I wanted to have as much solar power as possible for “Plan B” power needs (like occasional boon docking) so in the Summer of 2012 I started investigating what I could fit on my RV roof. I was looking for solar panels that would provide the most watts/square foot and used a diagram to map the available roof space.
While this might seem like overkill, I’m glad I did it because I ended up with just enough space for the solar panels.
At first I tried designed an array with 12V panels, but found I could get more watts/square foot by using 20V Kyocera 245W panels. These high voltage panels would require a MPPT solar controller, but I had planned to use this type of controller from the get go. However, the 245 watt Kyoceras were quite a bit larger and only two panels would fit in my roof area.
I went thought a lot of wiring diagrams and eventually settled on this one.
The two Kyocera panels were installed on aluminum strips at the rear of my RV just close enough to one of the air conditioners that from time to time the panels will experience shade. C’est la vie. I also ran wiring and added a circuit breaker for a third Kyocera that could be mounted mid-roof.
Here are some installation photos . . .