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Types Of Solar Panels

December 9, 2022

We can assist you with choosing the right solar panels for you. Read our latest blog for more information on the different types of solar panels.
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We can assist you with choosing the right solar panels for you. Read our latest blog for more information on the different types of solar panels.

Most formerly available solar panels fit into three categories; Monocrystalline, polycrystalline, and thin-film panels. And all vary according to their designs, cost, performance, and the purpose of installation suiting. 

Despite all being efficient, different people will have varying preferences based on their needs. However, choosing the best solar panel has never been a walk in the park. That’s why we have compiled this guide to help you understand the various types and how to pick the best Solar panel. 

Monocrystalline Solar Panels


Monocrystalline solar panels are manufactured from monocrystalline solar cells of silicon. Also known as wafers. Considered premium solar panels, monocrystalline solar panels cost a fortune. However, their aesthetic value and efficiency are worth it. 

Their high efficiency is derived from the silicon’s purity. A single-cell crystal, allows the free flow of electrons raising their efficiency rate up to 20%. 

Additionally, Monocrystalline solar panels come with a higher wattage module of more than 300 watts (W). This enables it to generate more electricity than all other panels.

Pros

  • They have the most extended lifespan 
  • They have a high power output
  • Occupy minimum space
  • They  are less affected by the high temperatures

Cons

  • They are costly

Polycrystalline Solar Panels


Just like monocrystalline panels, Polycrystalline panels are made of silicon. The difference is only that the latter uses several molten silicon fragments. 

They have a bluish hue, and squares and their angles are not divided. Mostly, polycrystalline technology uses silver with white back sheets. They also have an efficiency rate of about 15%. Compared to monocrystalline, polycrystalline solar panels are less efficient but cheap.  

Pros 

  • They have a high power output
  • They are cheaper as compared to the Monocrystalline
  • They are efficient
  • Easy to maintain
  • They have a long life span though shorter compared with the Monocrystalline.

Cons

  • They are affected by hot temperatures


Thin-Film Solar Panel


The thin film contains different thin film solar cells. These solar panels are mainly integrated into houses and used for photovoltaic power stations. Thin film solar panels are produced by placing photovoltaic resources such as silicon or copper onto a substrate. 

Unlike their counterparts with different standardized cell sizes, thin-film technology cells are uniform. A great feature since the cells are easy to replace. Regarding power capacity, thin film solar panels have varying outputs depending on their physical size. 

Pros

  • They are highly flexible and conformable
  • Less affected by high temperatures
  • Cheap and easy to maintain
  • Easy to manufacture

Cons

  • They have shorter life spans and less power capacity than monocrystalline and polycrystalline. 

The Best Solar Panel Type for Your Installation

Each solar panel type, Monocrystalline, polycrystalline or thin-film panel, has its advantages and limitations. Choosing the best installation for your power demands requires specifics of your goal, property, and situation. Property owners with limited space should opt for high-efficiency monocrystalline solar panels, due to their magic of occupying minimum space.

Polycrystalline solar panels come with offers like low cost of installation and easy maintenance. If you are operating on a slim budget, installing a lower-efficiency polycrystalline solar system is a good path. 

If you need a portable solar system like on boats, then thin-film panels are the best substitute for your specific purposes. Additionally, thin-film solar panels are best for large commercial roofs incapable of handling traditional solar equipment and have large spaces to place on. 

Conclusion 


All three types of solar panels are up for grabs when shopping. However, to make the best choice, you need to consider the various factors we’ve highlighted above. These alongside your budget will point you in the right direction. However, you should never sacrifice value for money.

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