With home solar now becoming the norm for many Australian households, for those thinking about making the switch, it’s important to choose the right type of solar panels to suit your individual requirements.
Add to that our challenging Australian climate, and taking the time to research the best solar panels for the job might just save you thousands in the long-term.
So here’s how do you know what type of solar panel works best for you?
How Solar panels work
With no moving parts, external power source, and no waste product, solar panels seem to work by magic.
The truth is just as incredible – science!
We’ve already explained the physics behind it, so to summarise, solar panels are made of two plates of silicone, one positively charged, the other negatively charged.
When a photon arrives from the sun and hits the solar panel, it gives the negatively charged electrons an extra bit of energy, allowing them to make the jump to the positive side of the panel.
This flow of electrons between the two plates creates electricity, and with the copious amounts of sunlight here in Australia, we have plenty available to power our homes and businesses.
The tough Australian climate
Australia receives the highest concentration of solar radiation per square metre of any continent, vastly exceeding the average values in Europe, Russia, and North America.
However, all that sunlight comes with a price.
The Australian climate is notorious for its unforgiving fierceness. Areas can go months without rainfall and temperatures can peak at levels high enough to kill.
On top of that, the devastating effects of climate change are becoming more and more apparent.
Half of the country’s hottest days ever recorded came this summer as a heatwave crippled the nation.
The town of Noona in New South Wales hit record temperature of 35.9C – at night, while back in November, unseasonably high temperatures wiped out a third of a bat species in 48 hours.
Last year a heatwave proved too much for the grid and thousands ended up without power for days. Only those with the capacity to generate their own electricity were able to keep the lights on.
The best solar panels for the job
With all this in mind, when it comes to deciding which are the best solar panels for your home, the choice isn’t easy. The range we install are all first-rate in their own way, with their various advantages creating a balancing act for you to decide upon.
With a combination of German engineering and Korean manufacturing, Q-Cells are arguably the world’s most innovative and reliable solar panel company.
All their solar panels come with a product warranty for 12-years and a linear performance guarantee of 25 years.
If you’re looking for longevity, the Q-Cells could be the best choice. After 25 years, the guaranteed minimum power output is an incredible 83%.
Backed by over a quarter of a century of intense research and development far surpassing industry standards, LG Solar’s photovoltaic modules are uniquely designed to offer superior quality.
LG’s Solar NeON™ 2 is ideal for homes seeking a visually pleasing solar panel and for roofs where space is tight or where future system expansions are considered.
When it comes to robust solar panels, you’ll be hard pressed to find ones tougher than Cleanergy.
The Clenergy PV-ezRack® SolarRoof™ withstands wind speeds over 300 kph through its ingenious design and high quality materials. Corrosion resistance is achieved through anodised structural grade aluminium and stainless steel components, while the unique and innovative Z-module technology enables surprisingly quick and easy installation.
Jinko Solar is a global leader in the solar industry and the third largest global photovoltaic module supplier by capacity. When it comes to reliability, the company maintains one of the highest industry standards for the design, performance, and workmanship of its solar products, with each cell and module undergoing at least 36 stages of quality inspection and in-house testing.
When it comes to choosing the best solar panels on the market, we can help you make the right decision for you and your specific needs.
The type of solar panels you choose can depend on many things, including our harsh and unforgiving weather.
Not only do we have years of experience within the industry here in Australia, but we also provide a wide range of electrical and solar-powered systems, alongside services and installation.
All our work is carried out by Clean Energy Council (CEC) accredited and qualified licensed which means our installers are right up-to-date with any changes in the industry, giving you peace of mind for your solar panel
Contact us today if you would like to know more about home solar systems, why you should make the switch, or which brand to choose.
Our friendly experts will be happy to help in any way they can.