the cost of the system on the day it’s installed.

The financial assistance is at it’s best right now. The federal, state, local, SREC, and net metering benefits are all in place and there has never been a better time to go solar. After assessing your site, we will produce a cost-effective solution that reduces the amount of gas, oil and electricity required to heat the water in your home or business by 80% on average. A typical residential system consists of just two 4×8 or 4×10 collector “panels” on the roof, with piping going to a solar storage tank in the current water heater room. Installations take just a day or two to complete.

How Do Solar Hot Water Heating Systems Work?

For centuries people have been harnessing the sun’s energy to heat water. To put it simply, think about a garden hose left in the sun…the water inside gets hot. Now imagine that same water being pumped slowly through a special tank that collects the heat and stores it for bathing, washing your clothes and heating your home. That’s solar thermal! Water heated for free, by the sun, used for your needs.


Although we offer various models and manufacturers of collectors, we use AET for many of our installations. AET is a reliable, experienced manufacturer that produces quality product at excellent prices.We typically install active, indirect solar hot water systems.

Active solar water heaters use pumps to circulate water or a glycol solution through heat-absorbing collector boxes. In an indirect system, they glycol solution is pumped through the solar heat collector. This warm solution is then used to heat the water used by building occupants. In this case, your water is indirectly heated.

These systems are also known as “closed loop” systems. In these systems, a simple pump moves the glycol solution through a loop into the solar collector, through the collector’s pipes, and out of the solar collector. From there, the glycol solution flows into a heat-transfer unit where it warms the cool water heading into a conventional hot water tank. The glycol solution then returns to the pump and again flows into the solar collector without ever mixing with the building’s water. Indirect systems are encouraged in climates with extended periods of below-freezing temperatures, and make up a majority of our installations.

Differential thermostats, pumps, sensors, and controls are used so the systems work effectively and safely. Solar thermal technology is mature and proven with few maintenance requirements from the installed systems.

Solar Thermal Systems: Collecting the Sun

Solar thermal systems also differ by the type of collector used to gather and store the sun’s energy. Flat plate collectors are the simplest and most common type. Copper pipes wind back and forth through the flat plate collector, which is painted black to absorb heat and covered with glass, or “glazing,” to prevent heat from escaping. Often the pipes are painted black and bonded to the material of the flat plate collector to maximize heat absorption.

Solar pool heating systems use a similar design, but sometimes glazing is removed to save money and to prevent the pool water from becoming super-heated. Some non-glazed systems look like flat black mats. Inside the mats is a network of headers through which the water slowly passes.

More advanced systems like evacuated tube collectors and parabolic trough collectors can heat water or other fluids to much higher temperatures appropriate for industrial needs.flat-plate-collector