Like a real diamond cuts glass, can your solar panel pass the test of GENUINE?

Knock-off versions of FAKE solar panels are counterfeits of the real thing.

One more reason to use a verified supplier and distributor when you shop for solar panels on your own is the fact that “knock-off” versions of solar panels are being sold by counterfeit solar panel producers.

One in particular is called “Suntech Power Holding”.  If the name sounds familiar throughout your shopping research, it should.  However look carefully at the spelling suffix and you’ll see it’s an imposter to the REAL well known Chinese solar manufacturing company, called Suntech Power Holding(s).  Indeed, Suntech Power Holding(s) is a dominant and REAL world leader in solar module production. 

Nothing New in Semantic Schemes:

For decades copycat infringement of brand name manufactured goods have been perpetrated upon reputable companies.  This doppelganger effect has plagued watches, electronics, and handbags, to name a few, and now, solar panel modules.   Most consumers think they’re getting the real thing.  As in the case with solar panels, getting the phony pseudo thing puts you at risk for a product that will under perform on output, the warranty will not live up to its guarantee, and you have no one to call as a matter of recourse.

It’s reported that the real Suntech Power Holdings has filed injunctions against Suntech Power Holding located in Germany. The injunctions prohibit the new Suntech (based in Hong Kong) from selling panels using the original and Wuxi-based Suntech label.

So before you think you’ve found a screaming deal on solar panels, you’d better save the bragging rights to friends and family by verifying the distribution and supply chain of your latest find. 

Our Best Advice to Protect Yourself:

Shop ONLY through distributors and supply chains you can verify.  If you think the name is a knock-off, then compare the exact spelling of the brand you’re buying next to the real brand you think you’re getting.  Be sure to call the manufacturer, the supplier and the distributor’s corporate headquarters directly to compare product, warranty and energy output guarantees and to verify the model number of the solar panel you’re about to purchase. 

If you’re a real “do it yourselfer”, then beware of the risk of buying stolen solar panels or knock-offs second hand from a private seller.  Again, you will want to right down the serial numbers and model numbers of any secondary market purchase you’re about to make to assure they are not reported as stolen.  You’re not only protecting yourself from a pseudo-fake-counterfeit panel, but also from a possible arrest for buying stolen goods or merchandise.


Article written by Jennifer Coleman of Sun Source Solar Energy Brokers, providing solar broker and alternative energy consulting services in Santa Rosa, Marin, Sonoma, Napa, Solano and San Francisco Counties.


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