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Solar Panel
Block Solar Panel
Type EU Generator
Tool Grid Wrench (Industrialcraft)
Renewable No
Stackable Yes
Source Mod IndustrialCraft2

Solar Panels are a common type of EU Generator used in IndustrialCraft2. They require little effort to set up correctly, and each one consistently provides 1 EU/t on clear, sunny days, and as long as the more expensive GregTech recipe is not enabled, they're also fairly affordable. If you are using the Advanced Solars mod any solar panel that is advanced or further upgraded will work in the rain and night but with lower EU production.

Because of the low power generation, Its encouraged to use Ultra-Low-Current Cable to wire these to whatever they are powering. A common mistake people make while connecting solar panels is the cable. If you use insulated copper cable, which loses 1 EU/t per five blocks, copper cables longer than five blocks will cause all power generated to be lost.

The interface contains a slot for slowly charging something (like a battery, jetpack, etc.), and below that a small box that glows yellow during the daytime to indicate whether the Solar Panel sees sunlight and is therefore generating power or not.

WARNING: If you try to mine the solar panel, it will drop a generator, NOT a solar panel. You have to make a bronze wrench and then right click on the solar panel to break and receive a solar panel.


Solar Panels actually have two crafting recipes: the normal IC2 recipe, and a more expensive version added by the GregTech mod. The FTB config files are set up by default to use the GregTech recipe. You can always use the NEI Recipe viewer to determine which recipe your FTB pack is configured to use.

3 x Coal Dust

3 x Glass

2 x Electronic Circuits

1 x Generator

GregTech RecipeEdit

If the GregTech recipe is activated it replaces the normal recipe. The GregTech recipe is activated by default.

3 x Glass Pane

2 x Silicon Plate

2 x Electronic Circuits

1 x Carbon Plate

1 x Generator

Solar HelmetEdit


The Solar Panel can be upgraded to give an increase in EU/t without taking up more space. This required the Advanced Solar Panels Addon

With the Compact Solars addon (present in the Direwolf20 Pack), it can be upgraded to a Low Voltage Solar Array.

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