With a slew of solar panel manufacturers producing modules - and with varying
degrees of competency - it's important for consumers to know what to look for
when selecting solar panels.
The promotional blurbs and specifications sheet for any solar module can be
enough to set the average person's head spinning. Copious quantities of jargon
can be used and all types of claims made; so Energy
Matters has created a short video to help simplify selecting solar modules
and to highlight the fact not all solar panels are equal.
Presented by Energy Matters Director James Walker, the video explains the differences between various tiers of solar panel
manufacturers and important terms such as tolerance, temperature co-efficient,
conversion efficiency and embodied energy.
The video also highlights an important issue concerning warranty. While most
module manufacturers offer 20 - 25 years warranty, the devil is in the detail
and whether many of these manufacturers will exist in even 2 years from now
remains to be seen.
The solar industry has seen massive growth in recent years and many companies
have jumped on the solar panel manufacturing bandwagon; a bandwagon that will
increasingly eject passengers as the stronger companies increase their market
share and the industry consolidates.
A solar power system is a substantial investment, and like any investment should
be considered carefully. Purchasing the right system can reap substantial
financial returns; but the wrong system may bring nothing but headaches and