When it comes to choosing what solar panels you will be installing on your roof, it pays to consider longevity as well as efficiency. The solar boom has created a lot of fly-by-night installers wheeling and dealing cheap equipment that ends up costing the customer money instead of saving. Even beyond cheap panels, the gap between standard solar panel cells and the industry’s technological leader is huge.
A conventional panel cell has a rudimentary design system that technically does its job but also has hidden pitfalls. The front of the panels have a metal paste across the front which gives less surface space used for transferring sunlight into energy, and there are weaknesses in the cell due to the metal’s natural expansion and contraction from temperature fluctuations. The back of these cells have no integral strength and are also lined with metal paste, effectively giving both sides of the cell the same vulnerability to the elements. If you lose even one of these metal ribbons, the whole cell will fail and need to be replaced.
SunPower Maxeon Cell
SunPower took the conventional-panel cell concept to the next level. To start, the company got rid of the metal paste idea and instead opted to use the full surface of the cell, maximizing efficiency and sunlight absorption. Compared to a conventional panel, a SunPower solar panel produces 70 percent more energy over the first 25 years. To make the cells stronger and more durable, SunPower designed them with a solid-copper backing, adding massive strength and making them nearly impervious to corrosion. The final touch of the updated cell technology is thick connectors with built-in strain relief to safeguard against the contraction and expansion of temperature swings.
Cell Failures Virtually Eliminated
Conventional solar cells lose power over time because of corrosion and breakage. But the unique design of SunPower solar cells eliminates 85 percent of the reasons conventional cells fail. So you’ll enjoy outstanding performance and savings with your commercial or home solar system for decades to come.
The Big Takeaway
The solar energy landscape is moving into the future and has hit its “Goldilocks zone” for effectiveness and affordability. The conventional panels in circulation right now end up costing homeowners more money when factoring in replacement costs for broken cells and lower energy production from their system. When it comes to powering your life, don’t buy yourself an expensive headache. Invest in a solution that is plug-and-play so you can begin to reap the benefits without complication immediately.
Ready to make the switch to clean, renewable energy? Contact our Riverside solar experts at SunPower by Precis by calling (951) 800-7926 today.