Solar Panel Kits – It Won’t Work
Solar panel kits were a logical step when I thought about rooftop solar. What if solar power kits consisting PV panels, controller, inverter, switches, generator and batteries were available delivered to your home? Wouldn’t that provide an alternative source of photovoltaic electrical power?
You could install the solar kit to operate your home’s electrical appliances when your utility grid’s power prices fail to impress. Solar PV power kit, generator and a bank of batteries would supply cheap stable power for your home equipment. You simply need to order the kit and then arrange qualified electrical installation.
Solar Panels are quickly becoming a commodity consumer product. You can see solar panels on the rooves of car parking shelters for offices and shopping malls. Solar panels on homes and schools are becoming more common. The sight of solar panels on poles to power electronic signage or lighting is unspectacular.
Like many other consumer products the range of solar PV panels is becoming wider. We have advertised promotions for selling ‘solar panels’. In countries where solar panels are manufactured they are frequently seen on the roofs of many houses.
Solar Panel Kits From The Source
Solar technology is popular in Europe. The prices of solar panels have fallen significantly in the past few years due to improved manufacturing efficiency. The costs of components in solar panel kits have been declining due to technology improvements and manufacturing specialisation. European solar research and manufacturing are competing in a global market.
Chinese manufacture solar components and their associated electronics. China has a massive solar program and have adopted solar on a large scale. Chinese manufacturers have seized a large slice of the solar market locally and globally. Chinese manufacturers supply most of the global wholesale solar panel sellers.
Due to strong competition and automated manufacturing techniques the price of solar panel technology falls year on year. Few solar manufacturers outside of major Chinese solar companies have managed to compete against price drops and improved solar technology. Much of the global solar panels supply comes from Chinese solar panel manufacturers and wholesalers.
Solar Panel Kits Prices Drop With Higher Volumes
The purchase price of solar panels stays higher when there is imperfect competition or insufficient supply volume into the market. As solar panel kits become accepted household appliances, more like a commodity, the prices of solar panel kits fall.
The manufactured supply increases until demand for solar panel supply is met and they become cheaper to buy. As more people are attracted to install solar generation technology on their homes the demand for installers increases. More people become PV panel installers competing for the work and they innovate to make installation cheaper.
Specialist renewable energy companies emerge and start to provide solar electricity package kits that encourage more people off grid. By linking the most efficient panels, inverters, batteries and support brackets into kits with quote options more households adopt solar. Over time the solar market matures and companies also help to spread the message of making the planet greener.
Buying Solar Panel Kits Wholesale
You can buy solar panel kits' components on line from eBay, Amazon or Alibaba. However these products bought from wholesale distributors are usually cheaper than buying retail products from websites like Amazon or eBay for volume purchasers.
That’s okay if you buy volume for a business that installs solar roof panels onto homes, schools or shopping centres. Note that volume is key within wholesale pricing. The reason lies in logistics economics as it does for other consumer products.
Solar Panels bought from China in volumes are far cheaper than solar panel kits at the retail level. A major solar panel manufacturer will sell you whatever solar panels you want, even in small quantities. You won’t like the high relative cost of transport, distribution and handling for getting them to your door.
The extra marginal cost of factory to front door transport logistics for small quantities of panels can double its cost. Importing a full solar PV system kit may be a cost effective procurement strategy, even with higher marginal transport costs. There might be more work to do for you ensuring the kit is installed correctly. You will need to look around for trusted installers and make sure the kit is complete.
Buying Solar Panel Kits Online
If you are reading about online wholesale websites you have probably decided to look at what is available. How do you ensure that you buying good value? Solar PV panels from retail websites usually have higher prices for products than you could get directly from the factory. Buying from foreign factories in any volume comes with trade risk.
If you are buying solar technology from a drop ship website you could buy solar panels here, an inverter there. The prices for individually procured solar panel kits' components are lower if bought directly from a manufacturing company factory. Buying a full solar system could save money but has risks attached. Some wholesalers’ sites may simply be a retail marketing solar panel shopfront with marked catalogue pricing plus shipping.
These Chinese companies might be interested in selling solar panels directly but most have threshold sales quantities. The manufacturing company’s shipping threshold might be set in kWs, per thousand solar panels, by packages or containers shipped.
It’s more difficult for an individual householder to buy cheap solar panel kits' components from Chinese manufacturing companies. Someone buying panels for a solar project might organise a homeowner group to keep solar installations costs down. By going to the Alibaba.com website the organiser finds solar panels from a number of solar panel companies from Asia.
Solar Panel Kits Purchased Online
Buying solar panel kits through online website Alibaba.com is fairly transparent. Also quantities above the threshold attract rates closer to wholesale. You could save substantially but you need to be vigilant and prudent when buying online.
Diligently look at the product information, terms and conditions of purchase before putting any personal information into an online purchase. Not all of the companies that list on Alibaba.com are equal. The components of the solar kit need to be compatible, complete and work together as an operating electrical system.
Manufacturers of quality products will be careful with payment information and ensure secure shipping and transport of your purchased materials. The exporting manufacturer will explain how you should receive your shipped solar panels purchase, the agent contacts and warranties.
Now, in closing, let me return back to an earlier question I posed. What if solar power kits consisting PV panels, controller, inverter, switches, generator and batteries were available, delivered to your home?
You shake your head and say; “I don’t know”, or, “I can’t see that will work”. Aren’t there are risks in doing that? There are already options for purchasing solar panels online, but you are saying complete kits. Who does the PV system design? Who would check and approve the design?
How could you find an electrician to install that solar system if their assembly labour was the source of profit? I am not offering a solution to that right here, but I am posing that as a question.