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Old 27-12-2008, 15:49   #16
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I have four Kyocera solar panels of various ages from 8 yrs down to 2 yrs and they are all in the same condition. One would be hard pressed to determine the ages of each panel without seeing the invoices. They have a 25 year guarantee. I am very pleased with them. They were purchased from Solar panels - compare RV, marine, residential solar panels cost


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Old 27-12-2008, 17:21   #17
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on today you can buy 28 x 200w on a pallet for $3.70/watt but if you buy 6 on a pallet they only cost $3.34/watt

if you can get quality new panels for 3-4$/w you are on a good deal, in any country.

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Old 27-12-2008, 18:27   #18
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Just about all of the solar manufacturers that we know of today will be gone in two or three years because new factories are coming online now that are literally 4 times more efficient. Nanosolar makes panels now which are 1/4 the cost of the current producers (selling at $1 per watt). Nanosolar prints the panels on an electrically conductive film like newspaper and then ship it to Germany for it to be assembled in a lights out robotic factory. It's really hard for an old tech solar company painstakingly growing silicon crystals to compete with this new efficiency of capital. Nano's single factory in California has the productive capacity of the rest of North America combined. Simple cheap labor in China won't be able to match it.
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Old 27-12-2008, 20:07   #19
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I've had Kyocera 150's and 130's and they both performed exceptionally well. I think that the Sharp panels specifically state that their warranty is void in marine use.
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Hi schonnerdog

Very interesting Company, but when will they actually start to sell there product?

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We talked about Nanosolar almost exactly a year ago here: solar panel revolution drastically lower costs

Yep, one year later and nothing has changed in this space for us consumers. Personally I think the existing companies and panels will be around for a long time with incremental efficiency improvements before there's any revolution here. But I'm hedging that bet and waiting as long as possible before I do my solar setup - just in case I'm wrong.

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