Tiny Home On Wheels: The Solar Panel Review

solared-paneled-tiny-homeMany tiny homes on wheels use solar panel energy as an electricity source.  A regular size house may find its electric bill vastly reduced after Solar Panels have been installed.  For tiny Homes on wheels which don’t tend to be bigger than a small two-room apartment, the savings are even more as the energy consumption is not that high, to begin with.

Tiny homes on Wheels dwellers like being green, eco-friendly and sustainable in their everyday lives.  Solar power is a renewable energy source: it can supply energy infinitely.  Converting the energy from the sun to electricity is harmless to the environment.  It will be a major energy source in the future.  Once the solar panels have been installed there is not much maintenance to be done afterward.

I don’t own or rent a tiny home on wheels for the time being.  I will be looking in theory for solar panels for an imaginary tiny house.

Understanding Solar Panel Language.

Before reviewing a solar panel brand there is some terminology that must be understood.

tier rating: used to rate solar panel manufacturers in terms of financial stability.  It does not mean that a solar panel brand offers the best performance or quality.

monocrystalline: created from a single continuous crystal structure.  A panel monocrystallinemonocrystalline panel can be detected from the solar cells which all appear as a single flat colour.  They are efficient in warm weather and are the most expensive and they are also space-efficient.  They require the least amount of space compared to other types of solar panels.  Monocrystalline is the oldest solar panel technology.

polycrystalline or multicrystalline: they begin as a silicon crystal seed placed panel of polycrystallinein a vat of molten silicon.  Instead of drawing the silicon crystal seed up as with monocrystalline the vat is simply allowed to cool.  It forms the distinctive edges and grains in the solar cell.  They have a higher heat tolerance.  You need more of them covering a larger surface to get the same result as monocrystalline panels.  They are, however, cheaper than monocrystalline solar panels.

thin film amorphous:  They are a totally different technology to monocrystalline and polycrystalline.  The silicon panel thin film amorphousmaterial is not structured or crystalized on a molecular level.  It is less efficient than monocrystalline or polycrystalline in certain circumstances and therefore, uses much more roof space.  Its advantages are that in appearance it is much prettier than monocrystalline and polycrystalline solar panels.  In low light conditions, it outperforms them, as well as in partial shading of its system or in extreme heat.

solar panel efficiency: refers to how well your solar panel can convert sunlight into usable electricity.  A higher rate is the best because it means your solar panel is able to convert more of the sunlight it captures into electricity.

temperature coefficient: It lets you know how well your panels will work in less than ideal circumstances.  Solar panels like many electronic devices work better when it is cool ( about 25 C or 77 F ).  The temperature coefficient will give you an idea of how your panels performance or will degrade during hot summer days.  For every degree above 25 C (77 F) your solar panel’s electricity production will decrease by the temperature coefficient.  A lower temperature coefficient is better.

Materials warranty: It protects you against equipment failures due to manufacturing defects or environmental problems.  Most companies offer a ten-year materials warranty.  The best manufacturers will guarantee against equipment failure for fifteen or even twenty-five years.

What Is The Perfect Brand Of Solar Panels To Chose For A Tiny Home On Wheels?

A tiny home on wheels needs a type of solar panel that will work well in a small amount of space as the roofs will not have a big surface to work with.  I live in Eastern Canada.  Winters can be pretty harsh here and so the solar panels must endure and function during snowstorms.  My choice would be a brand of monocrystalline solar panels.

There are many major brands of monocrystalline solar panels.  I would choose the Panasonic Sun Panels.

Here is why I chose the Panasonic brand for solar panels.

They have panel power production capabilities up to 185W.

Their efficiency can range from 19.4% to 21.6 %.  This puts Panasonic Hit panels alongside Sunpower X series solar panels as some of the most efficient solar panels available on the market.

They are slightly cheaper than Sunpower Panels.

They will not take much room on a tiny home on wheels roof as just one panel is pretty powerful on its own.  The number of solar panels needed on the roof would not be numerous.

Panasonic solar panels offer some of the lower temperatures coefficients in the industry at -0.25.  Which is good news when dealing with harsh Canadian winters.

They offer a ten-year product warranty and twenty-five-year performance warranty.

They have unique water drainage frames at the corners of the module frame and they avoid water accumulation.  There are no drying stains and any build up of humidity inside the panel is effectively prevented.  This feature is good to have not only when it rains but when snow begins to melt.

They are the best to generate power even if it is cloudy or partially cloudy.

Hit tm panels use a combination of monocrystalline and ultra-thin amorphous silicon layers to reduce power loss.

The surface of Panasonic’s Solar panels also has a pyramid structure that can reduce reflection and direct more sunlight into solar cells, which also maximizes electricity output.

Here is a youtube video on Panasonic Solar Panels https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNsUcpBUHnA

Tiny Homes On Wheels And Panasonic Solar Panels Are A Good Match.

Panasonic Solar Panels have had many positive outcomes in term of electrical Normal house with solar panelsoutput on regular size homes.  They will do the same for a tiny home on wheels.  One panel by itself will be very powerful since Panasonic produces monocrystalline panels.  Remember, monocrystalline panels are powerful conducts.  Only a handful will be needed on a tiny home.  The installation will not cost much even if Panasonic Solar Panels come just after Sunpower in price.

Going green with Panasonic Solar Panels as most tiny home on wheels inhabitants wish to do will be an easy choice to make.

pictures were taken from yahoo images.

Youtube videos appearing in this blog were not created by me.

The content research was done by putting the search words “solar panel review” and “solar panel review Panasonic” in Google and Yahoo search engines.  Viewing of youtube videos on solar panel energy was also involved.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss this topic please share them in the comment section below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

Marina Tidbury

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marina@tinyhomesonwheelsfornorthamericans.com

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5 thoughts on “Tiny Home On Wheels: The Solar Panel Review”

  1. I love this idea! Tiny homes are so popular right now and adding solar panels seems like the perfect match. You have obviously done your research and for anyone owning a tiny house, your article needs to be checked out. It would have to save the owner a lot of money! Thank you for sharing this very informative and extremely helpful article.

  2. Hey, thanks for the informtion on solar panels. I liked the sound of the Panasonic panels too. 

    I really liked the info on the drainage detail for the panel. Maybe you can do a blog with a sectional view of the panel. What temperature is it efficient up to? Can it take 30 Celsius and still be efficient? 

    If it is OK, can I use a link to your site? I think people would be interested in these panels.

  3. I really like the idea of putting a solar panel on a tiny home. It seems it would be very efficient and probably would be capable of powering the majority of the electricity needs. Solar panels in general are a great way to save the environment and save energy cost at the same time. Thank you for sharing this wonderful post.

  4. Hello Marina, a really helpful post you have put up here. Technological advancement in our world is saving u so many things and teh advent of solar panel is one we need to take note of and make proper use of. My family compound is quite small and we pay quite a fortune on bills. The though of solar panels have never crossed my mind and its something I can easily get. I don’t know how big or how much panels we need to get though, but I’m glad to have learned some things about solar panels form this post. Best regards.

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