We know that this can be an overwhelming decision and we will try to equip you with the latest and most useful information you will need in making your decision.
When choosing the right panel there are a few things to consider.
1. Cost – What you want is a panel that is a good balance between cost and performance. Chinese panels will be the lowest cost and value, Japanese panels are better, European and American are the best.
2. Efficiency– the more efficient the panel, the more power they produce but, there is a balance between price and efficiency. A high-efficiency system will cost more and result in longer return on your money. Typically, solar panels for homes have efficiencies between 14% and 20%.
3. Durability– all solar panels will come with a 25 year warranty. Some manufactures have won durability awards, this is something to consider since the panels themselves will be such a long term investment.
4. Type Of Panels – there are 3 main types of solar panels; mono-crystalline, poly-crystalline and amorphous. For the most part, the only two types of solar panels used for homes are poly-crystalline and mono-crystalline.
Here are some of the panels we like, in no particular order;
Canadian Solar is headquartered in Ontario, Canada with a global reach. They have established successful business subsidiaries in 20 countries spanning over 6 continents. Their current largest markets are Canada, USA, Japan, China, Germany and India. They are the first and only manufacturer to provide a third party insurance policy covering their 25 year warranty in the event they go out of business or file BK.
LG With more than 50 years of experience as a golbal pioneer in electronics technology, LG Electronics stands ready to harness the power of the sun for you. Backed by 25 years of intense research and development far surpassing industry standards, LG Solar’s photovoltaic modules are uniquely designed to offer the superior quality, field tested performance, durability and reliability customers the world over have come to expect from LG.
REC Solar business started cell production on a quite small scale in Narvik, Norway and solar panel production in Glava, Sweden, both in 2002. Since then REC’s high performance solar panels have been sold globally and are renowned for meeting the highest quality standards and providing stable power output over the lifetime of the product.
ET Solar is a vertically integrated solar PV equipment manufacturer. ET provides highly bankable options for all installers and developers, having recently be appointed a tier 1 module producers by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Both their mono and poly crystalline solar panels are known as the among the best values for energy output, with their 240 Watt module recently tested as having the highest kWh output for 8 months,from July 2011 to Feb 2011, at 629 kWh.
SolarWorld group is one of the world’s largest solar PV energy industry. SolarWorld manufactures in the United States. Solarworld SW series monocrystalline and polycrystalline solar panels are between 250 watts and 275 watts. Solarworld solar panels help increase energy output and improve returns on investments.