Solar panels have been on the market in the U.S. for over 25 years. Without exception, all of the manufacturers of panels on the market today tout their reliability, quality and long term durability. Nevertheless, on a per watt basis, these panels generate almost exactly the same amount of energy over a 25 year period.
Manufacturers conduct reliability tests, certify their panels, and conduct bankability studies. But even with these tests, industry experts cannot distinguish significant long term performance differences among solar panels. Being among the Top Ten worldwide manufacturers should imply a certain degree of stability and bankability. Surprisingly, looking back to 2001, fewer than 50% of the Top Ten manufacturers are still in business.
To an ordinary consumer, distinguishing among different solar panels is almost impossible, and the mumbo-jumbo language that solar salespeople use just confuses consumers more. On this week’s Energy Show we take a consumer’s perspective regarding their choices among different solar panels. Listen Up to hear Barry’s advice to homeowners on selecting panels for their rooftop installation.