Founded in 1985 with their headquarters located in Silicon Valley, California, Sunpower is one of the world’s longest-established solar technology companies. Holding more than 200 patents for solar technology, they’re a world leader in residential, commercial and utility-scale solar power production. Thanks to their patented Maxeon solar technology, Sunpower solar panels produce 75% more power over the first 25 years than conventional solar panels. In fact, Sunpower holds the world record for producing the world’s most efficient silicon solar panel.
Their unique light trapping surface technology creates more power, while solid copper foundations ensure that Sunpower’s panels are some of the strongest solar panels in the world. Pure silicon delivers the ultimate in power conversion, while a sleek, black, grid free design creates a streamlined look for your rooftop. Thanks to their patented Maxeon solar technology, Sunpower solar panels produce 75% more power over the first 25 years than conventional solar panels. In fact, Sunpower holds the world record for producing the world’s most efficient silicon solar panel.
Their unique light trapping surface technology creates more power, while solid copper foundations ensure that Sunpower’s panels are some of the strongest solar panels in the world. Pure silicon delivers the ultimate in power conversion, while a sleek, black, grid free design creates a streamlined look for your rooftop.
SunPower has been around since 1985, which is over 36 years. In that time, they’ve produced over 3.5 billions of these cells, which is over 35 millions solar panels. That’s an absolute testament to their R&D and quality Team.
Regarding the right of return which is industry leading of 0.005%, which is extremely minimum. What I’ll do I’ll introduce you first to the Performance 3 panel. A lot of people talk about a ‘black frame’, this is not only a ‘black frame’, it’s a completely black panel. It will look absolutely beautiful on your home. It’s got a product warranty of 25 years. Standard panels range from 10 to 15.
Performance warranty is how long — what the panel produce after 25 years. This will produce still at 87.2%. The other amazing feature of this panel is Shingled technology, which is patented by SunPower. So I’ll explain a little bit of what Shingled actually is. This Shingled panel is splitting into 7 different sections, you might not be able to see it from there but it’s split into 7 sections this way. So what that allows is if you have a leaf or anything on your roof shade this portion of the panel, the other 6 sections are still gonna work.
What happens when you have cloud cover? When it’s doing this portion of your panel, the rest is still working. A lot of people must have heard about, you know, half cut or half cells panels, they basically split straight down the middle. You know the half cell panel? you shade this top portion of the panel, the bottom still works. The Shingled is even better than that. So the half cell works at 50% when that happens. In a Shingled panel you shade ‘this’ portion, this panel is splitting into 3, 66% of your power still works, which means you get more yield from your solar system, which means ultimately, you’re saving more money.
What I’ll do, I’ll turn to the Maxeon 3. This is the same cell that they use in NASA aircrafts. It’s absolutely amazing. This panel has got also 25 years warranty. Performance warranty is exceptional, at 92% performance warranty after 25 years in the harsh sun, it’s still gonna perform at 92%, which is absolutely amazing. And then we’ve got Model Efficiency at 22.3%
You might not be able to see it from there but the SunPower 395 is slightly smaller than the 370, but also produces more power. That’s what that efficiency is, it takes up less room on your roof so you can fit more panels on your roof.
What I’ll do I’ll grab one of these cells and I’ll show you how unique they are and how different they are in the industry and how they compare to a standard cell. Here we have a standard solar cell that you’ll see in the majority in the panels in the market. I’ll show you the true difference between a standard cell and a SunPower cell. So when you take a standard solar cell I will put it sideways and you are about to see the flex – that cell breaks quite easily and doesn’t flex much. When you look at the SunPower cell when you flex it, it actually doesn’t break and the reason for that is ‘cause it has a copper-backing and it’s a patent technology by SunPower and that’s exactly why it’s use in the NASA spacecraft and it is why we absolutely love having SunPower as part of our product range.
They have a panel return right of only 0.005%, which is absolutely awesome. These cells we see here are the same cells you’ll see in the NASA spaceship. It’s the same technology in exactly the same cell. So the difference between these two panels are, the Maxeon 3 are slightly smaller but they’ve got exactly the same technology as the Maxeon 5.
The Maxeon 5 here is the flagship of SunPower. It is a 415 Watt panel, it comes with a 25 years product warranty – the English Standard is between 10 and 15 years only. Performance warranty is 92%. After 25 years it will still perform at 92% from brand new, which is amazing. The industry standard is more like 81%.
What’s so unique about the Maxeon 5 is: they have an Integrated Enphase Inverter, so what that means is there’s an inverter under every single panel and every panel does not get affected by the next one with shade.
What’s so unique about enphase in this panel is, enphase usually comes with a test standard 10 year warranty. With the Maxeon 5, it comes with a 25 years warranty on the enphase and 25 years warranty on the panel. This panel is made to last.
So what I’ll do I’ll flip this around and I’ll show you how the enphase works on the back. So here we have the rear of the Maxeon 5 solar panel. This here is the enphase inverter, it’s on a specially designed bracket that comes bolted straight out of the factory.They even left it a little bit off the solar panel, to create a little bit airflow.
They’ve got extremely nice cable management and to go from one panel to the next is as simple as plugging in one cable to your next enphase.
We are extremely proud to have this as part of our product range.
The SunPower Complete Confidence Panel Warranty provides the industry’s most comprehensive 25-year power, product and service coverage for SunPower residential and commercial panels*. Each panel is manufactured with the absolute confidence to deliver more energy, reliability and savings over time—backed by extensive third party testing and field data from more than 35 million SunPower panels deployed worldwide. Higher power output warranted than conventional power warranties: Up to 92% in year 25. Coverage for defects related to workmanship and materials for 25 years.Repair, replacement or reimbursement for any defective panel for 25 years, hassle free. With SunPower, you get savings, certainty and long-term success. We offer high-performing solar products, and stand behind them with a stronger power warranty than conventional solar*.
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SunPower Performance solar panels combine conventional cells with 35 years of materials and manufacturing expertise to deliver panels that surpass the performance, reliability and aesthetics of Conventional Panels. the third-generation SunPower Performance 3 panel combines enhanced warranty terms with an expanded active cell area that delivers increased power and efficiency over previous generation panels. Performance panels can deliver as much as 8% more energy in the same space over the first 25 years when compared to conventional mono PERC panels. SunPower Performance panels, the most deployed shingled solar panel in the world,1 are backed by the SunPower Complete Confidence Panel Warranty, the industry’s most comprehensive warranty coverage2.
SunPower 395W has a part of the record-setting SunPower Maxeon product line. SunPower Maxeon 3 solar panel offers homeowners the highest efficiency available in the market today. It maximises long energy production, as well as savings potential per available space. SunPower Maxeon panels are world-renowned for their energy production and savings advantages that combine unmatched efficiency and reliability with an industry-leading warranty and an estimated 40-year useful life. SunPower Maxeon 3 solar panel designs to deliver 35% more energy in the same space over 25 years in real-world conditions such as partial shade and high temperatures. SunPower Maxeon panels combine the top efficiency, durability and warranty available in the market today, resulting in more long-term energy and savings.
SunPower’s 415W Maxeon 5 AC combines home solar’s most powerful panel with the world’s most advanced inverter technology. The result is an elegant, optimised solution for any roof. SunPower Maxeon panels are world-renowned for their energy production and savings advantages. It combines unmatched efficiency and reliability with an industry-leading warranty and an estimated 40-year useful life. The SunPower Maxeon 5 AC Module is designed to deliver 35% more energy in the same space over 25 years in real-world conditions such as partial shade and high temperatures. SunPower is the only solar cell with a solid-metal foundation, providing patented protection from breakage. It has the highest-power integrated AC module with 25-year limited product warranty covered by Integrated Enphase Inverter.
Most solar panel manufacturers entering the Australian market, first setup their distribution channels and worry about customer service later. This has led to many unhappy customers who are left trying to contact Chinese head offices to claim on their 10-year product warranty.
Relying on your solar installer is not always an option as we’ve seen many residential solar installers (including the large ones) go out of business well within the lifetime of the systems they are installing.
SunPower has an Australian office located in Brighton, Victoria.
SunPower Australia HQ
Suite 207, 28 Riddell Parade
Elsternwick VIC 3185
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