Why the Panels Are the Most Important Part of Going Solar

  • Matthew De La Torre
  • Vice President of Engineering

In the excitement of going solar, sometimes customers forget to ask the most important question: “What panels are you installing on my roof?” They compare YELP reviews, get recommendations from friends and neighbors, and discuss pricing, but whether you are buying or leasing, your first question should always be about the panels themselves.

Does It Make a Difference Which Panels are Installed?

Conventional panels don’t produce as much electricity as top of the line panels, such as SunPower, so you need more of them on your roof to meet your energy usage needs.

This can impact you in several ways:

  1. You may not have enough room to offset 100% of your electrical usage.
  2. You may pay more in labor costs because they will take longer to install.
  3. You may have a less attractive array
  4. They will degrade faster, which means they will become less efficient at a faster rate than a premium panel.

What If I’m Only Leasing a Solar System?

Your goal should always be to have a system installed that will offset as much of your electrical usage as possible, for as long as possible. If you are exploring a Power Purchase Agreement or PPA, you may be told that the panel choice doesn’t matter, because you are only purchasing the electricity that they produce, but some of the impacts mentioned above will still be relevant to you, and as the solar panels degrade, there will be less “cheap” power to purchase over time.

Top-of-the-Line Panels Paired with Coachella Valley’s Most Trusted Solar Installer

SunPower panels are the world’s most efficient and advanced panels, producing more electricity per panel than any other solar panel currently on the market. When all the calculations are done on the 20+ year life of your solar system, systems built with SunPower panels almost always save consumers the most money.

Paired with a local dealer like Renova Energy, consumers can have the best of everything. A premium panel and a local company that understands the desert heat’s effect on solar equipment and how to work with local HOAs, cities and utilities. You can also feel good that your money is staying in the community and making our local economy stronger for everyone.

Renova Energy is the only SunPower Master Dealer in the Coachella Valley and was recently named SunPower Residential National Dealer of the Year out of more than 450 dealers nationwide. Named Best of the Valley in 2015, Renova was also the first company in the country to be accredited by NABCEP, the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners, a non-profit whose goal it is to train solar installers and salespeople to meet the highest standard to the benefit of consumers.

Contact Renova Energy today to get a free quote on solar installation in the Coachella Valley.

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