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New Sanyo HIT N series solar panel

Sanyo is a leader in highly efficient solar panels, has released their N series solar panels now with 72 solar cells that are 5 inches in size. The new Sanyo HIT N Series comes in 205W, 210w, and 215w power outputs and are made of hybrid technology which allows them to perform better in higher temperatures compared to traditional crystalline solar panels. Even though Sanyo is a Japanese company the wafers and ingots that the Sanyo HIT N Series are composed of are made right here in the USA. Since Sanyo solar panels are high efficient that means you produce more watts per square foot. The great aspect of Sanyo solar panels is you receive a minimum guaranteed power, meaning you can be confident that your solar panel will produce at least the nameplate STC (standard test conditions) or better. The 72 solar cell configuration has lowered voltage of each solar panel compared to previous higher voltage models, now you can string up to 10 solar panels in a string. check out the PDF below that compares a Sanyo HIT N Series solar panel versus a traditional crystalline solar panel, do you think Sanyo solar panels are worth the extra price for the premium power output you’ll...

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generate electricity from both sides

What if both sides of a solar panel could generate electricity? That’s the question Sanyo asked when they developed the Sanyo HIT Double, bifacial solar panels. These type of solar panels are unique because the back of the solar panel catches ambient light reflected off surrounding surfaces, and combines with power from the front face of the solar panel. Depending upon system design, the project site and installation, bifical solar panels from Sanyo may result up to 30% higher power generation, which means you’ll generate more kWh per square foot. What type of applications could you benefit with a bifacial solar panel? Sanyo suggests , Awnings, Balconies, Bus Shelters, Walkway Covers, Deck & Porch Coverings, Canopies, Carports, Trellises, Fences, Facades, Siding, Trellises, Tracking Systems, BIPV, Ground Mount, Roof Mount, Skylights. What can you think of? How could you take advantage of a solar panel that could generate electricity from both...

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hot weather, bad for solar panels, is that right?

You would think that during the scorching summer, you would produce to most electricity out of your solar panels, but most likely you won’t. I will tell you how you can produce more electricity out of solar panels during the hottest days, but first we have to understand why solar panels do not perform well in hot weather. Heat in the case of photovoltaic solar panels is a electrical resistance to the flow of electrons. During hot conditions, not only does a solar panel become less efficient but the voltage decreases thus meaning you will produce less kWh (kilowatt-hours) on days 75 degrees and above. You have to remember, the temperature on the roof is higher then inside your home. Airflow on all sides of solar panels is critical to the overall performance of your solar power system. Some solar panels, such as the Sanyo Solar Panels are specifically designed to have a better temperature coefficient which perform better then standard solar panels in high heat conditions. So when comparing multiple solar panels you should always look into the temperature coefficient and make sure your panel will perform well when the weather gets...

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Day Three: Solar Power International 2008 Exhibits

Solar Power International 2008 has been a blast, what an exciting conference it has been! Today, is the last day the exhibit hall will be open and the crowd is dwindling down and the exhibitors are ready to pack up and go home. Before they close out here and kick us out of the exhibit hall lets take a look at some very exciting products in the rapidly growing solar power industry.Sanyo HIT Double A two faced solar panel, collects energy from the front to the back of the panel! The back face of a HIT Double panel generates electricity from ambient light reflected off surrounding surfaces, and combines with power from the front face of the panel. Depending upon system design and site albedo, this results in up to 30% higher power generation (more kWh) per square foot. These panels are great when mounted on parking and patio covers. Konarka Thin Film Solar Ultra Flexible, lightweight thin film solar cells made out of organic plastics versus silicon. This thin film solution can be integrated into products such as solar backpacks, flexible cell phone battery chargers, the possibilities are endless of where this thin film product can be implemented. As you can see from the picture, indoors in low light level conditions, the flexible thin film roll is producing 4.23 volts. Sharp Solar OnEnergy solar power system includes Sharp Solar Panels, plus a low profile racking system that can be installed on asphalt-shingle, flat-concrete tile and even curved high-profile “Spanish” tile roofs without compromising the integrity of the roof. OnEnergy system is UL listed as a complete system and can be easily retrofitted on existing roofs or installed during new home construction. Sharp also displayed a “thin film” solar panel which are less efficient than traditional silicon based panels but on the flip side cost less per watt. Typically thin film solar panels make most sense when you have a lot of surface area to play with. BP Solar Mounting Systems The Integra Flush and Alternative Mounting systems resembles Sharp’s OnEnergy system. These systems are supposed to look attractive on the roof and are designed to be very streamlined to save the installer time, money and avoid critical mistakes during the process of mounting solar panels to residential roofs. Schott Solar Poly Schott Solar showed off their Poly 225 series which will be manufactured right here in the good ole USA, specifically in New Mexico. The company did not have a spec sheet or to much information on the solar panel since its not out on the market yet, although its been great to see more panels that are...

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Day One: Solar Power International 2008 Exhibits

Recap of interesting solar power products we saw today at Solar Power International Conference in San Diego, CA. Today we will cover interesting product developments that are hitting the market in the near future. Sanyo Electric has decided to increase the cell size to 5 inches compared their previous version of the HIT solar panels which had a cell size of 3 inches, this means Sanyo will be able to streamline their manufacturing processes to reduce costs, thus passing on the savings to the customers. For the customer, the increased cell size produces even more watts per square foot then previous models. Sanyo Electric Solar Panels are known for high efficiency and are leading the market in terms of solar panels that convert the most sunlight into electricity. Enphase, the company that makes the “micro inverter” and is developing the next generation of their mirco inverter which is claimed to make sense financially on both large scale and small solar power systems. The enphase mircoinverter is different from traditional inverters because it allocates the inveter onto each solar panel versus a string of solar panels plugged into one inverter. Having a mirco inverter behind each solar panel increases overall system efficiency, is resilient to shading issues and provides super accurate monitoring solutions that you can track on a solar panel basis. A new slim residental inverter from SMA that will include blue tooth capability for wireless system monitoring, advanced on screen monitoring and a cool red and black color. This inverter has is transformerless which means that they can pack more electronics into a slim design and still provide the same performance and realibility as previous SMA Sunny Boy models. This new inverter his still in development and more news about the product will be released soon by the company. We’ll feature more products tomorrow stay...

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