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    Solar Panels or Solar Modules

    The technology of Solar Panels or Solar Modules has been around for over 50 years. This technology was predominantly made use by the Germany, where over 80% of residences and buildings have PV solar systems on their roofs. In Australia we are slowly working towards the 2020 goal.

    Our Team in Ausind Solar believes that every home, building and office should have Solar Power to generate its own FREE power from the sun. We have abundance of Sunshine in WA and we present every opportunity to home owners and businesses to have a system installed on their roof.

    In Australia the burst of Solar PV installations started in 2008 with the $8000 government rebate and this propelled Solar PV installations to become a popular means in reducing electricity costs incurred by Australian householders.

    There are 3 main types of solar panels in the market today:
    • Monocrystalline Panels
    • Polycrystalline Panels
    • Thin Film Panels

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    Ausind Solar provides customers with both Mono-Crystalline and Poly-Crystalline panels. These two types of solar panels are recommended by the Clean Energy Council CEC council to be the most efficient panels for their efficiency for conversion of UV light and Blue light into DC current.

    Features of Mono and Poly Panels:
    • High efficiency solar cells
    • Withstand hail damage of up to 10mm
    • SET Selective Emitter Technology
    • High transparency low iron tempered glass allows maximum light permeability while enhancing stiffness and impact resistance
    • Integrated bypass diodes to protect the solar cell circuit from hot spots during partial shadowing in Mono Panels
    • Higher Tolerance between Temperatures in Poly Panels
    When Investing in Solar Panels, Ausind Solar understands that our customers should invest in solar
    panels that have:
    • Top Performance,
    • Quality construction and
    • Long term warranty support

    Our Team at Ausind Solar are passionate about providing reliable, high performance & Quality and Long Term Warranty and Support backed by warranty and support – Solar Modules. Our panels are specifically chosen from the (Bloomberg Tier 1 2014 & High end Tier 2) because it delivers on every one of these fronts.

    Tier 1 Panels

     

    What makes a Tier 1 panel manufacturer? How should the criteria be weighted?

    There is no agreed science to the tier rating system for solar panels. Until the solar industry comes together and decides on a standard approach to rating solar panels, there will always be disagreements on what the criteria are and how to weight the importance of each criteria.

    • Volume
    • Vertical Integration
    • Quality Control
    • R&D and warranty
    • Warranty
    • Manufacturer Experience
    • Risk Diversifccation
    • Financial stability

    Volume

    Volume in some industry Tier criteria has been used as the only criteria. Volume should be used as a criteria as it shows scale of a manufacturer and to some degree commitment to industry through volume. What volume as a criteria by itself does not consider is quality control systems prior to shipping of panel product. It also does not take into account how a panel product is manufactured or sourced. It has not been uncommon for an installer to note variation between one panel to another in the same container of stock, indicating cooperation between manufacturers to manufacture product and then ship out under a single brand name. There is not necessarily anything wrong with cooperation between manufacturers, subject to quality control being maintained, this point is merely highlighting that more than volume needs to be considered when assessing Tier 1, 2 and 3 manufacturers.

    Vertical Integration

    Vertical integration in manufacturing is where a manufacturer controls their supply line from manufacture of silicone cells, right through to the final panel product. Vertical integration is mature manufacturing 101 and is proof of a mature business model in manufacturing solar panels. This should aid a manufacturer in maintaining product quality through the process and when done efficiently creates economies of scale and greater profitability for the manufacturer.

    Quality Control

    What procedures does a manufacturer have in place to ensure premium quality products every time? Automation of manufacturing is one criteria often defined as helpful in creating quality consistency.

    R&D and warranty

    What does a manufacturer spend in terms of research and development of innovating technology? Like vertical integration and quality control systems, I am confident industry can agree that re investment in technology innovation from manufacturers is an important criteria. China, as a country, has been responsible for the most request for patents in the energy efficiency sector in the last year.

    Warranty

    What support is a manufacturer putting behind their solar panel? Does the manufacturer have a local service office in the country of purchase? What is the process to attain warranty support in the event of product failure?

    Manufacturer Experience

    In Australia, solar panels come with a 25 year warranty. Most of the brand name manufacturers of solar panels in Australia have not been in business for 25 years. Some manufacturers that have been are Hyundai Heavy Industries, LG Electronics, Kyocera, Sharp, and with the Chinese Manufacturers new Australian entrants Phono Solar is owned by Sumec/Sinomach Group of companies that have 37 years of manufacturing history.

    Risk Diversifccation

    There are two schools of thought in the solar industry in regards to manufacturers having a risk diversified manufacturing portfolio. One consideration is to say that a manufacturer whom only manufactures solar panels is completely committed to the industry, which is true. The alternate position is that a risk diversified manufacturer is not wholly reliant on the solar industry for the success of their business. It is worthy of note that in the last three years the manufacture of solar panels has for the majority of manufacturers risk diversified or otherwise has not been profitable. Examples of companies that predominantly manufacture panels as their main source of income are Trina and Suntech. Phono is an examples of risk diversified manufacturers.

    Financial stability

    Nowadays most solar manufacturers’ financials are readily available for review. As mentioned previously, financial figures related to the manufacture of solar panels in the last three years have been tough reading. Many of us are aware of the financial wobbles of some manufacturers and no one desires to sell customers a panel from a manufacturer that is no longer in business or in danger of going out of business. The international market is privileged to have some of the world’s Fortune 500 companies manufacturing solar panels like the Sinomach/Sumec group Phono Solar panel.

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