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BP Solar BP 350 J 50W Photovoltaic Module

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Pros: Slick-looking, decently priced

Cons: Lack of simple hookup wires

I bought two of these 50-watt panels as an add-on to my "Supplemental Solar" system at my home. They produce a nice amount of electricity and the price was reasonable (recently saw the price had come down $13 where I bought them - mrsolar.com. I had to wire the positive and negative leads myself as there were no MC cables or anything included with them. That wasn't too much of a problem for me as I'd done it before, but others may be disappointed by that fact. They are crisp & clean-looking and I've gotten compliments from a neighbor on the looks. They mounted easily to the Two Seas mount I bought for them, no issues whatsoever getting them mounted. All in all I'd recommend them with the caveat that you'll have to wire the positive and negative leads yourself. For someone looking for a single panel, or two, to start a small 12V battery-based system these would be a fine choice, or - as I used them - an additional couple of panels to boost the power of an existing system.

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Pros: produce 70% of our energy needs

Cons: pay back on investment takes time

We have had solar panels for 8 years on our So. Cal home.  Due to a factory defect in our old Kyocera panels, the BP 350's were installed last spring. They produce very well from March until November, much better than our old panels (30% more), cutting our electric bill to $420 for the year in a hot region and reducing our carbon footprint a lot.   They have been very boring, really.  No maintenance other than a wash down 3 times per year.  Because they are on the back roof of our home, neighbors don't even know we have them. 

 

If you are committed to your home and do not plan to leave, solar is a wonderful investment if you live  in a sunny location.  BP's are sure-fire (our old panels were Kyocera -- not the best, really). Be sure to reduce your electricity use around the home FIRST -- that is, use CFC's, get a front-loading washer, replace the old fridge, recycle the garage fridge, add a programmable thermostat, and buy a clothes line.  These changes will make a huge difference before you go solar...and really make more sense economically than adding panels right away.  Pay back takes about 7 years if you get tax rebates or tax credits.  Oh..and make sure a certified professional does the work.  They are quick and have insurance, a very important factor when anybody works on your roof.  Not only that, you will be contributing to our new "green" labor force!

BP Solar BP 350 J 50W Photovoltaic Module
Description:

High-efficiency photovoltaic module using silicon nitride multicrystalline silicon cells. Ideal for remote telemetry, instrumentation systems, security sensors and land-based aids to navigation. Typical applications: Off-grid and instrumentation Key features: Instrumentation, off-grid, robust with j-box for field wiring Cell technology: Polycrystalline Dimensions: 839mm x 537mm x 50mm Weight: 13.2 lbs

Details:
DetailValue
Size839mm x 537mm x 50mm
Additional Features
TypePhotovoltaic module
Freeze Tolerance
Thousands of BTUs per panel per day
Thousands of Megajoules per panel per day
Rated Power/Wattage Generated50W
Release Date
Cell Efficiency
Models:
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC
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