Panasonic Introduces New Solar Modules to Improve Efficiency Rates

Panasonic has introduced two new EverVolt series of solar modules to its residential solar solutions portfolio. The new 410W/400W H Series panels have half-cut cells, and heterojunction technology with gapsless connections. The 370W/360W PK Black Series modules are Panasonic’s first panels made with PERC technology.

Comprised of 66 half-cut cells, the 410W/400W EverVolt H Series modules are the most powerful modules in the company’s portfolio. The efficiency ratings of 22.2% & 21.6%, respectively, allow homeowners to produce high levels of power while occupying less roof space. They can also benefit from a temperature coefficient of 0.26%/°C, which enables greater energy production throughout the day, even on the hottest days in the warmest climates. After installation, Panasonic guarantees a minimum of 92% power output for 25 years.  

Panasonic’s new 370W/360W PK Black Series modules, made with 60 half-cut cells and Passivated Emitter and Rear Contact (PERC) technology, have module efficiency of 20.3% and 19.7%, respectively, and guarantee power output of at least 86% in year 25 after installation. The all-black compact panels offer homeowners more options and are more flexible than ever.

Both new models are covered under Panasonic’s TripleGuard and AllGuard warranties. The TripleGuard warranty covers product and labor for 25 year when installed by a Panasonic Authorized or Elite installer. Panasonic offers homeowners a 25 year labor warranty for Enphase Micro inverters as well as Unirac and IronRidge racking.

“More homeowners than ever are interested in going solar, so offering a wide array of wattage, size and price options is essential to staying competitive in the market,” says Mukesh Sethi, director of solar and energy storage at Panasonic Life Solutions Company of America. “Panasonic has more than 20 years’ experience in the solar industry and more than a century of experience in innovation, but we are more energized now than ever about the future of residential solar solutions we bring to the industry.”

Panasonic also announced improvements to its EverVolt 2.0 residential battery, which was launched in November 2021. The new features include a gateway system that consolidates all components at a single control point and access point. A new app for homeowners provides visibility into the entire energy network.

The new EverVolt 2.0, Panasonic’s next-generation solar energy battery storage system, builds on the advanced energy storage technology of the first generation with enhancements, including continuous power output of 7.6 kW off-grid and 9.6 kW with grid, and two energy storage capacities (17.1 kWh or 25.65 kWh usable capacity) per system. The system can be AC or DC-coupled, which allows it to work with both existing and new solar energy systems. It consists of two main components: a floor-standing battery cabinet, and a hybrid smart converter with four maximum power point tracking MPPTs. 

Weatherproof design with an outdoor protection rating IP55. (NEMA 3R).

To increase power output and energy storage capacity, up to three systems can be stacked together thanks to the modular design. It can operate in multiple modes, including residential mode, back up mode, and custom modes that can be set by system owners. EverVolt 2.0 will be available for purchase in April. The module series will follow in the second quarter of 2022.