Many households are tired of relying on the electric grid and the capricious prices of the local utility company for their electricity. To save money and the planet at the same time, they’re choosing to go solar by installing solar panel systems on their property. If you have been considering making the switch to solar energy technology, one of the first things to decide is what type of solar panel you want. Because, you should know, not all solar energy cells are alike.
Types of Solar Energy Cells
There are three main types of solar energy cells used for residential and small business applications. The type that you choose depends on your energy needs, your property, and your budget.
- Monocrystalline – Monocrystalline cells, often abbreviated to mono-SI, account for about one-third of all solar cells currently in use in the United States. This type of cell is made from a single panel of crystalline silicon. They are identifiable by their even, dark color. Mono-SI cells convert an average of 22 percent of sunlight into energy. Since these cells are the most efficient, they can yield the same amount of energy as other types of cells while requiring less space.
- Polycrystalline – Like monocrystalline cells, polycrystalline cells are made from crystalline silicon. However, this type of solar cell is made of multiple pieces, not a single panel. These cells, often referred to as poly-SI, are currently the most commonly used panels in the United States. These cells are slightly less efficient than mono-SI cells, but they are generally less expensive. They also result in much less waste during production and have a slightly higher heat tolerance.
- Thin Film – Cells made using this newer technology are notable for their even matte black appearance. They are made from depositing a photovoltaic substance onto a solid surface like glass. This technology is still being developed and is likely to improve dramatically in the next decade. Currently, these cells are the least efficient, but they are also the least expensive of the three types of solar cells. Since they are less efficient, more space is required for this type of cell installation. However, their uniform, monochromatic appearance is somewhat more attractive than silicon cells.
To learn more about solar energy and which cells will work best for your property, contact the solar installation professionals at PES Solar.
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At PES Solar, we’ve been helping businesses and homeowners with their solar energy needs for more than two decades. We also offer zero-down financing pending credit approval to further assist homeowners in going solar. To receive a solar panel system that produces valuable energy and savings for your residential home or commercial business, call us today at 386-668-4222.