While people are usually very keen to make the change to solar, as soon as they see a quote that is higher than they expected, they decide they can’t justify the costs involved. This is largely due to misinformation in the industry. Mid-sized quality systems can cost between $7K – $10K, but cheap solar manufacturers might advertise their low-quality systems for $3K – $4K which excites potential buyers. Don't be fooled by a low price point.
Unfortunately, a cheaper solar panel deal usually isn’t something to get excited about unless it’s a deal from a large, trusted manufacturer with a good track record. A cheaper solar panel is exactly that: they are made from cheaper materials, they go through less quality assurance testing or none at all and they are a big gamble for homeowners wanting to reduce electricity costs.
You’re not alone if you’ve wondered why some solar panels and inverters cost more than others. They all look the same, and they all do the same things, so why should you bother with the more expensive ones?
The most important questions to ask yourself when choosing your solar panels are:
Does the panel manufacturer have a good track record?
What is the manufacturer’s warranty policy on the panels?
Is it easy to access the manufacturer warranty information or has the manufacturer made it unclear?
If you don’t know the answers to these questions after 5-10 minutes of research, chances are you’re looking at a cheap solar panel.
Cheaper quality solar panels or inverters are more likely to fail earlier. The manufacturers who produce these cheaply made panels are less likely to honour warranty agreements, especially if they suddenly go out of business right when you are looking for their help.