Panasonic Expands Residence Solar Choices In Excessive-Progress Solar States
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Published on January 23, 2021 | by Zachary Shahan
January 23, 2021 by Zachary Shahan
As CleanTechnica has reported in the last few months, solar power now generates the cheapest electricity in history – according to the conservative International Energy Agency, anchored by the fossil industry. As a result, the demand for solar energy in the United States and around the world has increased sharply. Rooftop solar is much more expensive than utility-scale solar, but it doesn’t compete with utility-scale or wholesale solar power in general – it competes with retail electricity. Just as solar energy is cheap on a utility scale and is growing rapidly as a result, rooftop solar energy is often much more competitive than electricity from a utility company. It is therefore not surprising that Panasonic is expanding its network for the availability and installation of solar energy.
Panasonic Corporation of North America announced that it has promoted 13 solar installers to “the Elite and Premium Levels of their Residential Solar Installer Program.” What does that mean? Well, it seems that this means that Panasonic is now selling solar panels (via installers) in a number of new locations and that the demand for solar panels on the roof is strong.
“Installers and homeowners don’t just get access to Panasonic solar module portfolio, You also get access to the new high efficiency Panasonic Solar EverVolt modules, available from February, ”writes Panasonic.
Homeowners in Arizona, Texas, Florida, Iowa, and Indiana get the most options. “Elite” installers are added here. These installers get first access to new products and discounts. (A list of installers can be found at the end of this article. 7 new installers have been added to this elite category.)
The other 6 new solar installers were put in the “Premium Installers” bucket. These installers are located in Florida, Texas, and New Mexico. As “premium installers”, these companies have “exclusive access to qualified sales managers, a library of collaborative marketing resources, training programs and a robust installation portal”. In other words, they get more business.
“Today it is more important than ever to have a strong presence in the fastest growing solar markets in the USA. In fact, Florida and Texas are the second and third most important markets for solar growth in the country after California. With homeowners’ urgency to avail of tax credits, more skilled installers are needed to keep up with demand, ”said Mukesh Sethi, director of solar and energy storage for Panasonic Life Solutions Company of America, a division of Panasonic Corporation of North America. “Panasonic is excited to welcome 13 new Certified Installers to our Elite and Premium Installation Levels to serve homeowners in Florida, Arizona, Texas, Iowa, Indiana and New Mexico.”
Panasonic does not disclose the prices of its solar solutions. This is in contrast to Tesla, which announced the price of solar panels on the roof in the US. This price seems to be the cheapest in the industry. After asking Tesla CEO Elon Musk some questions about how the company was offering rooftop solar power for $ 1.49 / watt while the industry average was $ 2.19 / watt (both prices include the U.S. tax credit for solar energy), he told CleanTechnica:
“The costs for solar modules are only ~ 50 cents / watt. Mounting parts, inverters and wiring cost ~ 25 cents / watt. The installation costs ~ 50 cents / watt depending on the system size.
“The other solar companies spend a lot of money on salespeople, advertising and complex financial instruments. We are not. “
For more information on this topic, see: “Elon Musk Explains Why Tesla Solar Power Is So Cheap – CleanTechnica Exclusive.”
For Panasonic solar pricing apparently you need to fill out a short form that sends your key information to the certified installers and then bring them to your home for a full estimate. Below are lists of new Panasonic approved solar installers.
In the elite category, you have these 6:
- AC / DC Solar in Brandon, Florida.
- Progress Solar and Energy in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
- Energy Consultants Group in Anamosa, Iowa
- Jefferson Electric, LLC of Indianapolis, Ind.
- Wayne’s Solar in Ormond Beach, Florida.
- Wells Solar in Austin, Texas
- Sunbright Solar LLC, Tucson, Arizona.
In the premium category you have these 6:
- 512 Solar in Austin, Texas
- Greenbelt Solar in Austin, Texas
- IES Texas Solar in San Antonio, Texas
- Organ Mount Solar & Electric in Las Cruces, NM
- Solar SME Inc. in Dallas, Texas
- Bob Heinmiller Solar Solution in Orlando, Florida.
Let us know if you have experience with one of these installers or if you operate solar PV modules from Panasonic Solar.
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