Solar Hatch

Sometimes it can be tricky to find a good place on board to mount a solar panel. Here’s a neat idea from the German company Sunovation, which fits its solar cells to deck hatches; there’s something organic about a gizmo that both blocks sunlight and uses that same light to generate power. The photo shows a Gebo hatch fitted with semi-transparent Sunways power cells that generate about 16 watts in good conditions. This is a custom installation; the company also makes more traditional high-output solar panels, from $290 depending on size and output. Sunovation USA, 770-867-9578,

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