Types of Solar Panels


We all know as time goes on technology improves products. An obvious example of this is computers which change so fast that this year’s model will be out of date in six months.

Don’t let us put you off from buying but please be aware Solar PV is also developing at an incredible rate. Chances are the panels you have bought are a sound investment and a good thing making us less reliant on fossil fuels, and reducing your electricity bill.

Most panels work by converting the light we can see into direct current electricity, but not all the spectrum of light gets converted. As time goes on solar panels will be able to convert even more of this available light and panels will become more powerful and efficient.

This then leads onto the following question. Can you mix and match panels?

Well the answer to this question is yes but you have to be careful how it’s done. There are more than one type of panel which are not interchangeable, and care has to be taken even matching the same kinds of panels or you risk having a system with limited performance.

If you need a little more information there are three basic types of solar panel.

Namely Monocrystalline, Polycrystalline & Thin Film.

Monocrystalline

  • Highest power output
  • Outstanding performance in cooler conditions.
  • Excellent life span / longevity. Usually come with a 25year warranty.
  • Best option if you have limited space on your roof.

Polycrystalline

  • Good power output
  • Excellent life span / longevity. Usually also come with 25yr warranty.

Amorphous Thin Film

  • Lower power output (but more efficient in hot areas)
  • Requires more panels and surface area for same output as crystalline.
  • Ideal for Australia, where conditions are hot.

If you need more information, call us, we are the professionals at solar for your home.

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