23 Apr '17, 4pm

Solar Panels — Solar

Solar Panels — Solar

There are a ridiculous number of solar panel manufacturers to choose from so I only took the time to investigate the ones with the most efficient panels and the best reviews, including positive feedback on forums. LG, Panasonic, SolarWorld, Canadian Solar, and SunPower made the cut. SunPower is famous for making premium panels with a premium warranty and a premium price that adds about $1/W to the total system cost. Panasonic is almost as expensive for similar features. $1/W extra means about $6300 extra for a 6.3kW system and I don’t think that’s worthwhile. If something fails in 10–20 years, there will be better, cheaper options to replace it that don’t cost anywhere close to $6300. Canadian Solar and SolarWorld actually don’t seem to make panels over 17.5% efficiency, but I need to hit over 19% efficiency or the borders on my roof become too small. That just leaves LG, ...

Full article: https://cleantechnica.com/2017/04/23/solar-panels-prices-...

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