Since 1999, altE has offered customers across the globe solar panels for their homes, cabins, RV's and boats. We carry leading brands such as SolarWorld, Kyocera Solar, Canadian Solar, and our own altE solar panels. See our full list of solar panels for sale below.
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|Product Name ↓||Volts||Watts||$ / Watt||Price|
|altE 10 Watt 12V Poly AltE ALT10-12P ALTS-10W-12P altE 10 Watt 12V Poly Solar Panel||12 V||10 W||1.80||$18.00|
|altE 100 Watt 12V Poly AltE ALT100-12P ALTS-100W-12P altE 100 Watt 12V Poly Solar Panel||12 V||100 W||1.49||$149.00|
|altE 150 Watt 12V Poly AltE ALT150-12P ALTS-150W-12P altE 150 Watt 12V Poly Solar Panel||12 V||150 W||1.13||$169.00|
|altE 165 Watt 12V Mono Black AltE ALT165-12M ALTS-165W-12M altE 165 Watt 12V Mono Black Solar Panel||12 V||165 W||1.15||$189.00|
|altE 200 Watt 24V Poly AltE ALT200-24P ALTS-200W-24P altE 200 Watt 24V Poly Solar Panel||24 V||200 W||0.94||$189.00|
|altE 30 Watt 12V Poly AltE ALT30-12P ALTS-30W-12P altE 30 Watt 12V Poly Solar Panel||12 V||30 W||2.30||$69.00|
|altE 60 Watt 12V Poly AltE ALT60-12P ALTS-60W-12P altE 60 Watt 12V Poly Solar Panel||12 V||60 W||1.48||$89.00|
|altE Poly 100 Watt 24V AltE ALT100-24P ALTS-100W-24P altE Poly 100 Watt 24V Solar Panel||24 V||100 W||1.45||$145.00|
|altE Poly 120 Watt 12V AltE ALT120-12P ALT120-12P altE Poly 120 Watt 12V Solar Panel 5.0 3||12 V||120 W||1.21||$145.00|
|altE Poly 20 Watt 12V AltE ALT20-12P ALT20-12P altE Poly 20 Watt 12V Solar Panel||12 V||20 W||1.50||$30.00|
|Ameresco Solar 20J 20W 12V with J-Box Ameresco Solar 20J AMR20-20J Ameresco Solar 20J 20W 12V Solar Panel with J-Box||12 V||20 W||9.75||$195.00|
|Ameresco Solar 30J 30W 12V with J-Box Ameresco Solar 30J AMR30-30J Ameresco Solar 30J 30W 12V Solar Panel with J-Box||12 V||30 W||8.97||$269.00|
|Ameresco Solar 40J 40W 12V with J-Box Ameresco Solar 40J AMR40-40J Ameresco Solar 40J 40W 12V Solar Panel with J-Box||12 V||40 W||6.89||$275.74|
|Ameresco Solar 50J 50W 12V with J-Box Ameresco Solar 50J AMR50-50J Ameresco Solar 50J 50W 12V Solar Panel with J-Box||12 V||50 W||5.90||$295.00|
|Ameresco Solar 90J 90W 12V with J-Box Ameresco Solar 90J AMR90-90J Ameresco Solar 90J 90W 12V Solar Panel with J-Box||12 V||90 W||4.43||$399.00|
|Canadian Solar 255 Watt Smart Module with SolarEdge Optimizer Canadian Solar, Inc. CS6P-255P-SD CSI255CS6PSMART Canadian Solar 255 Watt Smart Module with SolarEdge Optimizer||20 V||255 W||0.89||$228.00|
|Canadian Solar CS6K-260P 260 Watt Poly Black Frame Canadian Solar, Inc. CS6K-260P CSI260-CS6K260P Canadian Solar CS6K-260P 260 Watt Poly Solar Panel Black Frame||20 V||260 W||0.59||$154.00|
|Canadian Solar CS6K-275M 275 Watt Mono All Black Black Frame Canadian Solar, Inc. CS6K-275M ALL BLACK CSI275CS6K275MB Canadian Solar CS6K-275M 275 Watt Mono All Black Solar Panel Black Frame||20 V||275 W||0.59||$163.00|
|Canadian Solar CS6K-280M 280 Watt Mono Black Frame Canadian Solar, Inc. CS6K-280M CSI280-CS6K280M Canadian Solar CS6K-280M 280 Watt Mono Solar Panel Black Frame||20 V||280 W||0.57||$160.00|
|Canadian Solar CS6U-315P 315 Watt Poly Canadian Solar, Inc. CS6U-315P CSI315-CS6U315P Canadian Solar CS6U-315P 315 Watt Poly Solar Panel||24 V||315 W||0.63||$200.00|
|Canadian Solar CS6U-325P 325 Watt Poly Canadian Solar, Inc. CS6U-325P CSI325-CS6U325P Canadian Solar CS6U-325P 325 Watt Poly Solar Panel||24 V||325 W||0.69||$225.00|
|Canadian Solar CS6U-330P 330 Watt Poly Canadian Solar, Inc. CS6U-330-P CSI330-CS6U330P Canadian Solar CS6U-330P 330 Watt Poly Solar Panel||24 V||330 W||0.69||$228.00|
|Canadian Solar CS6U-340M 340 Watt Mono Canadian Solar, Inc. CS6U-340M CSI340-CS6U340M Canadian Solar CS6U-340M 340 Watt Mono Solar Panel||24 V||340 W||0.69||$236.00|
|Hanwha Q Cell 305 Watt Mono Hanwha Solar Q.PEAK G4.1 /305 HAN305QPEAK305M Hanwha Q Cell 305 Watt Mono Solar Panel||20 V||305 W||0.74||$227.00|
|Panasonic 330 Watt HIT High Efficiency Panasonic Panasonic 330 Watt PAN330HITMONO Panasonic 330 Watt HIT High Efficiency Solar Panel 5.0 1||32 V||330 W||1.08||$357.00|
|Seraphim Solar 290 Watt , Mono, All Black Seraphim SolarUSA SRP-290-6MB-BB SEP290SRP290MBK Seraphim Solar 290 Watt Solar Panel, Mono, All Black||20 V||290 W||0.78||$225.00|
|Seraphim Solar 345 Watt , Mono Seraphim SolarUSA SRP-345-6MA SEP345SRP3456MA Seraphim Solar 345 Watt Solar Panel, Mono||24 V||345 W||0.75||$260.00|
|SolarWorld 290 Watt , Sunmodule SW290 Black Mono - 5 Busbar SolarWorld SW PL 290 MONO BK 5BB SOW290SW290BLM SolarWorld 290 Watt Solar Panel, Sunmodule SW290 Black Mono - 5 Busbar||20 V||290 W||0.74||$215.00|
|SolarWorld 290 Watt , Sunmodule SW290 Mono,5 Busbar, Silver Frame SolarWorld SW PL 290 MONO SV 5BB SOW290SW290M4.0 SolarWorld 290 Watt Solar Panel, Sunmodule SW290 Mono,5 Busbar, Silver Frame||20 V||290 W||0.74||$215.00|
|SolarWorld 300 Watt , Sunmodule SW300 Mono,5 Busbar, Black Frame SolarWorld SW 300 MONO WOB SOW300SW300MWOB SolarWorld 300 Watt Solar Panel, Sunmodule SW300 Mono,5 Busbar, Black Frame||20 V||300 W||0.79||$238.00|
|Vikram 200 Watt 24V Poly Vikram Solar Eldora Grande 200P-24 VIK200-24P Vikram 200 Watt 24V Poly Solar Panel||24 V||200 W||1.00||$199.00|
|Vikram 60 Watt 12V Poly Vikram Solar Eldora Micro 60P VIK60-12P Vikram 60 Watt 12V Poly Solar Panel||12 V||60 W||1.15||$69.00|
The term solar panels is often used for a few different types of products that produce energy by collecting sunlight. We most commonly use the phrase to refer to the type that converts sunlight directly into DC electricity. Less frequently, people will use the term in reference to solar thermal collectors, which typically heats a liquid such as water, or solar air heaters, which heats air directly.
Rays of sunlight hit solar cells, pushing the electrons in the cell through the wires to create electricity. This electricity is in one direction, so it is called DC, for Direct Current. As opposed to AC, for Alternating Current, where the electrons are going back and forth 50-60 times (50-60Hz) per second. That is why for most installations, you need an inverter. An inverter changes the DC to AC and makes it usable with your home's appliances.Detailed Version
On one side of the solar cell, there's an overabundance of electrons and on the other side there is a lack of electrons. Manufacturers create this static imbalance of charges on the cell by doping each side of the silicon solar cell with different chemicals (e.g. phosphorous on one side and boron on the other). Wires or soldered leads are effectively connected to each side of the cell. The positive and negative wires go to whatever you want to charge or power.
Connecting the leads in itself to an electrical load, while closing the current path, does not allow to the electrons to flow, despite the positive and negative imbalance. It takes sunlight hitting the silicon in the solar cells to loosen up electrons. And as soon as they a freed up, they immediately start flowing through the wires to power your electrical loads. The more sunlight shines on the cells, the more electrons loosen up, the more electrical current flows and the more power it produces.
Want more? We have created a handy, more in-depth overview of how solar panels work. Here, we go into more detail of, not only how the photovoltaic effect works, but also how solar cells work together to create different voltage options, and what all the various ratings in the specification brochures mean.
We're guessing you wouldn't have come here if you didn't have a hunch they probably were. But just in case, let's review when solar systems are practical for homes and when they're not. If you own home or cabin and you have (or a tiny home who can be parked such that...) a roof that roughly points south (north if south of the equator) with no shading by trees, hills, other homes from around 9AM to 3PM, then you have some prime real estate for putting a solar system on.
The cost has dropped significantly in the last several years, making it such that, with tax incentives or rebates, a grid-tie solar system will pay for itself in just a few years. Essentially, for the price of a few years electricity, you get 25 to 35 years of electricity. In fact, solar systems will likely keep on producing electricity at a lower rate for even decades after that.
Solar power systems are not practical for locations that get lots of shade throughout the day. That said, with the advent of micro inverters and grid-tie inverters that have DC optimizers connected to each individual solar panel, some locations with a little bit of shading can still be an option.