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Solar Panels Review
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Ratings
Overall Rating
Solar Efficiency
Durability
Features
Dimensions
Help & Support
9.13
8.82
8.60
8.58
8.45
8.43
8.07
7.78
7.38
8.75
8.50
8.00
8.00
8.25
8.25
7.50
6.75
6.25
9.00
8.75
8.50
8.50
8.25
8.25
8.00
7.50
7.25
9.75
9.25
9.25
9.25
9.13
9.00
8.75
8.50
8.25
9.00
8.75
8.75
8.50
8.75
8.75
8.75
8.75
8.75
9.50
9.25
9.25
9.25
8.00
8.00
8.00
9.25
8.00
Overall Cost & Benefit Comparison
Average Total Cost
$14,606
$14,247
$15,694
$15,955
$14,716
$17,282
$14,842
$17,354
$15,343
Time to Recoup Investment (Years)
21.68
20.74
21.26
21.57
18.87
20.91
20.34
23.41
22.10
Solar Efficiency
Solar Efficiency (percentage)
16
15.9
15.21
15.1
15.7
15.62
15
14.68
14.4
Maximum Power (Watts)
315
305
390
250
255
250
245
250
235
Maximum Power Voltage (Volts)
39.8
36.6
49.4
30.7
30.8
30.5
29.3
30.1
29.2
Maximum Power Current (Amps)
7.92
8.33
7.92
8.15
8.28
8.20
8.36
8.31
8.05
Cell Technology Type
Poly
Mono
Mono
Mono
Mono
Mono
Poly
Mono
Poly
Number of Cells
80
72
96
60
60
60
60
60
60
Durability
Warranty Product & Workmanship
5
10
10
10
5
5
10
5
10
Warranty Power at 95-97% (Years)
Not Specified
1
Not Specified
Not Specified
5
Not Specified
Not Specified
Not Specified
Not Specified
Warranty Power At/Above 87% (Years)
Not Specified
Not Specified
Not Specified
Not Specified
Not Specified
Not Specified
Not Specified
Not Specified
Not Specified
Warranty Power at 90% (Years)
10
Not Specified
10
10
12
10
10
12
10
Warranty Power at 80% (Years)
20
25
25
25
18
25
15
25
15
Maximum Load Capacity (Pounds Per Square Foot)
113
113
50
50
113
113
50
50
50
Impact Resistance (Hail at Wind MPH)
51
52
50
50
Not Specified
52
52
52
Not specified
Features
Minimum Temperature
-40F
-40F
-40F
-40F
-40F
-40F
-40F
-40F
-40F
Maximum Temperature
194F
185F
194F
185F
185F
185F
194F
185F
190F
Cover Materials
Tempered Glass
Tempered Glass
Tempered Glass
Tempered Glass
Tempered Glass
Tempered Glass
Tempered Glass
Tempered Glass
Tempered Glass
Frame Materials
Anodized Aluminum
Anodized Aluminum
Anodized Aluminum
Anodized Aluminum
Anodized Aluminum
Anodized Aluminum
Anodized Aluminum
None
Anodized Aluminum
Dimensions
Length (Inches)
65.43
76.83
77.2
64.6
64.56
64.17
64.6
64.17
64.6
Width (Inches)
51.97
38.7
51.5
39
39.06
36.66
39.1
41.02
39.1
Depth (Inches)
1.8
1.57
1.57
1.57
1.37
1.85
1.8
1.38
2.1
Weight (Pounds)
60.6
50.7
78.2
44.1
40
41
41.9
62.6
46.7
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Cost Comparison Details
Cost Per Panel
$399.00
$222.77
$585.00
$399.00
$272.85
$375.00
$319.00
$499.00
$353.00
Number of Panels for Sample Homes
15
17
13
20
20
22
20
20
20
Total Panel Costs
$5,985.00
$5,487.00
$7,605.00
$7,980.00
$5,457.00
$8,250.00
$6,380.00
$9,980.00
$7,060.00
California Home Scenario
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Panels + Installation Cost
$24,705.00
$24,207.00
$26,325.00
$26,700.00
$24,177.00
$26,970.00
$25,100.00
$28,700.00
$25,780.00
Total Federal Tax Credit
$7,411.50
$7,262.10
$7,897.50
$8,010.00
$7,253.10
$8,091.00
$7,530.00
$8,610.00
$7,734.00
California State Rebate
$960.00
$980.00
$1,052.00
$1,055.00
$1,112.00
$1,179.00
$1,041.00
$1,057.00
$990.00
Total Estimated Cost After Credits
$16,333.50
$15,964.90
$17,375.50
$17,635.00
$16,923.10
$17,700.00
$16,529.00
$19,033.00
$17,056.00
Monthly Electric Bill Savings
$64.27
$65.56
$70.46
$70.60
$74.41
$78.88
$69.64
$70.73
$66.24
Wisconsin Home Scenario
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Panels + Installation Cost
$21,825.00
$21,327.00
$23,445.00
$23,820.00
$21,297.00
$24,090.00
$22,220.00
$25,820.00
$22,900.00
Total Federal Tax Credit
$6,547.50
$6,398.10
$7,033.50
$7,146.00
$6,389.10
$7,227.00
$6,666.00
$7,746.00
$6,870.00
Wisconsin State Rebate
$2,400.00
$2,400.00
$2,400.00
$2,400.00
$2,400.00
$2,400.00
$2,400.00
$2,400.00
$2,400.00
Total Estimated Cost After Credits
$12,877.50
$12,528.90
$14,011.50
$14,274.00
$12,507.90
$16,863.00
$13,154.00
$15,674.00
$13,630.00
Monthly Electric Bill Savings
$47.98
$48.94
$52.60
$52.70
$55.55
$58.89
$51.99
$52.80
$49.45