Solar power is big business now and solar panels have evolved tremendously over the last few decades. Notoriously expensive during the 1980s and 1990s, solar panels for homes are now easily accessible even for the average homeowner. They promise to lower electricity bills and require almost no maintenance. Modern solar panels can be installed on almost any type of roof or in your courtyard, and they are effective in any area of the country.
The solar panel market in the United States is huge. There are literally hundreds of solar panel models, accessories, materials and systems available. This is why choosing a solar panel system for your home can be overwhelming, particularly if you have no experience in the field. Which is why we recommend hiring an expert, such as the guys at Bob Heinmiller Solar. However, here are some basic things to look for, such as the type of material, your roof type and your home’s geographical location.
Here is a short guide that will help you choose the right solar panel for your home:
- Canadian Solar CS6X-305M
Canadian Solar is a leading solar systems company founded in 2001. It offers solar energy products and services to more than 50 countries and is considered a leading innovator in the industry. Its flagship solar panel model is the CS6X-305M, a powerful panel that has excellent ratings for power, visual appeal, and durability. Its shape is rectangular, making it ideal for almost all roofs. Thanks to its intelligent mount design, it can be installed at any angle.
Its solar efficiency is rated at 15.9 percent, one of the highest figures in the industry. The 305M line of models is perfectly suitable for any climate, being able to handle up to 120 pounds of snow per square foot. It has a warranty of 25 years with a guaranteed power efficiency of 80 percent.
The 305M is easy to maintain thanks to its innovative self-washing surface. Many customers confirm that even when installed at a small angle, the surface is easily washed by light rain, thus increasing its power efficiency and lifespan.
- 2. Kyocera KD315 line
Kyocera has often topped the list as being one of the best producers of solar energy systems in the world. Its flagship model, the KD315GX-LPB, is widely regarded as the best solar panel on the market. It has the best solar efficiency, at 16 percent and it is easily adaptable for any type of roof. The product has a five-year warranty, the manufacturer guarantees a 95 percent efficiency for the first year and a minimum of 80 percent for the next 25 years. Kyocera’s engineers guarantee that their panels can withstand a beating by hailstones up to 1 inch in diameter, winds of up to 51mph and won’t break under 120 pounds of snow per square foot.
The installation process is extremely simple. Although the manufacturer recommends you hire a professional, you can install them by yourself in less than 3 hours, with just a simple set of tools. Kyocera solar panels are easy to clean – they require only occasional cleaning with water and detergent, plus annual check-up.
- Sharp ND line
Founded in the 1910s in Japan, Sharp has a long history in the electronics market. Its foray into the solar energy and solar panel market started back in the 1950s and is now one of the leading manufacturers in the world. Its ND-R250A5 model is made of poly crystalline silicon and has a top efficiency of 15.2 percent. The model comes with a ten-year full warranty and a 25-year performance warranty. They are particularly sturdy, being able to withstand winds of up to 62 mph and up to 140 pounds of snow per square foot.
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Flaviu Mircea is a homeowner and freelance writer who has recently become interested in green living. He enjoys sharing his tips and findings into a solar energy home. If you would like to learn more about Flaviu, you can check out his Google+ profile.