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They say, one way or another, all energy comes from the sun*. Plants figured that out billions of years ago. Animals figured out they could just eat the plants instead of waiting to evolve their own form of photosynthesis. Carnivores figured out they could eat the animals that eat the plants, but ultimately they still get their energy from the sun.
I thought it would be cool if we could design solar panels that could eat carnivores, adding another level indirection to the conversion of sunlight to energy, but the other guys here at Jundroo are a bunch of nay-sayers, so we are stuck with your traditional, sunlight-scooping solar panels.
William implemented this part and it was no small feat. They are extremely customizable and can support any number of panels. However, we do limit that to 50 panels in the designer (5 rows of 10 panels each). If you can XML mod then you can make it any number you wish and easily bring the most powerful PC in the world to its knees. You can also adjust the base scale of the solar panel array from 50% to 250%, but it does affect price, and those panels get expensive quickly! Just like other parts, the panels can be painted with the paint tool in the designer.
Here it is retracted and closed up, waiting for its time to shine....or waiting to absorb the shine. Whatever.
Here at the part details
- Mass: 55.6kg to 278.5kg (122lbs to 614lbs)
- Price: $11k to $60k
- Panel: 1x1 up to 5x10
- Efficiency: 46%
* I know there are exceptions to that, but the majority of the energy we find here on Earth comes from the sun. Okay, Science Police! Happy now? Sheesh!