Solar Panel Companies. Who are the Best Solar Panel Manufacturers?

May 12, 2010

With the influx of Chinese made solar panels on the global market it is extremely difficult to determine who are the best solar panel companies. While there are many good Chinese solar panels on the market there is still the lingering question of quality and warranty support that is all-too-important for a product that is expected to last up to 25 years.

Fortunately, the top solar panel companies have not been run out of business by the Chinese onslaught and continue to survive in the ever competitive solar panel business. Perhaps this is because the end users are acutely aware that their return on investment is tied very closely to the quality of the solar panel they purchase and less so to its initial cost.

Aftermarket support is also a key element in a purchase decision. Top solar panel companies who have been in business for several years and who have earned a reputation for superior warranty support have a distinct advantage over the fledgling solar panel manufacturer. Solar panels are unique in that their long expected life and high initial cost make it essential that the panel manufacturer be around for the lifetime of the panel. While no manufacturer can guarantee they will always be around, the existing established manufacturers of high quality panels have a leg up on their rival upstarts in this respect.

The solar panel business is in a constant state of flux. However, there are a group of quality solar panel companies who are worthy of mention. Here is my list of top solar panel companies:

BP Solar
Canadian Solar Inc
DMSolar
EPV Solar
Evergreen
GE
Kaneka
Kyocera
Mitsubishi
REC Solar
Sanyo
Schott Solar
Sharp
Shuco
Solar World
Solartech
SunTech
Yingli

Solar panel companies will come and go. However, if you are going to make a substantial investment in a solar panel system, it is essential that you chose a solar panel manufacturer not only for the initial purchase price but also for quality and warranty support.

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