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Types of Solar Panels for Home and Businesses

August 5, 2019by absrenewpower

Types of Solar Panels

Since we have already spoken about the different types of solar power plants, this article will talk about the different types of solar panels for home and business. We will differentiate based on their production, advantages, and disadvantages to help you choose.

While the solar panels have undergone many modifications over the years, there are three main types of panels widely used.

 

Monocrystalline Solar Panel

In order, to convert light into solar electricity, panel cells are made of silicon, which is a semiconducting material.

As the name suggests, monocrystalline solar panels are made of a single crystal of silicon which is cut into wafers and placed on the panel. These panels are black in color. Considered to be premium panels, they are the most efficient solar panels for homes and businesses. They also require less space than polycrystalline panels. However, they are the most expensive panels in the market.

Monocrystalline Solar Panel

 

Polycrystalline Solar Panel

Polycrystalline panels are made by melting multiple silicon fragments to form wafers which are then placed on a panel. Since they are blue in color, you can easily differentiate them from monocrystalline panels. Polycrystalline panels are also the most economical and popular panel available in the market. However, in comparison to monocrystalline solar panels, they are less efficient and also require more space to generate the same amount of solar electricity.

Polycrystalline solar panel

 

Thin-film Solar Panel

The sleekest, portable and aesthetic looking panel is the thin-film solar panel. These are made of cells 350 times thinner than wafers used to make monocrystalline and polycrystalline panels. These panels can be stuck with adhesive on rooftops. However, these panels have the lowest efficiency in comparison to toothers.

 

Thin-film solar panel

 

Since now you know how solar cells are made and differentiated, you get to decide which solar panel for home or business to choose based on their price, performance, and space required. Visit our next blog for more knowledge sharing articles.