2017 Solar Panel Pricing Trends (down)

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2017 Solar Panel Pricing Trends (down)

Post by some seeing eye » Thu Jun 01, 2017 1:26 pm

If you are thinking about solar, prices are forecast to drop throughout the year and there may be deals due to panel manufacturer bankruptcies.

One large panel maker has filed for bankruptcy for a variety of reasons: https://www.pv-magazine.de/2017/05/22/s ... bgegraben/. (You may need to use Google Translate on it)

When a company closes, the warranty becomes void, severely decreasing the price. Burners are not making a permanent installation, where replacing a failed panel is hard. Many burners are buying inexpensive Horror Freight panels without a warranty anyway.

Because panels are expensive to ship, picking them up locally can save. Local installers may have surplus panels.

Regular price rooftop panels are running sub- $.90/Watt and will likely trend to sub- $.60/Watt or lower. The panel price of a bankrupt maker could be very low.

The full size rooftop panels can be heavy though. A 300W + monocrystaline (the most efficient) can be near 50 pounds.

Be sure your inverter can operate on-grid at home and off grid at the burn.

It doesn't seem likely there will be a general import tax soon and trade protection, if it happens, will be after Burning Man: http://www.utilitydive.com/news/us-tell ... ls/443835/.
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Re: 2017 Solar Panel Pricing Trends (down)

Post by AntiM » Fri Jun 02, 2017 5:21 am

Actually, HF does offer warranties, or at least replacement plans. Even my garden solar lights are on a plan, and I am about to go get a new set.

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