Choosing a Solar Panel: Reno, NV Options
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Known for getting pretty darn hot, Reno is the tenth sunniest city in the nation, making solar a viable option. This sunny climate pairs well with residential solar, and understandably the solar industry has flourished in Reno as a result.
Although halted for a time by NV Energy’s net metering changes, solar now shines again. Just like the 2017 solar eclipse, a radiant source of power once overshadowed came back to light due to Governor Sandoval’s intervention.
In this post, we look at where the magic starts, the solar panels. Choosing a quality solar panel that will meet the project’s needs can significantly improve the overall efficiency of the system.
Why Solar Panels are Important
Many now have the option to choose solar as their source of power for their homes. With this opportunity comes a selection of solar companies from which Reno residents can choose. Deciding which company to go with has become the new challenge.
While quality customer service and reliable install crew have their places, homeowners should first consider solar module suppliers. The suppliers a solar company uses impacts everything. Solar panels act as the conduit between the sun and electricity. If a homeowner uses low-quality solar panels, the array won’t last as long or produce as much.
Determining the Difference Between Popular Reno Solar Panels
Among the most popular brands, Energy Sage created a list of solar panels that have caught the public eye. Let’s review what each of their monocrystalline solar panels has to offer, so you can compare them more effectively.
LG Monocrystalline Solar Panels
The LG brand is known for its quality, and many of its customers attest to this brand’s solar panels being no exception. LG carries a wide variety of module options. However, they have categorized their solar panels into four sections. These include the NeON 2 Panels, NeON R Panels, NeOn R Prime Panels, and the NeON R ACe Panels.
Panel Wattage: Residential solar panels range from 330 to 375 watts.
Panel Efficiency: These modules have efficiency ratings between 19.3-21.7%.
Warranties: 25-year warranty, which states that their solar panels will produce at least 86% of the original power output in the first 25 years.
Place of Manufacture: South Korea and the United States
Silfab Monocrystalline Modules
Panel Wattage: 300 -390 watts
Panel Efficiency: 17.6 – 19.7
Warranties: Silfab carries a 12-year product-workmanship warranty extendable to 25 years. They also have a 30-year linear power performance guarantee, which guarantees 85.1% in 25 years and 82.6% in 30 years.
Place of Manufacture: North America
Solaria Solar Modules
Panel Wattage: 355-440 watts
Panel Efficiency: 19.6 – 20.3%
Warranties: Solaria has a 25-year power, parts, and labor warranty. This warranty guarantees 86% of nominal power.
Place of Manufacture: The United States and South Korea
Sun Power Solar Panels
Sun Power produces several monocrystalline solar panel options, which have become well known and widely used because of their high efficiencies. They set themselves apart from the competition with their new Maxeon solar cell technology, which claims its flexible design eliminates 86 percent of the reasons solar panels fail, by reducing microcracking in the solar cell.
Panel Wattage: Their residential modules range from 320 to 435 watts.
Panel Efficiency: Efficiencies range from 19.9 – 22.7%
Warranties: Their product warranty lasts 25 years. This warranty guarantees that at the end of 25 years, the solar panels won’t degrade past eight percent of the original power output.
Place of Manufacture: Philippines
Canadian Solar Monocrystalline Module Options
Canadian Solar produces both monocrystalline and polycrystalline solar panels. However, for this comparison, we will only look at their residential monocrystalline options.
Panel Wattages: Their residential monocrystalline wattages range from 300 – 600 watts.
Panel Efficiency: Efficiency ranges between 18.4-21.2%
Warranties: These solar panels have a 12-year product warranty. Depending on the model, they also offer either a 25 or 30-year linear power output warranty. Depending on the product warranty, the guaranteed output could range anywhere from 84.95% to 83.1%.
Place of Manufacture: Asia and America
Hanwha Monocystalline Solar Panels
Under the brand name Hanwha Q CELLS, Hanwha controls both Hanwha Solar and Q CELLS. Let’s look at their monocrystalline options for residential solar.
Panel Wattages: 290-355 watts
Panel Efficiency: 17.4 – 19.8%
Warranties: These solar panels come with a 12-25-year product warranty and a 25-year linear performance warranty. This panel will produce between 83.6% and 85% of nominal power in 25 years depending on the solar panel purchased.
Place of Manufacture: According to their website, they manufacture their products in The United States, China, Malaysia and South Korea.
Panel Wattages: 320-340 watts
Panel Efficiency: They have efficiencies between 19.1%-20.3%.
Warranties: Panasonic has a 25-year performance, workmanship, and parts warranty. It guarantees the solar panels will produce at least 90.76%.
Place of Manufacture: Panasonic has manufacturing facilities around the world.
Panel Wattages: 275-335 watts
Panel Efficiency: Trina Monocrystalline modules have efficiencies between 16.8-19.9%.
Warranties: Their product warranty lasts between 10 to 12 years. Their power warranty lasts 25 years, their panels should still produce at least 80 -83.1% depending on the module purchased.
Place of Manufacture: Vietnam and Thailand
Why Go Solar Group Uses Axitec Panels
Go Solar Group carries Axitec solar panels as its preferred solar panel because Axitec doesn’t cut corners. At Go Solar Group, we value quality.
When it comes to quality, German engineering has produced the best in the solar industry. In picking Axitec as our primary manufacturer, it comes to the quality of the company.
The Axitec brand stands apart from the competition with its German-engineered solar panels. We typically use their Monocrystalline AXIblackpremium X HC 315-watt solar module. It’s sleek, responsive, and efficient.
Axitec Monocrystalline Module Specs
Panel Wattage: We use their 315 Watt half-cell monocrystalline panel.
Panel Efficiency: The modules we use have an 18.67% module conversion efficiency rating.
Warranties: During the 25-year warranty the solar panels will continue to produce at least 85% of the nominal performance. They also have a 15-year product warranty.
Place of Manufacture: Asia and Europe
Your Solar Panel Choice
While we prefer Axitec solar panels for most of our installs, that doesn’t mean they will work for you. Each person has different needs and different products and prices may fit your needs better. To cater to these needs, we also offer LG, Silfab, and Solaria premium modules.
Ultimately, it comes down to what’s important to you. We suggest getting several quotes so you can compare company products and services.
If you would like a free solar quote from Go Solar Group, you can fill out our quick survey. A Go Solar Group associate will then call to set up a free customized quote just for you and your home.