12 Mar '12, 2pm

Solar Installer Insight: What Is the Best PV Panel for Your Roof?: Editor's note: Our reporter, Herman Trabish...

Solar Installer Insight: What Is the Best PV Panel for Your Roof?: Editor's note: Our reporter, Herman Trabish...

Editor's note: Our reporter, Herman Trabish, tunes into the viewpoint of a few solar installers on the virtues of particular panel vendors. *** SolarCity doesn’t sell or install SunPower panels, a rival installer told GTM, “and SunPower, it is agreed on, is the best panel. They have the highest cell efficiency and the highest panel efficiency.” SunPower’s panels have “a 20.1 percent efficiency,” the installer, who will remain unnamed, explained, while the other panels on the market “are around 14 percent to 15 percent.” “SunPower started as a panel maker. SolarCity started as an installer,” he went on. And while SolarCity pioneered the no-upfront-cost lease program for residential rooftop solar installations, “SunPower now has a similar program so consumers don’t have to choose between panel quality and high upfront costs.” But, he added, “they still have different busines...

Full article: http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/Solar-Install...

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