If you are thinking of buying solar panels, you can choose from a wide range of products. The blue ones with an aluminium rim around them have long been replaced by less conspicuous panels. There are black panels for black roofs, to get with the overall esthetic. If you have a red roof, there are now red solar panels as well. This may be desirable if your roof has a lot of aesthetic value or if your house is old. By purchasing solar panels that are less conspicuous, you can maintain the right appearance and still generate solar energy.
How do solar panels work?
Solar panels work with silicon. This is a substance inside the cells of the solar panels that generates electrons when in contact with sunlight. A number of these cells next to each other create a current. This current is electricity, but it cannot yet be used. An inverter converts the generated direct current into alternating current and you can start using your own energy.
Red or orange solar panels are currently more expensive than standard solar panels, but the difference is not that big. If you have a red roof, black or blue solar panels can completely change the appearance. By paying a little more and buying red solar panels, you can maintain this appearance. In the following table you will find the costs for 10 red solar panels compared to 10 standard solar panels, including installation.
|Type of solar panel
|Standard solar panel
|$4520 per 10
|Red solar panel
|$5600 per 10
- A small installation: if you have a small household and you only want to generate part of the energy you use, then 6 solar panels are enough for you. You pay an average of $700 per red solar panel. For less than $4350, you can then generate half of the energy with the panels.
- An average installation: an average household for 3 to 4 people needs 20 solar panels to generate all the energy they use. If you want to get near this number, you can do with an average installation. 20 red solar panels will cost you $14, 200 including the installation.
- A large installation: do you have a household of 5 or more people and do you want to generate all the energy you use annually with red solar panels? This means an installation of 26 or more red solar panels and have it installed. You pay about $18,550 for this in total. The lifespan of solar panels is more than 25 years. With this installation, you can earn this back in 12 years. This means that you can still generate free energy for at least 13 years and can be self-sufficient in this regard.
The price structure
The price for installing red solar panels is no more expensive than for standard solar panels. You’ll only spend more money on the cost of the material. In the case of the installation of red solar panels, the total price consists for 85 percent of materials and for 15 percent of installation costs. This means that if you are looking for a saving, it’s best to get it from the solar panels themselves. Saving on installation costs will only save you a bit of money, while finding a good deal on the red solar panels will help you to make a bigger impact on the total price. The diagram below shows the price structure for the purchase of red solar panels.
Choices that influence the price
When purchasing red solar panels, you also have to make a number of choices that will have a positive or negative impact on the price. In addition, you will also run into things that are beyond your control, but that do have an impact on the finances or the yield of the solar panels. The main contributors are listed here.
The roof surface
Standard solar panels, and also red solar panels, have a size of 3 x 5 feet. They can generate an average of 250Wp per year, in a moderate climate this yields a little more than 210kWh per panel per year. If you have a small roof area, you may not have enough space to install all the solar panels you’d like. In that case you could look at smaller solar panels or panels with a higher efficiency.
The installation of the solar panels is crucial for the efficiency. If you want to get the most out of them, they should be positioned at an angle of 34 degrees towards the south. There shouldn’t be trees or buildings nearby that could cast shade on the panels either. This ideal situation ensures a maximum yield, but if you can’t provide this, it’ll go down. In that case it’ll also take longer before you get a return on the panels. Make a good calculation to determine the return time of your panels in your specific situation.
The type of solar panel
If you choose a red solar panel, you pay more. On a large installation, this can mean a considerable amount of money. There are also different types of panels available, each with a different yield, different dimensions and different prices. You can also consider transparent solar panels.
Interesting savings tips
All in all, it is not cheap to buy on red solar panels. However, you can start saving right away. Here are a few tips to help you keep your initial costs down.
- Quantity discount: if you can offer the supplier a large job, you can negotiate a better price. Ak your neighbors if they are interested in solar panels as well and offer this as one job.
By comparing quotations, you can save up to 30 percent on the total price of your red solar panels. You use our free comparison tool for this, it’ll only take you a few minutes. You’ll receive a number of non-binding quotations in a short period of time, which you can use when planning your new red solar panel installation.