Getting Solar through a winter cover ??

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  1. Norm

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    I cover my M/Home during the winter but have to lay on power to keep batteries charged as my solar panel is covered. I am thinking of putting a clear perspex panel in the cover to expose the panel but will it work through perspex ?? Has anyone tried this ?
     
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    Yes it will work, no different to the smaller solar panels working through windscreens
     
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    Thanks for that. I imagined I'd be OK, it's just that someone told me that the UV rays can't always pass through glass or perspex.
     
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    UVB rays don't pass through glass, but UVA does. Don't know about Perspex though!
    Most solar panels have some sort of protective film over the cells and they work fine.
     
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    Thanks guys. The answer I think is to place some perspex over the panel and see if it works ! Pity I didn;t think of that first !!
     
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    I was offered the option of a clear window for solar when I ordered my made to measure cover

    I think they use the same stuff as they use for awning Windows
     
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    Make sure the clear panel is well sealed to the cover fabric or you WILL get water under the cover, slowly cultivating mold and mildew on the roof.
     
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    I'm going to give it to a marine trimmer to do as I want some extra zips put in as well so as to give me access to the habitation door when covered.
     
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