Solar Panels

Everywhere you look, Solar Panels are gaining popularity. This is especially true in South Africa.
Thanks to our naturally sunny weather, it’s no wonder why more and more people make the investment. In addition to the affordability factor and the big drop in prices, there is also the matter of saving loads of money energy-wise.

Apart from providing South Africa with the best possible Solar Panels the market has to offer, we also pride ourselves on keeping people informed.

Solar panels are not limited to specific materials, sizes or shapes. And different manufacturers use different approaches in their quest to balance quality with affordability.

The brands featured in our store are well-known and respected. Names like CINCO, JA Solar, and Canadian Solar are associated with high efficiency and quality materials with every panel that is produced, you can read about the popular brands here.
Here are the main types of panels you get:

Monocrystalline Panels

These have a single crystal structure.
Out of the two varieties we have, they are the oldest technology but are the most efficient.

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Polycrystalline Panels

These have newer technology. The silicon panels have a less uniform appearance due to the silicone cooling unevenly, they are the most cost-effective of the two.

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Advice on Solar Panels

Choose the right Solar panels from the start if you want to run an efficient household or commercial property. If you look closely you’ll notice that every panel provides a different output. Solar panels also vary in manufacturing qualities, so for most, it’s a matter of finding a good balance between affordability and quality. However, the first thing that should be taken into consideration is your roof space. It will dictate how many solar panels you’ll be able to install, which will influence the type of panel you’ll need. Higher quality panels mean less space. However, a budget-driven choice depends more on available space.

The expense has dropped tremendously for these systems. This makes it to such an extent that, with charge motivators or refunds, a solar panel system will pay for itself in only a couple of years. Basically, at the cost of a couple of years of power, you get 25 to 35 years of power. Truth be told, solar will probably continue creating power at a lower rate for even a very long time after that.

Solar panels are not pragmatic for areas that get bunches of shade for the duration of the day. All things considered, with the coming of miniaturised scale inverters and lattice tie inverters that have DC analysers associated with every individual solar panel, a few areas with a tad of concealing can, in any case, be an alternative.

Quality Vs Affordable Solar Panels

In most cases, it’s better to pay a little bit extra and installing a very efficient solar array from the start. It will save more money in the long run, and this is the type of perspective that’s encouraged. Always consider how quality panels will help you down the line. Don’t just focus on what they will cost you now.

Calculate what you actually need by using our useful online grid-tied calculator.

Different Types of Solar Panels

Companies compete to create the most efficient solar panels. This is done by experimenting with various methods of design and manufacturing. For example, some panels are created from a singular silicone cell and are called mono-crystalline. Polycrystalline panels, on the other hand, use a combination of smaller cells. This creates varying degrees of efficiency, depending on the purity of the cells and the overall manufacturing process. But we have a guide that takes a deeper look into these topics, which you can access right here.

Low-Maintenance Renewable Energy

One of the best things about solar panels is the lack of moving parts. Without moving parts to complicate the situation, the only maintenance you need to perform is keeping the panels clean. Because the cleaner the panels, the more capable they are of harvesting free energy from the sun. Mount the panels on the roof or keep them on the ground with a framework, the choice is yours as long as the panels face in the optimal direction to capture sunlight.

Only Quality Solar Panel Brands

As with all products available through SolarAdvice, only quality brands are sourced. Of course, these are not the only solar panel brands we offer, but they should give you a good idea of how we value client satisfaction.

– Canadian Solar

Canadian Solar is more than just a competitor. Thanks to its innovative solar energy solutions, the company has grown into a global powerhouse. And to get some perspective on the respect the company demands, they sell to more than 150 countries and run subsidiaries across 20 regions. Panels from Canadian Solar carry more than just a quality brand name, and you will know why once you install them.

– Cinco

SegenSolar is the brand behind Cinco solar panels. The company hit the market in 2010 and quickly built a client base stretching across 120 countries. A notable reason why Cinco is such a preferred panel comes down to the 10-year product warranty, in addition to the 10-year performance warranty. Of course, we have quality Cinco panels available right here at SolarAdvice.

– JA Solar

Since JA Solar entered the solar power market in 2005, the company has proven its ability to stay competitive. And quality solar panels are just the start of what JA Solar offers the world. Serving more than 120 countries with a highly-respected reputation, it is only natural to feature their panels as some of the best models in our range.

Durable and Long-Lasting Efficiency

A common question covered more in-depth through our guide is how long you can expect to use solar panels? Essentially there is no “final date” for a panel. Instead, it is a matter of decreasing efficiency levels once the panels have been used for a number of years. This is why solar panels can be used for more than 20 years and still harvest energy.

Solar Panels is the Practical Choice

When you take everything into consideration, such as the price, climate conditions, availability of solar equipment and the long-levity, as well as the potential savings, solar panels stand out as the most practical choice. The installation process is relatively quick and hassle-free. And the panels are more than capable of withstanding natural elements like rain and wind.

Reach out to our friendly consultants for any questions, or even if you have doubts about how many panels you need. They will gladly walk you through the calculation process and provide invaluable assistance. More importantly, get the best solar equipment at the best prices only at SolarAdvice.

Frequently asked questions:

How do Solar Panels work?
The silicone cell is responsible for taking sunrays and storing it in what people refer to as DC energy. From there, it runs through an inverter to establish an AC current you can use inside your home or business. Here are some quick facts about solar panels to give some perspective on your investment.

How strong are the Panels?
Due to the construction of a solar panel, it is more than capable of surviving harsh natural elements. The aluminium frame and the tempered glass protecting the interior cells make it possible for solar panels to survive typical South African weather.

How long do they last?
Even though warranties on solar panels usually range between ten years or less, it does not mean panels stop being efficient at this time. In fact, solar panels can keep collecting sun rays for twenty years or more. However, the level of efficiency decreases as time goes by.

Panel maintenance
It literally comes down to keeping the protective glass clean and to check if there are any obstructions that block direct sunlight, such as branches from a high tree.

Roof-mounted or on the ground?
Depending on the size of your roof or your property, you can choose between a roof and a ground-mounted array. To work out if your roof is suitable or not you can read our short guide.

How much do they cost?
Solar Panels have never been more affordable or efficient than they are today. This makes it one of the most practical choices for switching to solar energy.

What about installation?
When you work with professionals, the installation should be fairly quick and straightforward, just ask us and we will be happy to give you the right advice when selecting your installer.

Help when choosing the right Solar Panel
Depending on your budget and your energy needs, you can easily balance all four of these elements with the solar panels we have on offer. If you’re not sure which one is right for your Solar Power System just ask us and we can help guide you.

So, what should you look for in a solar panel when shop online?

  • The output power
  • The level of efficiency
  • The size and weight
  • The brand
  • Cost versus quality
  • How long does the warranty last?

Speak with one of our friendly consultants at SolarAdvice if you have more questions about the solar panels we offer. You can also read our guide for more in-depth information at your own leisure. Either way, you are in good company with the right people.