Top 10 Questions About Solar Panels
Before you make the decision to go solar power for your home,
there are a number of things to know.
How Much Power Do Solar Panels Produce?
Solar panels are designed to take photons and turn them around into usable electricity for commercial properties and households. Making the decision to switch to solar energy requires thorough research and understanding. If you are curious about solar panels, you are likely wondering how much power solar panels actually produce.
That is an important question, but the answer depends on several factors.
The best way to determine how much a solar panel will likely produce is to look at three main areas:
- The manufacturer of the solar panel
- The solar cell efficiency
- The amount of direct sunlight that hits the panels
While you can’t always control how much sunlight you will get on any given day, you can control which solar panel manufacturer you choose. Companies like SunPower are known for record efficient compared to cheaper panels designed outside of the U.S.
Solar panels have numbers associated with amount of solar electricity they can produce during optimal conditions – or max power rating. The rating comes from the DC power that the panel produces under standard test conditions. Average panels can range from 250-350 watts depending on efficiency and size.
Depending on the number of panels you have installed on your home, you could be producing a significant amount of solar electricity for your household needs. The more panels, the more power, so having a highly efficient panel allows you to install more panels that take up less space on your roof. Higher efficiency panels give you optimal energy return while keeping your property looking sleek and modern.
If you want your solar panels to only cover half of your usage, you could start with a smaller system. On the other hand, if you want the most efficient system right away, you could start backwards by identifying how much electricity you use and determine how much your solar panels should produce. Once you’ve figured out how much electricity your household uses on average, you can match a solar panel system to your specific needs. Essentially, this gives you the freedom to have solar panels producing as much power as possible within the scope of your residential electricity usage. What if your solar panels produce more than you use? It will be credited back to you through the grid system, meaning you’ll have credits to use during nighttime and other times when your panels aren’t producing energy.
SunPower Panels Lead the Way in Efficiency
When it comes to selecting solar panels for your home, the more efficient they are, the better. SunPower is a clear industry leader in solar panel efficiency. The Maxeon Quality Cells are record-setting, producing 70% more energy over the first 25 years when compared to conventional panels.
The name of the solar energy game is efficiency. If your panels aren’t producing usable solar energy, they aren’t providing you the optimal savings you need. SunPower cells truly live up to their reputation of efficiency and durability, providing maximum returns to homeowners and peace of mind thanks to their factory-backed 25-year warranty on the complete system – not just the panels.
As a SunPower Elite Dealer, Semper Solaris knows Sunpower panels inside out. Feel free to reach out today if you’d like to learn more about solar panel efficiency.