Photovoltaics give you a silent, reliable, maintenance-free source of electricity to charge your batteries. You can start with a small system and easily add more modules as your needs grow.
Hotwire Enterprises offers solar products from Aurinco, Solar World, Kyocera, SolarTech, and Battery Solutions Plus. Evergreen, BP, Yingli, GE, Power Up, Iowa Thin Film, Sopray, Uni-Solar, Kaneka, Mitsubishi, Sanyo, SunWize, Sharp and other brands also are available. The solar modules most popular and useful to boaters are listed below.
The photovoltaic market is changing. We are following developments closely and will update this page as we learn about additional options opening up.
How to Select Solar Modules
How do you know which one(s) to get? The first question you should ask yourself is “Where will I mount it on my boat?” Refer to the Solar FAQ page and read #3. Look at your chosen site. How often does that area get shadowed? Choose high output technology for sites that get a lot of full sun; choose shade tolerant technology for sites that are often or always shadowed. Go back to the Solar FAQ page and read #8. Then measure the dimensions of your chosen location, and find a module that will fit within that area.
Please contact us if you need details on solar modules not shown here or need help on deciding what’s right for you.
Note; as of spring 2012 the supply and pricing is changing rapidly. Please call for the latest information.
Shade Tolerant/Heat Tolerant
(Amorphous, Thin Film)
|FlexPower 20||1.2A||12″x73″, 1.9 lb.||$349|
|Ennergy IP10F||0.58A||13.0″x25.0″x7/32″, 2.0 lb.||$150.00|
|Kaneka 60 Watt||0.9A (at 67 Volts)||39.0″x 37.8″, 62 lb.||$75.00**|
** Pallet quantities, or pick up in Tarpon Spring only
(Monocrystal and Polycrystal)
|Sopray 20 – 60||1.8 – 3.5||TBD||$2/watt|
|Sopray 70 (POLY)||4.1||TBD (will be shorter and fatter)||$149.00|
|Sopray 70 (MONO)||4.1||47.6″ X 21.25″ X 1.1″||$149.00|
|Kyocera 85||4.8A||38.4″x 25.7″x 1.4″, 21.2 lb.||$398.00|
|Kyocera 135||7.39A||56.1″x 25.7″x 1.4″, 26.8 lb.||$349.00|
|Aurinco||12 – 100 watts||semi-flexable|
|Kaneka 60||open circuit voltage 67 volts||40″ X 40″||$75.00*|
|Kyocera 135||7.63A||59.1″x 26.3″x 1.4″, 28.7 lb.||$349.00|
* Pallet Quantities available
More Solar Modules
We have access to many other solar modules. Please call for pricing on Mitsubishi, BP, Sharp, and others.
Choosing a Solar Module
Which module you choose will depend partly on your available space and its size and partly on how much and how often that space is shadowed. If you plan to put a module across your dodger where it will be shadowed by the boom, then choose one of the shade-tolerant modules. You’ll get more power from it in the long run. If you can put one (or more) above your davits (or on your arch) where it isn’t likely to be shadowed, then go with a high output technology. And we’re available to assist you with your choice.
Solar Panel FAQ
Still have questions about solar panels? See our Solar Panel Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page.