You want to know about tier 1 solar panels? Well let’s have a little bit of a look. Tier 1 solar Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Perth – location doesn’t matter – our opinion on tier 1 panels is the same. That’s right, it doesn’t mean much at all. But, having said that, people get pretty excited about numbers. I mean, surely “tier 1” is better than “tier 2” right? Wrong. But here we go…
What people think being “tier 1” means:
If you’re like most people, you want the best panels at the lowest price. And naturally a “tier 1” solar panel sound like the perfect fit! Most people think tier 1 is:
- The best quality solar panels – WRONG
- The most efficient solar panels – WRONG
- Better in all respects than tier 2 solar panels – WRONG
Let me explain…
What are tier 1 panels?
Tier 1 solar panels are panels that meet a specific set of criteria. This was made up to help big companies decide on financing major solar power projects. It has almost no bearing on how good a solar panel is.
Tier 1 solar panels list
OK enough, show me the list of tier 1 panels! Here it is (in no particular order):
|Solar Panel Maker||Solar Proof Review?|
|Phono Solar||Read Our Phono Review|
|Jinko Solar||Read Our Jinko Review|
|LG Solar||Read Our LG Review|
|Yingli||Read Our Yingli Review|
|WINAICO||Read Our WINAICO Review|
|Renesola||Read Our RENESOLA Review|
|Trina||Read Our TRINA Review|
|Canadian Solar||Read Our Canadian Solar Review|
|Risen Energy||Read Our Risen Solar Review|
|ET Solar||Read Our ET Solar Review|
|SUNPOWER||Read Our SUNPOWER Review|
|Seraphim Solar||Read Our Seraphim Solar Review|
So that’s it. If you want to know what we think as far as panel ranking goes then click here. Just keep in mind that a tier 1 panel could be the worst performing panel in the world. And what matters most to you? Probably the amount of savings you are going to get year after year from your solar panels. Not some made up tiering system that finance companies developed for their bankability protocols.
Why would you choose one of these panels?
When you get tier 1 solar panels put on your roof you are basically opting for the easy route. They are “tier 1”, therefore they must be better than some other panels. That’s the logic behind it anyway.
What does it really mean to be “tier 1”?
So there are lots of different takes floating around about what makes a solar panel “tier 1”. It seems to be that it’s a combination of some (or all) of these:
- Invests in R&D (research and development)
- Has been in business for at least 5 years
- Has minimal human element in manufacture process
The organisation which is often credited with the solar panel tier criteria is Navigant or Pike Research
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