Are all solar panels the same?
Solar panels can seem the same to an untrained eye, but each variety offers different levels of efficiency, cost, and durability. The three main types sold today include:
- Monocrystalline: These panels are the most efficient converters, at about 18%, of sunlight into electricity. They are also the most expensive of the three main types. They have a lifespan of about 25 years of more.
- Polycrystalline: These are the most common panels used today. They convert sunlight to electricity at about 15% ( a little less effective than monocrystalline), but they are also less expensive. They also last for about 25 years.
- Amorphous: The least effective and the least efficient, these panels also have a shorter lifespan than mono or polycrystalline panels. Most of our solar panels do not offer amorphous panel installation.
Learn more about how solar panels work here.
Which panels are recommended?
The majority of solar panels installed in America are produced by a handful of manufacturers. Some installers are particular to a certain brand, while other installers use different brands depending on the solar installation. In general, large manufacturers create reliable panels that may even come with a warranty. Below are some the preferred large manufacturers of our partners.
- Sharp: Owned by a Japanese company, but partially produced in the U.S., Sharp is the world’s largest of commercial and residential solar panels.
- SunPower: Based in the U.S., SunPower has been leading the industry in researching solar panel cells. SunPower is an international presence, with offices throughout North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia.
- Kyocera: With their U.S. division based in Scottsdale, Arizona, Kyocera, as one of the world’s largest solar panel producers, recently announced their decision to begin manufacturing solar panels in the U.S.
- Canadian Solar: Another one of the world’s largest solar panel manufactures, Canadian Solar’s market spans 24 countries. Based in Ontario, Canada, Canadian Solar has had large growth since it was began in 2001.
- BP Solar: Headquartered in San Francisco, with additional facilities in Frederick, Maryland, BP Solar is another one of the world’s largest solar panel producers and distributors.
The right panel will depend on your location and sunlight specifications of your solar installation. Our solar partners will help you determine the best type and brand of panel would work best for your home.
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