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Environmentally best solar panels?

Discussion in 'Energy, Environment, and Policy' started by brucet999, May 20, 2017.

  1. brucet999

    brucet999 Active Member

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    I'm shopping for rooftop solar, but I don't want to slightly clean up my local environment at the expense of polluting the environment where the panels are made.

    I have found this page with some good information, but neither the best-performing Panasonic nor its predecessor Sanyo is listed:
    SunPower, SolarWorld top 2015 solar scorecard

    Does anyone have more information on panel makers, especially Panasonic?
     
  2. Ampster

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    I have consistently heard good things about Sunpower and Sunworks. It is only anectdotal information but I wish I had installed either of those higher performing panels on my roof.
     
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  4. matt.ellis

    matt.ellis New Member

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    I work for a Solar company in Oregon. I'd be happy to answer any questions. We use exclusively Silfab panels and recommend against overseas panels for two primary reasons; carbon emissions in transport and a company that will actually honor their 25 year warranty (be around 25 years from now). Feel free to call/text/email me if you have any other questions, I can answer string inverter vs. micro inverter questions as well, or any other questions you might have.

    Matt Ellis
    Auric Solar
    Cell: 503-793-4391
     
  5. brucet999

    brucet999 Active Member

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    I found CO2 per ton mile rates for ships and trucks. 8,000 miles by ship = roughly 2000 miles by truck.
     

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