As the leading solar installation company in North Carolina, 8MSolar prides itself on offering high-quality solar equipment that suits the unique needs of our customers. Our range of solar equipment includes all makes and models of solar panels, inverters, batteries, and monitoring systems – all of which are vital components in harnessing the sun’s power efficiently and effectively.
The Importance of High-Quality Solar Equipment
Quality solar equipment can significantly affect the efficiency, durability, and return on investment of your solar power system. According to a study from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, high-quality solar equipment can lead to an average system lifetime of 25 to 30 years, ensuring a long-term, sustainable energy solution.
Solar Panels That Let Us Be Equipment Agnostic
At 8MSolar, our in-house licensed engineers provide a unique benefit over other installers – the flexibility to explore, compare, and ultimately install whatever components are best for each customer. Our consultants customize every system based on a customer’s unique needs, without bias towards any one manufacturer or type of system. We consider ourselves true experts in solar technology and can help you weigh the pros and cons of every panel option on the market. Here are some popular panel brands and options that we often install:
- (Hanwha) Q Cells: Q Cells is one of the most popular panel manufacturers in the USA and in Europe. These panels, a division of Hanwha, are known for being an excellent value option. They offer 25-year warranties, aesthetically pleasing all-black panels, and a reliable reputation as an established manufacturer. Notably, Q Cells has the largest solar panel manufacturing plant in the USA, located outside of Atlanta, Georgia.
- Solaria: Based out of California, Solaria is a premium manufacturer specializing in residential panels. Their all-black panels not only look sleek but also come backed by the industry’s best 25-year end-to-end warranty. If you’re looking for a no-hassle warranty claims process, Solaria is the option for you.
- REC: One of the world’s largest manufacturers, alongside Q Cells, REC is known for its impressive 25-year / 92% power output warranty. Although the company originated in Norway, it is now owned by an Indian company and manufactures its panels in Singapore.
- Silfab: Silfab, a USA and Canadian based company, produces the highest efficiency panel made exclusively in the USA – the Silfab Elite series. These are extremely sleek all-black panels that come with a 30-year warranty.
Choosing the right types of solar panels for your needs depends on various factors such as your budget, aesthetic preferences, roof space, and energy requirements. Our team at 8MSolar is committed to helping you navigate these decisions, providing a variety of options to best suit your needs.
Our range of inverter options include (pure) string inverters, microinverters, and string inverter + power optimizer systems. The inverter converts the DC electricity generated by the solar panels into AC electricity that your home appliances can use.
- “Pure” String Inverters: Popular brands include Tesla inverters and SMA string inverters. These are the most cost-effective solar inverter systems. For customers who have minimal shading and want the best possible return on investment, a “pure” string inverter is a great option. When there are a number of roofs being used, and/or significant shading, we would most likely recommend microinverters or adding power optimizers to the system for maximum efficiency. With this system you would have one or two inverters located on the side of the home or in the garage.
- Microinverters: Microinverters, the #1 brand worldwide being Enphase, are the latest and best solar technology. You have a small inverter behind each individual panel. While the cost is higher given you need one behind each panel, these are best suited for minimizing shading, complex arrays (many different roofs being used), and ease of expansion.
- String Inverter + Power Optimizers: These are a middle-ground solution, offering the shade mitigation benefit of microinverters, but still relying on one or two centralized inverters. With this setup, you have the centralized inverter but then have individual power optimizers behind each panel. SolarEdge is the #1 brand, along with SMA.
8M Solar’s Solar Batteries Offering
Solar batteries store excess energy produced by your solar panels for use either during power outages, or when the panels aren’t generating electricity (such as during nighttime or cloudy days). We offer a range of solar batteries from trusted manufacturers, each offering different capacities and technologies to match your energy storage needs.
Popular batteries include the Tesla PowerWall 2, the Tesla PowerWall+, the LG Energy Storage System (ESS), the Enphase 5P and 5T / 10T batteries, among others.
Solar Monitoring Systems We Offer and Install
Monitoring systems allow you to track your solar system’s performance in real-time. Our offerings include various monitoring systems that provide valuable data about energy production, consumption, and system health, helping you maximize your solar investment.
Every system we install includes monitoring via a phone app and/or online portal so that you can see the details of your solar system’s production throughout the day / month / years.
What Solar Equipment is Best for Your Needs?
Choosing the right solar equipment depends on many factors, including your energy needs, budget, roof space, and aesthetic preferences. Our team at 8MSolar is here to guide you through the process, ensuring you make the most informed and beneficial decisions for your situation.
At 8MSolar, we are committed to delivering top-notch solar equipment and expert installation services. We understand that the right equipment is crucial in reaping the benefits of solar energy, and we are here to help you make the best choice for your home or business. Contact us today to start your solar journey!