If you’re considering having solar panels installed in your Australian home, you’ll want to know which type of panels are the most efficient. There are several different types of photovoltaic (PV) panels available, from monocrystalline to polycrystalline and thin film. Knowing which type of panel is the most efficient can help you make the best decision for your energy needs.
Understanding the Different Types of PV Panels
Monocrystalline PV panels are made from a single crystal of silicon. Manufacturing this type of panel involves cutting the crystal into thin slices and then turning these slices into thin wafers, which are then connected together. This type of panel is known for its high efficiency, meaning it can convert more sunlight into electricity than other types of panels.
Polycrystalline PV panels, also known as multi-crystalline panels, are made from multiple crystals of silicon. This type of panel is slightly less efficient than monocrystalline, but it is cheaper to produce and sometimes more aesthetically pleasing.
Thin film PV panels are made from thin layers of crystalline silicon and other materials. These panels are the least efficient of the three types mentioned, but they also require much less silicon, making them a cost-effective option.
How to Choose the Right Type of Panel
When choosing a PV panel, efficiency should be your top priority, as it will determine how much electricity your solar system generates. Monocrystalline panels are the most efficient, followed by polycrystalline and then thin film. However, cost may also be a factor, so you’ll need to weigh up the pros and cons of each type of panel.
It’s also important to consider the size and shape of your roof when selecting a PV panel. Monocrystalline and polycrystalline panels come in standard sizes, while thin film panels are more flexible and can be cut to fit any roof size.
Powerlec is an expert solar panel installer, so we can help you decide on the type of panel that’s best for your home. We’ll work with you to find the most efficient model that fits your budget and energy needs. If you have any questions about PV panels, contact Powerlec for a consultation.