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    Default How about using PV panels as awnings?

    Here in the Cape with the low sun shining the whole day (and no clouds) you need an awning to provide some shade.
    It occurred to me that a hinged PV would be ideal: The PV panel would be perfectly aligned for maximum power...

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    Default Re: How about using PV panels as awnings?

    Love the idea.

    Question would be how many you would use to make installation viable.

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    Default Re: How about using PV panels as awnings?

    Is it a NEED or a HOBBY?
    For in Cpt, as lekka as the sun is, there are other weeks where there are winds and storms.
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    Default Re: How about using PV panels as awnings?

    This is also a great idea, to turn the canvas awnings into PV panels, while retaining the flexibility and, I assume keep the weight down. In fact the applications for carports etc is just mind-blowing.
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    Default Re: How about using PV panels as awnings?

    This is very viable, especially using semi-flexible PV panels, which are not fragile, and weigh just under half a conventional panel. Given a decent rigging situation, you could actually fly a couple like a canvas shade sail as well.
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    Default Re: How about using PV panels as awnings?

    Quote Originally Posted by the_terrible_triplett View Post
    Is it a NEED or a HOBBY?
    For in Cpt, as lekka as the sun is, there are other weeks where there are winds and storms.
    Sure! I know that when installers of PV panels do a job they don't like wind.
    I was thinking of a bracket with a sliding mechanism that allows you to withdraw the panel when required (not completely: It has lugs fitted to stop it falling out)
    I have seen this kind of thing on hatches for boats..

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