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Used panels
#1
Has anyone ever considered getting used panels? I know that there is a degradation over time though not sure how much.

Saw a 53 panel pallet on eBay for 2k (spec rating 230W) wondered if it was any good.

Plan is to have North + South in parallel and another with East + West. Shove them on all sides.
South = x kWh
North = 0.5 x kWh
East = West = 0.7 x kWh

What do you lot reckon?
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#2
All my panels are used mainly 195 & 190w Yep definitely down on power but they are free or very cheap around these parts. Have another 3kwh to go up and picking another 14kwh up next week. NO roof space for that many more but i'm sure i'll find a use for them.
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#3
I would have no hesitation buying used panels...
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Thank you both. This really helps
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#5
There are some companies that take down panels from businesses as those businesses will upgrade/replace their panels quite often. Or if a building is being torn down, etc, etc.
We have some here in the States that do that and it's a booming business.

They have used panels as low as $0.20/watt.
http://sunelec.com/solar-panels/
They are in south Fl, so when I plan on getting some panels, I can just a day to drive down there and pick up a load.

In the UK, try asking solar companies if they have used panels for sale.
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(11-16-2019, 01:24 PM)Korishan Wrote: There are some companies that take down panels from businesses as those businesses will upgrade/replace their panels quite often. Or if a building is being torn down, etc, etc.
We have some here in the States that do that and it's a booming business.

They have used panels as low as $0.20/watt.
http://sunelec.com/solar-panels/
They are in south Fl, so when I plan on getting some panels, I can just a day to drive down there and pick up a load.

In the UK, try asking solar companies if they have used panels for sale.

That’s an excellent idea. I believe this are not any more expensive. Coming to 16p/watt
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#7
I would buy used here but the used panes are the same price as new so not worth it where i live.

Just make sure to calculate their estimated lifespan left and power they will output. (The manufacturer have these numbers) and make sure the life left is worth the cost.
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I just bought on ebay.com a 'left over pallet' of new Hyundai panels for $139/285w including shipping. These have 25yr linear power > 80% guarantee and are 'middle+ quality' per reviews I read. I also considered used (which would have been OK) but they were 250w and only $20/panel cheaper. If you can be patient and monitor ebay etc... seems like you should be able to get 250-285w for $130/panel range based on my recent experience.
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130 is quite alot... In Sweden we can get them as low as 90 now Tongue
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(11-16-2019, 04:35 PM)daromer Wrote: I would buy used here but the used panes are the same price as new so not worth it where i live.

Just make sure to calculate their estimated lifespan left and power they will output. (The manufacturer have these numbers) and make sure the life left is worth the cost.

Excellent point. Let me contact the seller about estimated life. These come to £37 a panel.
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