Installing a Solar Panel on our Ford Transit Connect

Solar Panel Covered in CardboardThis is the second of two posts on adding a solar power to our Ford Transit Connect. This post will focus on the process of actually installing the solar panel.  

The first rule in installing a solar panel is to always make sure that the panel is completely covered while you are working with it. As long as the panel is exposed to light, it is producing electricity. To prevent a shock, our first step was to make sure the panel was covered in cardboard until it was fully installed.

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Solar power basics

Before getting a solar panel for our van I didn’t have very much experience with solar energy. Luckily my boyfriend has both theoretical and practical experience with installing solar panels, and he has explained some of the basics to me. So I thought I would write two posts about the installation and use of solar panels for our Ford Transit Connect.  This first post will explain some of the basics that are needed to run a solar system. (Of course, any errors in this post are my own!) The next post will be go through the specific steps we took to install the panel onto the roof rack of our van. 

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