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Types of solar panels - Find the Right Solar Panel That Fits Your Home

16th September 2021  

When it comes to installing a solar panel system, there are several factors to consider, one of which is the type of solar panels to purchase. Monocrystalline solar panels, polycrystalline solar panels, and thin-film solar panels make up the majority of types of solar panels on the market today for residential solar energy systems.

Solar panels with different types of solar cells have varied features. The ideal solar panel selection for your home will be determined by your budget, the cost of solar energy installation, roof space, sunshine access, and your desired energy efficiency. However, before coming to that decision, it is vital to understand the basic working of the various types of solar panels and then finalize the one that suits you the best.

Polycrystalline Solar panels:

Crystalline cells are used to make solar panels. Up to 40 solar cells can be found in a typical house rooftop solar panel. Solar panels using polycrystalline crystals were the first types of solar panels to be produced. The rectangular shape created when silicon is heated and put into a mold distinguishes these cells within a solar panel.

Polycrystalline solar panels are made very efficiently by industry professionals, with very little silicon wasted in the process. This helps to keep the cost of installing polycrystalline solar panels or even leasing solar panels low. Polycrystalline cells are less heat resistant and comparatively less efficient than monocrystalline cells. They do not create as much electricity from the sun. This can have an impact on things like the amount of solar energy electricity produced under similar circumstances.

Monocrystalline Solar Panels

Your budget, the cost of solar energy installation, roof space, sunlight access, and your desired energy efficiency will all influence the solar panels you choose for your home. The cylindrical shape of these cells also aids in their efficiency. Solar makers carve silicon ingots into wafers to make them. They smoothen and round the cell borders in the process. Their better shape and composition help them produce more electricity and thus, you'll need fewer of them.

When compared to other types of solar panels, monocrystalline cells are more expensive to produce than polycrystalline solar panels. As a result, they are more costly to purchase. However, they also tend to function longer and frequently come with long warranties.

Thin Film Solar Panels

The thin-film panel takes its name from the method of manufacture. These panels consist of layers of silicon, cadmium telluride, and copper indium gallium selenide rolled out as a film on a surface. When compared with other types of solar panels, thin-film solar panels are less efficient than crystalline solar panels, and they take up a lot of space on the roof. They also decay more quickly, so firms may provide homeowners with shorter warranties. However, thin-film solar cells are less expensive and more flexible than crystalline solar cells. They can be used to make shingles.

Thin-film is a wonderful alternative for people who are looking for cleaner sources of energy but don't like the look of solar panels on a roof. Installing these types of solar panels may even make you eligible for municipal solar rebates.

What type of solar panel is best for your installation?

Much of your decision regarding the sort of solar panel you want for your setup will be based on the details of your property and situation. Monocrystalline, polycrystalline, and thin-film panels each have their own set of benefits and drawbacks, and the best option for you depends on your property and your solar panel installation goals.

Some of the most essential factors to consider before finalizing the type of solar panel for your project are:

  1. Cost of solar panels

  2. This is one of the most obvious factors to consider before planning a solar panel installation for your space. The cost of a solar panel is determined by several factors, including the size (in Watts), physical size, brand, material quality, durability (or warranties), and any accreditation the solar panel may have.

  3. Quality of the Panels:

  4. This includes the manufacturing process and the quality of the materials used to construct the solar panel. There are a variety of producers who produce panels of varying quality, cost, and efficiency. While choosing a solar panel supplier, it's imperative to look at the company's reviews or history to get an idea of the experiences customers have had with them.

  5. Energy usage

  6. The efficiency of a solar panel refers to how much of the light it absorbs is turned into electrical energy, and hence how much electricity your system will produce. The more effective you are, the better (and more expensive). You should evaluate your needs and select the panel that best meets them: this implies not underestimating, but also not overestimating your requirements.

  7. Temperature coefficient

  8. This refers to the effect of heat on the efficiency of a solar panel after it has been installed. Because solar panels age more quickly when they are overheated, the lower the percentage per degree Celsius, the better.

    Apart from these major determinants, one also needs to take into account, the size, durability and the type of solar cells used for finalizing the type of solar panel installation for their project.

    To sum up, installing lower efficiency, lower-cost polycrystalline panels can save money upfront for property owners with a lot of area for solar panels. Installing high-efficiency monocrystalline solar panels is a good option if you have limited space and want to save money on your electric bill.

    When it comes to thin-film solar panel installation, they're most commonly used when installed on a huge, commercial roof that can't support the added weight of typical solar equipment. Because they have more space to place thin-film panels on, these sorts of roofs can also afford their lower efficiencies. Thin-film panels can also be beneficial for portable solar systems, such as those seen on RVs or boats.

If you are planning to switch to a greener fuel source while contributing to society in combating climate change, getting a solar panel installation can be a great start. You can reach out to us at Waaree Energies team via call at 1800-2121-321 or mail us at waaree@waaree.com.

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