The new super-streamlined flexible solar array is now in:
The view from the ground is what really does it for me though:
Lean and mean.
More details on the installation: UV-resistant zip ties are keeping the cables nice and tidy (though there's still a bit to do on that front), and 3M Dual Lock is securing all panels along with my homemade combiner to the roof. Dual Lock really seems like the best of both worlds for this application – an impressively solid all-weather fastener that's still easily removable. Because the long term durability of these flexible panels remains an unknown, it's comforting to know that I can easily take them down should warranty replacement ever be necessary. Unless the highway takes them down first, that is. Time will tell.
I'm still sorting out how the two combined MC4 cables will snake down into the van where the charge controller sits, but a plan is afoot. Stay tuned for that little bit of trickery.