2019 RVIA Economic Impact Study

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RVs Move America Economic Impact Study was released June 3, 2019 at the RVIA annual meeting.

It revealed the RV industry has an overall economic impact on the US economy of $114 billion, supports nearly 600,000 jobs, with more than $32 billion in wages, and pays more than $12 billion in federal, state, and local taxes.

The announcement was made by Garry Enyart, RVIA chairman, and Onan/Cummins Director of Mobile Generator Sales & Coach Care.

For more information on the $114 billion total economic impact and what it includes, click here.

Sunflare Solar Panels Better in Partial Shade

Tue Sep 10, 2019
Author: RV News Staff

156813086990892.jpgSunflare’s line of flexible solar panels offer a reliable, rugged power source for off-grid power.

The company’s Sunflare Flex™ solar panels are “a perfect solution’ for rooftop installation and are sold through distributors and to manufacturers.

Sunflare has “expanded the imagination of product manufacturers and after-market distributors who are looking to provide eco-friendly, durable products for outdoor adventurers,” Sunflare CEO Philip Gao says.

The Flex60 solar panel is light, thin, flexible and rugged. It can be integrated into vehicle roofs to provide power off the grid.

They are more flexible than silicon-based panels, making them easier to install and the design eliminates micro-cracking that silicon cells can experience during off-road or on unimproved roads. Micro-cracking can compromise the electrical integrity of the panels and reduce power output over time.

Sunflare panels are also described as offering better performance in partial shade. Each cell in a panel includes a bypass diode so that only the shaded cell turns off. Other solar panel designs are connected in series so that if one cell in a string is shaded, the whole string goes out.

Sunflare products include a proprietary technology that revolutionizes CIGS solar. Sunflare panels are made with SUN2 cells that start with high-quality stainless steel, then are layered with semiconductor materials only a few micrometers thick. The company says this production process is the cleanest solar manufacturing in the world.