What Types of Solar Panels Are Available Today?Technically, you have three types of PV panels to choose from today: Monocrystalline, polycrystalline and thin-film. Thin-film panels are rarely used in Utah solar installations because they have the lowest power output capacity and, at the same time, they’re the most fragile option. Thin-film solar panels are aesthetically pleasing; however, this is usually not enough of an influencing factor to sway customers’ decisions. Polycrystalline panels are more efficient than thin-film products. However, this option does have efficiency and power production limitations. Monocrystalline solar panels have the highest output and efficiency of all and you can choose higher wattage panels if you decide to pursue this option. And, although they carry the highest cost, they also provide the highest return on investment.
Does It Matter Which PV Panels You Choose?Not all solar panels are created equal. This means you’ll have to compare cost, warranty coverage and efficiency as well as the reputation of the manufacturer. Selecting a less expensive panel from an unknown manufacturer can leave you in a lurch later, if you need repair or replacement and the company isn’t around any longer to honor their warranty. In addition to providing a warranty on the panels themselves, most reputable PV manufacturers also provide assurances regarding the production of power. For example, a manufacturer might guarantee you that the output of their panels will not drop by more than 20% in the first 20 years of use. This helps assure that your savings will continue at a steady rate over the life of your system.
Choosing a Salt Lake City Area Solar InstallerIn northern Utah, you have lots of options for choosing a solar energy contractor, and this choice can make or break the success of your system installation. Look for a reputable company that is locally owned and operated and NABCEB certified. Look for an installer that offers American-made, high-efficiency panels that carry a comprehensive warranty. And, if you can find a local solar contractor that also conducts energy efficiency audits and recommends solutions to lower your energy consumption overall, you can save money on your system while improving your home’s comfort and livability. Greenify Energy Savers, assisting customers in Sandy, Cottonwood Heights, Park City and throughout the Salt Lake City area, understands how important these decisions are for you – and we are here to help. Contact us today to request your customized PV system installation quote or to learn more about the best solar panels to use at your Utah home.
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