Wholesale Solar is currently testing eight solar panels for quality on Enphase micro-inverters. With Enphase Enlighten we are able to monitor their output from any computer to see how how well they are doing. Check it out:
FIRST, check the Mt. Shasta Cam to see what weather we’re having. Cloudy skies won't produce as much electricity as sunny days!
The top solar panels from left to right are the Suntech 175, Sunwize 175, Sharp 170 and Canadian CSI 190. Below it, from left to right, are the Solar World 175, 2 Kyocera KC 85's wired in series, and the Kyocera KD210GX-LP210. (Please note that the Kyocera KD210GX-LP210 is being tested with an Enphase micro-inverter. Enphase does not have this Kyocera panel on its recommended list of solar panels mainly because of its performance in the hottest of climates.) Click below this image on any individual panel and scroll down to see the power output. Look around at the other menu options.
The first two panels on the left on the lower tier are set at our Winter angle, which is 55 degrees. The panels on the upper row and the panel on the right of the lower tier are set at 30 degrees. People ask us how much difference changing these angles makes. The comparison can be seen in the outputs of the Solar World 175 and the SunWize 175. When at the same angle these two panels perform almost exactly the same. When the SunWize panel is adjusted to a Summer angle it picks up between 8 and 10% more power.