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Where to find and how to use solar panels in Sons of the Forest

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In Sons of the Forest, a lot of new content has been added, including solar panels that allow you to light up your camp in the dark. This guide will tell you where to find them and how to use them.

How to find solar panels in Sons of the Forest

Location of the dungeons on the map
Location of the dungeons on the map

Players can find solar panels in bunkers, dungeons, and yellow crates that occasionally appear in the open world. All the dungeons where we found these devices during the storyline campaign can be found on the map.

Solar panel in one of the dungeons
Solar panel in one of the dungeons

A player can carry up to three solar panels in their inventory at once. If you're interested in obtaining additional solar panels, you can ask a friend to help you. Save near the solar panel spawn point, collect all the necessary items, and then load the save. This will allow you to get another set of panels that you can bring to your camp.

Inventory with solar panels
Inventory with solar panels

Solar panels in the inventory are located in the top right corner, next to other items such as ropes, tarps, and hooks.

How to use solar panels

To use solar panels, you can find a hint in the "Electricity Basics" section of your guidebook. Although players can install panels on any suitable surface, it is recommended to place them on building roofs to make it easier to lay wires and light up the desired objects.

The necessary page in the guidebook
The necessary page in the guidebook

To start using solar panels, you will also need LED bulbs and wire. You can learn more about these resources in the next section.

Where to find bulbs and wire

To find bulbs and wire, look for them in plastic containers with yellow lids, bunkers, abandoned camps, and hideouts. Usually, you'll be able to find several bulbs and spools of wire nearby where you found the solar panels.

Wire next to the solar panel
Wire next to the solar panel

How to connect bulbs to solar panels and run electric wire

To install a solar panel on a ramp, you will need two vertical logs and two diagonal logs. Then you need to place boards between them.

Ramp
Ramp

After that, install the solar panel on the ramp.

Installed solar panel
Installed solar panel

All that's left is to lay the wires along the logs and connect the bulb. Note that wires can only be attached to whole logs.

Example of wiring
Example of wiring

When running a wire from the solar panel to the bulb, it's important to attach it to one of the logs to which the panel wire is also connected.

Solar panels on the roof of the house
Solar panels on the roof of the house

As mentioned earlier, it's recommended to install solar panels on the roofs of your buildings. This will allow you to lay wires to any location in the camp and light it up in the dark.

let there be light
let there be light
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