Solar energy for mobile homes - SOLARA

Solar for mobile homes - Solar power for your camper


Our SOLARA-photovoltaic systems offer campers the maximum in flexibility and security. Because the solar panels with matching mounting system, charge controller and display make owners of RVs independent from the power supply regardless of the camping pitch.

Free and flexible with solar panels by SOLARA

Solar energy for campers and caravans - SOLARA

On the road in your camper you can drift away and drive where ever you want. Even in the deepest wild without any connection to the grid you don’t have to do it without a stable power source thanks to the brought SOLARA-modules. The after work drink, either beer or white wine, is definitely cold – the photovoltaic modules on top of your mobil home take care of that.

 

 

 

With our SOLARA-modules for your RV you get

  • High service quality
  • Best brand quality
  • Excellent workmanship
  • High current income through additional individual cells and the best low light performance
    (even in diffuse light)
  • long-time warranty
  • Additional equipment in high quality from premium brands

Further information about the application areas of SOLARA-photovoltaic systems see the respective headings under applications. Important notes to the individual modules, charge controllers, mounting systems, inverters or complete systems can be found on this website under products.

 

For planning a solar installation simply use the planning sheet.



Through Eastern Europe with the caravan - enjoiing the great freedom

"... The return journey went through Riga, the Cape Kolka, Ventspils, Liepaja, Klaipeda and Palanga on the Curonian Spit to Nida. Along the Memel, then we traveled back home to Kaunas and later Poland.The overnight stays took place 2/3 in the nature on hiking parks, on steep coastal lakes and rivers. For the other 1/3 of the nights we used campsites to dispose of water, refill and shower. It was another unforgettable adventure trip. "

 

Peter Karcher

Solar module assembly on the roof - An experience report by Peter Karcher

Dear Mr. Held,

 

Thank you for the friendly contact and the very fast delivery of the ordered solar module incl. accessories (solar montagepoiler, roof duct and glue set). The solar module was delivered on Friday around midday so I could mount the module on Saturday on my caravan according to instructions.

Since I had no further help, I had to mount the solar module alone and have changed your instructions somewhat.

 

First I drilled the 4.5 mm holes in the two SOLARA spoilers for the solar module. Using these holes, the necessary drill holes of 3.5 mm are transferred to the frame of the module and drilled. In addition, I have inserted a total of 5 drill holes at the lower longitudinal sides of the module frame at intervals of 15 to 20 cm in order to be able to attach the solar cable and the MC4 solar plug with cable ties.

The solar module I have glued with a cardboard on the surface to protect it during the further assembly and prevent the current is generated.

 

Then I put the module at the selected place and traced the edges of the roof passage and the spoilers with a felt pen on the roof.

 

This was followed by the sanding, cleaning and priming of all adhesive surfaces from the module, the roof duct and on the roof itself.

 

I put the glue directly on the caravan roof against your instructions and put the module only afterwards in the desired position.

 

For this I used an air mattress. This was pumped up slightly and once folded centered under the solar module. The module could be positioned very precisely at the desired position by carefully venting air. After the solar module was slightly pressed and the remaining air was removed from the mattress, this could be easily extracted from under the module.

Now the cable lead-in applied, with an adhesive tape secured and then smothing out all adhesive edges with a wett finger.

 

I left it for 24 hours under the carport. On Sunday it then was extensively tested.

As a solar regulator, I had already connected a PWR regulator from Schaudt, the LR 1218, to the Schaudt Elektroblock CSV 409 and operated a mobile, foldable 100 Wp solar panel.

The build-up battery is a storage battery LITH-110 12.8V lithium iron phosphate with 110 Ah. Therefore, max. 220 Wp Solar connected to the solar controller.

 

The Solara module S480M36 has achieved a daily yield of 32 amperes (from 22 A - 20% to 54 A - 49% battery charge state). This means that the performance corresponds to your data.

Next is the replacement of the solar regulator against a Mppt controller Victron Energy BlueSolar 75/15 and a Bluetooth dongle. I received from SOLARA.

 

Thanks again and regards

 

Peter Karcher


SOLARA Vision - Special product example from our extensive assortment

SOLARA S-Serie Vision - extrem robust!
SOLARA S-Serie Vision - extrem robust!

Unique SOLARA solar module with hardened special solar glass on the front and back.

 

  • Solar module with high-performance solar cells
  • hail-resistant and repelable
  • Strong and seawater-resistant aluminum profile frame
  • especially durable - 5 years warranty!


This is how a solar power plant works

Excites you the idea to meet the power needs of your camper or your caravan in the future with a solar power system? Here you are right. With our simple instructions you get your optimal solar power plant step by step, which is made for your individual power usage.
Here for education purposes the working mechanism of a SOLARA solar power plant:

Solar plant by SOLARA

For your RV or caravan you need as shown in the drawing:

  1. SOLARAMODUL (f. e. S-Series) for energy production
  2. ABS-mounting tile for mounting the solar panel
  3. Specialised adhesive to glue the ABS-mounting tile secure to your vehicle
  4. Cable tunnel (Art.-No. DD1, in white) for the cables to go through your roof without leaking
  5. Charge controller with LED-panel for monitoring the battery and charge and also for battery overload and back going electricity
  6. UV-resistant cable to connect the solar panel with the charge controller and the battery

 

In addition you need a battery and an inverter for 230V for household current, as long as they are not already on board. You can buy the components individually or as a SOLARA set.



In two steps to your SOLARA-power system for your RV

Step 1: get your power usage per day

You get a reliable guideline for your daily usage: List the individual components of your RV – for example: light, radio, refrigerator – like the chart down below. Afterwards you multiply the rating with the usage time. The sum of all your devices is the daily power usage.

Device Power Rating Operating time / day consumption / day
Radio 15 Watt 4 hours 60 Wh/d
Color-TV 40 Watt 3 hours 120 Wh/d
12V SAT Receiver 40 Watt 3 hours 120 FH/d
Lamps 10 Watt 5 hours 50 Wh/d
Compressor fridge 50 Watt 6 hours 300 Wh/d
Total daily requirement 650 Wh/d

The outcome in this example: with a power consumption of 650Wh/d you would require in the summer time a solar panel of 160Wp (watt peak = maximum power) we recommend you a SOLARA complete system with SOLARA modules of the highest quality including optimized for that a quality-charge controller and a mounting system from our own research with TÜV-tested security.


Here you see a SOLARA complete set for the leisure usages. We have optimized it for different energy needs. Therefore, they are available in different designs and performance levels. Please consider when choosing the set or module for your RV, when and how often you are on the track. When in doubt, the best way is to go with the next higher performance class than the estimated or an additional module. This gives you more energy security, and a faster charge.



SOLARA Starter Pack
SOLARA Starter Pack
SOLARA Profi Pack
SOLARA Profi Pack
SOLARA Premium Pack
SOLARA Premium Pack
SOLARA Power Pack
SOLARA Power Pack

Step 2: Select the SOLARA complete set for your individual daily requirement

Based on the calculated power requirements select the right kit.

 

Type 1: solar system with 100Wp

  • Designed for a daily requirement about 400Wh/d in summer
  • Suitable for small to medium sized motorhomes
  • Usage period: April to September
  • Use: electricity for lighting, pump, radio, TV/SAT

Our recommendations for charging a battery set (e. g. on-board battery)

  • SOLARA starter pack Art.-No. SP01 – the low cost entry
  • SOLARA profi pack Art.-No. PP01 – specially designed for vehicles with Schaudt-EBL-block

Our recommendations for charging two battery circuits (for example, load the starter battery and keep it fit, even during long standing periods) for example, board and starter battery:

  • SOLARA premium pack Art.-No. PRP01 – especially powerful solar modules
  • SOLARA power pack Art.-No. POP01 – with 110Wp and 400Wh/d. The technically and visually most mature complete set, which is currently available on the market with a particularly elegant appearance. The back-contact-cell increases the number of cells in the modules and the resulting higher charging current combined with high cell efficiency by over 22% and the use of a MPPT-controller makes these Power-Sets to the most effective on the market.

Type 2: solar system 100 – 200Wp

  • Designed for a daily demand of 400 to 800Wh/d in the summertime
  • Ideal for medium to large motorhomes
  • Period of use: all year
  • Use: power consumption by lightning, pump, radio, TV/SAT

Our recommendations for charging a battery circuit (for example, on-board battery):

  • SOLARA profi pack Art.-No. PP02 or PP03 – specially designed for vehicles with Schaudt-EBL-block

Our recommendations for charging two battery circuits (for example, load the starter battery and keep it fit, even during long standing periods) for example, board and starter battery:

  • SOLARA premium pack Art-No. PRP02 or PRP03 – especially powerful solar modules
  • SOLARA power Pack Art-No. POP02 or POP03, with 140 or 220Wp and 560 or 880Wh/d in the summer. The technically and visually most mature complete set, which is currently available on the market with a particularly elegant appearance. The back-contact-cell increases the number of cells in the modules and the resulting higher charging current combined with high cell efficiency by over 22% and the use of a MPPT-controller makes these Power-Sets to the most effective on the market .

Type 3: solar systems with more than 200Wp

  • Designed for a power consumption in the summer of more than 800Wh/d
  • Ideal for medium to large motorhome
  • Period of use: all year
  • Use: electricity for lightning, pump, radio, TV/SAT, air compressor, refrigerator
  • Recommended for charging two battery circuits (e.g. board and starter battery)

Our recommendations for charging two battery circuits (for example, load the starter battery and keep it fit, even during long standing periods) for example, board and starter battery:

  • SOLARA premium pack item no. PRP04 – especially powerful solar modules
  • SOLARA power pack Art.-No. POP04 with 280Wp and 1120Wh/d in the summer. The technically and visually most mature complete set, which is currently available on the market with a particularly elegant appearance. The back-contact-cell increases the number of cells in the modules and the resulting higher charging current combined with high cell efficiency by over 22% and the use of a MPPT-controller makes these Power-Sets to the most effective on the market.