Panasonic celebrates 20 years of high efficiency PV module production

Our Innovations Issue, which kicks off the year, has a special focus on high efficiency modules, which we’ve identified as an important trend for the solar industry going forward. And while it’s a growing product category, Panasonic sent a note reminding, to paraphrase an old school hit, “don’t call it a comeback, we’ve been here for years.”

Yes, in 2017, Panasonic Eco Solutions North America is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the mass production of its high efficiency HIT modules. Panasonic currently boasts one of the best temperature coefficients (-0.29%/°C) in the market of residential solar, allowing the HIT panels to operate at peak efficiency even in intense heat.

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What is HIT?

Panasonic HIT panels

HIT uses a unique hetero-junction cell structure composed of mono-crystalline and amorphous silicon layers to maximize the efficiency of each solar cell. This allows Panasonic to consistently offer the most value to their consumers, and this technology has changed how the solar industry views high-efficiency panels.

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Panasonic has continuously updated and innovated the HIT to make them some of the most efficient solar panels available to residential consumers. As the technology has improved over the years, the price of these panels has gone down and the potential savings for consumers has increased drastically.

“Panasonic is proud to offer high-efficiency solar panels that can provide meaningful savings for our customers while making a lasting impact on every consumer’s carbon footprint,” said Dan Silver, President of Panasonic Eco-Solutions Company. “20 years later, our sustained commitment to R&D is reflected in our various efficiency records in laboratory settings and we will continue to strive to be the company of choice in the residential solar market. We are thrilled to have made such great strides to this point but we know that there is much work still to be done, and we look forward to the continued growth of the HIT and the solar industry as a whole.”

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