The Big Question: Panels that I want v/s Panels that I need!
The first thing that comes to our mind when we hear of a solar system is Solar Panels. No matter whether you know how they operate and the role they play in making up for your system, as long as you see a good set of panels on a roof, we assume the household to be saving massively on electricity. Unfortunately, I wish it was this simple. Apart from their job to make your house look great, they withstand tremendous external loads. From harsh Victorian winters to scorching heat let alone the occasional hails, dust, and bird dirt. Most panels manufacturer today claim their product to “weather-proof” and when you put that besides an attractive warranty, you are a victim to an astute marketing ploy.
Having said that, it does not mean that you are wasting money by getting the most branded, top of the range panel. This also does not mean that all panels perform equally and there is no superior or inferior quality panels. After discussing with technicians and engineers from these manufacturers and my experience, below are the three criteria that you must answer yourself to identify and select your next panels. Put the panels you like or have been offered by putting it through these criteria and I am sure you will get the answer- you do not have to be a Solar Genius for that.
|Questions you must ask||Answers you want|
|1. Are the cells in the panels Monocrystalline?||Yes|
|2. How long has the manufacturer been in the business for?||Longer than the performance warranty they are offering|
|3. Is the manufacturer Tier 1 rated according to Bloomberg’s report?||Yes|
|4. How long is the product warranty for and what is covered within?||At least 15 years Product|