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How Electric Power is Measured in Watts

Talking to many solar power consumers everyday, I’ve noticed one of the common issues people have a difficult time understanding how watts are measured. This post is dedicated to help you understand how watts are measured as kilowatt hours (kWh). We buy electricity in kWh from our utility company, which typically displayed on our monthly electric bill. To understand how much energy a solar power system will produce, you need to understand the following metrics. Kilowatt (kW) = 1,000 Watts Megawatt (MW) = 1,000,000 Watts So what is a kWh? Lets say you have a 100 watt light bulb and you run it for one hour, at that point you have consumed 100 watt hours and if you run that light bulb for 10 hours you would have used 1 kWh. 1,000 watt hours = Kilowatt Hour (kWh) 1,000,000 watt hours = Megawatt Hour (MWh) For example, If you purchased a Sanyo 1.0 kW solar power system and lived in Los Angeles which has average sun hours of 5.5 per day, the system would produce 5.5 kWh per day depending on the pitch, orientation, possible shading issues and other...

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Sanyo Introduces New HIT Solar Panel

Sanyo Energy a leader in manufacturing high efficiency solar panels released a new Power Series solar panel featuring Sanyo’s HIT technology. The new technological improvements includes higher light to electricity conversion efficiency, less vulnerability to high temperatures and improved solar panel construction make the Sanyo HIT power panels among the most efficient solar panels out on the market today. According to Yoshinori Kaido, Vice President of Sanyo’s Solar Division, “With the new HIT Power® series, we will be able to provide more solar power generation per square foot, and flexibility in varying environments, including areas with high monthly average temperatures. With a more robust design and other improvements, such as adaptations to allow easier and cleaner installation, the new series will benefit any involved in the installation, especially people in areas with performance based incentives, renewable energy credits and those seeking a quick return on their investment.” The acronym HIT stands for Heterojunction with Intrinsic Thin-layer, the Sanyo solar cells are hybrid made up of single crystalline silicon wafers surrounded by ultra-thin amorphous silicon layers, this unique structure of the solar cell produces highly efficient solar cells capable of reaching 22.3% light conversion efficiency. Customers generate more watts per square foot when they choose Sanyo solar panels. The new HIT Power Series limited warranty has been upgraded from 2 to 5 years! Sanyo HIT Solar panels also perform 10% better compared to other panels in temperatures over 75 degrees, thus generating more kWh (kilowatt hours) year round in warmer geographical locations.SANYO’s HIT Power series new features: Improved performance in hot temperature areas Easier installation More robust with new frame structure Dual ground hole options New wire management features Additional mounting holes 5 year limited product workmanship warranty Higher solar panel efficiency Increased static load capability of 60PSF MC4 locking connectors for added safety USE2 cables with more insulation for added safety Frame height permitting interchangeable...

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Sanyo Solar Electric creating green jobs in America.

Sanyo Electric is planning to expand it’s manufacturing capacity by investing in a solar wafers facility in Salem, Oregon. From Oregon the solar wafers will be shipped to Japan to be made into solar cells and finally will be shipped to factories within Japan or Mexico and Hungry for the final step of turning solar cells into sanyo high efficency solar panels. Sanyo expects to invest 80 million dollars into the solar wafer factory which will create 200 “green jobs” here right in America! Sanyo has been expanding its solar power business to keep up with the demand in the market for solar panels. The company is also considering to expand it’s operations in Mexico and Hungry. Solar Wafers are silicon sheets that are cut into solar cells, According to a statement by Sanyo, Full capacity of 70 megawatts (MW) worth of wafers per year will be reached by April...

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Sanyo releases test results of thinner HIT solar cells

Sanyo Solar Electric released test results of the 85 micrometer-thick solar cell. Sanyo claims their HIT solar cell reached an efficiency of 21.4% at a thickness of 85 micrometer-thick. According to the company when the thickness of the HIT solar cell was reduced the drop in the conversion efficiency was limited because the open circuit voltage rose. Typically Sanyo HIT Solar Panels have an efficiency of 22.3% This test shows that Sanyo is trying to develop a thinner version of the HIT solar cell while balancing high efficiency. Sanyo Solar panels are highly regarded as highly efficient solar panels and are preferred in the residential and light commercial market in which southern roof space may be limited and since highly efficient solar panels produce more watts per square foot, receive a larger rebate and break even faster these types of solar panels make a good choice when considering multiple brand of solar...

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Why efficiency is key on deciding what solar panel to buy.

As more solar panel producers enter the market, consumers are confused on what brand to buy. What should you look for when purchasing solar panels to power your home or small business? Not all solar panels are created equal, efficency matters! If you are a homeowner with limited roof space, well you should care more about efficiency more then anyone. The more efficient the solar panel, the more watts you generate per square foot, that’s the bottom line. Sanyo Solar Panels are highly efficient and this is why we like them, because you produce more electricity with every panel. Even though Sanyo’s are priced at a premium compared to value or cheap solar panels, the return on investment is much quicker on a Sanyo system because of the efficiency. So the first thing to do when comparing two brands of solar panels is to look at the specifications sheets and compare the efficiencies, you will be surprised how much more efficient premium panels are. What do you think are highly efficent panels always worth it or is it better to go with more cheaper...

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