HOW DO I KNOW IF THE PANEL MANUFACTURER IS REPUTABLE?
In the solar industry there is whats called the Tier Rating System. This is what is used to rate a solar panel manufacturers level of quality.
It is important to always confirm if the panel is rated a Tier 1, if it is anything else do not look at it, you may found that panel to be cheaper but those panels are cheaper for a reason. Research is key when choosing your installer and system, check off the following
criteria to be assured you are only buying quality and reliable panels.
To be rated a Tier 1 panel and manufacturer, they must meet the following criteria:
How many solar panels does the manufacturer sell each year
Quality Control Systems
Procedures a manufacturer takes to ensure premium quality products everytime
How prosperous the company is. Is there risk of going bankrupt or insolvent
Research and Development
How much a manufacturer spends on researching and developing solar panels
Manufacturer controlling their supply line from silicone cells to the final panel product
Innovative Robotic Processes
Manufactured using highly automated techniques. Robotic processes guarantee panels with higher quality standards, consistency and reliability.
Process to attain warranty claims, local or Australian based service office
Manufacturing Solar Panels more than 5 years
This reveals the company's longevity and ability to serve any potential warranty claims in the future.
Arguably the most important. Manufacturers having a risk diversified manufacturing portfolio, compared to solar manufacturers only making solar panels. Without diversification, can lead to the company going bankrupt or insolvent.