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For many homeowners planning to install a home solar system, the cost of a single solar panel is a crucial parameter as it helps estimate the cost of the project. Generally, the price of a single solar panel is in the range of $1.50- $2.20 per watt.  With the increasingly friendly prices, do not be surprised to get a panel for as little as $0.85 per watt, especially if the added costs listed below are excluded. Some of the best solar panel modules have been listed below. 

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ALEKO 30W 24V 30-Watt Monocrystalline Solar Panel

ALEKO 30W 24V 30-Watt Monocrystalline Solar Panel Main Features 30W 24V Dimension: 27" x 15" x 3" Item Weight: 9 lbs

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2 Sunforce Products 38150 Solar Power Panel, 150-Watt

Sunforce Products 38150 Solar Power Panel, 150-Watt

Sunforce Products 38150 150-Watt Solar Power Panel Main Features High Performance Crystalline Solar Cells Increase Light Absorption & Improve Efficiency Designed For RVs, Homes, Boats, Back Up & Remote Power Use, 12V Battery ...

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3 SOLARTECH POWER SPM080P-WP-N Solar Panel

SOLARTECH POWER SPM080P-WP-N Solar Panel

SOLARTECH POWER SPM080P-WP-N Solar Panel Main Features Depth: 1-3/8" Height: 36-15/16" Item: Solar Panel Width: 26-5/16" Operating Temp. Range: -40 Degrees to 185 Degrees F Standards: UL 1703, ETL C1D2 Frame: Yes ...

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4 GANZ Eco-Energy 6W Semi Flexible Solar Panel

GANZ Eco-Energy 6W Semi Flexible Solar Panel

GANZ Eco-Energy 6W Semi Flexible Solar Panel Main Features Non-glass design Semi-flexible with aluminum backing for flat to gently curved surfaces Fully weatherproof & lightweight design Unbreakable protective plastic film ...

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5 ECO-WORTHY 12 Volt 80 Watt Portable Folding Monocrystalline Solar Panel Kit with 15 Amp Solar Controller

ECO-WORTHY 12 Volt 80 Watt Portable Folding Monocrystalline Solar Panel Kit with 15 Amp Solar Controller

ECO-WORTHY 12 Volt 80 Watt Portable Folding Monocrystalline Solar Panel Kit with 15 Amp Solar Controller Main Features Rated power: 80W  Vop: 17.9V Working current (Iop): 4.44A  Output Tolerance: 3%  Temperate ...

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6 12V 10W Waterproof Solar Panel

12V 10W Waterproof Solar Panel

12V 10W Waterproof Solar Panel Main Features This monocrystalline silicon solar panel operates at a voltage of 12, and a wattage of 10W The unit is also waterproof, making it excellent for boating or camping applications

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7 Ganz Eco-Energy Semi-Flexible Solar Panel 83W

Ganz Eco-Energy Semi-Flexible Solar Panel 83W

 Ganz Eco-Energy Semi-Flexible Solar Panel 83W Main Features Non-glass design Semi-flexible with aluminum backing for flat to gently curved surfaces Fully weatherproof & lightweight design Unbreakable protective plastic ...

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8 Renogy 20W 12V Solar Panel Monocrystalline Off Grid Battery Charging for RV/Boat/Cabin Applications

Renogy 20W 12V Solar Panel Monocrystalline Off Grid Battery Charging for RV/Boat/Cabin Applications

Renogy 20W 12V Solar Panel Monocrystalline Off Grid Battery Charging for RV/Boat/Cabin Applications Main Features

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9 SOLARTECH POWER SPM040P-BP Solar Panel

SOLARTECH POWER SPM040P-BP Solar Panel

SOLARTECH POWER SPM040P-BP Solar Panel Main Features Depth: 1-31/32" Height: 25-9/16" Item: Solar Panel Width: 21-1/8" Weight: 10.78 lb. Operating Temp. Range: -40 Degrees to 185 Degrees F Standards: UL 1703, ETL C1D2 ...

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10 SOLARTECH POWER SPM130P-S-F-N Solar Panel

SOLARTECH POWER SPM130P-S-F-N Solar Panel

SOLARTECH POWER SPM130P-S-F-N Solar Panel Main Features Depth: 1-31/32" Height: 57-11/16" Item: Solar Panel Width: 26" Weight: 26.51 lb. Operating Temp. Range: -40 Degrees to 185 Degrees F Standards: UL 1703, ETL C1D2 ...

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Home Solar Panels

Buying Guide and Consumer Advice

What are solar panels and what is included in installation?

A solar panel is a device that converts sunlight into electricity. It comprises of 36 or 72 silicon cells, which generate electricity upon exposure to sunlight. During installation, several panels can be connected to achieve more current or more voltage. There are many types of solar panels, but the photovoltaic (PV) type is the most common in household applications.

Since the solar panel is the most visible component of the system, not many people are conversant with the other equally important components. These include inverter, charge controllers, and AC/DC disconnects among others. The solar array disconnect is an electrical switch that plays and important role in the system. It allows the technician to cut out power from the solar panels in the event that repairs are needed.  Ensure that this switch is strong enough to counter the power from the panel anytime, including a sunny day.

Another important component is the charge controller, which is synonymous with systems that come with battery back-up. Its role is to ensure a consistent electrical power supply to the battery. It prevents overcharging and over discharging of the battery.

You probably have heard about Direct Current (DC) and Alternating Current (AC). Solar panels produce DC current, which is not compatible with most household equipment. Therefore, it is necessary to convert this current to AC. That is the job of the inverter.

Also included in installation are mounting structures for holding the solar panel and other components in place. Depending on the size of system and conditions in your area, the structures could vary in design. Generally, inclined roofs have flush mount while flat roofs use triangular mount. 

Having listed these components, you are probably wondering who should take care of your home solar system.  As the homeowner, you are required carry the necessary maintenance to ensure the system remains effective. You are also obligated to ensure that it adheres to your property insurance policy. That is why learning a thing or two about each of these components is advisable. However, that is beside the main point of this guide.

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