In the United States, SunPower® launched its next-generation technology home solar panel called A-Series that deliver 400W and 415W of power. In Europe and Australia, homeowners can also now order a 400W solar panel from SunPower called Maxeon® 3. Each is the first home solar panel to provide more than 400 watts in its region, and SunPower designed them to deliver 60 percent more energy in the same amount of roof space over the first 25 years compared to conventional solar.
“SunPower is introducing the world’s first 400-watt residential solar panels as most in the industry are just crossing the 300-watt threshold for home solar,” said Jeff Waters, CEO of the SunPower Technologies business unit. “Our record-breaking cell technology and innovative research and development efforts have enabled us to fit more power capacity on rooftops than we ever have before. Our growing panel portfolio is delivering unprecedented value across global markets that goes unmatched by any other residential solar technology currently available.”
SunPower constructs its Maxeon solar cells on a solid copper foundation for high reliability and performance. According to the company, they make its solar panels virtually impervious to the corrosion and cracking that typically cause conventional panels to break down. SunPower contends that its solar panels are shown to have the lowest degradation rate in the industry.
A-Series panels are built with SunPower’s Gen 5 Maxeon solar cells, which the company perfected at its Silicon Valley research facility. This next-generation technology required new materials, tools, and processes, and resulted in a 65% larger cell than previous generations. The Gen 5 cells boast up to 22.3% efficiency and absorb more sunlight and ultimately offer more savings to homeowners.
Combined with the Maxeon Gen 5 solar cells is a high-powered, factory-integrated microinverter (See image below), making A-Series suitable for use with SunPower’s Equinox™ platform. Equinox is SunPower’s integrated residential solar solution that SunPower designed, engineered, and warranted.
A-Series and Maxeon 3 join SunPower’s robust residential and commercial solar panel portfolio that includes Performance Series panels. All SunPower panels are backed by the company’s 25-year Combined Power and Product Warranty.
“SunPower solar panels are designed to maximize power production and energy savings for our customers, and we’re only scratching the surface of what’s possible in home solar,” Waters continued. “With our innovative solar solutions and services, and our established channels to market, SunPower will continue building on its strong leadership position in distributed generation around the world.”