An interesting comparison here by Choice Australia of the world’s top solar panels.

The prominent panel brands compared are:

  • Canadian
  • CNPV
  • JA Solar
  • Jinko
  • LG
  • Q-Cells
  • Suntech
  • Renesola
  • Tindo
  • Trina
  • Yingli
  • Simax
  • Sunpower

Main parameters on which these have been compared are:

  • Price
  • Power
  • Efficiency
  • Power Tolerance
  • Length & Width

As a commentator has rightly noted, what’s really important for those selecting panels is the price/W number. Here’s the low down on that, with the lowest price/W first:

  • $0.84 Jinko (Multicrystalline)
  • $0.85 CNPV (Multicrystalline)
  • $0.86 JA Solar (Multicrystalline)
  • $0.89 Renesola (Multicrystalline)
  • $0.93 Trina (Multicrystalline)
  • $0.94 Suntech (Multicrystalline)
  • $0.95 Yingli (Multicrystalline)
  • $0.96 Canadian (Multicrystalline)
  • $1.05 Q-Cells (Multicrystalline)
  • $1.11 Suntech (Monocrystalline)
  • $1.16 Yingli (Monocrystalline)
  • $1.21 Tindo (Multicrystalline)
  • $1.22 LG (Monocrystalline)
  • $1.55 Sunpower (Monocrystalline)
  • $1.71 Simax (Monocrystalline)

You can see the massive difference between the lowest and the highest prices per W.

Simax is 100% more costly than Jinko, on a $/W basis!

Another not so surprising observation is that almost all high $/W panels are monocrystalline.

Source: Choice

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