With our residential solar system ratings, you can cut through all of the sales hype and find value. You could spend hour upon hour sorting through the brands and the claims of the various manufacturers but we have already done the work. We have given you our top picks followed by a complete list of manufacturers and their ratings.

ALEKO ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

This brand offers basic monocrystalline panels that can be purchased directly from them. They sell all of the components of a system but do not have convenient kits. Their website is not much help and does not have a stated warranty policy. alekogreenenergy.com

ANAGES ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

These packages are available for either grid tie or off grid applications. They are made in Turkey and are sold throughout Europe. Their website is not much help and does not have a stated guarantee for their products. anages.com

ANAPODE ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

These kits are available in the USA. Their micro-inverter systems are available in sizes from 1 to 15 KW and are backed by a very good guarantee. They also offer backup power system kits. The kits can be purchased directly from their website. anapode.com

ASTRONERGY ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

This brand is a part of the CHINT GROUP. The kits are integrated rooftop grid connected systems to power the whole home and maybe even sell some back to the utility company. The guarantee on the modules is not very good when compared to other brands. astronergy.com

BISOL ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

These systems are available in Europe. They offer both grid-tie and off-grid systems but the guarantee is not as good as some of the other brands. bisol.com

CANADIAN SOLAR ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

This brand offers four sizes of residential kits. They are easy to install but their website is not much help and does not tell you how you can purchase them. canadiansolar.com

CENTROSOLAR ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

The CENTROPACK packages are grid-tie systems that have a good warranty on most of the parts of the system. The warranty on the solar panels themselves is not as good as some of the other brands. centrosolaramerica.com

ECOSOLARGY ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

This brand offers customized kits but their website is not much help. ecosolargy.com

ECO-WORTHY ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

This brand offers both off grid and grid-tie systems. They feature micro-inverter technology for easily adding to your system. They are shipped worldwide but the guarantee is not as good as other brands. eco-worthy.com

GRAPE ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

These systems are available for grid tie or off grid and can be purchased through their website or at home improvement stores. The guarantee on the kits is not very good when compared to other brands. grapesolar.com

HI-MIN ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

These grid tie systems are made in China and are sold worldwide. Their website is not much help and does not have a stated guarantee for their products. himinsun.com

IWAE ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

This brand is from INGRAM'S WATER & AIR EQUIPMENT and features grid tie kits in sizes from one to ten Kilowatts. They use Talesun modules with built-in microinverters for fast plug & play installation. They are backed by a good guarantee and can be purchased directly through their website. ingramswaterandair.com

JAYSOLAR ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

These units are made and sold in India. Their "HOME LIGHT SYSTEMS" are very small systems that charge a small battery. The manufacturer's website is not much help and does not have a stated warranty policy. jaysolar.net

KANEKA ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

These systems are made in Japan and use thin film technology. The U-SA type modules are high efficiency but they do not offer kits for the DIY homeowners. Their website is not much help and does not have a stated guarantee for their products. kaneka-solar.com

KAMAL ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

This brand is made and sold in India. They offer a small off-grid system that is designed for two to four hours of operation on a fully charged battery. The manufacturer's website is not much help and does not have a stated warranty policy. kamalsolar.com

KOTAK ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

This brand is made and sold in India. Their SUNHOME 150 is an off-grid system but it is for smaller applications as the output is only 130 watts. The manufacturer's website is not much help and does not have a stated warranty policy. kotakurja.com

KVAZAR ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

These systems are made in the Ukraine and are sold throughout Europe, Africa, and North America. "Quasar" is available in five stand alone system sizes and are for off-grid applications. The warranty on the panels is not very good when compared to other brands. kvazar.com

KYOCERA ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

The MYGEN system is available worldwide and is a grid tie system that is modular and fully expandable. They offer five different packages from 1440 watts to 5040 watts. The MYGENFLEX systems have micro inverters so the system can be easily expanded as your budget allows. The brand is backed by a very good warranty but is only available through an authorized dealer network. kyocerasolar.com

MARLEC ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

Their PV HOME ENERGISER KIT is available in sizes from 500 watts to 3.5 kw. The kit is a grid-tie system that uses roof mount panels from BP SOLAR. The systems can be purchased online and are backed by a good guarantee. marlec.co.uk

MISSOURI WIND & SOLAR ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

The kit offered by this company consists of two 130 watt panels which gives it a rather low output. The system is easy to install as it plugs into a standard outlet but the warranty is not very good. mwands.com

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

The DIAMOND KIT offers a quick and easy installation but the systems are only sold and installed by dealers. They have a good warranty that can be extended and offer a customer financing program. mitsubishielectricsolar.com

NAPS ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

This brand offers off-grid and building integrated systems as well as grid tied systems. The NAPS POWER PACK systems are a standard compact system that is very good for rural situations where there is no grid system. The manufacturer's website is not much help and does not have a stated warranty policy. napssystems.com

OKSOLAR ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

This brand offers both grid tied and off grid systems. They offer three sizes of systems that can be purchased online. Their website is not much help and does not have a stated guarantee for their products. oksolar.com

RANTOON ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

This brand offers four sizes of grid-tie kits featuring microinverter technology. They are made in China and the warranty on the kits is not very good when compared to other brands. rantoon.de

RENOGY ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

This brand offers complete grid-tie kits in eight sizes from one to six kilowatt. They feature microinverters to make building a large system easier. They also offer a wide selection of off-grid kits and all of the kits are backed by a good warranty. renogy.com

SHARP ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

The SUNSNAP systems use microinverter technology for a simple cost effective way to begin with solar power. The guarantee on the systems is complicated and not very good. sharpusa.com

SILICON SOLAR ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

This brand offers both grid tied and off grid solutions. They have five sizes of packages available and can be purchased through the manufacturer's online store. They are relatively expensive and the warranty is not as good as many brands. siliconsolar.com

SOLARCENTURY ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

This brand is made in the U.K. and is available throughout Europe. The C21 solar tiles are easy to install and are backed by a good guarantee. solarcentury.com

SOLARWATT ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

This brand offers a wide selection of systems. They use innovative technology and are backed by a very good warranty. solarwatt.de

SOLAR WORLD ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

This brand is from COLORADO INSTRUMENTS INC. and features professionally installed systems that are backed by a good guarantee. solarworld-usa.com

SONNENKRAFT ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

The COMPACT POWER systems are available in Europe and feature easy installation. They are backed by a pretty good guarantee but their website is not much help. sonnenkraft.com

SUNFORCE ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

This brand offers a PRO SERIES SOLAR BACKUP POWER KIT which is easy to install as no tools are required. It only has a power output of 45 watts but works with 12 volt or 110 volt appliances. The systems are available at many retailers and home improvement stores but the warranty is not very good. sunforceproducts.com

SUNIVA ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

These solar panels are backed with a good warranty but their website is not much help. suniva.com

SUNPOWER ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

The MAXEON solar cells are state of the art with a copper foundation for corrosion resistance and they are more efficient and better looking than traditional cells. The panels have a built-in strain relief to account for daily temperature swings. The panels are backed by a good warranty. us.sunpower.com

SUNSOURCE ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

This system is designed to be integrated with their heating and cooling systems. The system allows up to 15 panels to be added and each of them has a microinverter so that you can build the system over time. The systems are backed by a good warranty and can be monitored through a website to ensure optimum performance. lennox.com

SUNTECH ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

This brand offers a variety of products. They are backed by a good warranty but they are not sold in kits. Their "JUST ROOF" building integrated systems entirely replace the roof and the panels become the roof. This can help to lower the cost of the system. suntech-power.com

SUNVOLT ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

This brand features three sizes of remote solar power kits (80, 160, & 320 watt). They are for off-grid operation but an optional 1500 watt dc to ac converter is available. They can be purchased online. sunvoltenergy.net

TESLA ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

The SOLAR ROOF systems are currently available in either textured or smooth tiles with tuscan and slate models soon to be released. The solar cells are virtually invisible from street level and are backed by a very good guarantee. tesla.com

TRINA ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

The brand is made in China but does not offer complete kits. The DUO-MAX modules are frameless but their website is not much help. trinasolar.com

WESTINGHOUSE ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

This brand offers a great option for the homeowner that wants to do the installation by themselves. The AC kits have built-in microinverters which are state of the art technology and provide for easy installation. The manufacturer encourages the diy-er and the kits are backed by a very good warranty. westinghousesolar.com

YELLOWBLUE ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

The SOLAR GENERATORS are available in two sizes but their website is not much help and does not have a stated guarantee for their products. yellowbluetech.com

YINGLI ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

This brand is made in China. They offer basic panels as well as their PANDA SERIES high efficiency models. The power output warranty is good but the overall guarantee on the panels is not when compared to other brands. yinglisolar.com

ZAMP ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

These systems are for off-grid applications. They offer three sizes of kits but do not include the battery banks. The systems are sold through dealers in the USA and Canada but their guarantee is not very good when compared to other brands. zampsolar.com

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