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Family owned, Wholesale Solar is located in Mount Shasta, California. We've done what you're trying to do! We started as Taos Green Solar, homesteading and raising our kids off-grid in New Mexico. We're currently grid-intertied, still living with the products we sell, and our "kids" are helping us help you.

Here in Mt. Shasta we've added a very competent, friendly crew. We stock our warehouse with the best, and we work to keep our overhead low so we can offer you low prices. And, yes, we sell retail.....at wholesale prices.

We look forward to talking with you about your renewable energy project. Give us a call!

Mark and Ellen Coleman, owners
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Discount Prices on Kyocera Solar Panels
Model Watts Amps Volts Shipping Weight (lbs.) Item Price
65 3.75 17.4 13.2 1100651 $350
85 4.75 17.4 18.3 1100850 $410
130 7.39 17.6 26.8 1101300 $599
210 7.90 26.6 40.8 1102101 $970

Prices are per panel sold in pairs. Add $10 reboxing fee for single panels.

What are you looking for? Browse our site for the lowest prices on solar panels and renewable energy products by manufacturers including Kyocera, BP, GE, Powerup, Sanyo, SunWize, Midnite Solar, Outback, Trace, Xantrex, SunMar, SunnyBoy, Sharp, Prosine, Universal Power Group, Ready Watt, Surrette, Exeltech, Fronius, Heart Interface, Invertek, Magnum Energy, Powertek, Samlex, SMA, and more.


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Have you come to this site seeking information About Solar Panels? Solar technology? Photovoltaics? (PDF) What follows is basic history about solar panels and information to help you know what solar panels to buy.

Brief History of Solar Panels
Solar panels produce electricity from sunlight. The first solar panel-powered satellite was launched in 1958 by Hoffman Electronics, and until the late 1970s solar panels were used primarily to power space satellites, lights, and small electronics like calculators and watches. In the early 1990s Germany and Japan initiated long-term solar panel-installation incentive programs that resulted in lower costs for solar panel power and spurred the growth of robust PV industries in both countries.

California Solar Panel Initiative
In 2006 California made a major commitment to solar power by adopting the California Solar Initiative, a ten-year incentive program with the goal of installing 3,000 megawatts of solar panels on the equivalent of one-million rooftops. This program continues the solar panel incentives started in 1998, but the long-term commitment to supporting solar will have a profound effect on the amount of solar installed.

Solar panels are used extensively in rural areas that are not serviced by the utility grid. These are called off grid solar power systems. This article applies primarily to on-grid or grid-tied systems that are receiving power from an electric utility. For a wealth of information about both types of systems we recommend Home Power magazine, and the Florida Solar Energy Center.

How Solar Panels Work
Basic System Operation: When sunlight hits the solar panel's cells, direct current (DC) flows through the inverter, which converts it to alternating current (AC). The AC power then flows directly into the building (if there is demand), or into backup batteries if the system has them, or to the utility. When the power is flowing back to the utility grid, the electricity meter turns backward.

Solar Panel Components
The Components: Photovoltaic cells are the core of the solar panel. They are made up of at least two layers of semiconductor material (usually pure silicon infused with boron and phosphorous). One layer has a positive charge, the other a negative charge. When sunlight strikes the solar panel, photons from the light are absorbed by the semiconductor atoms, which then release electrons. The electrons, freed from the negative layer of semiconductor, flow to the positive layer.....thereby producing an electrical current.Since the electric current flows in one direction (like a battery), the electricity generated is called direct current (DC). Many individual cells are wired together in a sealed weatherproof unit called a solar module or panel.

Types of Solar Panels
There are three types of solar panels: single crystal, multi- or poly-crystalline, and amorphous silicon. Each of these solar panel types is estimated to last at least twenty-five years. Some estimate that forty years is a reasonable expectation. The longevity rating of a solar panel refers to the number of years before the unit starts producing only 80 percent of its original power rating. For instance, some solar panels are warranted to produce at least 80 percent of their full-rated power after twenty-five years. Instead of stopping production completely, a solar panel will gradually produce less and less power over decades. Single-crystal solar panels are currently the most efficient type available, meaning that they produce the most power per square foot of module. The cells are fragile so they must be mounted in a rigid frame, and the solar panels usually have a polka dot or checkered pattern.

Multicrystalline solar panels are made of cells cut from multiple crystals that are grown together in an ingot. They are similar to single crystal cells in module structure but slightly less efficient since they require a bit more surface area to produce the same amount of electricity.

Thin Film Solar Panels
Amorphous silicon solar panels (e.g. thin film) are made from cells created by depositing a micro-thin layer of silicon directly onto a sheet of glass, plastic, or other substrate. Although they are less efficient and require up to 50 percent more space, they can be mounted on a flexible backing, making them easier to transport and ideal for building-integrated uses, such as roofing tiles or shingles.

Solar panels are wired together into a PV array, and the electricity they produce is fed through an inverter that changes the direct current (DC) into alternating current (AC), making it suitable for homes and business, and compatible with the electric grid. The inverter is the major electronic appliance associated with a grid-tied PV system.

Thanks to our Northern California Solar Energy Association for the above article!

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