The Power of Choice
Selecting a Solar Power System that’s Right for You
Like many large purchases, there are a variety of choices available in the market.
A one size fits all strategy and manufacturer definitely does not fit everyone’s energy, budget and aesthetic needs — and this challenge especially applies to selecting a solar power system because there are so many solar panels, inverters and mounting systems available, and it is important that system technology integrate with commercially available battery backup storage solutions so you are free to add storage now or at some point in the future.
Since 2001 we have been evaluating and installing solar and battery storage equipment, and have put together a battery storage enabled solution offering that allows you to select a system based on your available roof space and preferences over budget and brand.
Solar Panel Choices
LG Solar Panels
While all solar panels from any of the Tier 1 manufacturers are good, the main difference is efficiency and price — with high efficiency panels priced at a higher cost per watt.
If you have limited roof space and need to maximize output, or purchasing a brand name is important, you may want to consider LG solar panels. LG is a very well established multi-national company with a reputation for quality products.
LG has the best 25 year performance warranty in the business, with annual degradation of 0.4%. Moreover, their warranty includes the cost of labor should replacement ever be required.
Top Tier Solar Panels
If maximizing value ia important to you, we recommend going with a Top Tier solar panel. These panels are manufactured by leading panel manufacturers and carry a 25 year power output and panel replacement warranty.
To learn more about selecting solar panels, listen to our podcast.
If future compatibility is your goal, we recommend configuring your solution with a SolarEdge Energy Hub Inverter –a next generation home backup solution for higher efficiency and greater flexibility.
The Energy Hub Inverter does it all:
- Provides the ability to back up the entire home
- Ready for battery and EV charging
- Includes built-in energy monitoring
- Delivers a flexible system to meet every future homeowner need in the world including, home consumption monitoring, generator integration and future connected add-ons like smart home integration
LG Chem RESU
LG’s battery subsidiary, LG Chem, produces one of the most popular batteries in the U.S. market –the LG Chem RESU 10H battery. These batteries are designed to be compatible with SolarEdge Inverters. The LG Chem is capable of putting out 5kW of peak power or 3.5kW continuously. The battery has 9.8 kWh of usable capacity with a round trip efficiency of greater than 90%.
The Powerwall comes in only one size of 14 kilowatt-hours (kWh). The Tesla Powerwall boasts a maximum power rating of 5.0 kW to go along with 13.5 kWh of usable capacity with a 90% round-trip efficiency.
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