Collection: Van Solar Panels

See All Solar Panel Types, Dimensions, and Specifications Here

The semi-rigid walk on panels are very popular for van roof racks and roof decks. You can load gear on them, sit on them, dance on them. We recommend white background for better performance as solar performance degrades with heat, white background stays cooler than black, though doesn't have quite the look. On that note, the 'light' walkables are best in hot environments (cross between regular walk on and flexibles), and best if walkability isn't needed are flexible solar panels (lighter weight, lower profile, better heat dissipation), though walking on them is not recommended. All the same applies for RV solar panels, for dedicated RV solar info go here.

We provide all sizes of rigid, semi-rigid (walkable), semi-rigid 'light' (walk on, not dance on), and flexible marine grade solar panels to create solar van roof decks. Semi-rigid walk on panels are the most popular. On a van roof space is at a premium and shading is often an issue. Our panels are specially designed to work well when partially shaded (diodes, Sunpower cells). They are also built with the highest grade solar cells available (23.7%-25.4% efficient) to produce maximum power per square inch. They are ideal for use on camper vans (lightweight, low profile, robust, highest power output per square foot). For those camping in the south or hot areas, we recommend the 'light' semi rigids as they dissipate heat much better.

We have hundreds if not thousands of these on vans and have three come off to date that were bolted on - not a bad idea to consider our custom mounting system.

For hot climates, consider putting twin walled polycarbonate under the solar panels for airflow, solar works better the closer it is to 70 degrees, losing something like 9% efficiency every 30 degrees over 70. It is also helpful if you have bolt heads or large gaps in support under the panels and you plan to walk on them.

See All Van Solar Panel Specifications here. 

Premium Marine Solar Panels/Systems and Lithium Iron Batteries

Improve your cruising experience with the highest efficiency solar panels available. 

  • Shipping

    Products ship day after payment domestically. International takes longer. We do not add tariff charges.

  • Custom Designs

    Our engineers will work with you to design a solar system specific to your needs including Lithium Batteries if you like. (Batteries are 10% off w/ solar system purchase).

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  • Doug Heath - Santa Fe, NM

    Customer Service and Product

    Very pleased with the performance of the rigid solar panels purchased in 2022. Customer service also has been consistently excellent both before the sale regarding product selection and after the sale regarding installation and maintenance concerns.

  • William Roth - Kodiak, AK

    Heavy Duty Panels For The Win

    Installed 1200watts of panels on my 56' commercial fishing boat in Kodiak Alaska, with salt spray and harsh winters I hardly run my genset. Installation was a breeze with using silicone to mount them. Most the boats in my family fleet have them now and we are all saving big on the fuel bill! Couldn't be happier with the purchace.

  • Hartwell C - Bellingham, WA

    Easy Install - Great Performance

    I worked with Tom last year to design a system for my sailboat; the dialog and information was very detailed and helpful in helping determine my system needs and completing the installation. Once ordering, the kit arrived in a timely manner and very complete. The install was very straightforward and Tom provided additional information as needed. After the install I took off on a 7 month cruise of British Columbia. The system worked perfectly during my trip. I’m very happy with the equipment and support from CMP and Tom. I highly recommend !

Shade Tolerant Flexible Solar Panels Explained