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Mage Solar

 Mage Power of Germany now in the USA with very attractive warranty and pricing

More power

Reliability is at the core of all of our solar energy systems. So is power. To that end,
MAGE POWERTEC PLUS modules use mono- and polycrystalline cell technologies. They keep the energy flowing and operate with an electrical cell efficiency of up to 17.3%. And it’s important to note that our modules boast allowable tolerances of up to +5 watts. Which guarantees maximum power without compromise. In fact, nominal power is always obtained and often exceeded. This gives us a distinct advantage over our competitors, whose modules may actually deliver less than the wattage they claim.

More quality 

on the subject of superiority, our 10-year product warranty is also in a league of its own, and easily surpasses those required by law. And MAGE POWERTEC Plus modules go far beyond competitors´standards with the the added guarantee that they’ll produce 90 % of their nominal power for 12 years and 80 % for 30 years. That´s three full decades of reassurance. In order to certify such high quality, we insist that our products meet or exceed the most rigorous North American and international  standards. What’s more, every MAGE POWERTEC Plus module must pass stringent optical, mechanical and electrical quality controls.

More security

It’s comforting to know that MAGE POWERTEC Plus modules can handle the toughest demands with regard to stability and corrision resistance. This is due to their engineered hollow-section frame and 3,2 mm (0,13 in) special solar glass. We also use high-quality EVA foil, which is ideal for embedding solar cells, while the weatherproof foil on the back of the modules protects against humidity. As a final security measure, we place a junction box with bypass diodes on the back of the module to avoid overheating of the individual solar cells (hot-spot effect). Our extremely robust modules resist a maximum pressure of 5,400 Pa (= 113 psf).

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Home Power Magazine

If you are thinking of using wind or solar power and want to learn more, you should have this magazine.  Every issue has an article about a real life installation.  Solar power, solar hot water, electric cars, NEC code info.   Fairly technical, but written for the general public.

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Special Projects

If you need power, and the electrical outlet isn’t close and a generator won’t do, we can help.  Water pumping out in the back 40 for a farm, lighting a sign without having to dig a trench to the grid, charging batteries (anywhere), these are some of the things solar can do well.  Many times, the cost of the solar installation will be nearly the same as hooking up to electricity from the grid, but for the next 40 years or so, the power is free.

Farm applications abound. 

Solar electric fence battery charging; it doesn’t take a lot of wattage to keep the battery charged.  The panel can be mounted on the fence near the battery.

Water pumping; solar power can work where wind power is not so reliable (like in Florida). 

Solar Livestock Water Pump System

The USDA has grant programs available for rural solar installations.  Most states have incentives available to cover part of the cost, and there are other federal programs as well. For more info see: DESIRE incentives listing

Other special projects we have designed include:

*  Portable device battery charging in ambulances (see the St. Petersburg Times article).

* GPS battery charging for kayak.

* Battery charging the electric hand carts on beer trucks.

* Solar powered ventilation fans for pets.

Custom made power supply

* Solar lighting for street lights at Hillsboro Community College in Ybor City.

* Electric gate opening device.

* Laptop battery charging.

* Solar sign lighting 

* Emergency power supply

Pretty much everything that can be done with electricity can be done with solar power.

Ybor City Street Light
Remote Surveillance
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Solar Modules

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)

Model Output Size Price
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

High Output
(Monocrystal and Polycrystal)

Model Output Size Price
Sopray 5 0.3 TBD $25.00
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
Kyocera 140 8.2

* 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.