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REC solar panel review

REC Solar panels sold and installed by Solar4Ever

REC Peak Energy 260W - 60 polycrystalline cells. 1665mm x 991mm x 38mm

Voltage 30.7V x Current 8.5A = 260W

Price $220 ($0.85 per watt)
Power loss on 30C day = 0.40 x 25 = 10%

Power loss on 40°C day = 0.40 x 35 = 14%

REC Twin Peak 290W - 120 polycrystalline cells. 1675mm x 997mm x 38mm

Voltage 32.1V x Current 9.05A = 290W

Price $256 ($0.88 per watt)
Power loss on 30°C day = 0.36 x 25 = 9%

Power loss on 40°C day = 0.36 x 35 = 12.6%

About REC solar panels

REC have enjoyed considerable success in Europe, and in Australia, and they have a loyal and proud band of both customers and resellers here. The Peak Energy module was ahead of its time for quality but most have caught up and equalled or passed it now. The TwinPeak model is very interesting. Splitting 60 cells in half to make 6 x 20 cell strings has certainly given them a small advantage in the shade over most, but Jinko Eagle MXs with 3 built-in DC optimisers / MPPT (Maxim chips) handles shade FAR better for the same price. It is really all about space efficiency though for REC TwinPeak, as the video link from YouTube below explains, and again, regular panels like ET Solar's 290W Mono panel deliver the same, at lower prices, and SunPower and LG kill them both for space efficiency. The TwinPeak's under cell reflective design also gives them a small advantage as the heat rises both in power production and wear and tear caused by heat on the cells.

The TwinPeak 290W is the Shane Watson of mainstream Tier 1 solar panels. A very good all rounder. Better than average space efficiency, better than average performance in the heat (any heat, not just really hot days), better than average performance in the shade. In all cases, just a bit, and in no cases, the best. (Apologies for any offense caused to Shane, just an analogy).

It's that overall "all rounderness" that makes this TwinPeak panel such good value. Whilst It's priced a little above the normal Tier 1 brands, and about the same as German engineered Q.Cells, it's much cheaper than SunPower or LG that beat it all on of the above counts except price.

Watch the video on the left. It's quite good! The one on the right isn't.

TwinPeak Solar Video             Twin Peaks FBI agent in a logging town drama video

REC panels are all made in Singapore by a Norwegian owned company.

Innovative company not afraid of taking risks.

10 year defect warranty is average, and below Q.Cells and ET (12 years) and Sunpower and LG (25 years)

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