Solar panels

Solar panels generate electricity to power your home. Our solar panel resources tell you everything you need to know about installing solar panels.

The Difference Between DC and AC Watts (and PTC/STC)

Dan Hahn

July 24, 2018

The Difference Between DC and AC Watts (and PTC/STC)

As you may know, solar is bid for in dollars per watts ($/W). But are those DC watts (direct current, like in a battery) or AC watts (alternating current, like in a light socket) watts? Hopefully this post will get you informed enough to be sure you're

NREL Developing Improved Tech to Lower Costs for Multi-Junction Solar Cells

Chris Meehan

July 19, 2018

NREL Developing Improved Tech to Lower Costs for Multi-Junction Solar Cells

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has revamped an older technology that could make the cost of multi-junction solar cells cost competitive with conventional silicon solar panels available today.

What are thin film solar panels, how do they work and why aren’t they used for residential solar systems?

Andrew Sendy

July 14, 2018

What are thin film solar panels, how do they work and why aren’t they used for residential solar systems?

Thin film solar panels are smaller, lighter, last longer and cost less. So, why aren't they used for residential installations?

A complete review of Grape Solar panels

Ana Almerini

July 13, 2018

A complete review of Grape Solar panels

Before you buy Grape Solar panels, read our comprehensive review to make sure they make sense for your lifestyle and energy needs.

Are Canadian Solar panels the best solar panels for your home?

Andrew Sendy

July 2, 2018

Are Canadian Solar panels the best solar panels for your home?

Canadian solar panels are one of the best tier 1 brands on the market. I tend to prefer them over the other leading tier one brands because they can be significantly cheaper whilst producing a similar amount of power per watt.

Are Panasonic solar panels the best solar panels for your home?

Catherine Lane

June 21, 2018

Are Panasonic solar panels the best solar panels for your home?

Panasonic panels are an excellent choice for a solar consumer looking to install a solar panel that has matching similar warranties to the most respected brands on the market, but doesn’t take your life savings. The HIT cell technology and partnership wit

Is a 10kW solar system right for your home?

Catherine Lane

June 20, 2018

Is a 10kW solar system right for your home?

10kW solar systems are becoming common because the cost per watt of solar is reducing. How many panels are in a 10kW system?

Are SunPower solar panels the best solar panels for homes?

Andrew Sendy

June 19, 2018

Are SunPower solar panels the best solar panels for homes?

If I was looking for a premium solar system and cost wasn’t my primary concern, the use of SunPower modules would be my first choice. SunPower panels allow homeowners to make the most of their roofing area. They offer the comfort of extended warranties,

Are LG solar panels the best brand of residential solar panels?

Ben Zientara

June 18, 2018

Are LG solar panels the best brand of residential solar panels?

Although the LG solar panels have very attractive features, in the premium range of panels available on the US solar market I would suggest to stick with the soon to be US manufactured SunPower panels (currently Philippines, Mexico or China) or slightly c

Solar power system types: equipment needed, costs, pros, and cons

Catherine Lane

May 27, 2018

Solar power system types: equipment needed, costs, pros, and cons

The primary components of a home solar power system, what is needed to ensure high efficiency, and how to maximize your savings.

Calculate how many solar panels you need for your home

Catherine Lane

May 21, 2018

Calculate how many solar panels you need for your home

How to calculate the number of solar panels needed to cover the home energy usage for your specific home.

Best 300-watt solar panels for sale

Alex Sendy

May 19, 2018

Best 300-watt solar panels for sale

The amount of power a solar 300-watt solar panel produces will depend on a number of factors, like location, temperature, and obstructions.