Is a Polycrystalline Panel Right for You?
Hi there, and welcome back to our blog! Here at RGS Energy, we are heavily invested in the world of solar energy. For over 30 years, we have been helping people make the switch to solar and, in all that time, we have remained committed to providing the best installation, maintenance, and repair services possible. In our last few posts, we have focused on the different types of solar panels that are available on the market today, the differences between these panels, and the advantages that each different type of panel offers. In today’s post, we are going to go over some of the advantages that are associated with polycrystalline solar panels, one of the most common types of solar panels in the United States today. If you haven’t read our past few posts, going back and doing so now might help you understand this post more, however, if you think you can handle it, continue reading below
Polycrystalline Panels Show Much Promise
Polycrystalline panels are made a little differently than their monocrystalline cousins. While both panels start as a silicon crystal “seed”, unlike monocrystalline panels where each cell is pulled out individually from the vat of molten silicon, polycrystalline panels are produced by allowing the vat of molten silicon to simply cool. This results in a flat “sheet” of solar absorbing cells that are squared off instead of rounded. Below, we have listed a few of the advantages of choosing this type of solar panel over other types.
- Cost: The most attractive advantage for most people when it comes to polycrystalline solar panels is the fact that they always cost less than monocrystalline panels. These panels are able to be produced for less because of the way that they are produced. Monocrystalline displays require quite a bit of labor and attention to produce. After all, with monocrystalline displays, each cell must be pulled from the silicon vat and placed precisely on the panel. Polycrystalline displays, on the other hand, require no such labor as they are simply allowed to cool on the panel in a single, continued silicon sheet. If you are on a budget but still want to take advantage of solar energy, polycrystalline panels may be your best bet.
- Less Waste: As we just mentioned, polycrystalline panels are produced in such a way that each individual, silicon crystal does not have to be shaped and placed individually. While this helps to reduce the cost of polycrystalline panels due to the fact that it takes less labor to produce these panels, it also has another advantage. Polycrystalline panels produce much less waste than their monocrystalline counterparts because more of the molten silicon is used in the production instead of discarded. This goes a long way in making these types of panels even greener.
- Resistance to Heat: For the most part, polycrystalline solar panels tend to have a slightly lower heat tolerance than monocrystalline solar panels. What this means is that as heat increases, output for this type of solar panel will fall less than other types of panels. This benefit is largely due to the fact that polycrystalline solar panels tend to have a higher temperature coefficient than solar modules that are made with mono cells, such as monocrystalline panels.
- Availability: Because these types of solar panels are easier to make and cost less than monocrystalline panels, there tends to be a lot more of them available to the consumer market. Not only does this make it easier to find this type of panel, it also means that there are more installers that are certified to maintain and repair these types of panels. If you go to a solar installer and inquire about their best selling panels, more often than not, they will tell you about the polycrystalline panels that they offer.
We hope that this blog has provided you with some information that you may not have had coming into it and that you understand a few of the advantages associated with polycrystalline solar panels. If you would like to learn more about this type of panel or you would like to learn more about the other products that we offer at RGS Energy, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us or visit our website.