As of 2015, the Kyocera KD315GX-LPB, Canadian Solar CS6X-305M and Grape Solar 390W are highly rated solar panels based on their performance, cost and power output, state LiveScience and TopTenReviews. Purchase and installation of a home solar kit allows a property owner to lower the cost of monthly utility bills.
Solar panels utilize photovoltaic materials to convert sunlight into electricity. Total power generation and savings may depend on equipment selection as well as local weather conditions. Solar kit ratings and reviews often focus on key factors, such as efficiency and durability. During the third quarter of 2014, residential solar energy systems allowed U.S. homeowners to generate more than 17,500 megawatts of solar-electric capacity.