Solar Solutions

There has never been a better time to consider solar for your boat. If you are a power boater, solar will reduce your generator run time and if you are a sailor, solar will allow you to stay at anchor longer or just sail with no need to run your engine in order to recharge your batteries. On this page we have included all the tools necessary to calculate your power requirements, the size of the solar array, pricing, diagrams and installation tips.

If you have questions, please contact us at 604-284-5171 or solutions@pysystems.ca


Solar Tech Talks

Solar Update - Some Real-World Benefits of Installing Solar

This has been a very exciting year for solar in the marine industry. Many boaters have embraced the technology and, now, have had an entire boating season or two to discover the real benefits of installing…

Solar Power Project Update

Jeff Cote offers a three-month update and some lessons learned from his own solar panel install. In the June Tech Talk article, we talked about the installation of solar panels on my own Catalina 36.…

Solar Panels

A walk through the different options and considerations for installing solar panels on a West Coast boat. Over the past year we have experienced a noticeable increase in inquiries regarding solar panels.…

Solar Panels

Turning on a few lights, playing some background music, or running a laptop to get some work done can use power quickly, let alone running a toaster, coffee maker, or microwave. While they won’t replace…

Solar Downloads

Solar Q&A's

I recently attended your solar presentation at Royal City Yacht Club. I enjoyed your presentation, however, there is one thing I am not sure of and that is the output of the various panels in 12V. If I use a 24V panel and connect it through a MPPT converter it will then produce 12V output to charge my 12V batteries. I am assuming that the amperage output would double as the voltage is cut in half. Is that correct? If that is correct, does that mean the Ahr charging rate to the battery is actually…

Solar Panel Output, 12V vs. 36V – Gary

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I am looking to buy solar panels and leaning toward a pair of the SP-112Q-JB. However, can you explain the difference between those and the “standard-output cells” equivalent size panels SL90Q-JB. In my Catalina 400 with the fridge and freezer (I don’t run it super cold) I burn through about 120-160 Ahrs in 24 hours. My house bank is 6 X T105 Trojan’s with a total capacity of 630 amps of which I’m assuming a maximum draw of approximately 300amps – my starting batteries are a pair of 4D’s which is…

Barry – Choosing a Solar Panel

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I have enjoyed your Pacific Yachting Tech Talk articles as they are not condescending or preachy. I have also been reading about the Gioco panels you distribute. My interest is twofold. I would like the benefit of solar charging while cruising and secondly, I would like to be more independent of shore power in our Marina where I have recently experienced "issues" from being connected to its AC shore power. We have owned our current boat for a year and replaced our zincs this April when they were…

Solar FAQ, Monocrystalline vs. Polycrystalline – Tom

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