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The Principal Solar Institute Module Ratings

The Principal Solar Institute’s scientifically designed and certified combination of tests and performance standards provide an unbiased, comprehensive rating system – the PSI PV module rating. Seven essential characteristics related to initial and long-term PV module performance are combined to create the PSI Rating:

  • Actual Tested Maximum Power vs. Advertised
  • Temperature Coefficient at Maximum Power
  • Power at Low Irradiance to Power at High Irradiance Ratio
  • Normal Operating Cell Temperature (NOCT)
  • Total Area Efficiency
  • Negative Power Tolerance
  • Annual Power Reduction

These ratings allow you to make comparisons when analyzing PV modules and help you select the optimal PV module.

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PSI Ratings – PV Solar Modules from Polar Photovoltaics

Here are the PSI Ratings for modules from Polar Photovoltaics, calculated based on initial performance test data. If you don’t see a solar module that you are considering, contact us and we will try to add it.

Rank Manufacturer Model Type Power
(W DC)
PSI Rating Percentile
1Polar PhotovoltaicsTFSM-T-5Thin Film523.95*1
2Polar PhotovoltaicsTFSM-T-4Thin Film503.84*1
3Polar PhotovoltaicsTFSM-T-3Thin Film483.68*1
4Polar PhotovoltaicsTFSM-T-5XThin Film523.64*1
5Polar PhotovoltaicsTFSM-T-2Thin Film463.56*0
6Polar PhotovoltaicsTFSM-T-4XThin Film503.53*0
7Polar PhotovoltaicsTFSM-T-1Thin Film443.40*0
8Polar PhotovoltaicsTFSM-T-3XThin Film483.39*0
9Polar PhotovoltaicsTFSM-T-2XThin Film463.27*0
10Polar PhotovoltaicsTFSM-T-0Thin Film423.22*0
11Polar PhotovoltaicsTFSM-T-1XThin Film443.13*0
12Polar PhotovoltaicsTFSM-T-0XThin Film422.96*0

* Modules denoted with an “*” use estimated values for one or more characteristics. Manufacturers can contact us to provide the missing data for these PV modules.

NOTE: PSI Ratings are based on publicly available data, and are subject to change as additional data and proprietary analyses become available for long-term performance.