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Basic Types of Solar Panels

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When you decide that your organization and/or business to convert to using solar energy, many considerations must be made. It is important that you research commercial solar systems suppliers to ensure that you are choosing the best supplier to meet your needs. It also helps to know a little bit about the different types of systems available and the various types of solar panels. The only way that you are going to know whether or not you have chosen the system that is going to work best for you and your organization is to ensure that you have a basic understanding of what you are looking at.

Part of deciding on what you are going to need is selecting the type of solar panels that you want to use. There are some fundamental processes used by manufacturers in order to create these panels. This results in most panels coming in one of three different forms. If you are investing money into using solar energy, it is critical for you to understand the elements that will determine whether or not you are able to get the most back on that investment. This is the only way that you can truly select the option that is the best fit for you and for your business.



Monocrystalline

These panels are typically constructed using silicon. The silicon that is used is high quality so that these panels tend to have the highest performance rates associated with them. The performance rates for these panels are generally around twenty-one percent. These panels tend to outperform thin film at a four to one ratio. They also save space. This means that they are able to offer a pretty high power yield for each square foot. The warranties that accompany these panels are often set for a period of 25 years. Monocrystalline panels often typically perform best when they are in conditions of lowerlight than their counterparts.



Polycrystalline

Like monocrystalline panels, these panels are manufactured from silicon. However, polycrystalline panels are not cut out in wafer shapes. Instead, the silicon is poured into a mold in order for the formation of these panels to take place. There are a number of advantages to choosing polycrystalline panels. One advantage is that the high-temperature ratings tend to be a little lower than what is found with the monocrystalline panels. The difference is very minute. These panels are typically better suited for homes.



Thin Film

The thin film is typically used by placing layers upon layers of some type of photovoltaic element. This element comes in the form of silicon or a type of organic photovoltaic cell. There are many advantages to using this type of solar panel. However, more times than not, there are more disadvantages than advantages.


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