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.
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|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|
|Peimar 30 Watt 12 V Poly Peimar OS30P PEI-30W-12P Peimar 30 Watt 12 V Poly Solar Panel||12 V||30 W||1.63||$49.00|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|altE 150 Watt 12V Poly AltE ALT150-12P ALTS-150W-12P altE 150 Watt 12V Poly Solar Panel||12 V||150 W||1.17||$175.00|
|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|
|Yingli Solar 305 Watt , Black Yingli YL305D-30B YINYL305D30B Yingli Solar 305 Watt Solar Panel, Black||20 V||305 W||0.47||$144.57|
|Peimar 325 Watt Mono Peimar SM325M PEI325SM325M Peimar 325 Watt Mono Solar Panel||20 V||325 W||0.55||$180.00|
|Trina 330 Watt Mono Black Trina Solar TSM-DD06M.05-330BK TRI330TSMDD330B Trina 330 Watt Mono Black Solar Panel||20 V||330 W||0.51||$169.00|
|REC Solar 375 Watt Alpha Mono REC Solar REC375AA REC375REC375AA REC Solar 375 Watt Alpha Mono Solar Panel||20 V||375 W||0.91||$340.00|
|Canadian Solar CS3W-390PB-AG 390 Watt Poly Bifacial Canadian Solar, Inc. CS3W-390PB-AG CSI390-CS3W390P Canadian Solar CS3W-390PB-AG 390 Watt Poly Bifacial Solar Panel||24 V||390 W||0.50||$196.75|
|Canadian Solar CS3W-395PB-AG 395 Watt Poly Bifacial Canadian Solar, Inc. CS3W-395PB-AG CSI395-CS3W395P Canadian Solar CS3W-395PB-AG 395 Watt Poly Bifacial Solar Panel||24 V||395 W||0.50||$199.00|
|Trina 415 Watt Mono Trina Solar TSM-DE15M-415 TRI415TSMDE415 Trina 415 Watt Mono Solar Panel||24 V||415 W||0.49||$205.00|
|Q CELLS 430 Watt Mono Duo Cell G8.2 Q CELLS Q.PEAK DUO L-G8.2-430 HAN430QPKDG8430 Q CELLS 430 Watt Mono Duo Cell Solar Panel G8.2||24 V||430 W||0.55||$238.22|
|Canadian Solar CS3W-440MS 440 Watt Mono Canadian Solar, Inc. CS3W-440MS CSI440-CS3W440M Canadian Solar CS3W-440MS 440 Watt Mono Solar Panel||24 V||440 W||0.54||$238.00|
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.
Monocrystalline vs. Polycrystalline Solar Panels
We often get asked by customers, "What’s the difference between monocrystalline and polycrystalline solar panels?" Here’s a surprising compare-and-contrast (hint: the differences are not as significant as you might think).
Rays of sunlight hit solar cells, pushing the electrons in the cell through the wires to create electricity. This electricity flows 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.
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 are freed up, they immediately start flowing through the wires to power your electrical loads. The more sunlight shines on the cells over time, 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, not only on how the photovoltaic effect works, but also on how solar cells work together to create different voltages, and on the meaning of all the various ratings in the specification brochures.
Have you wondered exactly how a solar panel is able to make electricity from the sun? This video explains how by adding chemicals to two sides of a silicon wafer enables it to move electricity with the sun’s light hits it.
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 a roof that roughly points south (North if South of the equator), with no shading by trees, hills, or other homes from around 9AM to 3PM, then you have some prime real estate for installing a solar system.
The overhead cost of going solar has dropped significantly in the last several years. 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. With 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.
What Can I Power With a 100W Solar Panel?
This video gives a list of common items that you can power with a 100W solar panel in various locations and seasons. With minimal math, just a bit of addition, you can figure out how many watts of solar you need - if 100W isn't enough for you.