SunPower Solar Panels

What You Need To Know About SunPower Solar Panels

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SunPower is an American solar panel manufacturer who manufactures high quality solar panels, some would argue the highest quality solar panels in the world. 

About SunPower

Founded in 1985, SunPower’s headquarters are in San Jose, California with manufacturing plants in Mexico, Malaysia, Philippines and China.  

In 2021 SunPower will be celebrating its 36th birthday, which is a very impressive milestone. Happy 36th birthday SunPower! 

In 2019 SunPower shipped around 2.9 gigawatts of modules.

The SunPower Range

In Australia, we are aware of the following solar panels. 

P-Series – Manufactured in China. 

Maxeon – Manufactured in Mexico, Malaysia and the Philippines. 

The P-Series ranges from 310w – 335w, while the Maxeon range of solar panels ranges from 340w – 400w. 

The P-Series is considered their budget option relative to the Maxeon range which is considered to be their standard offering.

What Technology Do They Use?

SunPower’s technology has separated them from their competitors. Their Maxeon solar panels in particular are supported by a copper substrate at the back rather than busbars on the front like conventional panels. 

P-Series – Monocrystalline PERC

Maxeon – Monocrystalline Maxeon Technology

Let's Talk Warranty

Solar panel warranties come in 2 forms, manufacturers product warranty and the performance warranty.

SunPower’s product warranty is 25 years and their performance warranty is depending on if it’s the Maxeon series or P-Series. 

P-Series – 97% nominal power for the first year and will decline by no more than 0.6% per year with an output of 82.6% at 25 years. 

Maxeon – 98% nominal power for the first year and will decline by no more than 0.25% per year with an output of 92% at 25 years.

Manufacturing Locations

SunPower 4 manufacturing locations, Mexico, Malaysia, Philippines and China. The SunPower manufacturing plants in Mexico, Malaysia and the Philippines manufacture the Maxeon series, with most of the assembly of the product in Mexico. All of the manufacturing and assembly of the P-Series is in China. 

SunPower once owned a manufacturing plant in the US to beat the Trump tariff but has since closed this facility.

Do They Have An Australian Presence?

SunPower has been operating with an office in Australia for quite some time. Their current Australian office address is Unit 207/28 Riddell Parade Elsternwick, Victoria. 

What Do They Look Like?

We find the SunPower solar panel to be one of the most attractive panels on the market. The P-Series comes in an all black module which is quite honestly a very sexy panel. 

For those who are interested in ensuring their solar panels look as good as their performance, SunPower is a great solar panel.

SunPower Maxeon Solar Panels
SunPower P-Series Solar Panels

SunPower FAQs

Most frequently asked questions and answers

SunPower Solar’s current panel product warranty is 25 years. Their performance warranty varies from product to product. 

It depends on the product however they currently have production facilities in Mexico, Malaysia, Philippines and China. 

Yes, we think so. Quite possibly one of, if not, the best in the world.

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