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* Renamed from ''SP-A Photovoltaic Panels'' to ''SP-W 2x3 Photovoltaic Panels''
* Renamed from ''SP-A Photovoltaic Panels'' to ''SP-W 2x3 Photovoltaic Panels''
* (Undocumented) Mass increased from 0.02 to 0.025.
* (Undocumented) Mass increased from 0.02 to 0.025.

Revision as of 15:07, 27 June 2015

SP-W 3x2 Photovoltaic Panels
Part image
Solar panel by
Probodobodyne Inc

Radial size Radial mounted
Cost (total) 440.00 Funds
Mass (total) 0.02500 t
Drag 0.2
Max. Temp. 2000 K
Volume  ?
Impact Tolerance 8 m/s
Research Advanced electrics.png Advanced Electrics
Unlock cost 4 400 Funds
Since version 0.18
Part configuration 3x2ShroudSolarPanels.cfg
Electricity generated 1.64 ⚡/s [N 1]
Retractable Yes
Tracking Yes
Layout 3×2

  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-W 2x3 Photovoltaic Panels are a mid-sized set of deployable solar panels. Unlike the OX-4W/L, the SP-W/L feature a heavy protective shroud. This shroud does not give any benefit to the panels itself, so it is just for aesthetics.


SP-W 2x3 comp.png

The SP-W deploy a 3×2 solar cell layout. There is also a SP-L 1x6 version available with a 1x6 layout. These panels generate electric charge only on extended state and directly illuminated by the light of Kerbol. To make these panels operational just choose the Extend Panels option in the pop up menu by right-clicking on them. Choose the Retract Panels option to retract them. The action groups can make this operation much easier - by 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 to Kerbol and the orientation of the panels. The panels set in the optimal orientation automatically, but sometimes even this can not ensure the 2 unit/second specified at Kerbin's distance every time (shadowed by the craft, etc.).

These panes are very vulnerable in extended state, a minor shaking or even the winds can break them off. Because of this, you have to move very slowly and carefully with extended panels on the celestial bodies, or retract the panels before moving.

Product description

Probodobodyne branded Photovoltaic Panels are the world standard for power generation, from your own home to the stars. The SP model comes with a protective shroud, allowing recovery when it's no longer needed. Includes passive radiators on the reverse side for better heat dissipation.


  • Electricity generated decreased from 2 E/s to 1.64 E/s
0.20 (?)
  • Renamed from SP-A Photovoltaic Panels to SP-W 2x3 Photovoltaic Panels
  • (Undocumented) Mass increased from 0.02 to 0.025.
  • Initial Release