Canadian Solar Panels Review - Are They The Right Choice?

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Canadian Solar is headquartered in Ontario, Canada and was started in 2001. They now operate globally with successful subsidiaries in 18 countries. They employ over 8000 workers and have shipped more than 30 million solar panel modules in the past 14 years. The bulk of Canadian Solar’s manufacturing facilities are located in China. In 2011, Canadian Solar also began manufacturing in a plant in Ontario, Canada, which now has a production capacity of over 500MW per year. Canadian Solar production facilities are structured for vertically-integrated manufacturing of ingots, wafers, solar cells, solar PV modules, solar power systems and specialized solar products. This means they control the panel production process from start to finish, rather than outsourcing elements to 3rd party companies. This ensures better quality control over the manufacturing processes of their solar panels. Key Benefits Claimed By Canadian Solar:

  • Panel power production capabilities up to 315W.
  • Most of their panel range is suitable for harsh environments, including heavy snow & wind loads.
  • 10 yr product warranty, 25 yr linear performance warranty
  • Selected modules ideal for sea/water side installation (no moisture permeability through backsheet and no salt-mist corrosion).

With all these positives, Canadian Solar panels sound like a great option for your solar power system, however, there are three things you must consider first.

  • Canadian Solar panels offer panel efficiency rates of up to 16.42%, compared to the market leader which is up to 21%. While a lower efficiency brand of panel is usually cheaper, you will sacrifice some long-term return-on-investment by not going with the highest efficiency brand you can afford, so be sure to compare the lifetime value of Canadian solar panels against other brands before making a final buying decision.

  • If your roof space is not too constricted, Canadian Solar panels are a cost efficient choice because you can fit enough panels on the roof to meet your power needs at a more reasonable price (compared to the higher efficiency panels previously mentioned). However, if your roof space is limited and you want to maximise your power production, Canadian Solar panels might not be the best choice for you. It’s important to keep in mind that solar is an investment first and foremost. Getting an accredited installer with experience in your local area to consult with you will help you understand what panels will provide the best return for your investment over the life of the system.

  • Even if you are already 100% decided on Canadian Solar, don’t be too hasty in accepting the first quote you receive. Different installers charge different prices, even for the same product. Installers all buy their products from different places, have different margins and offer varying levels of service. The price you are quoted, even for the exact same product, can vary by hundreds of dollars depending on who you talk to.

The best way to make sure you get the right panel for you at the best price is to compare quotes from Clean Energy Council accredited installers with experience in your area.

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Is solar worth the investment? You bet it is!

Generous rebates still available

Rebates Available

Generous rebates still availableThe Australian Government pays up to $3,458 towards the value of your system via Small Technology Certificates (STC’s). Some States receive additional rebates which can contribute even more!

Reduce future power price rises

Shield from price rise

Reduce future power price risesBy installing solar, you’ll reduce your reliance on the grid and the price rises that will come.

Get paid to export to the grid

Get Paid

Get paid to export to the gridYour retailer will pay you for the excess power you don’t use.

Great returns on investment

Great ROI

Great returns on investmentSolar is one of the best investments you can make, not only will it lower your electricity bills and increase property value but it can pay for itself within 3-5 years.

Solar has never been cheaper

Cheaper Solar

Solar has never been cheaperSolar system prices have never been cheaper and start from around $3,000!

System warranties last 25 years

System warranty

System warranties last 25 yearsSystems are now extremely durable – most panels have warranties of 25 years and inverters 10 years.

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These calculations assume:

  • Current default data is for New South Wales,
  • 50% exported to the grid,
  • 37c per kWh for electricity purchased from the grid,
  • You are in the capital city for your state - data will change slightly away from the capital,
  • STC price of $36.
  • This information does not constitute financial advice and is only intended as a guide. Please refer to the information provided by the companies quoting for information specific to your personal circumstances and location.

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