What Are the Best Solar Panels for Chicago Homes?
by Cody McGowan, on Jul 29, 2020 9:09:00 AM
Not All Solar Panels Are Built the Same
Rooftop solar panels are an excellent investment for several reasons, but there’s a lot to consider when just getting started. After all, they’ll be on your house for anyone to see, and should be able to power all of your home’s lights and appliances. How can you ensure that the solar panels on your roof are the most efficient and of the best quality?
If you’re looking for a premium, reliable installation, you’re in luck. Below we’ll share the standards to look for and what distinguishes Summit Solar’s panels for your Chicago, IL, home.
At Summit Solar, we use black glass panels that are made with monocrystalline solar cells. Monocrystalline is made from a single crystal of silicon, rather than many silicon fragments melted together like we see on polycrystalline panels.
Not only is black monocrystalline sleeker and more visually appealing, but the cells are also more efficient at converting sunlight into electricity. These panels are considered to be premium, so they will cost slightly more than blue polycrystalline versions. But the black monocrystalline have a 25-year warranty, significantly more than the industry standard of 10 years.
Made by Panasonic
According to Solar Reviews, Panasonic is considered one of the top solar panel manufacturers on the market and is used by our Chicago-based company, Summit Solar. Panasonic’s panels are known for having the lowest temperature coefficient, which means they produce up to 13% more energy at higher temperatures.
This results in the highest kilowatt-hour production annually, so you’ll receive the most net savings. Panasonic panels are made in the U.S.A., fit slim to your roof, and are a matte black.
Neat and Attractive Installation
If you’ve seen homes with silver piping down the side of the house, it may have scared you out of a solar installation. Conduit piping like that is distracting, but it isn’t your only option.
With Summit Solar, we install conduit pipes underneath the roof. The two-inch pipe is arranged into the attic, where it will travel to connect to your meter. Your house will look like-new once we’ve finished, with little to no trace of piping.
A Premium Solar Installation in Chicago, IL
If you’re interested in renewable energy and qualifying for federal tax credits, solar power may be the right solution for you. To learn more and get started for your Chicago-area home, contact Summit Solar.