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Old 02-27-2009, 09:20 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I like the idea. I also like the clear roof!!

I agree and disagree with Metro on the practicality of solar on a vehicle.
Yes, you have limited ability to maximize angle.
BUT...where else in your life can you easily use low voltage DC output every day? If you install PV panels on your home, you either have solar lights running on a 12V battery, or you are spending $$$$$$$ on lots of PVs and inverter/electronics.
In my case, my car is parked in the sun all day at work, and any solar that I collect (future plan) will go into charging my partially discharged battery from the morning commute. Every watt of solar E there is a watt that I don't have to use when auto-trickle charging at night.
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