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Old 21-03-2013, 09:05
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Question Does anyone use SOLAR POWER as an alternative/complimentary power source?

Hi, this may be a very short thread as I'm not sure if we still have any members using solar power exclusively.
We had a new member posting last year who was part of setting up and manning a new Observatory in Scotland - remember? Prince Charles popped in for a cuppa unannounced one day and he was so thrilled to tell us! He hasn't posted for a while now.

(Inside/outside your caravan)
So, do any of you use solar power Exclusively?
Do you use solar power to compliment your supply?
Is it static or portable?
How effective is it?
What appliances do you use successfully?
Cost to supply/fit (please)
Approximate savings made (only a rough idea)
Do any of you use solar power for mobiles/weather stations etc?

Site owners
Do you use any form of solar power?
Do you plan to use more?
Would you honestly recommend it?

Insurance companies
How do insurance companies react to owners/site owners using solar power?

Tell us your experiences with solar power please
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Old 21-03-2013, 11:16
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Hi

With our polices providing the Static is still connnected to Main Services for water and drainage it would not affect the policy if the energy supply was Solar Pannelled.

The cost of the Solar Panels would need to be included in the Total Sums Insured.

This may not be the same for all Insurance Companies but I woud imagine the majority would be ok with it.

Hope this helps and if anyone has any further questions please contact me and i'll be happy to help.

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Thank you Paul
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Hi all, just refreshing this thread as we've had an enquiry via our Twitter feed asking the same question.

Can anyone reply please?


Have you used solar power on your static/tourer?

Maybe you know someone who's involved in a self-build projects?

I'm also going to ask GEORGE CLARKE (Amazing spaces channel 4)
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I'd have thought this will come to mainstream caravanning eventually.. I seem to remember seeing panels on Willerby Lodge a year or two ago at the lawns.

Solar has to be a good idea, but I fear consumers would prefer to spend the money on other things inside the unit.

We'd certainly support anyone who wanted to explore solar on their caravan or lodge, as long as it didn't look a total mess.

We've looked as installing panels on our building, but their orientation and the trees made it impractical.
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We don't use it at the caravan, but where we live (Spain) lots of people use solar panels. The problem is that unless you have big batteries for storage, you can only use it when it's being generated. So many people heat their water and pools with it, but very few use it for their main/only electricity. The people who are not on the mains grid tend to use generators. If you look at these links, you will see a discussion about whether they are viable.
http://www.andalucia.com/forums/view...t=solar+panels
http://www.andalucia.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=9774&p=60381&hilit=solar+pane ls#p60381
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Would not those small wind generators be a more reliable method of supplementing electricity to a caravan, especially for caravans near the sea? I bet the wind blows a lot more than the sun shines, especially the past couple of years! Probably a lot cheaper than solar panels I would think? many of these panels you see on peoples houses are subsidized by the installers who take a cut of any extra electricity generated which is fed back into the grid. Not sure if caravan parks have the infrastructure to support this kind of thing. I remember many years ago when my parents had one of the first caravans on Sunnysands caravan park, Talybont that the toilet block had a telegraph pole outside with a car generator at the top and a fanblade and the wind from the sea lit the toilet block using a back up battery & car bulbs before they had electricity on site. That was well over 50 years ago! It worked then & they have much better devices nowadays.
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We used to have a solar panel for our tourer that would give us power if we were on a site without electric hook-up. It was a good way of producing power without completely draining the battery.
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We used to have a solar panel for our tourer that would give us power if we were on a site without electric hook-up. It was a good way of producing power without completely draining the battery.
Could you elaborate please?
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Now your asking! This is similar to what we had. It was light to carry, compact in size and effective

http://www.towsure.com/product/Fold_..._Panel_13_Watt

We would plug it in, stand it either outside or put it in the front window of the tourer and it would put charge into the battery during the day, for us to use at night. We didnt need to use it if we had electric hook up on site but when we only had battery power, it just kept it topped up enough to run the lights etc

Sorry I cant be more technical
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