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Solar PV Module Buyer’s Guide 2022

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Between the WRO enforcement and general shipping and supply issues across markets, shoring up solar panel supply chains is a main objective for every solar installer and EPC heading into 2022 To aid in those efforts, we present the 2022 Solar PV Module Buyer’s Guide. We asked every major PV module manufacturer and some new up-and-comers to tell us about their latest and greatest modules for residential and commercial applications. As you’ll see, higher power is certainly the name of the game in 2022. We also gathered info on larger format bifacial modules too. Their answers are listed below, in order of manufacturing capacity, but starting with our Module Month sponsor, Panasonic.

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Headquarters: Newark, NJ
U.S. manufacturing? N/A
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Panasonic has more than a century of innovation and solid footing under its belt, with expertise in both B2C and B2B industries. When homeowners make solar purchase with Panasonic, they can have peace of mind knowing their investment is protected.

Residential module to know in 2022

EverVolt Solar Module Black Series 370 (EVPV370K) and EverVolt Solar Module Series 380 (EVPV380) | The EverVolt Solar Module Black Series 370W features an efficiency rating of 21.2%; high efficiency in high temperatures, with one of the industry’s lowest temperature coefficients at 0.26%/°C; improved performance when shaded; one of the industry’s lowest annual degradation rates; and Heterojunction cell technology with half-cut cells. Same applies for the EverVolt Solar Module Series 380, with an efficiency rating of 21.7%.

  • EverVolt Solar Module Black Series 370W
  • Panel size / thickness: 1721 x 1016 x 30 mm
  • Rated power: 370W
  • Cell type: N-type
  • Module efficiency: 21.2%
  • Temperature coefficient: 0.26%/°C
  • Warranty: When installed by a Panasonic Authorized, Premium or Elite installer and registered through the Panasonic website, homeowners will have peace of mind with the following EverVolt* warranty options:
    • The Panasonic TripleGuard Warranty covers EverVolt panels for performance, product, parts and labor for 25 years.
    • The Panasonic AllGuard Warranty covers labor to replace and repair all major components in an EverVolt system. Applicable to Panasonic AC modules, this warranty covers solar modules combined with microinverters sold by Panasonic, and approved racking for 25 years and the monitoring hardware for five years
  • Power output of at least 92% is guaranteed after 25 years.
  • EverVolt Solar Module Black Series 380W
  • Panel size / thickness: 67.8 x 40.0 x 1.2 in (1721 x 1016 x 30 mm)
  • Rated power: 380W
  • Cell type: N-type
  • Module efficiency: 21.7%

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Headquarters: Xian, China (Global); San Ramon, CA (U.S.)
Global mfg capacity: 85 GW wafer capacity; 50 GW module capacity
U.S. manufacturing? No
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LONGi supplies high-efficiency monocrystalline solar modules to all market segments and project types in the United States. A global market leader, LONGi has unmatched bankability, quality and performance validated by third-party laboratories, and has breakthrough innovation at both the wafer and module level.

Residential module to know in 2022

LONGI residential solar module

Hi-MO 4; LR4-60HPB and LR4-60HPH | LONGi, a leader in cell and module delivery, and the only module with AAA Bankability Rating, features the Hi-MO4 Series. It’s an ultra-high-value product tailored by LONGi for DG users. The Hi-MO4 modules have a significant advantage of high efficiency, high power generation, and high reliability.

  • Panel size / thickness: 1755 x 1038 x 35mm
  • Rated power: 355W – 385W
  • Cell type: Monocrystalline PERC, Ga doped, 166mm, 9BB, half cell
  • Module efficiency: Max Module Efficiency 21.1%
  • Temperature coefficient: -0.34%
  • Warranty: 12-year Warranty for Materials and Processing, 25-year Warranty for Extra Linear power output
  • 0.55% Year 2-25 Power Degradation

C&I module to know in 2022

Hi-MO 4; LR4-72HPH | LONGi Hi-MO 4 series products are monocrystalline modules using the new M6 (166mm) silicon wafer that delivers the highest power in the modules. LONGi’s advanced R&D technology led to the upgrade of silicon wafer size from M2 to M6 and ushers in the era of the 166mm standard. LONGi M6 silicon wafer technology enhances the power of the modules, with power up to 465W.

  • Panel size/thickness: 2094 x 1038 x 35mm
  • Rated power: 445 – 465W
  • Cell type: Monocrystalline PERC, Ga doped, 166mm, 9BB, half cell
  • Module efficiency: 21.4%
  • Temperature coefficient: -0.34%
  • Quantity per pallet: 30 pcs per pallet
  • Warranty: 12-year Warranty for Materials and Processing, 25-year Warranty for Extra Linear power output
  • 0.55% Year 2-25 Power Degradation

Bifacial module to know in 2022

LONGi bifacial module

LR5-72HBD | Industry standardized wafer and module dimensions based on the boundary analysis especially in global transportation, the single-format shipment over 10 GW from within one year. LONGi Hi-MO5 features optimized gallium-doped M10 standard silicon wafers (182mm) to produce a P-Type Mono PERC module with the lowest LID, increased attenuation, and power performance well as long-term reliability. Hi-MO 5 adopts “Smart Soldering,” which uses integrated segmented soldering ribbons that maximize light capture and connect cells with reduced gap distance and reduce the tensile stress of the cell.

  • Panel size/thickness: 2256 x 1133 x 35mm
  • Rated power: 530 – 550W
  • Cell type: Monocrystalline PERC, Ga doped, M10 – 182mm, 9BB, half cell
  • Module efficiency: 21.5%
  • Temperature coefficient: -0.34%
  • Quantity per pallet: 31 pcs per pallet
  • Warranty: 12-year Warranty for Materials and Processing, 30-year Warranty for Extra Linear power output
  • 0.45% Year 2-30 Power Degradation

Trinasolar

Headquarters: Changzhou, Jiangsu, China
Global mfg capacity: ~22GW at the end of 2020
U.S. manufacturing? No.
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Trina Solar continues to innovate and deliver better value, higher reliability and more savings for residential, C&I and utility-scale PV projects. Trina is leading the way on 210mm standardization in order to achieve higher value for the entire solar supply chain and push for greater adoption of PV energy.

Residential module to know in 2022

400W+ Vertex S module series | Trina Solar’s 400W+ Vertex residential modules use a unique third-cut 210mm cell design to generate large amounts of energy even in limited space. This design allows for up to 60W higher module power and an increase in power generation of 10-23% compared to other modules on similar-sized rooftops. The higher power bin and efficiency also mean reduced installation costs. The modules have widespread compatibility with existing mainstream optimizers, inverters and mounting systems. The innovative non-destructive cutting technology used in manufacturing the modules minimizes the risk of micro-cracks. Diverse installation options allow for flexible system designs, including cross beam, 4-points mounting or shared rail.

  • Panel size / thickness: 1754mm x 1096mm x 30mm
  • Rated power: 400W+
  • Cell type: 210mm
  • Module efficiency: 21.3%
  • Temperature coefficient: -0.34% C
  • Warranty: 15+25 years
  • Transportation capacity: 374 (+28%)

C&I module to know in 2022

210mm 500W+ Vertex module series | Trina Solar’s 500W+ Vertex modules use large area cells based on 210mm silicon wafers and third-cut cell technology. These modules use multi-busbar design for better light trapping effect, lower series resistance and improved current collection. Non-destructive cutting technology minimizes micro-crack risks, while cell process and module material control ensure high PID resistance. The modules are designed for widespread compatibility with mainstream system components. With up to 21% module efficiency with high-density interconnect technology, the 500W+ modules deliver lower LCOE, reduced BOS and shorter payback time.

  • Panel size / thickness: 2187mm x1102mm x 35mm
  • Rated power: 500W+
  • Cell type: monocrystalline
  • Module efficiency: 21%+
  • Temperature coefficient: -0.35%/C
  • Warranty: 12-year product and 30-year performance

Bifacial module to know in 2022

670W Vertex 21 series | Trina Solar’s ultra-high-power and high-efficiency 670W+ Vertex modules increase power output by 35W-90W and provide savings on BOS up to $0.5-1.6 cents per watt compared with the current industry average. In addition to the larger 210mm wafer or module size, Trina developed an innovative low-voltage and high-power string design that further reduces BOS costs. The modules were designed for widespread compatibility with existing mainstream system components, including 19 inverter brands and more than 180 inverter models. The modules’ excellent incident angle modifier and low irradiation performance are validated by third-party certifications. Vertex modules have passed a non-uniform snow-load test, extreme wind tunnel test, extreme low-temperature mechanical load test and hail test. The TrinaPro utility solution integrates bifacial Vertex modules and our customized TrinaTracker to further optimize Vertex module performance and ensure system safety and reliability, boosting performance by 3-8%.

  • Panel size / thickness: 2384mm x 1303mm x 35mm
  • Rated power: 635-670W
  • Cell type: 210mm large-size silicon wafer and mono crystalline PERC cell
  • Module efficiency: 21.6%
  • Back-side gains estimate: Up to 25% depending on albedo
  • Temperature coefficient: -0.34%

EAGLE 72HM G5b | The EAGLE G5b modules utilize JinkoSolar’s high efficiency “Diamond” half-cell technology. The half cut design minimizes space between cells enabling module power up to 545W with efficiencies up to 21%. JinkoSolar’s bifacial cell architecture allows higher backside contribution and high lifetime energy yield. The EAGLE G5b is a single glass bifacial module with transparent backsheet which allows it be lighter for easier installation and lower BOS costs. The thick 3.2mm front-side glass is proven to withstand hailstones of up to 55mm at 34m/s, making it more resistant to extreme weather than dual glass constructions with thinner glass.


Global Headquarters: Shanghai
U.S HQ: Jacksonville, Fla.
U.S. Sales Office: San Francisco
Global mfg capacity: 36 GW
U.S. manufacturing? Jacksonville, Florida
Distributors in U.S. ABC Supply Co., CED Greentech, Inter-Island Solar Supply, McNaughton & McKay, R&R Solar Supply, Sonepar
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JinkoSolar is a leading PV module manufacturer and energy storage system integrator, deploying more than 85 GW in 160 countries globally, including 15 GW in the U.S.  EAGLE Modules come from facilities in Malaysia and Florida.  EAGLE Storage brings together the best energy storage technology for turnkey hardware and energy storage services.  Publicly vetted by trusted industry third party laboratories and top financial institutions, EAGLE is a trusted choice for U.S. solar and storage projects.  As a global leader with strong regional focus, JinkoSolar has more than 300 employees based in San Francisco, CA and Jacksonville, FL offices to provide timely, local service.

Residential module to know in 2022

Eagle 66TR G4 | The EAGLE 66TR G4 is the newest module, available July 2022. It utilizes tiling ribbon (TR) technology, which eliminates horizontal cell gaps and increases power density. The all-black construction creates a high-power solution with premium aesthetics making it ideal for residential applications. The EAGLE 66TR G4 uses high efficiency
9 busbar mono PERC “Diamond” half-cells. The half-cell construction increases power and helps the module mitigate shading. The busbars are now round, which redirect light into the cell, creating even more power. The EAGLE 66TR G4 is backed by a DuPont Tedlar-based backsheet, which uses the same film found on the International Space Station and commercial jetliners.


● Panel size: 1855 x 1029 x 35 mm
● Rated power: 370-390W
● Cell type: Mono PERC
● Module efficiency: 19.38% – 20.43%
● Temperature coefficient: -0.35%/℃
● UL Fire Type 1
● Quantity per pallet: 30pcs
● Warranty: 12-year limited product, 25-year limited power warranty

C&I module to know in 2022

EAGLE 72HM G2 | The EAGLE G2 modules consist of JinkoSolar’s “Diamond” half-cells. These uniquely designed cells feature high-efficiency mono PERC technology which enable module powers up to 410W while maintaining a low temperature coefficient for maximum energy yield. As with all of JinkoSolar’s modules, the EAGLE G2 is Fire Type 1 rated, engineered with a thick frame, 3.2mm front side glass, and thick backsheet for added durability. It is also certified for high snow and wind loads (45mm Hailstones at 29m/s)

  • Panel size / thickness: 2008×1002×40mm
  • Rated power: 390-410W
  • Cell type: Mono PERC
  • Module efficiency: 19.38% – 20.38%
  • Temperature coefficient: -0.35%/℃
  • Quantity per pallet: 27pcs
  • Warranty: 12-year limited product, 25-year limited power warranty
  • UL Fire Type 1

Bifacial module to know in 2022

JinkoSolar bifacial Eagle G5b
  • Panel size / thickness: 2274×1134×40mm
  • Rated power: 525-545W
  • Cell type: Mono PERC
  • Module efficiency: 20.36%-21.13%
  • Back-side gains estimate: up to 25% of nameplate
  • Temperature coefficient: -0.35%/°C
  • Quantity per pallet: 27pcs
  • Warranty: 12-year limited product, 30-year limited power warranty
  • UL Fire Type 1

Headquarters: Seoul, South Korea and Thalheim, Germany
Global mfg capacity: 12.4 GW
U.S. manufacturing? Yes, 1.7 GW in Dalton, Georgia
Distributors in U.S. CED Greentech, AEE, Krannich, Graybar, WESCO, Fortune Energy, Soligent, Rexel, Platt, altE, Amicus, R&R Solar Supply

Q CELLS is one of the world’s largest and most recognized photovoltaic manufacturers, known for its high-performance, high-quality solar cells and modules. The company offers the full spectrum of photovoltaic products, applications and solutions from cells and modules to kits to systems to large-scale solar power plants.

Residential module to know in 2022

Q.PEAK DUO BLK ML-G10+ | With a higher efficiency rate than previous series, the Q.PEAK DUO BLK ML-G10+ is Q CELLS’ first 400W module for the residential market and takes high performance to a new level. The G10+ module utilizes Q CELLS’ zero gap Q.ANTUM DUO Z technology to boost module efficiency up to 20.9%. The module is also backed by a 25-year product and performance warranty that guarantees at least 86% of nominal power up to 25 years.

  • Panel size / thickness: 74.0 in. x 41.1 in. x 1.26 in. (including frame)
  • Rated power: Up to 405W
  • Cell type: 6 x 22 monocrystalline Q.ANTUM solar half cells
  • Module efficiency: Up to 20.9%
  • Warranty: 25-year product / 25-year performance
  • Temp. coefficient:

C&I module to know in 2022

Q.PEAK DUO XL-G11 | The high-performance module Q.PEAK DUO XL-G11 is an ideal solution for commercial and utility applications thanks to a combination of its innovative Q.ANTUM DUO Z technology and cutting-edge cell interconnection. This 1500V UL/IEC solar module ensures high yields with a power output up to 590W while maintaining a very low LCOE.

● Panel size / thickness: 95.1 x 44.7 x 1.38 in. (including frame)
● Rated power: Up to 590W
● Cell type: 6 x 26 monocrystalline Q.ANTUM solar half cells
● Module efficiency: Up to 21.7%
● Warranty: 12-year product / 25-year linear performance
● Temp. coefficient:

Bifacial module to know in 2022

Q.PEAK DUO XL-G11 / BFG | The high-performance module Q.PEAK DUO XL-G11 / BFG is an ideal solution for commercial and utility applications, benefiting from an extra bifacial energy yield gain of up to 20%. Thanks to its Q.ANTUM DUO-Z bifacial technology and cutting-edge cell interconnection, this 1500 V UL/IEC solar module ensures superior yields with a power output up to 590W, while maintaining a very low LCOE.

● Panel size / thickness: 95.1 in. x 44.7 in. x 1.38 in. (including frame)
● Rated power: Up to 585W
● Cell type: 6 x 26 monocrystalline Q.ANTUM solar half cells
● Module efficiency: Up to 21.5%
● Back-side gains estimate? Up to 20%
● Warranty: 12-year product / 30-year performance warranty
● Temperature coefficient:


LG Solar panels

Headquarters: Seoul, S Korea
Global mfg capacity: 2 GW
U.S. manufacturing? Yes. Huntsville, AL (500 MW)
Distributors in U.S.: CED, BayWa, Rexel, US Renewables, McNaugton McKay
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LG Electronics is more than just a great brand. LG’s solar panels are globally renowned for their high efficiency and low degradation; representing a strong value for installers and end-users alike. LG features a “Triple 25” limited warranty, which covers workmanship, performance, and labor reimbursement for 25 years.

Residential module to know in 2022

LG NeON H+ Black | The NeON H+ Black is LG’s first module to employ the company’s gap-free technology, which reduces the distance energy must travel by eliminating the empty space between cells. The NeON H+ Black is designed with cells that overlap by 0.5 millimeters, eliminating the gap altogether which allows more cells to fit in the same amount of space compared to non-gap-free modules. In addition, the NeON H+ Black is a lower-cost offering and is differentiated from other black modules on the market due to its color uniformity across cells. The black busbar ribbon and frame and back sheet are color matched to the cell as much as possible, and the lightweight, high-quality glass maintains the color of the HTAR coating layer transparently. This results in an all-black, stunning offering for homeowners.

● Panel size / thickness: 1,880 mm (L) x 1,042 mm (W) x 40 mm (H)
● Rated power: 405W
● Cell type: Monocrystalline / N-type
● Module efficiency: 20.9% (LG410N3K-V6), 20.7% (LG405N3K-V6), 20.4% (LG400N3K-V6)
● Temperature coefficient: -0.33 percent per degree Celsius
● Warranty: 25-year limited warranty for a performance level of 90.6 percent of initial performance, even up to 25 years of continuous use
● Gap-free technology, 132 half-cut, N-type cells, black on black

C&I module to know in 2022

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LG NeON H 460W (E6) | LG continues to innovate its successful commercial module platform with a higher efficiency version of its popular “TopCon” E6 series modules. The LG NeON H 460W (E6) features a .35% maximum allowable degradation for years 2 – 25, which guarantees the panel will produce over 90% of its nameplate rating at year 25. Backed by one of the strongest balance sheets in the solar industry LG’s E6 solar panels are high performance, in every aspect.

● Panel size / thickness: 2,110 x 1,042 x 40 mm
● Rated power: 460W
● Cell type: Monocrystalline/ 144 cells half-cut N-type cells)
● Module efficiency: 20.9%
● Temperature coefficient: -0.33 percent per degree Celsius
● Quantity per pallet: 25
● Warranty: 25-year limited warranty for a performance level of 90.6 percent of initial performance, even up to 25 years of continuous use

Bifacial module to know in 2022

LG NeON H 440W (E6) | LG continues to innovate its successful commercial module platform with a higher efficiency version of its popular E6 series modules. The NeON H 440W E6 bifacial features a .35% maximum allowable degradation for years 2 – 25, which guarantees the panel will produce over 90% of its nameplate rating at year 25. Backed by one of the strongest balance sheets in the solar industry LG’s E6 solar panels are high performance, in every aspect.

● Panel size / thickness: 2,130 mm (L) x 1,042 mm (W) x 40 mm (H)
● Rated power: 440W
● Cell type: Monocrystalline / 144 cells half-cut N-type bifacial cells
● Module efficiency: 19.8% (STC) and 21.2% (BiFi100)
● Back-side gains estimate: Up to 20%
● Temperature coefficient: -0.33 percent per degree Celsius
● Quantity per pallet: 25
● Warranty: 25-year limited warranty for a performance level of 96.4% percent of initial performance, even up to 25 years of continuous use (based on BiFi100)


Global Headquarters: Vietnam
U.S. Headquarters: San Jose, Calif.
Global mfg capacity: PV PERC Cell Capacity: 1.5 GW; PV PERC Module Capacity: 1.5 GW
U.S. manufacturing? No. We manufacture our products at Vietnam.
Distributors in U.S.: We work with multiple distributors in USA
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Boviet Solar is part of Boway Group and a global Tier 1 solar technology company specialized in manufacturing Monocrystalline -based PV cells and modules for utility-scale, commercial, industrial, and residential solar projects. The company leverages financial stability, technology know-how, manufacturing excellence to support IPP’s, EPC’s project developers, solar installers, contractors, distributors through project design and development.

Residential module to know in 2022

GAMMA SERIES I PERC MONOFACIAL I 440W-450W | Advanced Monocrystalline wafer-based technology combined with PERC, half cut, multi busbar cell and split PV. Monofacial PV Module design provides high power, efficiency, and reliable PV modules.

  • Panel size / thickness: 75.50 x 44.65 x 1.38 inch
  • Rated power: 450W maximum power
  • Cell type: PERC cell, half cut cell, 10 bus bar
  • Module efficiency: 20.70%
  • Temperature coefficient: Pmax Temperature Coefficient: -0.37%/K
  • Warranty: 25 year
  • Frame: Black Frame
  • Backsheet: Black Backsheet

C&I module to know in 2022

VEGA SERIES I PERC BIFACIAL I 360W-375W | Advanced Monocrystalline wafer-based technology combined with PERC, half cut, multi busbar cell and split PV. Monofacial PV Module design provides high power, efficiency, and reliable PV modules.

  • Panel size / thickness: 70.63 x 41.19 x 1.38 inch
  • Rated power: Maximum 375 W power
  • Cell type: PERC, half-cut cell, 9 busbars
  • Module efficiency: 20.00 %
  • Temperature coefficient: Pmax Temperature Coefficient, -0.40%/K
  • Quantity per pallet: 31
  • Warranty: 25 years
  • Bifacial PV Module – Front glass and transparent back

Bifacial module to know in 2022

VEGA SERIES I PERC BIFACIAL I 530W-550W | Advanced Monocrystalline wafer-based technology combined with PERC, half cut, multi busbar cell and split PV . Monofacial PV Module design provides high power, efficiency, and reliable PV modules.

  • Panel size / thickness: 90.40 x 44.65 x 1.38 inch
  • Rated power: Maximum 550W
  • Cell type: PERC, Half cut, 10 bus bar
  • Module efficiency: 21.10 %
  • Temperature coefficient: -0.37%/K
  • Quantity per pallet: 31
  • Warranty: 30 years
  • Double Glass
  • Back-side gains estimate:
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Headquarters: Oslo, Norway with operational headquarters in Singapore
Global mfg capacity: 1.5 GW, (plans for over 5 GW in 2 to 3 years)
U.S. manufacturing: Not yet. Future plans include Singapore, Europe and USA
Distributors in U.S.

Since its foundation in Norway 25 years ago, REC Group has always been committed to leading power densities, reliable long-term performance and a low carbon footprint in its solar materials and panels. REC is known for its patented innovations, manufacturing excellence and multiple award-winning products as well as trustworthy and close business relations.

Residential module to know in 2022

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REC Alpha Pure Series | The REC Alpha Pure Series marks a major advancement in the solar energy industry and leads to a more sustainable future. The new product comes with a lead-free RoHS compliant construction and power reaching 410 Wp in a compact panel size. Thanks to an outstanding power density of 20.6 W/ft2 REC Alpha Pure is ideal for limited spaces and allows higher savings on homeowners’ energy bills and greater power independence while minimizing consumers’ environmental footprint. Its gapless cell layout provides a seamless, full black appearance as well as excellent performance in hot climate conditions thanks to an exceptional temperature coefficient of -0.26 %/°C, a super-strong frame and more durability due to the unique advanced cell connections. Eligible for the comprehensive RECProTrust warranty covering product, performance and labor, REC Alpha Pure provides long-term and value-adding security to consumers.

  • Panel size / thickness: 71.7 x 40 x 1.2 in (19.91 ft2 )
  • Rated power: up to 410 Wp
  • Cell type: 132 half-cut REC heterojunction bifacial cells
  • Module efficiency: up to 22.2%
  • Temperature coefficient: -0.26 %/°C
  • Warranty: under REC ProTrust eligible for 25 years product, 25 years labor and 25 years performance warranty at 92% power name plate in year 25
  • Lead-free production, RoHS compliant EU/2015/863 for minimal environmental impact
  • Gapless cell layout improves performance in shade

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Headquarters: Toronto, Canada
Global mfg capacity: 1 GW
U.S. manufacturing? Two locations in Bellingham and Burlington, Wash.
Distributors in U.S.: CEDGreentech, BayWa. r.e. Krannich, PLATT, US Solar Distributing, WTS
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Silfab Solar panels are specifically designed and engineered for North American homeowners and businesses to withstand rigorous conditions and perform under varying temperatures, humidity and environmental factors. To be close to its customers, all of its in-house manufacturing is located in North America. With just-in-time manufacturing in Washington State and Toronto, Canada, Silfab can provide fast delivery, service and support for local economies by generating hundreds of clean-tech jobs. Its solar panels deliver maximum power density and long-term reliability not to mention beautiful aesthetics all backed by one of the most trusted warranties in the business.

Residential module to know in 2022

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Silfab Elite (SIL-410 BG) | The Silfab Elite SIL-410 BG is the latest entry in Silfab’s next generation back-contact panel.  The innovative conductive backsheet and back-contact cell design eliminates the need for conventional stringing and bussing. With electrical contacts on the back of each cell, this allows the front of the module to collect and convert more light into energy. Reduced frontside metallization means less shadowing, maximizing your modules power density, efficiency and aesthetics. Reduced thermal stresses and lower operating temperatures dramatically improve durability, reliability and performance.

  • Panel size / thickness:  73.4 in x 40.5 in x 1.4 in
  • Rated power: 410W
  • Cell type: 66 high-efficiency mono-PERC MWT c-Si cell
  • Module efficiency: 21.4%
  • Temperature coefficient t Isc:  +0.046 %/°C
  • Warranty: 25 Years Product, 30 Years Performance

C&I module to know in 2022

Silfab Commercial (SIL 490 HN) | Silfab Commercial is a high-efficiency solar panel optimized for commercial projects where maximum power density and superior performance is essential. The half-cell technology is designed to improve the panel’s performance and durability. The durable silver frame is engineered to accommodate high wind and snow loads with front load validated up to 5400 Pa. It also backed by our 25 year product and 30 year performance warranties.

  • Panel size / thickness: 89 in x 40.8 in x 1.37 in
  • Rated power: 490W
  • Cell type: 156 Half cells- Si mono PERC 9 busbar
  • Module efficiency: 20.9%
  • Temperature coefficient Isc: +0.064 %/°C
  • Quantity per pallet: 31
  • Warranty: 25 Year Product and 30 Year Performance

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Headquarters: Sault Ste. Marie, ON Canada
Global mfg capacity: 900 MW
U.S. manufacturing capacity: 650 MW
Distributors in U.S.: AltE Store, Backwoods Solar, CED Greentech, City Electric, KrannichWESCO, Soligent, UMA Solar, and Unbound Solar
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Heliene says it is the only manufacturer of heterojunction modules in the United States. Consistently ranked a Tier 1 supplier by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Heliene is accelerating North America’s clean energy transition through ongoing R&D, state of the art manufacturing facilities, and rapidly growing U.S. production capacity.

Residential Module to know in 2022

66M HJT All Black Module | Heterojunction solar cells consist of a monocrystalline silicon cell placed between two layers of thin-film silicon. This combination of different cell technologies results in three total layers that allow for the absorption of additional photons and higher levels of efficiency. These modules promise to deliver what the residential market requires – better aesthetics, higher durability, and increased performance. Heterojunction modules have proven to be more efficient and durable, with a great potential for lower costs per unit of energy (kWh). Not only does the end result provide a much superior product, the cell manufacturing process requires less steps, leading to potential cost savings as manufacturing volumes increase. One key advancement worth noting is the incorporation of micro-wire technology instead of traditional busbars, which results in improved durability and higher performance in heterojunction cells. Micro-wires also help to reduce shading by as much as 25% compared to busbars.

• Panel size / thickness: 66 cell
• Rated power: 370W
• Cell type: N-type Heterojunction
• Module efficiency: 20.5%
• Temperature coefficient: -0.294%/°C
• Warranty: 15 Year Manufacturer’s Workmanship Warranty and 25 Year Linear Power Guarantee
• 18 round microwires reduces shading by 25 percent by creating a light trapping effect.
• Low light induced degradation (LID) and potential induced degradation (PID)


Headquarters: 3140 De La Cruz Blvd., Suite 200 Santa Clara, CA 95054
Global mfg capacity: 600MW annually
U.S. manufacturing? Planned U.S. Manufacturing in 2022
Distributors in U.S.CED Greentech, City Electric Supply, Krannich, Wesco, Soligent Distribution
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Aptos Solar believes that advanced solar technology should be accessible and affordable for business and homeowners across the globe. Its patented DNA technology improves solar panel performance while driving down the cost of manufacturing.

Residential module to know in 2022

Aptos DNA solar module

DNA-144MF10-540W | Aptos’ high-efficiency solar panels are optimized with the patented Dula Nano Absorber (DNA) technology. Aptos pairs advanced selective emitter PERC technology with thin film layers to improve heat tolerance, increase photon capture, minimize resistive loss, and use 5% more of the available active area for optimal power performance. The new line of DNA solar panels utilize M10 wafer technology which increases the efficiency and power output of the solar panel.

  • Panel size / thickness: 2279x1134x35 mm
  • Rated power: 540W
  • Cell type: Monocrystalline
  • Module efficiency: 20.89%
  • Temperature coefficient: -0.37%/°C
  • Warranty: 30-year
  • Max rated wind load of 6200 Pa

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Headquarters: San Antonio, Texas
Global mfg capacity: 300 MW
U.S. manufacturing? Exclusively US-made
Distributors in U.S. National distribution network
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Mission Solar is a true American brand and is proud to manufacture on American soil—driving energy independence and investing in its San Antonio community. Born in Texas for use in the harshest environments—Mission’s sleek black-on-black modules are rigorously tested to ensure unsurpassed quality.

Residential module to know in 2022

Mission Solar all-black

The all-black 415W: MSE415SX6Z | Mission Solar panels are always made in San Antonio, Texas. Its latest, MSE415SX6Z—a 72-cell black-on-black module —is quickly becoming a favorite in the Texas and Florida markets where the climate can be unforgiving. This is because Mission is committed to building the strongest panels from the inside out. Some of the ways “America’s Module Company” commits to quality include a thicker, fortified 40mm frame with 9μm anodization; a durable 3-ply, 370μm backsheet and 25 percent thicker glass. Careful process audits by its employees in San Antonio ensure only the best modules enter distribution.

  • Panel size / thickness: 2,086 x 1,054 x 40mm
  • Rated power: 415W
  • Cell type: mono PER
  • Module efficiency: 18.9%
  • Temperature coefficient Pmax: -0.359% °C
  • Warranty: 25/25 frame-to-frame
  • Strong load rating: up to 5,600 Pa front and 3,600 Pa back

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Headquarters: Fremont, Calif.
Global manufacturing capacity: 250MW
U.S. manufacturing? No. Designed and engineered in the U.S.
Distributors in U.S. CED Greentech, Krannich Solar, Soligent, Sonepar, Wesco
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Solaria Corporation is a U.S.-based solar PV technology and systems company, with a 20-year history in solar power innovation and product development. Solaria is paving the way for distributed, clean power generation by delivering state-of-the-art engineering and automation to provide superior field performance and unrivaled aesthetics.

Residential module Product Profile

Solaria PowerXT

PowerXT 400W-PM and PowerXT 430W-PL | Solaria’s patented technology is leading the way in premium residential and commercial solar markets. Its flagship product, Solaria PowerXT, delivers greater than 20% efficiency, sleek Pure Black design with no visible circuitry, shade resistance and proven reliability, all backed by a 25-year warranty. Solaria PowerXT panels deliver aesthetics, power and performance, as well as outstanding project economics with high shading performance and energy yield. Leveraging patented cell design, module architecture and assembly techniques, Solaria PowerXT panels are optimized and engineered for maximum energy output. Solaria PowerXT features Pure Black technology to deliver an attractive panel with excellent curb appeal. PowerXT offers certified quality and a 25-year warranty.

  • PowerXT 400W
    Panel size: 1644mm x 1204mm x 40mm
  • Rated power: Max Power (Pmax) 400
  • Cell type: Monocrystalline Silicon
  • Module efficiency: 20.2%
  • Temperature coefficient:
    • NOCT [oC] 45 + / -2
    • Temp. Coeff. of Pmax [%/oC] -0.39
    • Temp. Coeff. of Voc [% /oC] -0.29
    • Temp. Coeff. of Isc [% /oC] +0.04
  • Operating Temperature (°F&°C): -40F to 185F / -40C to 85 C
  • Quantity per pallet: 25 panels per pallet
  • Warranty:25 years
  • Short-Circuit Current: 9.82A
  • Open Circuit Voltage: 51.1V
  • Rated Current: 9.41A
  • Max Power Voltage: (Vmp): 42.4V
  • Power 430 PL
  • -Panel size / thickness: 1957mm x 1079mm x 35mm
  • -Rated power: Max Power (Pmax)430
  • -Cell type: Monocrystalline Silicon
  • -Module efficiency:20.4%
  • -Back-side gains estimate: Not relevant for Solar PowerXT modules
  • -Temperature coefficient:
  • NOCT [orc] 45 + / -2
  • Temp. Coeff. of Pmax [% /oC] -0.39
  • Temp. Coeff. of Voc [% /oC] -0.29
  • Temp. Coeff. of Sic [% /oC] +0.04
  • Operating Temperature (°F & °C): -40F to 185F/-40C to 85 C
  • Quantity per pallet: 29 panels per pallet
  • Warranty: 25 years
  • Short-Circuit Current: 11.87A
  • Open Circuit Voltage: 45.7V
  • Rated Current: 11.35A
  • Max Power Voltage: (Vmp): 37.9V

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