Who is SunPower?
SunPower is a US corporation with offices in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. It’s probably best known for industrial scale installations but their 25 years plus manufacturing experience combined with the public’s growing interest in green energy is getting them known for their high performing solar panels. Innovative use of technology, attention to design and commitment to cost effectiveness, are rapidly making them the number one choice for homeowners looking for a solar panel solution to their energy requirements.
The Power of SunPower
Although the amount of generated energy that can be expected from a particular make of solar panel is displayed on the product, these measurements are taken in factory conditions. They are not accurate to what will be achieved in real-life situations. Therefore, independent tests have been carried out to find out just how efficient various makes of solar panels are. Tests include how much power the system will generate during its lifetime, rather than in any given instant and its performance in real world conditions. These tests confirm that SunPower solar panels produce the most power over a range of diverse conditions.
The Beauty of SunPower Solar Panels
Many homeowners have been put off from installing solar panel because they feel they spoil the beauty of their property. Some solar panel manufacturers have not really given much consideration to this view at the design stage of the product. Clearly, SunPower is making an attempt at addressing the aesthetics of solar panel design with their signature black panels. Their streamlined appearance blends better with most types of architectural design, compared to some that are on the market. The extra power generated can also mean lesser panels are required and the ones that are required can be positioned better on the allotted roof space.
Comparing the Cost
SunPower solar panels produce up to 50% more power than conventional panels and in the case of film solar panels – 100%. If the user needs fewer panels to generate the electricity needed, savings can be made on installation costs. Alternatively, more of the electricity requirements of the building can be met by using the same amount of panels as conventional panels, saving even more on energy bills. For UK residents, it should be noted that SunPower solar panels are not MCS accredited and therefore cannot be used on solar energy systems connected to the national grid. As there are government incentives running that allow homeowners using solar panels to sell the excess electricity generated back to the national grid, this should be taken into consideration. Non-MCS certified products will not be included in these schemes.