Your choice of solar panels will largely determine the quality of your experience with home solar. High-efficiency solar panels will produce more power for you. Durable products give you complete peace of mind. Even the quality of customer support solar panel manufacturers offers can be the difference between utter frustration and a delightful experience.
As solar installers who have been in this business for 13 years and counting, we have experience with an extensive range of solar panels and their manufacturers. Here are our top picks for home solar based on our exhaustive comparison:
The Japanese brand has been a technology leader for a century now. Since its foray into solar panel manufacturing, Panasonic has dominated the market as a high-quality solar panel producer. Their solar panels are premium in price although still competitive when considering the outstanding features they offer. A 25-year warranty is not even their highlight. They offer a 95% minimal power output warranty for the first 10 years and reduce it to only 86% by year 25. Their solar panels already have industry-leading power generation efficiency, but they expect to roll out products with efficiency as high as 25.6% in the near future.
LG is second to none in the home solar industry. Excellent quality products (solar panels, inverters, and battery storage), highly responsive customer support, dependable warranty support, and high-performing solar panels are the hallmarks of this brand.
Although their products are on the higher end, the 25-year warranty and high energy production efficiency, often exceeding 20%, make them worth the price in the long term.
Incredibly, LG offers a 90.8% efficiency retention guarantee on some solar panels at the end of their 25-year life.
Q CELLS is one of the oldest players in the business, operating since 1999. Originally a German company, it underwent multiple acquisitions before landing in a Korean industrial conglomerate, which promptly brought its German engineering team to lead its innovation.
Today, Q CELLS is one of the biggest solar panel manufacturers in the world. Some of their solar panels have an impressive efficiency of as high as 22.8%. They offer different warranties to suit their customer needs, including 12-year and 25-year product warranties.
Operating since 1996, REC is one of the oldest and most innovative players in the industry. Their top-of-the-range products boast of an incredible 21.7% power production efficiency and an astonishing 92% power output retention after 25 years of usage. Their products come with varied warranty terms, and some of them boast a performance warranty of up to 25 years.
No matter what brand you choose from our list, you simply cannot go wrong. Their products will serve you fuss-free for well over a quarter-century.