Whether you want to get completely Off Grid or you just need a small panel to recharge a battery, we've got you. Almost 90% of the World’s photovoltaics today are based on some variation of silicon.
Monocrystalline vs Polycrystalline
A good way to separate mono- and polycrystalline solar panels is that polycrystalline solar cells look perfectly rectangular with no rounded edges.
Monocrystalline Silicon Solar Cells
Monocrystalline solar cells are made out of silicon ingots, which are cylindrical in shape. To optimize performance and lower costs of a single monocrystalline solar cell, four sides are cut out of the cylindrical ingots to make silicon wafers, which is what gives monocrystalline solar panels their characteristic look.
Monocrystalline solar panels have the highest efficiency rates since they are made out of the highest-grade silicon.
Monocrystalline silicon solar panels are space-efficient. Since these solar panels yield the highest power outputs, they also require the least amount of space compared to any other types.
Monocrystalline solar panels live the longest.
Polycrystalline Silicon Solar Cells
Raw silicon is melted and poured into a square mold, which is cooled and cut into perfectly square wafers.
The process used to make polycrystalline silicon is simpler and cost less.
Polycrystalline solar panels tend to have slightly lower heat tolerance than monocrystalline solar panels.