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My original post on solar panel reviews received so much positive feedback, I’ve decided to expand my reviews in this solar panel reviews 2011 post to some of the products sold by my favorite online solar retailer, GoGreenSolar.
When many people look for reviews on solar panels, they are looking for different things. Some are looking for full grid-tie kits, some are looking for just the panels and nothing else, and others are looking for the cheapest price possible – which is almost always the do it yourself (DIY) route. In that spirit, this solar panels review 2011 post focuses on products that fall into these three distinct categories.
To properly review an entire grid-tie system would take a post per product. I will probably do that some day soon. However, I will recommend that you do your own extensive homework before purchasing such an expensive investment. Use the tips in my previous solar panel reviews post. Pay attention to the $/watt, the warranty details, and weather or not you’ll need professional installation. Finally, be sure to review a solar panels customer feedback.
While grid tie kits can be the most expensive option, in the long run, they can be the cheapest. While you’re paying for the expertise of the company to design and package a complete system for you, you are also avoiding the costs associated with mistakes and mishaps of trying to construct a system yourself. Added to this is the advantage of having someone to blame if things go wrong and having a warranty to fall back on.
Even if you do want to pursue a DIY route, you can always start with a small, but complete, system and add on to it later with your own DIY panels. You just have to be sure that the system uses panels of the same voltage as the ones you can build and that the charge controller has some overhead for extra power.
If you are looking for solar panels directly, here are some panels that have pretty good stats. The first three have attractive $/watt ratings and the last two are portable types used to trickle charge a 12v automotive or marine system. For the 12v chargers, make sure you read the fine print about the warranty. Portable solar panels have many more opportunities to get damaged.
When comparing solar panels directly, it’s helpful to compare $/watt. You can see how much extra you’re paying for specialized solar panels, such as portables, compared to more general solar panels for home power use. That is why this benchmark is highlighted so strongly in this 2011 solar panel review. If the specialized panel solves a specific problem, it is often worth the extra money. If you can make due with a more general, permanently mounted panel though, you’ll always save a lot of money.
DIY Solar Panel Kits
I didn’t think my solar panel review 2011 article would be complete without a mention of a couple of the DIY solar panel kits that Go Green Solar sells. For those hard core, independent types who want to invest the time to learn to make their own solar panels (are and willing to break some in the process), there is no way to get a cheaper $/watt on your installation. There is of course never a warranty involved when you make your own panel, so all the risk is on you. Keep in mind that panels can only be considered an investment if they last long enough to save you the money you paid for them.