The ultimate solar panel buying guide

2019-06-24 11:17:32


recognize different solar cell grades and avoid unknowing purchasing of low grade B and C solar modules

Solar cells are the most important component of a solar panel and make up over 50% of the panel’s value. Solar cells are also the main component that manufacturers try to cut costs on.. The current market is full withGrade B and Grade C solar panels and often buyers don’t even realize what Grade their manufacturer is supplying. This module teaches you everything you need to know about Solar Cell Grading.

  • Understand the essentials of Solar Cell Grading

  • Distinguish between all solar cell grades

  • Master professional solar cell quality testing

  • Avoid purchasing low grade B or C solar modules, while you require Grade A

Quality defects to AvoidModule 2 – Quality Defects to Avoid

Identify solar panel quality defects and avoid being cheated by your supplier

Having performed quality inspections on-site at close to 100 PV factories in Asia for the past 8 years, we’ve come across any solar panel defect imaginable. This module provides a comprehensive overview of these quality defects, including photos and descriptions. It will make sure that, for your next purchase, you’ll be able to recognize and avoid the major solar panel quality defects.

  • Each defect is presented with detailed photos and descriptions

  • Identify and pre-empt the causes of each quality defect

  • Make professional quality assessments

  • Learn to perform a professional visual inspection on any batch of solar modules

  • Module 3 – Solar Panel Warranty

    Discover the most important clauses in warranty policies and prevent major issues 

    Solar panel warranty policies are legal documents that need to be considered carefully before purchasing solar panels. Our team has analyzed the small prints of major Asian Tier 1 solar PV panel manufacturers, incl.Trina, Jinko Solar, JA Solar, Suntech, Yingli, Sunpower and more. In this part of the training we go through the important small prints in the warranty policies and highlight and explain the clauses you should be aware of.

    • 10 important clauses to pay attention to when purchasing solar panels from Tier 1 or Tier 2 manufacturers

    • Understand the different warranty policy types

    • Learn to identify pitfalls in solar panel warranties

    • Prevent major warranty issues

    • Steps to follow when you file a warranty claim with a manufacturer

  • Solar panel insuranceModule 4 – Solar Panel Insurance

    Understand PV installation risk and know how to pick the right insurance policies

    Solar panel insurance is quite a complex topic. This Module gives you insight into the field of solar insurance. We provide you with an analysis on the actual risks in this industry, the types of insurance products available, the main insurance companies and brokers and discuss several insurance products.

    • Analysis of the risks you encounter when developing PV plants

    • Discover all the different solar insurance product types on the market

    • complete list of all PV insurers: both insurance brokers and underwriters

    • What essential details to pay attention to when purchasing solar insurance

    • Insurance policies for all stages of PV system development

Module 5 – Solar Panel Certifications

Learn about all major solar panel certifications worldwide and which are required in your country

Solar panel certifications have become a sub-industry of its own. Besides being related to safety, certifications are often linked to market accessFIT’s, tax credits, import requirements and so on. In Module 5, we will look at all the common and important standards and certifications you will need to know about and deal with when purchasing solar PV modules.

  • Understand all major quality and safety standards

  • Know the certifications required in your country

  • Learn how to identify fake or expired certifications

  • Assess the loopholes and constraints of solar panel certifications

ScamsModule 6 – Scams

Learn what others have been through and protect yourself from being scammed

critical attitude is crucial when purchasing solar panels from overseas. Over the past years we’ve encountered multiple tricks and scams by manufacturers and suppliers that can damage any company purchasing solar panels. Module 6 explains major scams and counterstrategies.

  • Identify the most common tricks and scams from PV manufacturers

  • Avoid scams efficiently, without losing time and money

  • Learn how you can develop counter strategies against scams

  • Learn from our team’s real life scam experiences

TechnologyModule 7 – Technology Insights

Understand the different solar cell technologies and pick the right technology for your project

To make correct purchase decisions, it is important to understand what technologies exist in the market, what a solar PV module is actually made of and what are the critical qualitative features of the different components. Module 7 provides a technology roadmap of the currently available solar panel and solar cell technologies on the market.

  • Make correct purchase decisions with this solar panel technology roadmap

  • Pick the right technology for your projects

  • Understand the technical and functional details and weaknesses of solar panels and components

  • Be well informed about the available and latest PV technologies on the market

PackingModule 8 – Solar Panel Packing

Use best practices in solar panel packing and make sure your goods arrive undamaged

There’s nothing worse than purchasing a batch of solar panels and discover upon arrival that your goods have been damaged during transport. Unfortunately we’ve seen solar panel shipments going wrong multiple times and often packing mistakes could’ve easily been avoided. For that reason we’ve included Module 8. This module explains the best practices in solar module packing and will help you to safeguard the sound state of your solar panels during transport.

  • Discover best practices in solar panel packing

  • Materials required for safe solar panel packing

  • Explain your manufacturer in detail how you want to have your solar panel shipments packed.

  • Avoid micro cracks and other costly damages during transport

Module 9 – Solar Panel Logistics

Master solar panel logistics and save time, money and stress by handling any logistics by yourself

Going global with your company means adding time and distance to your supply chain. Those two factors addcost, complexity, and frequently risk. Handling the logistics of solar panel shipments can be complex and there’s a good reason why large companies have their dedicated logistics department… Module 9 gives you all the knowhow and tools to control your solar panel shipments by yourself.

  • Complete, detailed solar panel logistics walkthrough

  • Save time and money by making clever logistics partner decisions

  • Detailed overview of logistics documents that you need for shipping

  • Use the free shipping document templates included

Module 1 – Solar Cell Grading

Module 1 – Solar Cell Grading