5 Most Popular Solar Panels Chosen by Homeowners in 2018

By Kyle Graycar
January 22, 2019
The Most Popular Solar Panels in 2018

Homeowners demand a lot from the solar panels they select for their rooftop system. These panels need to look good and perform well over multiple decades!

Here's the top 5 homeowner-selected solar panel brands on Pick My Solar's marketplace in 2018:

2018 Most Popular Solar Panel Brands on Pick My Solar
 Rank Manufacturer Pick Rate
#1 Top Pick Q CELLS 29%
#2 LG Solar 22%
#3 SunPower 21%
#4 Panasonic 16%
#5 S-Energy 4%
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We discussed these results on last week's Pick My Solar LIVE! Watch Patrick and Andrew discuss their take on why homeowners chose these solar brands on our marketplace:

The Top Solar Choices of 2018

Congratulations are due to Hanwha's Q CELLS panels for being selected as the Top Pick by homeowners for the second year in a row! Of the multiple solar quotes presented to homeowners, Q CELLS were chosen 29% of the time.

LG Solar and Sunpower, both well known premium options for home solar projects, were neck and neck for second and third positions, at 22% and 21% pick rates respectively.

2018 Most Popular Solar PanelsCompared to 2017's top solar picks, Panasonic also moved up one position, from 5th to 4th.

2017 Most Popular Solar PanelsNote: Q CELLS and Hanwha are the same manufacturer. The South Korean corporation acquired German company Q.CELLS in 2012.

The surprise pick, at position #5, was S-Energy. This panel maker, also South Korean, emerged as a popular pick for homeowners looking for a reliable panel at a more affordable price point.

Why do homeowners love Q CELLS panels?

Q CELLS has a great variety of panel options for homeowners, making it a suitable option for a multiple roof and home types. These include multiple wattage ratings and aesthetic designs (black panels, white backsheet, etc.).


In short, these panels are a fantastic option for many homeowners, without any premium markup.

What's the easiest way to get quotes from top solar brands?

If you're a homeowner looking to obtain multiple quotes from top solar brands like Q CELLS, LG Solar and SunPower, look no further than Pick My Solar!

We provide free solar designs, consultation, and bids from solar installers in your area. These approved installers only offer quality solar panels like the brands we covered here.

To get started going solar, the best thing to do is try our solar calculator to see if solar is suitable for your home.

Kyle Graycar

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Kyle Graycar

Kyle is Pick My Solar's Head of Marketing. He loves spreading the word about going solar in simple, transparent language. When not solar myth busting, Kyle climbs rocks and plays Japanese taiko.

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