Solar-panel-questions

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Over the past 5 years, we have handled dozens and dozens of questions on solar power plants. Not surprisingly, a good number of these had to do with solar panels.

The Solar Mango team spent the last few weeks putting together all these questions, and also answers to these.

And this is has resulted in – A SUPER BIG LIST OF QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ON SOLAR PANELS.

Yeah, over 100 questions on solar panels, answered by the expert team at Solar Mango.

Here you go.

Oh well, hang on!

100 is a fairly large number, isn’t it? Questions are arranged on the following categories, to make it easy for you to read:

  • Performance
  • Costs & Prices
  • Risks & Warranties
  • Evaluation Parameters
  • Companies
  • Types
  • Components
  • Maintenance & Repairs
  • And the Rest

PERFORMANCE

  • Will a Solar Panel Really Last 25 Years?-Here
  • How Much Electricity Will Solar Panels Produce in a High Sunlight Region?-Here
  • How Much Electricity Will Solar Panels Produce in a Moderate Sunlight Region?-Here
  • How Much Electricity Will Solar Panels Produce in a Low Sunlight Region?-Here
  • Do Some Solar Panels Perform Better than Other in Low Sunlight?-Here
  • How Do I Know if My Solar Panels are Generating Maximum Possible Electricity?-Here
  • How Do I Know Thin Film Solar Panels Can Work for 25 Years?-Here
  • Is Choosing a Very High Efficiency Panel a Good Idea?-Here
  • How Can I Maximise Generation from Solar Panels from a Limited Rooftop Area?-Here
  • What is the Highest Efficiency for Solar Panels in 2016?-Here
  • Do High Efficiency Solar Panels Generate More Electricity than Low Efficiency Panels?-Here
  • What Will be a Solar Panel’s Efficiency After 25 Years?-Here
  • What are the Typical Solar Panel Efficiency I Should Look for?-Here
  • How Much Generation Decrease Can Result from Dust on Solar Panels?-Here
  • How Much Electricity will a Solar Panel Generate in a Year?-Here
  • What is the Warranty Available for Solar Panels?-Here
  • How Does a Standard Performance Guarantee Work for Solar Panels?-Here
  • How Does a Linear Performance Guarantee Works for Solar Panels?-Here

COSTS & PRICES

  • What is the Price of Solar Panels in 2016?-Here
  • What Will be the Price of Solar Panels in 2017?-Here
  • How Best Can I Negotiate to Ensure I Get High Quality Solar Panels at Best Possible Prices?-Here
  • What are the Best Ways to Get High Quality Solar Panels at Low Prices?-Here
  • Can I Get Solar Panels at Low Prices if I Buy in Bulk?-Here
  • Can I Get Solar Panels at Low Prices If I Buy Directly from Manufacturer?-Here

RISKS & WARRANTIES

  • How Much Do I Stand to Lose If I Choose a Poor Quality Solar Panel?-Here
  • Have there been Real Life Failures of Solar Panels within a Few Years after Installation?-Here
  • Can Solar Panels Withstand Hailstorms?-Here
  • Can Solar Panels Withstand Snow and Rain?-Here
  • Can Solar Panels be Damaged by Floods?-Here
  • What Happens if the Solar Panel Manufacturer Goes Out of Business?-Here
  • What Warranties Should I Look for While Purchasing Solar Panels?-Here
  • What Happens if there are Bird Droppings on Solar Panels?-Here
  • What Happens if Heavy Objects Fall on Solar Panels?-Here
  • What Happens if Someone Accidentally Walks on Solar Panels?-Here
  • What is PID (performance induced degradation) of a Solar Panel?-Here
  • How Can I Protect Solar Panels Against Monkeys and Other Animals?-Here
  • What All Can Go Wrong with Solar Panels?-Here
  • What Types of Insurance are Available for Solar Panels?-Here
  • What is the Shading of Solar Panels all About? What are Its Implications?-Here
  • What are Light Induced Defects in Solar Cells?-Here
  • What is a Solar Module Derate Factor?-Here
  • If a Cell in a Solar Panel Doesn’t Work, Does It Affect Generation from Other Cells?-Here

EVALUATION PARAMETERS

  • What are the Main Parameters I Should Evaluate Solar Panels before Purchase?-Here
  • Are There Ratings Available for Solar Panels?-Here
  • What Questions about Solar Panels Should I Ask My Installer or EPC?-Here
  • How Do I Know I Am Getting the Solar Panels with the Same Specifications as Promised?-Here
  • What is the Typical Wattage of a Solar Panel in Watts?-Here
  • How Can We Find Out the Grade of a Solar Panel?-Here
  • Is it a Good Idea to Use Monocrystalline Solar Panels as They Have High Efficiency?-Here
  • How Can I Use Datasheets Provided with Solar Panels?-Here
  • Can My Roof Can Take the Weight of Solar Panels?-Here
  • What are the Advantages of Having Anti-reflective Coating on the Glass of Solar Panels?-Here
  • How Are Solar Panels Tested Before They are Sold?-Here
  • What is the Highest Temperature Solar Panels Can Tolerate?-Here
  • What is the Temperature Coefficient of Solar Panels? And Why Is It Important for Solar Power Plants?-Here
  • What is Peak Capacity of Solar Cells?-Here

COMPANIES & BRANDS

  • Which are the Top Indian Solar Panel Brands?-Here
  • Which are the Top International Solar Panel Brands?-Here
  • How Do I Choose Between Solar Panels from Top Brands?-Here
  • Who are the top solar panel makers in India?-Here
  • Are Chinese Solar Panels of Poor Quality?-Here
  • Are Indian Solar Panels of Better Quality than Chinese Solar Panels?-Here
  • Why do Indian Solar Panels Cost a Lot More Than Chinese Panels?-Here

TYPES OF SOLAR PANELS

  • What is a Crystalline Silicon/c-Si Solar Cell/Module?-Here
  • How do Monocrystalline Solar Panels Compare with Polycrystalline Solar Panels?-Here
  • What is an Amorphous Silicon (a-Si) Solar Module? Is it Used Now?-Here
  • What are CdTe (Cadmium Telluride ) Thin Film Solar Cells? Are These Commercially Available?-Here
  • What are CIGS (Copper Indium Gallium Selenide) Thin Film Solar Cells? Are These Available Commercially Today?-Here
  • What is a CIS Solar Module? Are These Commercially Available Today?-Here
  • What are Bifacial Solar Cells? Are they Commercially Available?-Here
  • What are Concentrating Photovoltaics (CPV)? What are their Benefits?-Here
  • What Single-junction Solar Cells? How are they Different from Conventional Solar Cells?-Here
  • What is a Tandem Solar Cell? How is it Different from the Conventional Solar Cell?-Here
  • What is a Transparent Solar Cell? And What are Its Advantages Over Conventional Cells?-Here
  • What are Heterojunction Solar Cells? Are these Commercially Available?-Here
  • What is the Smallest Sized Solar Panel Available Currently?-Here
  • What is the Largest Capacity/Size Solar Panel Currently?-Here
  • What are n-type Solar Cells? And how are they Different from p-type Cells?-Here
  • What are Multi-junction Solar Cells? How are They Different from Conventional Solar Cells?-Here

COMPONENTS & SUB-COMPONENTS

  • What is a Solar PV Backsheet? What are its Functions?-Here
  • What are Solar Module Junction Boxes? What are their Functions?-Here
  • How Important are the Aluminium Frames around the Solar Panels?-Here
  • Are There Ratings Available for Solar Module Junction Boxes?-Here
  • Is the Glass Used in Solar Panels Customised for Solar?-Here
  • Where are EVA (Ethylene Vinyl Acetate) Sheets Used in a Solar Module? What is their Role?-Here
  • Should I be Concerned about What Backsheets are Used for Solar Panels?-Here
  • What is a Silicon Wafer? And How Does It Affect the Quality of a Solar Cell?-Here
  • What is a P-N junction of a Solar Cell?-Here

MAINTENANCE & REPAIRS

  • How Frequently Should Solar Panels Be Cleaned?-Here
  • What are the Best Ways to Clean Solar Panels?-Here
  • What is the Cost of Maintaining Solar Panels for 25 Years?-Here
  • How Easy Will it be to Replace Solar Panels after Installation?-Here

AND THE REST…

  • What is a Solar PV Array? How is it Different from a Solar Module?-Here
  • What is the Difference between Solar Module and Solar Panel?-Here
  • Can Solar Panels be Recycled?-Here
  • Can I Use Different Brands of Solar Modules in the Same Rooftop or Solar Farm?-Here
  • Is It a Good Idea to Have Elevated Solar Panels on My Rooftop to Get an Extra Room?-Here
  • How Many Cells are there in a Solar Panel?-Here