Which Solar Panels Are Best - How Much Should I Expect To Pay?
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The Best Solar Panels
Solar panels have been in mass production for decades and the amount of investment and research has never been higher than today. The solar panels considered to be among the best available in the UK are made by giants Canadian Solar, Yingli, Sharp, Solarworld, Mitsubishi and Schott.
Though there are other brands available, the above PV panels consistently exceed in performance and sales numbers throughout the UK. All of these brands are competitively priced and you can expect to pay around £200 for a single 30w solar panel. Prices varying between suppliers and individual module specifications.
Yingli and Solarworld
Yingli Solar is a leading solar panel producer based in China, well known for its pioneering technology. You can expect to pay around £7,500 for a 4kW Yingli solar panel system including VAT and installation.
USA made Solarworld solar panels are another well known brand which offer superior photovoltaic modules such as the Sunmodule range. This range comes with an extended 10 year workmanship warranty. A Solarworld 3.68kW solar panel system can cost around £7,250.
Mitsubishi and Schott
Mitsubishi Electric has been a key player in solar technology development and manufacture since the 1970s and Mitsubishi solar panels start from around £300 for a single module. A 1.8kW Mitsubishi PV system starts from about £3,000 and a 2.52kW PV system can reach £6,500. The 2.52kW system is made up of 14 single panels, inverter, batteries and all the necessary components.
The German company,Schott, employs more than 17,000 people worldwide and has been present in the UK for over 40 years. They supply industry leading solar panels that have the backing of Schott's 53 years of experience in the solar industry. You can expect to pay around £7,800 for a Schott 3.76kW solar panel system in the UK,including delivery and installation.
First Solar and Sanyo
Suntech And Kyocera
How to Compare Solar Panels
Each make and model of solar panel will have slightly different power output and efficiency ratings. Just as there will be variation in the cost of solar panels from different manufacturers there will also be variation in the return these panels can produce. And the expected annual yield will always be based on each panel's electrical characteristics.
When comparing the cost of different solar panels, bear in mind the variation in return each panel can provide. More expensive solar panels may provide better value for money in the long run. Greater power output and efficiency ratings will mean that the solar panels will generate more electricity and earn more money under the Feed in Tariff scheme.
Finding the MCS Accredited Prices
Yingli, Sanyo, Solarworld, Mitsubishi, Schott, First Solar, Sanyo, Suntech And Kyocera all manufacture Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) approved solar panels capable of earning home owners and commercial enterprises cash for the electricity they generate under the Feed-in-Tariff (FiT). FiTs were introduced by the UK government in April 2010 to encourage consumers to switch from the use of unsustainable energy to solar power.
Up to 15.44p/kWh is paid to homes and businesses using MCS accredited solar panels. According to DECC, only solar panels installed by MCS accredited installers will be eligible for cash from the FiTs.
This was done to encourage the use of solar products and firms the government recognised as adhering to a high standard of production and service. Looking for the best prices from MCS accredited installers in the UK can be done by using our reputable online MCS solar installer comparison website that compare solar panel prices and suppliers.