This week, we sat down with Brandon Rickett, Solar Manager at IES Texas Solar to discuss solar panels for homeowners. He tells us the top three things residential customers are looking for when selecting solar panels. For more information about IES Texas Solar visit

IES Texas Solar has been operating in the San Antonio, Texas market for more than 30 years and have installed solar panels on thousands of rooftops. During that time, they have learned a thing or two about what clients are looking for when they select panels for their home. Selecting solar panels isn’t a decision that homeowners take lightly. A solar installation can last for 25 years or more, so an aesthetically pleasing installation that stands the test of time is of utmost importance.

Solar Panels for homeowners: top three qualities customers want in their solar panels

According to Brandon Rickett, Solar Manager at IES Texas Solar, these are the top three qualities homeowners look for in their solar modules:


Solar installations are a big investment. Since installations are guaranteed to perform for at least 25 years, homeowners want modules that offer excellent performance for the full life of the installation. Not only do customers want top performance from their panels, they want top customer service from the manufacturer and from the installer. Service after sale is essential to a successful solar installation.

“We like to offer our customers the best product at the best price. Mission Solar Energy is cost competitive with other solar manufacturers and our customers appreciate having a local manufacturer that is right down the road. It is nice to know that we work with a company that is making a difference in our local community and producing quality products,” said Rickett.


A quality solar installation will last for decades. The better a solar system performs throughout its life, the better the customer makes out financially.

“We’ve installed many Mission Solar Energy modules and we know from our experience that they are top quality. They are resilient, well-built and extremely durable. It also offers customers peace of mind that the performance of Mission Solar Energy modules has been verified in third-party test. In fact, panels by Mission Solar exceed IEC standards by three times the minimum requirement.”


Homeowners are particularly interested in selecting solar panels that are visually appealing. Gone are the days when customer options for modules are limited to a silver frame and white backsheet. Now homeowners have options that allow them to pick the power and appearance of the solar system they will invest in on their house.

“At the end of the day, these individuals are going to drive home and see it every day. We put a lot of effort into making sure the systems are something that people are proud of, and something they look forward to seeing,” says Rickett. “If a customer has an all-black roof we like to use the MSE PERC 60 black-on-black, but if they have a tin roof we like to use a module with a silver frame.”

At Mission Solar Energy, we are keeping our finger on the pulse of solar panels for homeowners. Check our product page to learn more about our high quality, affordable and attractive solar panels. For information on where to buy Mission Solar Energy modules, click here.

Solar Panels for Homeowners

Brandon Rickett, Solar Manager at IES Texas Solar with Matthew Valdez, Planning Analyst at Mission Solar Energy