SP-L 1x6 Photovoltaic Panels

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SP-L 1x6 Photovoltaic Panels
Part image
Solar panel by
Probodobodyne Inc
Radial size Radial mounted
Cost (total) 440.00 Funds
Mass (total) 0.03 t
Drag 0.2
Max. Temp. 2000 K
Impact Tolerance 8 m/s
Research Advanced electrics.png Advanced Electrics
Unlock cost 4 400 Funds
Since version 0.18
Part configuration 1x6ShroudSolarPanels
Electricity generated 1.64 ⚡/s [N 1]
Retractable ✓ Yes
Tracking ✓ Yes
Layout 1×6

  1. Energy output depends on the distance and angle to the Sun. The value is achieved at Kerbin's distance, with the panel pointed directly at the Sun.

The SP-L 1x6 Photovoltaic Panels are a mid-sized set of deployable solar panels. Unlike the OX-4W/L, the SP-W/L features a heavy, protective shroud. This shroud bears a small yellow sticker reading, "WARNING: THIS THING MOVES".


SP-L 1x6 comp.png

The SP-L deploys a 1×6 solar cell layout. There is also a SP-W 3x2 version available with a 3×2 layout. These panels generate electric charge only on extended state, requiring the need to be directly illuminated by the light of Kerbol. To make the panels operational, which will extend them from the protective casing, choose the Extend Panels option in the pop-up menu by right-clicking on module itself.

For retraction, choose the Retract Panels option with same method. The action groups can make this operation much easier - moreover using the Toggle Panels command, the player can extend and retract several solar panels with a single keystroke.

The electricity generation efficiency depends on the distance from Kerbol and the orientation of the panels. The panels set in the optimal orientation automatically, but this cannot always ensure the full generating power of 1.64 electric charge per second. If the panels are blocked by the craft itself, unable to face Kerbol, or blocked by a planet or natural sattelite (such as a moon,) the module will not generate power.

These panels are very vulnerable in their extended state, a minor shaking, bumping into them during EVA, or even air speed (such as forces during re-entry) can break them off. Because of this, you will need to be considerate of your movement on a celestial body with an atmosphere, or your movement during an EVA. Ideally, retract the panels before moving again to avoid direct exposure to said forces. Additionally, when destroyed, the panels cannot be repaired.

Product description

The alternate configuration of the SP Model Photovoltaic Panels. Includes passive radiators on the reverse side for better heat dissipation.

Probodobodyne Inc.


  • Moved from Utility to Electrical
  • Electricity generated decreased from 2 E/s to 1.64 E/s
0.20 (?)
  • Renamed from SP-B Photovoltaic Panels to SP-L 1x6 Photovoltaic Panels
  • (Undocumented) Mass increased from 0.02 to 0.025.
  • Initial release