Or was that jumping the gun a bit? I have just bought some, relatively inexpensive, solar panels for our boat. I now have 3 x 170W panels, that's 510W. I have been searching to get the hang of what's needed, what's possible and what the cost might be over here in the UK. Those panels are 2 years old, but that does not seem to be a problems as some panels are now over 40 years old and apparently showing no sign of deterioration in electricity production.
Also, I have read that the European Union are about to impose a hefty surcharge of up to 47% on the cheap solar panels coming from China and obviously, the prices are going to rise sharply in the near future. The Germans are also going to wind down their solar energy production soon. So, I decided to buy those now!
All I have to do now is suss out what our "needs" are going to be, and the rest of the paraphenalia associated with producing my own electricity.
The bottom panels are coming along nicely. Not as fast as I had hoped, but not bad. I have now built and glassed 4 of them and I am about to start fitting them. Darn things weight about 100kgs each, so I get help form my daughter's boyfriend, who's into weight lifting. Besides, we've now had some days when it's actually too hot to work in the tent between 11am and 4pm. Time to sit around with a cool drink!