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How To Understand Solar Panel Price Quotes

Learn how to get the most performance at the best price. Compare the brand, price, output, technology, compatibility and warranty. Use the table below to summarize the important criteria to compare PV solar systems. This analysis is provided as part of our solar system design service to help you make an informed decision.




Panel Brand 1 Panel Brand 2 Panel Brand 3
System Watts

# Solar Panels
Model #
Cell Type
Panel Ratings:
- Max Watts STC
- Max Watts PTC
- Nominal Watts NOCT
Efficiency Rate

Warranty
County of Origin
Years in Business
Annual Revenue
Compatibility

The # of panels * the STC rating

The # of solar panels in the system
The manufacturer model #
The type of cell technology, typically mono or polycrystalline

The maximum power rated in factory
The maximum power rated in real-world
The average power achieved every day
The rate of sunlight conversion

Usually 10 years product and 25 years power output
The location where the panel is manufactured
The year manufacturer was founded
The financial health of the manufacturer
Yes or No, the panel should use industry standards for size, volts, and amps
STRING INVERTER SYSTEM
Sticker Price
Net Price after incentives
Net $ Per Watt
Annual Power Offset %
Year 1 Utility $ Savings
Effective Cost per kWh
Payback Years
Return on Investment (ROI)


The total cost of the system including design, permits, equipment and labor.
The sticker price minus tax credits or rebates.
The net price / the system watts
The amount of power produced / the amount of power consumed
The amount of power produced * the utility rate per kWh
The net price / the 25 year kWh produced
The net price / annual savings
The annual savings / the net price, shown as percentage
OPTIMIZER INVERTER SYSTEM
Sticker Price
Net Price after incentives
Net $ Per Watt
Annual Power Offset %
Year 1 Utility $ Savings
Effective Cost per kWh
Payback Years
Return on Investment (ROI)

MICRO-INVERTER SYSTEM
Sticker Price
Net Price after incentives
Net $ Per Watt
Annual Power Offset %
Year 1 Utility $ Savings
Effective Cost per kWh
Payback Years
Return on Investment (ROI)

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