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 solar industry (including manufacturers, dealers and installers) has come to the simple conclusion that “you get what you pay for”. Unhappy customers also know this to be true. We’ve seen countless bad experiences thanks to poor installation practices and cheap quality panels.
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.