4 Factors to Evaluate When Deciding on a Solar Panel Brand

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Our Coachella Valley solar installation team shares 4 factors you should evaluate before choosing a solar panel brand. Read more today!

Nowadays, there are so many different claims about solar panels, which makes it difficult for consumers to know which brands to trust. However, there are some things you can do to ensure you purchase top-quality solar panels that will withstand the test of time and produce sufficient amounts of energy,

  1. Turn to a Non-Biased Third-Party Site for Honest Reviews

Consumers can turn to a third-party site called Energy Sage. According to them, SunPower has the highest efficiency at 22.8%, which has been verified by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. This means SunPower solar panels are better at turning sunlight into electricity.

On the other hand, LG and Panasonic panels have significantly lower efficiency percentages, with REC and Silfab rounding out the top five. According to sources, most other panels fall below 20%. 

Panels that do not appear on such third-party sites have not yet been evaluated, creating a greater risk for consumers.

  1. Consider the Power Rating of Panels

Power rating is another criterion for judging panels. A higher power rating means that each panel can produce more power. SunPower is the only company with panels available up to 415 watts, meaning each panel can make more power; more power per panel than any other company. SunPower panels also guarantee to make 92% of their original amount of power after 25 years.

  1. Consider the Warranties of Panels

Warranties differ greatly. Consumers should seek a comprehensive 25-year warranty for parts, labor, and shipping both directions. A company with an out-of-town repair division may charge for the repair personnel’s room and board or shipping the defective panel back or even cut the warranty down to 15 years if the system is not registered within a certain amount of time. 

  1. Consider the Company’s Headquarters

It is crucial to consider where the manufacturer is headquartered. For example, LG is based in Korea, Panasonic is based in Japan, but SunPower is based in California and has been a solar panel manufacturer for more than 30 years. It makes sense to do business with an American company that will also be easy to reach if issues arise. 

Renova Energy Chooses SunPower

At Renova Energy, we believe customers deserve the very best quality, and that is why we supply and install SunPower solar panels. If you are ready to experience quality and efficiency, contact our Coachella Valley solar installation team today! 

When you choose Renova Energy, you choose top-of-the-line products backed by a 25-year warranty! Call our Coachella Valley solar installation team today.

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