In this blog we’ll explain what monocrystalline and polycrystalline solar panels are and the differences between them, so you know which type if right for you.
Monocrystalline solar panel – what are they?
Monocrystalline solar panels are a type of photovoltaic panel that is made from a single, continuous crystal structure of silicon.
They are created by cutting thin wafers from a single crystal of silicon, which makes them more efficient and longer-lasting than other types of panels.
Monocrystalline panels are usually more expensive than other types of panels.
Monocrystalline panels are distinguished by their smooth, darker appearance and are often considered the most aesthetically pleasing of the different types of solar panels.
They are also typically the most efficient type of solar panel, with efficiencies of up to 25%.
This means that they are able to convert a higher percentage of sunlight into electricity than other types of panels.
Polycrystalline solar panel – what are they?
Polycrystalline solar panels are a type of photovoltaic panel that is made from multiple silicon crystals that are melted together to form the panel.
They are distinguished by their distinctive blue or purple appearance and are typically less efficient and less expensive than monocrystalline panels.
Polycrystalline panels typically have efficiencies of around 15-20%.
Polycrystalline panels are a good choice for homeowners who want to save money on the upfront cost of solar panels.
They are also a good choice for homeowners who have a limited budget or who do not have a lot of available space for solar panels.
Are there any differences in maintenance required?
Both monocrystalline and polycrystalline solar panels require very little maintenance.
Solar panels are designed to operate for many years with minimal upkeep, and most solar panel manufacturers offer warranties of 25-30 years.
Reference our blog below which has some more information on solar panel maintenance:
What type of solar panels do we install?
We install Monocrystalline solar panels for their durability, efficiency and we feel they look a lot better too!
Monocrystalline solar panels are also space-efficient, meaning they can produce more electricity per square foot of rooftop space than other types of solar panels.