When deciding to go green with the installation of solar panels, one of the best tips before making your final decision is research, research and more research! The Australian market is currently flooded with numerous options not only for solar brands but also solar companies with each company promising to offer you the most competitive deal in the market. Thus, it is highly recommended you do sufficient research about the solar brands and the solar company you finally decide to go with to make sure your solar experience is as smooth as possible not only during the installation process but also in terms of the after installation service.
In the following article, we have listed a few key things to keep in mind when deciding on a solar panel brand.
- One of the most important features of a good solar panel brand is that they have a high rate of maximum efficiency and are known to be reliable in terms of the warranty offered by the solar brand.
Solar panel efficiency is a measure of the amount of sunlight (irradiation) that falls on the surface of a solar panel and is converted into electricity by the technology used by the solar cells to convert AC power in DC power. Due to the many advancements made in photovoltaic technology over the recent years, the average panel conversion efficiency has increased from 15% to over 20%. This large jump in efficiency resulted in the power rating of a standard size panel to increase from 250W to 370W and even 450w in the present time. The warranty offered by the solar brand should be at least 25 years as the high investment that the installation of a solar power system requires should at least last you for this period to come.
- It is important to not just make rash decisions and quickly purchase the cheapest brands available in the market. If you wish your solar experience to truly give you high returns and offer longevity, the high-cost IBC cell panels are the ones you should opt for when narrowing down your solar panel options. These solar panels are currently the most efficient. Offering a maximum efficiency of 20-22%, due to the high purity N-type silicon cell base and no losses from shading as observed in the older solar panel models. The monocrystalline PERC cells with MBB and the latest heterojunction (HJT) cells have also achieved efficiency levels well above 20% thus making them a great option to ensure maximum production by your solar power system.
- It is also important to be familiar with the common solar jargon so as to not get influenced by sales representatives trying to sell their products without really educating the customer on the actual quality of the product.
- The common ‘Tier 1’ rating given to solar panels to categorise them as a reliable brand option was initially developed by Bloomberg New Energy Finance Corporation to rate the solar panel manufacturers in terms of their financial stability. A solar panel categorized as “Tier 1” does not equate to the actual performance or quality of the solar panel brand and does not refer to the actual panel being high performing just because it is labelled as “tier one”. It is important for a potential solar buyer to be aware of this Tier 1 rating given to solar panel brands and what it actually means as this rating can be somewhat misleading as it does not guarantee that the particular solar panel brand is free from defects or will perform efficiently over the life of the system.
- While doing your solar research, it is equally as important to study the solar panel manufacturers’ reputation and history as they are just as important as their perceived quality and efficiency. SunPower and LG are two manufacturers widely known for producing some of the highest quality solar panels with low degradation over time and have extremely impressive warranty conditions, however, these panels also come at a premium price. Other trusted, quality solar panel manufacturers include REC, Winaico and Qcells.
- It is true that just like most products available in the market, higher quality does come with a higher price tag. This remains true in terms of quality solar panels and inverters as well.
In conclusion, do your research about the solar brands you shortlist to make sure your solar experience is as smooth as possible not only during the installation process but also in terms of the after installation service.
Contact Solar Power Nation today for a free quote and give us a chance to guide you on the best quality solar power system for your home!