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 Q Cells, Panasonic, Peimar, and our own altE solar panels. See our full list of solar panels for sale below.
How much energy will your solar power system need to produce and store? The first step to determining the best off-grid solar kit for you, is to determine how much power you will need to produce and store. Try our off-grid sizing and grid-tie sizing calculators.
Want a custom designed solar power system for your home? Give us a call at 877-878-4060 and our trained solar professionals will work with you to design your own home solar system for FREE!
|Product Name||Volts||Watts||$ / Watt ↑||Price|
|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|
|Peimar 30 Watt 12 V Poly Peimar OS30P PEI-30W-12P Peimar 30 Watt 12 V Poly Solar Panel||12 V||30 W||2.30||$69.00|
|altE 10 Watt 12V Poly AltE ALT10-12P ALTS-10W-12P altE 10 Watt 12V Poly Solar Panel||12 V||10 W||2.00||$20.00|
|altE 50 Watt 12V Mono AltE ALT50-12M ALTS-50W-12M altE 50 Watt 12V Mono Solar Panel||12 V||50 W||1.58||$79.00|
|Peimar 50 Watt 12 V Poly Peimar OS50P PEI-50W-12P Peimar 50 Watt 12 V Poly Solar Panel||12 V||50 W||1.58||$79.00|
|altE 100 Watt 12V Mono AltE ALT100-12M ALTS-100W-12M altE 100 Watt 12V Mono Solar Panel||12 V||100 W||1.49||$149.00|
|Peimar 100 Watt 12 V Poly Peimar OS100P PEI-100W-12P Peimar 100 Watt 12 V Poly Solar Panel||12 V||100 W||1.49||$149.00|
|altE Poly 100 Watt 24V Poly AltE ALT100-24P ALTS-100W-24P altE Poly 100 Watt 24V Poly Solar Panel||24 V||100 W||1.45||$145.00|
|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|
|Peimar 150 Watt 12 V Poly Peimar OS150P PEI-150W-12P Peimar 150 Watt 12 V Poly Solar Panel||12 V||150 W||1.13||$169.00|
|altE 200 Watt 24V Poly AltE ALT200-24P ALTS-200W-24P altE 200 Watt 24V Poly Solar Panel||24 V||200 W||1.10||$219.00|
|Panasonic 335 Watt HIT High Efficiency , 40MM Panasonic VBHN335SA17 PAN335HITMONO Panasonic 335 Watt HIT High Efficiency Solar Panel, 40MM||32 V||335 W||0.95||$319.59|
|Peimar 200 Watt 24 V Mono Peimar SG200M5 PEI-200W-24M Peimar 200 Watt 24 V Mono Solar Panel||24 V||200 W||0.94||$189.00|
|Q Cells 395 Watt Mono Duo Cell Q Cells Q.PEAK DUO L-G5.2-395 HAN395QPEAKD395 Q Cells 395 Watt Mono Duo Cell Solar Panel||24 V||395 W||0.66||$260.00|
|Q Cells 385 Watt Mono Duo Cell Q Cells Q.PEAK DUO L-G5.3-385 HAN385QPEAKD385 Q Cells 385 Watt Mono Duo Cell Solar Panel||24 V||385 W||0.65||$251.79|
|Q Cells 325 Watt Mono Duo Cell Q Cells Q.PEAK DUO G5-325 HAN325QPEAKD325 Q Cells 325 Watt Mono Duo Cell Solar Panel||20 V||325 W||0.62||$202.80|
|Q Cells 310 Watt Mono Duo Cell , All Black Q Cells Q.PEAK DUO BLK G5-310 HAN310QPKD310MB Q Cells 310 Watt Mono Duo Cell Solar Panel, All Black||20 V||310 W||0.61||$189.00|
|Q Cells 315 Watt Mono Duo Cell , All Black Q Cells Q.PEAK DUO BLK G5-315 HAN315QPKD315MB Q Cells 315 Watt Mono Duo Cell Solar Panel, All Black||20 V||315 W||0.61||$193.41|
|Canadian Solar 305 Watt , Mono Canadian Solar, Inc. CS6K-305MS CSI305-CS6K305M Canadian Solar 305 Watt Solar Panel, Mono||20 V||305 W||0.59||$179.00|
|Peimar 315 Watt Mono Peimar SG315M PEI315SG315M Peimar 315 Watt Mono Solar Panel||20 V||315 W||0.59||$187.00|
|Q Cells 360 Watt Poly Duo Cell Q Cells Q.PLUS DUO L-G5.2-360 HAN360QPLUSD360 Q Cells 360 Watt Poly Duo Cell Solar Panel||24 V||360 W||0.59||$213.84|
|Trina Solar 310 Watt Black Monocrystalline Black Frame Trina Solar TSM-DD05H.05-310BOB TRI310BKMONO310 Trina Solar 310 Watt Black Monocrystalline Solar Panel Black Frame||20 V||310 W||0.59||$184.14|
|Peimar 300 Watt Mono , All Black Peimar SG300M-FB PEI300BSG300MB Peimar 300 Watt Mono Solar Panel, All Black||20 V||300 W||0.57||$172.20|
|HT-SAAE 310 Watt , Black HT Solar HT60-156M-310BK HT310HT60-310MB HT-SAAE 310 Watt Solar Panel, Black||20 V||310 W||0.55||$172.00|
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 heat 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. (This is 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 to an electrical load, thus closing the circuit, does not necessarily allow to the electrons to flow. Despite the positive and negative imbalance within the panel, 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 installing a solar system.
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.