In a market driven by technical jargon, it can be difficult to determine the exact things to look for when researching solar panels. To help you better understand what you should be looking for when buying solar panels, Renew Energy has compiled a list of some of the more important details to consider when looking for a solar system.
Sorting out the basics
Although choosing solar panels can involve sifting through significant amounts of technical jargon, there is still a great deal that can be learned from first glance. Price can certainly be an indicator of quality in a highly competitive market, with the top-tier brands also being had for top-tier prices.
A top-tier brand in this instance indicates high-grade materials, production, innovation and an established history of established solar manufacturing. Examples of quality brands include SunPower, Canadian Solar and Talesun, and all represent excellent choices for those looking for solar panels.
Warranty is also an important thing to look for at first glance – although most manufacturers offer a 25-year performance warranty, this is not the same as the product warranty (make sure that dodgy salespeople do not convince you otherwise!) Instead, look for a ten-year product warranty as a minimum. SunPower is unique in that they provide a 25-year product warranty for all their panels, which can give consumers more faith in their SunPower solar products.
Types of solar panels
There are three different kinds of solar panels: monocrystalline panels, polycrystalline panels, and amorphous thin film solar panels. In today’s market, monocrystalline and polycrystalline panels are the most popular choices due to amorphous thin film panels requiring much more space to create a similar energy output.
Polycrystalline and monocrystalline panels are therefore the most common panels on the market today, and while they are quite similar, monocrystalline panels offer higher yields of energy but are also more expensive than polycrystalline.
Looking to learn more?
The team at Renew Energy understand that choosing the right solar panels for you can be a challenging decision to make by yourself, which is why we are here to help. If you have any questions related to choosing the solar panels, make sure to get in contact with us today, and we would be happy to help lift the veil on this often-confusing market.