Your solar system’s panels, which account for 60 to 80 percent of its overall cost, are its lifeblood. Given this, choosing the right panel for you is essential to achieving the best return on your solar system investment. As the demand for solar for tenant is on the rise amongst Australians, it is important to understand the right solar panel for you.
Tier one panels
What exactly is a tier one solar panel? If you’ve been looking into solar installations, you’ve probably heard this term spoken quite a bit. To put it simply, a tier one solar panel is one that, in the eyes of major finance institutions, is of sufficient quality and durability to be utilised in large-scale, multimillion-dollar solar projects like solar farms. In essence, it is a panel that banks are prepared to use for their investments. The funders of these large-scale projects may be sure they will receive a return on their initial investment because it will last for many years and produce power consistently. You as the customer should want a guaranteed return on investment for your solar investments, just like the banks do. Therefore, for any residential or commercial solar installation, we only advise choosing tier one panels.
The Three Tiers of Tier One Panels
If you have reached the point where you are comparing solar quotations, you may have noticed a noticeable price variation between what appear to be similar systems. This is due to the fact that tier 1 solar panels really fall into three categories.
In Australia, between 80 and 90 percent of solar systems employ panels from the base tier, which we would regard to be the gold tier. For the following 15 to 30 years, as long as the panels are placed properly and handled gently during shipping, you shouldn’t experience any problems with them.
The Platinum set of Tier One Panels are available with brands such as Q-Cells, REC & SolarEdge.
These solar panel brands often have more experience in the industry than their more affordable competitors and have established a reputation for producing high-quality, dependable solar panels over the course of at least a few decades. They invest more money in R&D and create panels with solar cells that are more efficient, have stronger performance warranties, and have longer product warranties. They are typically produced outside of China and frequently have stronger designs. The cost of these panels is higher; you can expect to pay between 30 and 40 percent more for panels in the platinum category than for those in the gold category.
One company, Sunpower, is at the peak of the mountain and in a league of its own. Sunpower was first established in 1985 by a professor from Stanford University to compete in the monopolised market of solar cell applications on spacecraft and satellites. However, Sunpower rapidly turned its focus to solar-powered aeroplanes and automobiles. Fortunately for solar customers, during the past 30 years, they have also emerged as the market leader in solar panel design and manufacturing for both home and business solar installations. The business recently changed its name to Maxeon Solar Technologies, but the Maxeon series solar panels remain the most effective in the world.
Sunpower estimates that the Maxeon series will generate about 35 percent more energy over a 25-year period when compared to the typical solar panel because it is about 10% more productive than most of its tier one contenders and has a performance warranty that states it will lose efficiency at half the rate of most of its tier one competitors.
You may begin to understand why Sunpower Maxeon is the greatest solar panel available when you consider this along with a 40-year product warranty. You should expect to pay slightly over twice as much for this superb panel as you would for an average tier one panel, but if you’re seeking for the best or a panel that will last you for close to the next half-century, this is the panel for you. There are two main considerations when choosing the ideal solar panel for your residential or commercial solar installation. Your spending plan and the goals you have for your solar installation. Basic tier one panels will perform just fine if you need a system on a budget to last you the next 15 to 20 years. Better panels offer more performance, but they also give you peace of mind after they are installed because you know they will continue to function well for decades. When determining which panel is ideal for you, there is no one right answer, and the helpful staff at Beat Energy is always there to offer advise.
Common questions for customers
What is the difference between a performance warranty and a product warranty?
A performance warranty is essentially a guarantee against the panel’s maximum degradation. The panel will continue to function at a specific percentage of its rated output after the warranty period, which is typically 25 years. After 25 years, the average tier one panel produces between 80 and 85 percent of its initial output. The product warranty is crucial since it covers situations where the panel is harmed or fails entirely.
Where to find more information specific to a solar panel?
The data sheet for the solar panel will provide all the necessary information. Google the name and model of the panel to find this data sheet is the quickest method possible.
Are higher powered solar panels better than lower powered solar panels?
No, it makes no difference how big the panel is in KW. The efficiency of several smaller solar panels is equivalent to that of a few less bigger ones.
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