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Different Types of Solar Panels

Solar Energy | 6 September 2023

Our expert team, at BNR Electric, is fully committed to providing customers with cutting-edge, efficient, and eco-friendly electrical solutions, including solar panels. While there are many different types of solar panels available on the market, we have prepared a detailed overview that will walk you through all the details and help you determine which type of solar panel system will work best for you.

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Monocrystalline Solar Panels

These solar panels are distinguished by their sleek, uniform, black look and high efficiency. They are created from a single crystal structure, allowing electrons more room to move and generate a higher amount of electricity. While they have a higher upfront cost, they provide a higher yield and long-term value for your money.

Polycrystalline Solar Panels

Polycrystalline solar panels are easily identified by their blue-speckled look, derived from the many silicon fragments melted together to form the solar cells. While their energy efficiency is lower than monocrystalline panels, they come at a more affordable price point, making them a popular choice for those budget-conscious homeowners.

Thin-Film Solar Panels

Thin-film solar panels offer a flexible and lightweight solution made by placing one or more films of photovoltaic material (such as silicon, cadmium, or copper) onto a substrate. These panels are less efficient but are significantly cheaper to manufacture than their crystalline counterparts.

Bifacial Solar Panels

A relatively new entrant in the solar market, bifacial solar panels can generate power from both sides. They capture sunlight from the front of the panel and the reflected light from the rear side, which enhances their efficiency.

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Concentrated PV Cell (CPV)

These are the big guns in solar power. CVPs are super-efficient systems that utilize mirrors or lenses to focus sunlight onto a small area of high-efficiency solar cells. They even have a built-in cooling system to ensure they do not overheat.

Solar Shingles

Solar shingles offer an aesthetic solution to homeowners who might be deterred by the look of traditional solar panels. These shingles are designed to look like regular roofing materials while still harnessing the power of the sun; however, they are less efficient than traditional solar panels.

If you are considering saving money on utility bills, switching to solar is the right choice. Given that there are many options available, it is best to schedule a consultation with our specialists to discuss your options. Give us a call at 778-704-0312 to get a quote based on your energy needs.

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