Why Quality CountsFinding Quality Solar Panels can be a tough task.
Purchasing a solar system can be a difficult task. Finding quality solar panels is even harder.
Surely one 5kW system is the same as another 5kW system? All panels seem to have a 25-year warranty, so it’s ok if something goes wrong? Not quite.
Many companies use classic sales tactics, guaranteeing that their products are the ones setting the standards for their unmatched quality. When you hear this from three or four different companies, you start to wonder. People also throw the ‘German Engineering’ term around without it being based on fact.
The Government has a test center in Alice Springs called The Desert Knowledge Australia Initiative (DKA). This testing facility has been set up to compare the many different types of solar panels from some of the biggest brands in the world. All of the systems are identical in every aspect apart from the panels, which offers a completely even playing field enabling us to compare apples with apples.
The leading panel from day 1 in these tests has been Q CELLS. Q CELLS is a German company that manufactures its cells in Germany, and every aspect of the panel is industry leading.
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Q CELLS panels can outperform some other modules by up to 20%, which can be worth hundreds of dollars per year in electricity. So while the Q CELLS panels might be a little more expensive, they certainly pay for themselves in the long run.
Quality is not just about performance; it is also about reliability and safety. If your system fails for whatever reason, you might have days, possibly weeks before it is up and running again and this can cost you a fortune.
Another concern with solar panels is their build quality. Most panels have a similar wind and mechanical load rating which means that they should withstand the same weather conditions.
Again, this is not quite the case.
The images on the right were taken after a hail storm at the end of 2013 in South East QLD.
High quality panels are engineered, constructed and tested to withstand extreme weather such as strong wind and hail.
Cheaper panel manufacturers might claim that their products are tried and tested, but do they have the independent research to back their claims up?
Make sure you do your research before committing to a purchase!
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