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Solar Panels & Solar Power for Homeowners

A Higher Standard in Solar Panels

We believe in utilizing the highest efficiency and most powerful solar panels available in order to achieve the best results for our homeowners. Our partnership with leading solar panel manufacturers allows us to create affordable and dependable solar solutions for our residential solar customers.

When you install solar power for your home or business, you are investing in a future energy solution that should last a lifetime. GeoPeak Energy makes sure you receive the full lifetime benefit of this investment by only using the world's highest rated solar panels, guaranteed to be fully efficient and protected against weather and damage. Call us now, at (888) 526-4428 to find out how affordable our solutions are. We have a full staff of on-site certified solar experts to give you the exact information you need right now.

Solar panels are currently priced very affordably in the market, and the cost can be lowered further by federal and state incentives. Your solar panels will be producing power on your roof for more than 25 years – choosing the right solar panel model can increase your energy production and maximize profits over the life of the system.

Make sure to research all 7 of these critical factors when you make your decision on which solar panel to choose. Then our NJ solar installers can complete the job.

1) Rated Power Tolerance for Solar Panels

The main element in determining the value of a solar panel is its capacity. The more Wattage a solar panel outputs, the more expensive it will be. Solar panels (New Jersey and nationwide) are rated to a certain number of Watts. If a panel is rated to 100 Watts, under optimal conditions it will generate 100 Watts of energy per hour. Panel capacity can be maximized in one of two ways: Increasing the surface area of the panel to absorb more sunlight, or using more efficient materials to produce more power with less space.

However, along with the Wattage, you have to consider the "Rated power tolerance" of the solar panel. This is the percent amount that a panel may over- or under-perform based on environmental conditions. For example, a 200 Watt panel with a rated power tolerance of 10% may only produce 180 Watts under certain conditions. This can be very disappointing when you plan to install a system that will take care of all your energy needs, but come up short due to the rated power tolerance.

Make sure your ask about your solar panels’ rated power tolerance and how it can affect your system performance.

2) Reputability of the Solar Panel Manufacturer

The minimum standard for panels right now is California Energy Commission’s SB1 guidelines-compliant list of solar panels, released in 2009. Panels on this list were all independently tested and approved on their merits of safety and performance, and can be trusted to perform efficiently and consistently. In addition, the panel producer should have sales offices in the United States. This guarantees that your solar installer is not merely importing cheaply manufactured panels from overseas to save on costs. Companies that meet these two standards are more likely to offer quality products and stand by their work.

Note: ratings for solar panels are more accurate when tested under "PVUSA test conditions" (or PTC) than "standard test conditions" (STC). PTC testing takes place at a temperature 25 to 30 degrees Celsius above STC testing.

3) Solar Panels Brand

One way to help ensure reputability is to use a well-known, global brand. We have found that several well-known solar panel brands, such as Sharp, Sanyo, and Mitsubushi, provide excellent performance in a variety of conditions. Larger companies invest more money in research and development, and have a corporate reputation to uphold that gives consumers more protection. We have also had great success with two newer brands that have gained a solid name in solar panels: Sunpower and Kyocera.

SunPower currently manufactures the most efficient solar panels available today (up to 50% more efficient than previous thin-film designs).

4) Efficiency of the Solar Panel

Efficiency is a measure of the amount of sunlight a solar panel will convert into electricity. The average solar panel is about 12% efficient, while high-end panels are about 17.5% efficient.

The higher the efficiency, the more power you can generate from a smaller surface area. Therefore, high efficiency solar panels are better for the environment and are usually more appealing for the aesthetics of your home. Moreover, high-efficiency panels are required when energy usage is relatively high and roof size is relatively small. SunPower has recently released the highest efficiency panels in the world at 20.1%.

5) Durability and Longevity (e.g. Warranty Life)

In order to get the best financial return on your solar investment, you need high-durability, weather-resistant panels. These panels should have a manufacturer's output warranty of 25 years minimum and 5-10 years workmanship warranty. In addition, the inverters you choose should have a warranty guaranteeing their life for a minimum of 10 years.

6) Certifications for Solar Panel Purchases

Government tax credits for solar panels are only awarded to those who purchase panels certified by the government. With this tax credit equaling 30% of the price of your solar system and panels, getting government certified solar equipment is a great way to ensure the quality of your panels and lower your initial investment for a new system.

7) Select the right type of Solar Panel

In order to get the best return on your solar installation investment, you need to choose the best panel for your environment. Right now, there are three main types of solar panels: mono-crystalline silicon, poly-crystalline silicon, and amorphous.

Mono-crystalline panels are the type we generally recommend for most of our solar installations. They are most efficient when it comes to converting sunlight into electricity. The high efficiency means you can power your home with fewer panels, and they work well for smaller residential roofs.

Poly-crystalline panels are the next best in terms of performance and price. They are not as efficient as mono-crystalline panels, but they are a bit more affordable. However, you will need larger panels--and more of them--to power your home.

Amorphous silicon solar panels are the least efficient and thus require the largest amount of space. They are also the least expensive. These panels are a good, cost-effective solution if you have lots of space on your roof and your energy usage is minimal. They also have the added benefit of being flexible. This means they can be curved onto surfaces that solid panels cannot handle.

More information on Solar panels

In 2007, the New Jersey legislature voted that the state should generate 20 percent of its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2020. To hit that goal, the state added incredible rebates and incentives to help homeowners cover the cost of solar panels. These incentives combine with the federal stimulus package to offset a major proportion of the cost of solar panels in New Jersey.

Solar power is now a mainstream energy product. Photovoltaic (PV) technology has become highly efficient and longer-lasting. The average solar panel today produces power at 20% greater efficiency and has twice the life of panels produced 10 years ago.

Today's solar panel affordability will not last

The global market is currently experiencing an oversupply of solar modules. Manufacturers are producing twice the number of solar panels the demand market can absorb to accommodate an expanding interest in solar, reducing the price dramatically. However, solar glut will not last. China, the leading national manufacturer of panels, has already restricted production of polysilicon and will likely restrict overall panel production numbers in the near future.

To get in on solar power in New Jersey or nationwide, act now, call GeoPeak Energy today for a free site evaluation: (888) 526-4478.