Ultimate PV Buying Guide: Solar Panels & How to select High-Power modules

๐—Ÿ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ป ๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ด๐—ต ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ข๐—ป๐—น๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ ๐—ฉ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ผ-๐—–๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ฒ, ๐˜๐—ฎ๐˜‚๐—ด๐—ต๐˜ ๐—ฏ๐˜† ๐—๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ฒ:
โ˜‘ ๐—ก๐—ผ ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ธ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜„๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐—ด๐—ฒ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—พ๐˜‚๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ
โ˜‘ ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฌ% ๐— ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜†-๐—•๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ธ ๐—ด๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฒ
โ˜‘ ๐—”๐—น๐—น ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ข๐—ณ๐—ณ-๐—š๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฑ ๐—˜๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ด๐˜† ๐—ฆ๐˜†๐˜€๐˜๐—ฒ๐—บ๐˜€
โ˜‘ ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜€๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ธ-๐˜€๐—ถ๐˜‡๐—ฒ ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ผ ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€

๐—–๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ธ ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฎ ๐—ณ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜„ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ฒ:

Contact Jesse for Advice:

Renewable Energy Engineer & Off Grid Expert Jesse Gorter explains how you can select the best Solar PV Panel for your system.

How to choose the best solar panel in 4 steps:
1. TECHNOLOGY: Which kind of technology is available on the market, and what kind of efficiencies can you expect
2. PERFORMANCE: How can you distinguish among several panels which ones are the best, and which figures should you look for
3. PRICES: How can you easily compare prices among solar panels, and what kind of warranties can you expect
4. TIPS: Overcast performance, budget-smart decisions, and bi-facial solar pv panels


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  1. Welcome to Solar Solution, the channel on Off Grid Energy Systems! My name is Jesse, I am a Renewable Energy Engineer and I share my knowledge freely so that we can all benefit and grow together.


    You are welcome to share your perspectives and experiences though the channel's comment section or forum. Please note that I do not provide personal advice in the YouTube comment section.

    If you wish to address the YouTube community with their vast communal knowledge, please address your comment with 'General Inquiry'. For personal advice you can contact me through the main website.

    Enjoy the channel, and good luck with your energy project!

    All the best, Jesse.

  2. Thank you very much. Currently in the process of upgrading campervan with 200Ah lithium heated batteries from battleborn, victron mppt 100/50, and finally orion-tr smart 12/12V-30A. Already purchased receiving next week. Solar panels primary charging method hoping to make this purchase early next week. Huge learning curve. Heated batteries as I am in Canada and the camper full time. Also design is modular in that batteries and solar panels will move from rv to a 28 foot sail boat. I will keep you posted with my progress. Your videos are extremely informative and straightforward thank you.

  3. Hi Jesse. Love y our videos! I am building an off-grid solar panel array for the top of the van my wife and I have just ordered (Ford Transit high-top extended van). I am wondering if it's worth it to build a system to move the panels in at least one axis, possibly two, to track the sun, probably based on the GPS coordinates and date/time. I know the improvement might be around 10%, but I am still not sure. Thanks!!!

  4. You say higher-efficiency panels are always better and are your #1 priority. I'm confused with that blanket assertion. If I compare a 350W low-efficiency panel vs a 350W high-efficiency panel, assuming all else is the same, they'll produce the same 350W peak power. The main difference is size of the panels – low-efficiency panels are bigger, so need more surface area. Unless you're space-constrained, that's not a problem. Yes, higher-efficiency/premium panels will likely have slightly better specs, but from the price differentials I see, doesn't make sense to pay a premium. I'd likely add another panel for insurance – maybe another ~$300.

    Major considerations for me are price and aesthetics (the all-black panels look much better even though they typically have a modest performance penalty).

    With ever-lower panel prices for residential PV, hard to think paying a premium for current top-tier panels is a worthwhile investment. The better investment seems to be high-quality inverters/batteries.

  5. Hi, love the video and the opportunity to learn.

    If you have time and if others are interested, could you look at a case study. Specifically, if I wanted to power my electric car ( say Tesla) and use it every day for 50km, what would be the optimum system.


  6. Do you think it's a good idea to use bifacial panels on residential metal roof top? My system is 14.8KW, should I choose a light colour for the roof to get the most reflection back to the panels? Thank you.

  7. Absolutely brilliant! Thank you so much! Iโ€™m looking to get a solar system that I can take to France and have by our tent. But possibly at a later date put up on a converted van.
    This was so helpful – I feel like I need to study the different ones for sale but with more knowledge ๐Ÿ™Œ

  8. I want flexible panels on my 36โ€™ sailboat. I think I could lay them on existing surfaces without building supports, and also reposition them from time to time. Unfortunately I hear that flexible panels just donโ€™t last. Is that so?

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