The Different Kinds of Solar Panels

There are a wide variety of solar panels types available on the market globally, and our job here at Solcentric is to equip you with all the information you need so you can make the best buy possible. Before you sift through the different options, it’s important to bear in mind that a solar panel’s efficiency is determined by its level of purity in its silicon as well as how skilfully it has been aligned. We have compiled a list of the primary types of solar panels which are available for installation in your home.

The mono crystalline silicon

These are solar cells made of single crystalline silicon. They have a highly pure silicon content. These are space efficient, and absorb a high concentration of sunlight.

The poly crystalline silicon

The poly crystalline silicon is a first of its kind, and is manufactured from raw silicon. These are more simplified than the mono crystalline silicon

Thin-Film Solar panels

Thin-Film Solar panels are known to be highly energy-efficient and are not easily compromised by elements such as too much shade or low temperatures. These retail at much cheaper rates than the crystalline silicon, as they cost a lot less to manufacture. They are also aesthetically appealing, making them a home-makers dream.

Within the Thin-Film Solar cells or (TFSC) range there are variants namely Amorphous silicon (a-SI), Copper indium gallium selenide (GIS/CIGS) and Organic photovoltaic cells (OPC).

Building-Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV)

This is a special kind of solar panel, and is not an option if you are on a tight budget. It’s a special solar panel which allows you to seamlessly integrate this photovoltaics technology with your whole home, so you have a home that is effectively run on this solar panel alone. This is a premium buying option which can prove too expensive for the average home-owner.