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Commercial Solar Panels: Top 5

By James Kennedy, Founder and President Beach Cities Solar Consulting LLC

Commercial Solar Panels: Top 5 For Businesses In 2023


Commercial solar panels are the primary component to large commercial solar projects.  Before I get into my list of Top 5 manufacturers I just want to start off by saying that finding the best solar panels for your business shouldn’t be your main priority when looking into buying solar for your business.

At the end of the day, your main priority should be finding the best commercial solar installer. You can have the best solar panels in the world but if they’re installed wrong, or the installer goes out of business, you will have problems down the line on your long term investment.

However, in saying this it’s always important to find the right commercial solar panels that suit your business requirements best. Again, it’s worth taking some time to understand the main reasons why you are installing solar panels for your business.

Let’s jump into finding out the 5 best commercial solar panels that me and my team have found work best for all businesses. We’ve chosen these based on previous experience and some other factors such as price, warranties and performance.

5. Hanwha Q cells 485w

What I Like About It…

Made in America!  Although Hanwha is a South Korean manufacturer they invested heavily in American solar panel manufacturing plants in Dalton, Georgia over the past few years, creating American jobs and helping decrease the lead time for solar panel procurement.


485w Max Power Output
21% Module Efficiency
25 Year Product Warranty
12 Year Performance Warranty

4. Canadian Solar HiKu 540w

What I Like About It…

Canadian solar panels have created quite a presence in the commercial solar scene.

As you can see the specs are quite similar to the LG solar panel. One extra thing to note as well is the cost of Canadian panels. They are more affordable than LG solar panels but do come with a shorter product warranty.

With a lower cost price comes a faster return on investment and bigger business growth. You will certainly see a huge reduction in your operational costs and energy bills with Canadian solar panels, that’s for sure.

The reasons why I am such a big fan of these solar panels is because they are constantly developing.

Last year Canadian solar actually beat the world record for panel conversion efficiency. Through the use of advanced N Type cell technology they were able to get a whopping 23.81% on their solar panels. This shows how far they have come, and why they’re one of the best solar panels you can buy for your business.

I can highly recommend Canadian as good commercial solar panels for businesses owners.


540w Max Power Output
Monocrystalline Perc Cells
21% Module Efficiency
12 Year Product Warranty
25 Year Performance Warranty

What’s really impressive is the design of their solar panels. By using technology like all-black anti reflective glass these panels absorb more energy and reflect less back. It’s actually suggested that the performance panels can generate up to 30% more energy than conventional panels.

3. Trina Vertex TSM-DE18M(II) 480w

What I Like About It…

Honestly, it’s pretty much got everything you want. High efficiency, good warranties and a fantastic performance and technology. Not only this, but Trina are very affordable. Just like Jinko and Longi, you can get a very fast return on investment with Trina panels.

Let’s not forget about the company as well. Trina are actually one of the oldest and longest standing solar manufacturers in the industry. They have been around since 1997, and by still being here in 2023 it shows how great their product and business models are.

If you look at the solar panel stats, you can see how Trina have created an extremely effective solar panel for business owners. The only area that starts to slip is the warranty. They offer a 12 year product warranty which is fairly short when compared to the rest. Although their performance warranty matches the industry standard, they should try to increase their product warranty, even if it’s just a few years.


480w Max Power Output
20.1% Module Efficiency
12 Year Product Warranty
25 Year Performance Warranty

2. Longi HiMO 4 LR4-72HBD 450w

What I Like About It…

The HiMO4 is one of the most popular commercial solar panels that we sell. The return on investment you can get from these panels is amazing, and super fast as well. I would say that is where Longi dominates in the industry. They provide affordable solutions that offer really fast returns.

If you have never heard of Longi, they are a long standing solar manufacturer that only produces monocrystalline (higher quality) solar panels. You can be sure that if you decide to install Longi panels, you will be getting a genuine high quality product.

Honestly, I would go as far as saying Longi panels are one of the best in the industry. They’re quality is next to none. By using advanced technology and sticking to only Mono panels they set themselves apart from others. Their technology has won them several well known awards in the industry proving how effective their work is.

The only area where Longi needs improvement is their warranty. I believe they can offer a 25 year product warranty or even a 15 year instead of a 12. It’s a little disappointing to see because by offering this they could easily become THE best panels in the industry. I know their panels are high quality. In saying this, they have extended their performance warranty to 30 years instead of the industry average 25 years. This goes to show how confident they are in the quality of their solar panels.


450w Max Power Output
20.7% Module Efficiency
12 Year Product Warranty
30 Year Performance Warranty

1. Jinko Tiger Bifacial 475w

What I Like About It…

Honestly, Jinko’s Tiger solar panel is absolutely incredible. They have really outdone themselves here. I’ve known for a long time that Jinko wanted to be the industry leader. This solar panel is certainly pushing them up there. They’re offering a panel that pretty much no one else can match right now.

The thing is, companies could create a panel like this but they would have to charge double the price.

Jinko has matched all of this (including a longer product warranty) but for a much, much more affordable price.

Like I always say (and I do always say) with a more affordable solar solution comes a faster return on investment.
Isn’t that why most business owners look at getting solar?
To slash their business cost?

Well, Jinko’s Tiger panel will be the best option for fast returns, high quality and a long lasting, reliable warranty. Seriously, Jinko is so affordable. This is why I’ve chosen them as a winner. They provide the same solutions as LG, just for a price that everyone can afford. It’s changing the industry.

If you are looking to slash your business costs for an affordable price, and pay off your system within a realistic timeframe then Jinko is the best panel for this. Once you’ve paid off your system you can look to see a huge return from these tiger panels.

And of course, lets not forget about that seriously impressive 30 year product warranty… You can invest in this panel without any risks or stress. If anything happens you are covered, for 30 years! That’s pretty much unheard of in the solar industry.


475w Max Power Output
21.16% Module Efficiency
30 Year Product Warranty
25 Year Performance Warranty

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