Three Things You Have to Know When Purchasing Solar Panels for Your Home

If you are considering purchasing solar for your home and have started your research, you have probably found that there is no shortage of brands out there. How do you evaluate these companies? What separates a good panel from a bad panel? What would be best for you in your specific situation? There are three key factors to consider when evaluating solar panels and making your decision.


Solar Panels on a roof of a home with the American Flag.


  1. Is it a monocrystalline panel?
  2. Is the solar panel on the Tier One list?
  3. Are you paying for the name or for value?


Monocrystalline panels are the gold standard for residential solar installation, especially in Ohio. These panels are cut from pure silicon, as opposed to polycrystalline panels that are made from silicon being melted down and poured into cells. This makes monocrystalline panels the most efficient panels on the market and explains why these panels make up the majority of residential solar installations.


What is the Tier One list? The Bloomberg Tier One list simply divides up panel manufacturers by how financially sound they are. To be considered “tier one”, the company must be doing well and planning for future growth. This is important to know because buying a solar array is essentially buying a 25-year relationship with both manufacturers and an installer. You want to be with companies that are actually going to be around that long!


It is important to consider brand versus value when selecting solar panels. Why do people buy certain luxury vehicle brands? Most of the time, it is about what the brand represents. Sure, the companies that make those cars also have quality, but so do the non-luxury brands. When buying solar, the luxury, name-brand companies can charge more for little to no quality difference. The best return on investment is often from a company that has a lot of value but isn’t well known. There are some quality brands on the Tier One list that are not familiar to the average homeowner, but often have great value for the best cost.


When considering all the factors that go into a quality panel purchase, you can get lost. There’s a lot to look at and the information overload can keep a homeowner up at night. Be sure to partner with a quality installer that will take the time to explain what is best for your home based on an objective evaluation, not just whatever the company happens to be pushing currently. That is the customer-first approach you will get with Solar Is Freedom® through our partnerships with CED and Civic Solar!