As you make the decision to go green with the installation of a solar power system on the roof of your home or business, it is crucial to do sufficient research to make sure you install a high performing and quality system to make the high upfront investment of installing solar panels worth your while. The quality of a solar PV system is an important factor to consider for any solar project – be it residential or for a business. Indeed, the quality of the solar power system, both the solar panel and inverter brands chosen by a new solar buyer will determine the return on your investment.
Choosing the right solar panel can be tricky especially with the large variety of options available in the Australian market. It is difficult for a new buyer to check the quality of a solar panel only with a verification of the visual appearance. In order to truly determine the quality of a solar panel, it is necessary to review and research several factors such as standards and technical specifications to ensure the reliability of a particular solar panel brand.
It is important to invest in the right solar power system that has a reputation to provide excellent quality and high performance. When considering a solar panel or inverter brand, it is important to research the specifications of the respective brands to ensure you are making the right choice in a system which can guarantee you a good return on your investment and a brand which is committed to honour their warranties.
Through this blog, we aim to help you explore certain aspects to help narrow down your choices. Investing in a quality solar panel will help to ensure a long term return on your investment.
A reliable and quality solar panel manufacturer will at least offer you a minimum guarantee of 25 years. It is important to ask the solar company, solar installer or the solar manufacturer how the warranties they place on their product can be claimed. Make sure the warranties specify that it is on labour and parts to help you save future costs over any technical failure or issues.
Manufacturing standards set by the IEC
The manufacturing and production of solar photovoltaic modules is dictated by several standards required by the IEC (International Electro technical Commission) in order to be approved to be marketed on the international market. These standards set by the IEC are as follows:
- The standard IEC 61215 (crystalline) or IEC 61646 certifies a guarantee of quality in terms of respect for electrical parameters and mechanical stability. The requirements of this standard refer to the qualification of the design and approval of photovoltaic modules for land application and for long-term use.
- The standard IEC 61730 specifically addresses the topics of prevention against electric shock, fire hazard and bodily injury due to mechanical and environmental constraints. This standard set by the IEC, whose specificities concern the safety aspects of the modules, complements the IEC 61215 standard, which fixes the electrical performance of the solar panels.
Another certificate reflecting the quality of a solar panel brand is the TUV certificate which ensures that the photovoltaic module has successfully passed the rigorous tests carried out by the German TUV laboratory (Technischer Überwachungsverien) proving its resistance to extreme temperatures, accelerated aging cycles, violent splashes and fire. This testing is necessary and the results of this test can help distinguish a premium quality panel from a cheaper one.
By ensuring that the solar panel brands you are considering meet this criteria, you can rest assured that your solar power system will function efficiently for years to come. It is crucial that certain standards are met in the manufacturing process of solar PV panels and by doing so, high performance and quality can be assured to potential solar buyers. It is also necessary to have proper documents like warranty certificates that should be provided by the respective solar installers. All certified solar manufacturers are able to provide solar buyers with the quality certificates and warranties for the solar panels they offer. There is also the possibility to directly download the certificates and attestation of conformity and test directly on the website of the manufacturers. An example of this service is provided by the Qcell solar panel brand which is one of the premium solar panels available in the Australian market. Contact Solar Power Nation today for a free quote on quality solar brands which are guaranteed to give you high returns on your investment.