Solar Edition has here listed the Top 10 Solar Panels sorted by the efficiency of the panels. The list is updated monthly and the next update will be the second week of July 2022. Whether you are a solar panel installer, a roof owner wondering which panels you should choose for your new solar rooftop, an investor looking for a good choice for your solar farm or simply an expert curious of the market’s latest updates, you are in the right place. Before diving into the list, it is also worth mentioning that the list in the website has over 10 panels and now includes over 42 most efficient (best) solar panels in the market. We publish this 10 Best PV solar panels list monthly since 2019 and here you can have access to the full history. So let’s dive into the changes of this month first.
- Sun Power, Maxeon X series 370W, 22.7%
- REC, Alpha series, Pure-R, 430 W, 22.3%
- Jinko Solar Tiger Neo 480 W, 22.24%
- Panasonic EverVolt H series 410W, 22.2%
- Jinko Solar Tiger Neo 615 W, 22%
- LG NeoN R ACe 380 W, 22%
- Meyer Burger Meyer Burger Glass 390 W, 21.7%
- REC Alpha 380 W, 21.7%
- Panasonic EverVolt 380 W, 21.7%
- LG NeoN R 375 W, 21.7%.
How Do We Rank the Best Solar panels in Our List?
SolarEdition’s Top 10 Solar panels list has been arranged based on three features as the following
1- Solar panel Efficiency
The efficiency of the solar panel is the first criterion in sorting our list. But what is efficiency in the solar panel? The solar panel’s efficiency is the ability of the panel to convert sunlight into electricity. In simple words, this means the higher the efficiency, the more electricity is generated for you. Our Top 10 solar panels list has been published since 2019 and it was originally named the most-efficient solar panels.
2- Power Density
Another used criterion for distinguishing and categorizing solar panels is power density. The power density is the total power generated by a PV module divided by the area of that module. The power density unit is watts per square meter (W/m2 ). It is one of the things that all PV module sellers, buyers, and installers should consider.
3- Solar panel’s Power Output
The last parameter in sorting our list is the power output of the PV module. But what is the power output of a solar panel? It is the total amount of electricity you can get from a single panel.
Top 10 Solar Panels List Changes, since May 2022
2nd Position, REC, Alpha series, Pure-R, 430 W, 22.3%
These changes were introduced to the PV module market by one of the top PV module manufacturers, Canadian Solar and one of the most trusted brands, the REC group. The first change is related to the REC group’s Alpha series. Pure-R variant of Alpha series is one of the high-performance PV modules of this PV module manufacturer with 22.3% efficiency ranked 2nd and stood higher than its close rival, Jinko Solar’s Tiger Neo model.
In a hot competition among PV module producers to produce products with two new trends in solar cell architectures, TOPCon and HJT, REC’s Pure-R model with HJT technology stood at the highest rank in June’s Top 10 Solar panels list, second rank.
11th Position, HiKu7, CS7N-670 Model
The other change is related to Canadian Solar’s HiKu7 model which the company has boosted its efficiency, power density, and power output. The HiKu7 model of this firm with 21.6% efficiency, more than 215 watts per square meters power density, and 670 W in its power output placed in 11th rank in our June’s best solar panels list.
It is worth mentioning that Trina Solar’s Vertes S model with the same specifications has stood at a lower rank compared to Canadian Solar’s HiKu7 model, due to its higher weight.
Here’s the full updated list of Best solar panels in 2022 with links to the product data sheets
|Rank||Manufacturer||Model||Cell Type||Technology||Efficiency||Power Density||Power|
|1||Maxeon X series||n-type||IBC||22.7%||226.9 W/m2||370 W|
|2||Pure-R||n-type||HJT||22.3%||223 W/m2||430 W|
|3||60 HL4-(V)||n-type||TOPCon||22.24%||222.4 W/m2||480 W|
|4||EverVolt H series||n-type||Half cellHJT||22.2%||–||410 W|
|5||Tiger Neo78HL 4||n-type||TOPCon||22%||220 W/m2||615 W|
|6||NeoN R ACe||n-type||MBB||22%||220 W/m2||380 W|
|7||Meyer Burger White||n-type||HJT- Half Cell||21.7%||217.5 W/m2||400 W|
|8||Alpha||n-type||HJT- Half Cell||21.7%||217.5 W/m2||380 W|
|9||EverVolt||n-type||Half cellHJT||21.7%||217.4 W/m2||380 W|
|10||NeoN R||n-type||IBC||21.7%||191.3 W/m2||375 W|
|11||HiKu7 CS7N-670||n-type||PERCHalf Cell||21.6%||215.7W/m2||670 W|
|12||Vertex S||n-type||PERCHalf Cell||21.6%||215.7W/m2||670 W|
|13||SRP-610-BMB-HV||n-type||PERCHalf Cell||21.55%||215.5 W/m2||610 W|
|14||420 MS 10-HC-N||n-type||TOPCon||21.51%||215.1 W/m2||420 W|
|15||Meyer Burger Black||n-type||HJT||21.5%||214.6 W/m2||395 W|
|16||Titan||n-type||Half cell MBB||21.4%||214.8 W/m2||608 W|
|17||Tiger pro||n-type||Half cell MBB||21.4%||–||585 W|
|18||SIL-380 BK||n-type||Back Contact||21.4%||213.8 W/m2||380 W|
|19||NeoN R||n-type||IBC||21.4%||188.7 W/m2||370 W|
|20||Tiger pro||n-type||Half cell MBB||21.3%||221.9 W/m2||415 W|
|21||LR5-66 HBD||n-type||Half cell MBB||21.3%||213 W/m2||500 W|
|22||Silk Premium||n-type||PERC MBB||21.29%||213 W/m2||410 W|
|23||415 MS 10-HC-N||n-type||TOPCon||21.25%||212.6 W/m2||415 W|
|24||FU M Zebra||n-type||IBC||21.2%||212.9 W/m2||360 W|
|25||Ultra X||n-type||Half cell MBB||21.2 %||212 W/m2||600 W|
|26||Vertex||n-type||Half cell MBB||21.2%||–||600 W|
|27||HiKu7||n-type||Half Cell||21.2%||212 W/m2||600 W|
|28||S4||n-type||Half cell MBB||21.1%||–||540 W|
|29||Vertex||n-type||1/3 cut cells||21.1%||212 W/m2||505 W|
|30||Vertes S||n-type||MBB||21.1%||210.7 W/m2||405 W|
|31||Deep Blue 3.0||n-type||PERCMBB||21%||214.5 W/m2||545 W|
|32||Hi-MO 5||P-type||PERC||21%||211.7W/m2||540 W|
|33||SPIC N6 (MAR)||n-type||IBC & Half Cell||21%||209.9W/m2||355 W|
|34||JKM 470N- 7RL3||n-type||Half cell MBB||20.93%||209.8 W/m2||470 W|
|35||LR4-72 HPH-455||n-type||PERC Half Cell||20.9%||209.9 W/m2||455 W|
|36||HiE-S410VG||n-type||ShinglePERC||20.9%||209.3 W/m2||410 W|
|37||JW-I 60N||n-type||IBC||20.9%||209.1 W/m2||340 W|
|38||PS 380M4-20/UH||n-type||MonoPERC||20.71||207.6 W/m2||380 W|
|39||Q.PEAK DUO-G9||n-type||MonoHalf Cell||20.6%||206W/m2||355 W|
|40||NeoN 2||n-type||MBB||20.6%||206.4 W/m2||355 W|
|41||HiE-S480VI||n-type||ShinglePERC||20.5%||205 W/m2||480 W|
|42||PowerXT 430R-PL||n-type||IBC||20.4%||204.2 W/m2||430 W|
Moreover, the June 2022 Best Solar panels list is finalized with 42 entries from a wide variety of PV module manufacturers/brands such as SunPower, REC Group, Panasonic, Jinko Solar, LG, Meyer Burger, Canadian Solar, Trina Solar, IBC Solar, Seraphim Solar, JA Solar, Silfab Solar, FuturaSun, Suntech, LONGi Solar, SPIC Solar, Jolywood, Phono Solar, Hanwha Q Cell, Hyundai and last but not least Solaria.
Technological Details of June 2022 Update
REC Pure-R Model: Green PV Module Which Producing with HJT and Gapless Cell Layout
REC Group is one of the leading European PV module manufacturers which has been producing next-generation solar modules with minimal environmental impact. By using advanced manufacturing techniques, the REC Alpha Pure has removed the lead from all components so that it is compliant with Restriction of Hazardous Substances Regulations (RoHS) across the world. Its Alpha series has utilized heterojunction technology (HJT) in solar cells and won the Intersolar 2020 Award for it. In contrast to other variants of this series, the company utilized black backsheet instead of a white one in the bottom layer of a PV module in order to promote the aesthetic aspect of the module.
The Pure-R model of REC was released with a gapless cell layout in order to eliminate soldering for better build quality, reduce cell stress for long-term durability, and finally reach higher power in compact panel size.
HiKu7 series of Canadian Solar: PV Module Which is an Old Member of 500+ PV Module Producer Club
As a new trend in 2020, top PV module manufacturers had a huge appetite to reach higher power output at the module level. Therefore, they tried to unveil their most-powerful PV module series with more than 500 W in their output. First of all, Trina Solar uncovered its Vertex module with a total capacity of over 500 watts. Soon after that, Risen Energy, LONGi Solar, Jinko Solar, JA Solar, and Canadian Solar unveiled their products with the same output power range. They have formed the “500+ PV module producer” club.
First, Canadian Solar entered with the HiKu6 model in this club. Then, it released its HiKu7 model. This model has only one advantage over the HiKu6 module which is 10W higher power. They feature M10 wafers which have recently been proposed as the new industry standard for wafer size. Recently, the company enhanced its efficiency, power density, and power output at this model.
Did you know?
Solar Edition publishes this trending article with new top 10 PV solar panels monthly since 2019. We publish two Top 10 Solar Panels lists,
- Monthly, Top 10 solar panels sorted by high efficiency of the PV panels.
- Quarterly, Top 10 solar panels for industrial-scale, 72 cells (Q1,2,3,4)