Axitec is a German-based solar panel and energy storage manufacturer that was established in 2001. The company’s products, manufactured in Asia and Europe, are available across the world. Axitec solar panels are gaining popularity with shoppers comparing solar quotes on the EnergySage Solar Marketplace in 2017.
Axitec solar panels: AXIplus, AXIpower, AXIpremium, and AXIblackpremium series
There are three main series of Axitec solar panels:
Axitec also manufactures two lines of solar panels that come with integrated power optimizers, known as the AXIplus SE and AXIplus BLK SE lines.
EnergySage has reviewed the product specifications of each Axitec solar panel series to make your solar research process easier. As the leading online marketplace for homeowners considering solar, EnergySage is uniquely positioned to evaluate the technical specifications of Axitec solar panels and help you compare them to other manufacturers on the market.
How Axitec solar panels compare to other panel manufacturers
There are four key metrics that you should review as you evaluate solar panel quality: efficiency, performance, warranties, and price. EnergySage has developed Axitec panel reviews for each metric to help make your solar decision easier.
Based on EnergySage’s analysis, Axitec solar panels are a good investment for homeowners and businesses seeking reasonably priced panels for their solar installation. For solar shoppers seeking a bargain, lower-end Axitec products can be a good option, but the company also has some panels that offer above-average efficiency (at a slightly higher price). Axitec panel warranties are also slightly above industry standard, an indicator that the company is willing to stand behind its products.
Take a look at how Axitec solar panels compare against other leading panel manufacturers that are frequently featured in offers to homeowners and businesses shopping for solar on the EnergySage Solar Marketplace. You can learn more about each of these criteria in the breakdown below.
Axitec panels compared to competitors
|Measure||Axitec Panels||25th Percentile||50th Percentile||75th Percentile|
|Efficiency (%)||15.37% – 17.9%||15.70%||16.20%||16.80%|
|Temperature Coefficient (%/°C)||-0.44 to -0.4||-0.45||-0.43||-0.41|
|Price ($/Watt)||$2.27 - $3.31||$2.95||$3.17||$3.40|
The term “solar panel efficiency” refers to how well a solar panel captures sunlight and converts it into useful electricity. In the same conditions, a high-efficiency solar panel will produce more electricity than a lower-efficiency panel of the same size. For this reason, a higher efficiency rating is generally preferable.
The efficiency of your Axitec panels will vary depending on the specific model that you choose for your system. Panels in Axitec’s product line have efficiency ratings ranging from 15.37 to 17.9%. In general, Axitec offers a variety of panels that are suitable for most solar shoppers looking for a reasonably priced option.
Performance (Temperature Coefficient)
For this portion of EnergySage’s Axitec solar panel reviews, we use the temperature coefficient to evaluate solar panel performance. The temperature coefficient is an indicator of how well your solar panel can handle less-than-ideal conditions. Solar panels, like other electronic equipment, perform better when they are kept cool (ideally around 25° C/77° F). The temperature coefficient tells you how much your panel’s performance will change during hot sunny summer days.
For every degree above 25° C (77° F), your solar panel’s electricity production will decrease by its temperature coefficient. For example, the AC-275M/156-60S panel has a temperature coefficient of -0.40%/°C. This means that, if the panel’s temperature increases by one degree from 25° C (77° F) to 26° C (79° F), its electricity production will decrease by 0.4%. If its temperature increases all the way to 35° C (95° F), electricity production will reduce by 4.0%.
Your solar panels will likely see more than a few hot and sunny days over the course of each year, so ideally, they will have the lowest temperature coefficient possible. As you can see in the graph below, Axitec solar panel temperature coefficient ranges from -0.44 to -0.40%/°C.
Whether you’re buying a TV, a car, or solar panels, the manufacturer should stand behind their product with a strong warranty. A solar panel’s materials warranty (sometimes referred to as the product or equipment warranty) is a guarantee from the manufacturer that they will replace your panel if it fails as a result of manufacturing defects or environmental issues.
Most solar panel manufacturers offer a 10-year materials warranty, but some higher-end solar panels come with a 12, 15, 20, or even 25-year warranty. Axitec offers a 12-year warranty against any defects in their solar panels – slightly stronger than the 10-year average, but not as high as premium panel brands.
How much do Axitec panels cost?
For many homeowners, the final decision around the solar equipment you choose rests on cost. The total price you pay for a solar energy system with Axitec panels will vary depending on the other equipment (such as inverters and mounts) used in the installation, as well as the characteristics of your roof.
To identify the range of prices for Axitec PV systems, we analyzed quotes including Axitec solar panels that homeowners received from installers on the EnergySage Solar Marketplace. Most Axitec PV systems are typically priced between $2.27 and $3.31 per watt. On the lower end, they can be a great deal for solar shoppers in search of a cheap system, and on the high end, they are in line with what you can expect to pay for a standard option.
This means that, for an average 5 kW system, your gross cost (before you subtract any tax credits or other incentives) would be anywhere from $11,350 to $16,550. Additionally, most homeowners end up paying much less than the total gross cost. With the 30 percent federal tax credit for solar, a 5 kW system with Axitec panels would cost anywhere from $7,945 to $11,585. There are plenty of state-level solar incentives and rebates that can help you reduce upfront costs even further.
How to find the best price on Axitec solar panels
The best way to determine whether Axitec offers the best solar panels for your home is to review multiple quotes with different solar equipment options before making a decision. When you compare all of your options on the EnergySage Solar Marketplace, you’ll find the right combination of price and quality that meets your needs.
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