So you are switching to solar power–congratulations! You’re now one of the 2.68 million, both residential and commercial, who have installed solar power systems.
After researching the benefits of switching to solar, you need to consider the look you want. If you choose the traditional route of solar panels, then you need to consider energy efficiency and cost. Both factors can change based on the type of solar panel you choose.
Today, there are three solar panel types to choose from monocrystalline, polycrystalline, and thin-film solar panels. Each one has a unique design and its strengths and weaknesses.
This article breaks down the difference between the three solar panel types. And will help you find the best solar panels you need.
Monocrystalline Solar Panels
These are the oldest solar panels but are the most developed. They make them with pure silicon that they cut into a wafer shape. Then they put the wafers into cells which get assembled to form the solar panel.
Using silicon allows the monocrystalline panels to be the most space-efficient. Monocrystalline solar panels also last longer than any other solar panel. The silicon also gives these solar panels a sleek black look.
This makes them more aesthetically pleasing to look at. A downside to the monocrystalline solar panel is that they are expensive. This is because of the amount of silicon waste when making one cell.
Polycrystalline Solar Panels
These solar panels come to life by melting silicon crystals together. The fragments give these solar panels a blueish colour instead of black. Polycrystalline solar panels create less silicone waste which makes them cheaper.
But while their solar installation cost may be lower, they are not as efficient. Polycrystalline solar panels also don’t do well in high-temperature environments. So you’ll have to consider that before any solar installation.
Thin-Film Solar Panels
These solar panels are so thin they give a paper-like appearance. A large thin-film frame can give the illusion that you have a solar panel system. Also, thin-film solar panels do not use silicone. Instead, they use a variety of substances:
- Cadmium telluride (CdTe)
- Amorphous silicon (a-Si)
- Copper idiom gallium selenide (CIGS)
Manufacturers deposit the substances onto a solid surface, like glass or plastic. The use of these different materials gives thin-film panels a smaller carbon footprint. This design makes thin-film the cheapest of all the solar panel types.
The material also affects the colour of the thin-film cells. They can either appear black or blue with a silvery background colour. Since they are the newest type of solar panel, they are not as efficient as the other crystalline panels.
These Are the Solar Panel Types You Need to Know
The solar panels available today vary in look, size, and cost. If you’re still unsure about how to choose the best solar panels, seek the help of a professional!
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