Photovoltaic Panel Manufacturers
USA: Photovoltaic Panels: Photovoltaic Panel Manufacturers
ABOUT PHOTOVOLTAIC PANELS
Photovoltaic panels convert sunlight directly into electricity. They may be installed on premises which are not connected to the electricity grid, or they may be installed on properties which are connected to the electricity grid. In the latter case, the photovoltaic panels are connected to the grid, so that surplus electricity can be sold to the grid. Financial incentives, such as preferential feed-in tariffs, apply in several countries including the USA.
The electricity is created by photons from sunlight colliding with electrons, which are then moved into a higher energy state, creating electricity. The solar cells require protection from the environment, and are usually packaged behind a glass sheet. However this does not apply in all cases, and photovoltaic roofing material is available. This provides roof waterproofing and photovoltaic electricity generation in a single sheet product, with no glass or frames.
LEADING USA PHOTOVOLTAIC PANEL MANUFACTURERS
The following leading photovoltaic panel manufacturers have comprehensive websites, with information on all aspects, including online catalogs, designs and materials, and care and maintenance.
Advanced Solar Photonics. Advanced Solar Photonics is a photovoltaic panel manufacturer with producing facilities in Florida USA, which has a capacity of 100Mw, and a further facility in China supplying the rest of the world. Advanced Solar Photonics also manufactures and sells a panel mounting system for residential and commercial use. Its product range comprises monocrystalline silicon solar panels and modules with outputs of 220 to 240 watts. There is also a range of silicon solar panels which are able to harvest reflected light on the rear, giving module efficiencies of up to 20.5%. Outputs for these panels range from 280 to 330 watts.
Kyocera. Kyocera, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, has its USA base in Scottsdale, Arizona. It is one of the world's leading photovoltaic panel manufacturers. The main product in its photovoltaic panel range is the d.Blue Module. The name derives from the dark blue colour of the panel; the module frames are colored black. The d.Blue Modules are available in 205, 180, and 135 watt panels. All carry a 20-year power output warranty. The Kyocera Solar website contains a product catalog, a dealer locator, a PV calculator, and a section on Understanding Solar.
Solar Energy Guide. The Solar Energy Guide is not a manufacturer of panels, but provides a useful consumer guide to the use of panels by homeowners. The website contains the following sections: Solar Energy, PV Homes, PV Sytems, Off Grid, Grid Tied, Grid Tie Backup, PV Panels, PV Cells, Cost, Facts, Pros & Cons, Lighting, and Electric Generators.
Solar Home. Solar Home, based in Salt Lake City, Utah, has been an online supplier of solar products for the home since 1998. It offers a wide range of photovoltaics. Its rigid glass panels range in power from 1 watt to 20 watts. Solar Home also supplies rollable solar panels; these take the form of a lightweight flexible sheet which serves the dual purpose of roof covering and solar power generation. Other products supplied by Solar Home include: Inverters, Composting Toilets, Solar Fountains, Generators, Pumps, Solar Pool Products, and Solar Water Heaters.
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