Solar Installation Guide & Accessories
Canvas installations:Solbian panels can be installed directly into canvas biminis and dodgers because they are so thin and light. The panel can actually be stitched through for velcro or zipper attachment. With this type of installation, the panels can be removed easily and stowed safely during the off season. Additionally, this type of installation is a great option if you don’t want to affect the aesthetics of your boat.
Here is a link to our Canvas Installation Guidelines.
Deck Installations:Panels can be installed into the deck a number of different ways. Some panels can be ordered with a back side, peel and stick adhesive. Panels can also be installed with fasteners or double sided VHB tape. In all cases we recommend that you seal around the edges of the panel. Additionally, we recommend that the panel is fully supported and unable to bend if it will be walked on at all.
For wiring deck installations, panels can be ordered with back side wiring which can then be run through the deck which allows the panel to be totally flush with no visible wiring. Panels can also be installed on deck with standard surface junction boxes and the wires can be routed below deck through waterproof deck glands.
Davits and rail installations: Glass panels are great for these installations. Semi-flexible panels can be installed for these applications as long as they are well-supported and cannot bend beyond their rating.
Check out the Solara page for information on the new EZ Mount rails for the light-weight semi-flexible Power M series.
Solar Arrays with Series or Parallel Wiring: Check out our Electrical Installation Guidelines for some insight into the different ways that solar arrays can be wired. This information is also contained in the Solbian User’s Manual which can be found on the Solbian page.
Cable, Connectors & Deck Glands
Download a pdf version of the Solar Accessories & Monitoring Pricelist.
Philippi WP-3C Plug
Philippi WP-3C Wall Plug
Philippi WP-3C Socket
Scanstrut Micro Deck Seal Part DS6-P
Scanstrut Horizontal Deck Seal Part DS6-P
Lightweight Polycarbonate Backing for Solbian Panels