The Best Solar Panel Manufacturers

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Homeowners are installing solar panels in their homes in an effort to reduce their continually increasing energy bills. This is a renewable and green source of energy that each square foot of solar will produce ten watts.

There are numerous solar panel manufacturers. Here are six of the best.

The General Electric Company

The General Electric Company uses their understanding of appliances to manufacturer solar panels. In 2004, they bought out AstroPower to enter the industry. For a little more than $1000 you can purchase the model GEPV 200 solar panel. This model of solar panel will withstand wind up to as much as 125 MPH and is very durable. General Electric is trying to make it easy for the homeowner. They offer a prepackaged Brilliance Solar Systems that is designed to provide many years of operation that is maintenance free and is very easy to install. Every solar system is designed to be compatible with many different kinds of materials and roofs and includes all of the components that are required for a complete installation.

The Sharp Company

Since 1950, the Sharp Company has been manufacturing solar panels although they are best known for their TVs. They produce more solar cells than any other manufacturer in the world. The Sharp model NE165U1 produces 155 watts and is available for $870.

The Evergreen Spruce Company

This is a creative name for the manufacturer of solar panels. This company uses their own String Ribbon technology that is proprietary. This technology manufacturers silicon wafers uses a method that saves money. This process is very streamlined which increases their profit. For $939 you can purchase their model that produces 195 watts. The Evergreen Spruce Company manufactures many different products such as solar panels, cells, and wafers with the ultimate quality control because it is all under one roof.

The Suntech Company

For the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, the Suntech Company was awarded the contract to provide power for the Bird’s Nest Stadium. This effort received a lot of publicity for a new company. This publicity provided an increase in their sales. For $849, you can purchase their model STP180-24/Ab1 that will produce 190 watts. These solar panels are so reliable that they come with a 25 year warranty.

The Kyosera Company

The Kyosera Company is best known for manufacturing copiers but they also manufacturer solar panels. Their model KC200GT has a conversion ratio of 16 percent and will deliver 200 watts. This company also manufacturers DC to AC converters. Because home appliance use AC these converters are necessary. All their solar panels come with a 20 year warranty, a heavy duty anodized frame that is box styled, and output cables that are multi contact.

The British Petroleum Company Solar Panels

For $759, you can purchase BP’s SX-170B solar panel. This solar panel produces 170 watts. BP also manufactures and sells their BP solar energy roofing and tile system that is now available in California. It was the 1930′s when British Petroleum entered the solar energy market and their solar panels have been used in such extreme environments as Antarctica and in outer space. Energy savings as high as 73% have been reported by some of their customers.

Click here for more information about e-procurement and solar panel manufacturers. Author: James Keyes.

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