Panasonic is a manufacturing company based in Japan. Founded in 1918 by Matsushita Denki Sangyō Kk, Panasonic originally was designed for electric appliances and consumer electronic products. Initially, these include products such as lamp sockets and plugs. The company was not officially incorporated until 1935 when production and operations really began to take off.
During this period of rapid growth, Panasonic was responsible for mass producing irons, radios, phonographs, and light bulbs before ultimately transitioning into newer technologies like transistor radios, television sets, tape recorders, stereo equipment, and large household appliances including microwave ovens, air conditioners, and videotape recorders.
Over the last 25 years, Panasonic has invested in its solar development creating products and equipment that are used all over the world by residential, commercial, and industrial clients alike. Panasonic dealers across the United States are trained and capable of installing and connecting Panasonic solar panels.
The Panasonic solar panel series is called Panasonic EverVolt and includes nine different models with varying strengths and price points:
It is important to note that there are different performance specifications for each Panasonic EverVolt model.
Panasonic falls on the more affordable side, sometimes costing thousands of dollars less than its competition. While there are performance metrics to consider when evaluating the price point, as a general rule, Panasonic EverVolt solar panels are more budget-friendly and affordable than their counterparts.
Panasonic EverVolt solar panels are known for their reliable and consistent energy production due to their HIT (heterojunction) solar cells. These solar cells are found in the actual solar modules that utilize an advanced technology to retain more power than those compared to conventional crystalline cells. These HIT solar cells are made of a thin, silicon layer that is essentially sandwiched in between two thin amorphous silicon layers. This make-up allows for consistent production and efficient performance. The solar cells found in the EverVolt series are smaller and are found to lower heat losses which also increase efficiency.
Most prospective solar panel buyers are fairly interested in what warranties and forms of protection are available on the equipment being installed. Panasonic has done a quality job of ensuring that the equipment is properly protected throughout the majority of the lifespan of the panels. Panasonic offers a full 25-year product warranty and includes a clause regarding defects. This addition is not included in many solar panels, despite there being a chance for defects in nearly all panels mass produced.
In the last few years, Panasonic stopped manufacturing its own solar panels. That work has been outsourced to a third-party manufacturer, but all equipment will still be branded as Panasonic.
While this does not mean that the solar panels will not work as designed, there is no guarantee that the solar panels will match the same quality as when they were produced directly by Panasonic. As the solar branch of the company continued to grow, Panasonic saw this as the only way to continue mass producing its equipment. Other manufacturers are still able to produce their own solar panels in-house.
With so many models and series to choose from when it comes to the Panasonic EverVolt branch, it only makes sense that specifications and performance metrics vary. It is impossible to make claims about efficiency as there are varying levels of efficiency and ratings depending on what solar panel the homeowner decides to have installed. Most manufacturers try to offer two to three panel options with similar efficiency rates. Panasonic EverVolt customers will have to look deeper than that depending on what solar panel they choose to go with.