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    Best Solar Panel Manufacturers

    Hello,

    Does anyone know who the best solar panel manufacturers are? I am just getting into this industry and would like to use the best panels and inverters.

    Thanks,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ravenvalor View Post
    Hello,

    Does anyone know who the best solar panel manufacturers are? I am just getting into this industry and would like to use the best panels and inverters.

    Thanks,
    Best by what measure? Cost? Efficiency? Reliability? Availability? Etc.?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ggunn View Post
    Best by what measure? Cost? Efficiency? Reliability? Availability? Etc.?
    Good question. I am more of a purest when it comes to quality. I would like to find a solar manufacturer that is a lot like RAB lighting manufacturing company. They make great products plus treat their customers great. I plan to be in this for the long haul and want as few bumps as possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ravenvalor View Post
    Good question. I am more of a purest when it comes to quality. I would like to find a solar manufacturer that is a lot like RAB lighting manufacturing company. They make great products plus treat their customers great. I plan to be in this for the long haul and want as few bumps as possible.
    Well, OK. We don't call it the Solar Coaster for nothing, though.

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    I think there is no real answer. It's like asking what the best make of car is, or something. You're not going to get a consensus.

    All I will say is that Sunpower is overpriced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaggedben View Post
    I think there is no real answer. It's like asking what the best make of car is, sort of.

    All I will say is that Sunpower is overpriced.
    And their one potential positive argument is in a situation where limited space puts a significant premium on wattage per covered surface area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaggedben View Post
    I think there is no real answer. It's like asking what the best make of car is, or something. You're not going to get a consensus.

    All I will say is that Sunpower is overpriced.
    I'll just say that we sell a whole lot of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoldDigger View Post
    And their one potential positive argument is in a situation where limited space puts a significant premium on wattage per covered surface area.
    Their advantage over LG's most efficient offering is slim to none at this point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaggedben View Post
    Their advantage over LG's most efficient offering is slim to none at this point.
    What about First Solar? American company. Nice factory in Toledo, OH.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ravenvalor View Post
    What about First Solar? American company. Nice factory in Toledo, OH.
    Relatively inefficient technology (i.e. take up more space for the same power), really not so suitable for residential. Kind of the next interesting thing from 10 years ago that hasn't changed much since. My impression is they are developing their own large projects these days, not trying much to sell to others. Also comparatively toxic materials make for a larger potential end-of-life issue.

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