RV Solar Panel Installation

RV Solar Panel Installation

Mini trailer ready to leave

We are off. The trip is really exciting and in spite of the construction on the road the trip is going really well.

Danica and Paul Fletcher of Riverside Energy have graciously set up at homes for us to view on Friday. We enjoyed an evening of conversation centered on renewable energy components and their function and improvements. They are both very knowledgable and easy to like people. We are really happy that we connected with them.

We are to view a net zero dream home in Kamloops and an off-grid home in the mountains. These 2 projects are in the next couple of posts so stay tuned.

Riverside Energy has several projects in and around Kamloops including the 3 we toured. Danica and Paul have been in this industry since 1994 and they are extremely knowledgable about the workings of renewable energy systems. Here is an excerpt from their website about Paul:


Paul Fletcher installing our RV solar panel

Paul has been an industrial instrumentation technician for 30 years. He holds a diploma in Industrial Instrumentation Technology, and is also a certified Solar Photovoltaic Systems Electrical Worker. Working in solar, wind, and micro-hydro has been a passion for Paul since 1994. He launched a renewable energy business in 1995 which continues today as Riverside Energy Systems.

We were unable to meet their partner Ben but you can find more about Riverside Energy from their website… and they are Riverside! www.riversideenergy.ca.

We were fortunate that Paul of Riverside was able to fit us in his busy schedule to install 80 watts of solar panels on our RV roof. More than enough energy for this trailer. There is one thing missing. Same thing I have heard many times in our travels. I want to SEE what’s going on.

It is easier for people to make eco-friendly choices if they know, such as how much energy they’re fridge is using. Also, it’s easier for them to promote existing eco-friendly choices they have made if they can show the progress.

Now on my list: an ammeter inside the RV so I can see exactly how many amps the panel is generating. Also a voltmeter inside the RV in the same place so I can see the “fullness” of the batteries.


  1. Thank you for your compliments. This website is entirely my own creation but the subject matter comes from the homeowners stories and an eco-tour my husband and I did. There is no paid portion but I plan to one day write an ebook.

    The tour was a result of a dream to one day live off grid and wanting to learn from what others have done.

    Cheers, your eco friend Terry

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  3. You’re welcome. Terry

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