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Old 04-16-2024, 02:21 PM   #1
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BougeRV CIGS 20% off on Amazon

I checked three sizes, all were 20-23% off.
Of course, they tempt me, just after I finished installing two more panels.
Iíll see how well I hold back.
I did measure while on the roof. I could easily fit two of the long 100 watt panels
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Old 04-17-2024, 10:52 AM   #2
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I checked three sizes, all were 20-23% off.
Of course, they tempt me, just after I finished installing two more panels.
I’ll see how well I hold back.
I did measure while on the roof. I could easily fit two of the long 100 watt panels
Pretty happy so far with mine. In upstate NY, mid April, 600 watts (3 200watt panels) produce 450 watts, which is absolutely fantastic for flat mounted panels this time and place. Panel temp was 117*.
About as good a price as you can hope to get. https://www.amazon.com/BougeRV-Thin-...30&sr=8-3&th=1
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Old 04-17-2024, 11:03 AM   #3
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I'm getting closer to buying these. A 200W mono panel will cost me $210. The mounting hardware for each (aluminum unistrut and angle mount) is $100. So I am at $310 for each 200W mono panel. Getting close to value for $$$ with a $154 premium. I do not like the prospect of hoisting all that mono crap onto the roof again. It ain't easy.
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I'm getting closer to buying these. A 200W mono panel will cost me $210. The mounting hardware for each (aluminum unistrut and angle mount) is $100. So I am at $310 for each 200W mono panel. Getting close to value for $$$ with a $154 premium. I do not like the prospect of hoisting all that mono crap onto the roof again. It ain't easy.
No holes, comparatively weightless, more bypass diodes, (excellent shadow performance when wired in series). The only big question is long term heat on a roof membrane, but so far have seen nothing suggesting this is a problem.
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I have two of them in my cart ready for checkout. Having a hard time hitting the Place Your Order button. $990 for 400W and I have to buy another controller and run another set of wires down to the controller.
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I have two of them in my cart ready for checkout. Having a hard time hitting the Place Your Order button. $990 for 400W and I have to buy another controller and run another set of wires down to the controller.
Well, it is a drug in some way, is it not? I have four 100 watt ecoworthy suit case panels (also on sale right now, and I love them!) that I plug into the side port (upgraded the plug to a 50 amp heavy duty piece). Nice sunny day yesterday, and that setup was outputting 20 amps, and the roof 600 watt was doing over 30. I ran the air conditioner for an hour or so, and it only sent my battery down 19%.

I ran my wires down the awning bracket, worked a treat, and allowed me to stick to my no new holes philosophy. Used 10 gauge solar wire.
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Well, it is a drug in some way, is it not? I have four 100 watt ecoworthy suit case panels (also on sale right now, and I love them!) that I plug into the side port (upgraded the plug to a 50 amp heavy duty piece). Nice sunny day yesterday, and that setup was outputting 20 amps, and the roof 600 watt was doing over 30. I ran the air conditioner for an hour or so, and it only sent my battery down 19%.

I ran my wires down the awning bracket, worked a treat, and allowed me to stick to my no new holes philosophy. Used 10 gauge solar wire.
Running the wires is really easy. I'll just run them down with the other 2 sets of wires. And I have the cable (went out and checked my stash).



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Dangit, the 200W BogueRV panels are 82" long. My 200W mono panels are 56" long. That's a deal breaker. I assumed they were the same size.

The BogueRV 200W mono panels are on sale for $172. Might get 2 of those. Seem to match my Rich solar specs so they should play nice together.

Rich Solar: Voc: 24.3V Isc: 10.2A Vmp: 20.4V Imp: 9.8A
BogueRV: Voc: 22.5V Isc: 12.21A Vmp: 19.1V Imp: 10.99A


Just ordered 2 of those BogueRV 200W mono panels. Can't beat that price.
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Dangit, the 200W BogueRV panels are 82" long. My 200W mono panels are 56" long. That's a deal breaker. I assumed they were the same size.

The BogueRV 200W mono panels are on sale for $172. Might get 2 of those. Seem to match my Rich solar specs so they should play nice together.

Rich Solar: Voc: 24.3V Isc: 10.2A Vmp: 20.4V Imp: 9.8A
BogueRV: Voc: 22.5V Isc: 12.21A Vmp: 19.1V Imp: 10.99A


Just ordered 2 of those BogueRV 200W mono panels. Can't beat that price.
Thatís another drawback to the cigs, they are not super efficient with respect to real estate. However, they kill it with shading, and ultimately make decent power because of that. IIRC, each 200 watt panel has 48 bypass diodes compared to the typical 3.
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Thatís another drawback to the cigs, they are not super efficient with respect to real estate. However, they kill it with shading, and ultimately make decent power because of that. IIRC, each 200 watt panel has 48 bypass diodes compared to the typical 3.
Saw that. They handle shading really well. They will be perfect if I decide to add panels next to my ac units.
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Old 04-17-2024, 08:26 PM   #11
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Dangit, the 200W BogueRV panels are 82" long. My 200W mono panels are 56" long. That's a deal breaker. I assumed they were the same size.

The BogueRV 200W mono panels are on sale for $172. Might get 2 of those. Seem to match my Rich solar specs so they should play nice together.

Rich Solar: Voc: 24.3V Isc: 10.2A Vmp: 20.4V Imp: 9.8A
BogueRV: Voc: 22.5V Isc: 12.21A Vmp: 19.1V Imp: 10.99A


Just ordered 2 of those BogueRV 200W mono panels. Can't beat that price.
From published data on CIGS panels, the commercially available panels are noticably lower in efficiency than monocrystaline panels. Yes, under lab conditions, CIGS panels are able to produce over 20% efficiencies (vs commercially available mono panels at 22-23% but commercially available ones seem to run ~6-10 percentage points lower @12-17%. Bouge CIGS panels are advertised at 17% efficient and their mono panels @ 23%.

Might be important for restricted space applications.

I see a lot to like about the CIGS panels but I'm sure the lower efficiency is responsible for the larger sizes for like-like power ratings of other panels.
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From published data on CIGS panels, the commercially available panels are noticably lower in efficiency than monocrystaline panels. Yes, under lab conditions, CIGS panels are able to produce over 20% efficiencies (vs commercially available mono panels at 22-23% but commercially available ones seem to run ~6-10 percentage points lower @12-17%. Bouge CIGS panels are advertised at 17% efficient and their mono panels @ 23%.

Might be important for restricted space applications.

I see a lot to like about the CIGS panels but I'm sure the lower efficiency is responsible for the larger sizes for like-like power ratings of other panels.
It absolutely is, lower efficiency demands greater area.
Like I mentioned above, it is in partial lighting situations, particularly in series connections, where they truly shine. I have three in series, and with one shaded, still getting lots of power.
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