Not all solar PV panels are created equal

by J Ward, Powermode

 

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Electricity+Control, September 2014 – pages 26

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The spiralling cost of electricity and the search for alternative power sources have led many companies and individuals to opt for renewable energy and ultimately solar power. Roof-top solar PV (photovoltaic) systems are among the most practical. They are in use the world over by those looking to act responsibly to boost their energy needs, take control of their carbon footprints in a world of finite resources, and save money in the long term.

At the core of any solar PV system are its solar panels or ‘modules’. Choosing an appropriate solar PV system to meet specific needs can be a technically challenging exercise particularly when it comes to matching off-take with system capacity demands.

It is also challenging because there are so many differing standards of solar PV panels on the market, ranging from the ‘cheap-and-nasty’ solar PV panels all the way up to high quality, specialised solar PV panels.

For anyone poised to make a sizable investment in a solar PV system that will hopefully last 25 to 30 years it is important to secure the best quality, the most efficient and appropriate solar PV panels with the best technical back-up.

 

Take note

  • At the core of any solar PV system are its solar panels or modules.
  • Roof-top solar PV systems are among the most practical.
  • Choosing the most appropriate solar PV system is not that simple.