We Use Quality Manufactured, American-Made Solar Panels
Michigan Solar Solutions offers standard and premium solar panels to meet the customer's needs.
The majority of our panels are made in the USA and uses many materials made in Michigan in their product. Be cautious of manufacturer’s claims of higher efficiency panels, at Michigan Solar Solutions, we vet all of our manufacturer's to ensure the quality provided to our customers. They come with a 25-year warranty and are expected to provide you energy for 40+ years. They even come with a 3rd party warranty for your peace of mind.
Types of Solar Panels
What’s the Difference Between Mono & Poly Crystalline Panels?
Michigan Solar Solutions has sold mono and poly-crystalline panels in the past. The difference between the two technologies is the orientation of the crystals in the panel. Poly (meaning many) has crystals that are grown in many different directions. Mono (meaning one) has crystals that are grown in only one direction; thus, they produce more electricity that poly. The vital thing to note is the actual value of the panel or how many watts it is rated for. It is interesting to note also that the power rating of a panel is determined under "ideal" laboratory conditions. Weather conditions impact the actual power produced by a panel, time of year, dirt on the panels, voltage drops over copper wires and latitude on the Earth.
Thin Film Panels
Thin film solar panels are all but non-existent, except for specific applications such as solar powered calculators, etc. There was a period when standing-seam metal roofs would use thin-film solar material between the ribs. However, the efficiency improvements and drop in prices of the poly and mono panels all but drove them out of the market.
Solar shingles replace traditional roofs with a product that has solar panel material built into a conventional looking roof shingle. They have been marketed by several companies over the past ten years, most notably Michigan's Dow-Corning, out of Midland. They sold off this division of business after 2015 because the idea never took hold. To date, no-one has been able to match the reliability, ease of install, nor warranty of traditional mono/poly panels. Because the solar shingles haven't caught on, the market never built enough momentum to drive the manufacturing price down low enough to become genuinely competitive.
A company called Tesla has recently come out with a new solar shingle product. A lot of customers ask us about it. As of January 2018, it is only available in specific markets like California – they are not available in Michigan. We estimate that these products will not be available in our market until after 2018. We don’t know if MSS will be allowed to sell and install them. Initial reports indicate that they will be more expensive than traditional panels.
Michigan Solar Solutions provide a free solar analysis to help you choose the right solar panels for your home. We visit your home or business when you request us to, and we promise to never ‘high pressure’ sell you anything. We are here to help you, and we will make going solar easy with a complete turn-key system. We handle everything for you and even provide free monitoring for the life of your system!