What so­lar pan­els best suit your home?

Central and North Burnett Times - - ADVERTISIN­G FEATURE -

HAVE you ever wanted to get so­lar pan­els, but weren’t sure of what type to choose?

Well, per­haps with a bit of back­ground in­for­ma­tion, you’ll be able to de­cide what will best suit your sit­u­a­tion.

There are usu­ally only three main types.

The first are monocrys­talline so­lar pan­els.

Ac­cord­ing to So­lar Power Au­thor­ity, monocrys­talline so­lar pan­els use sil­i­con as pho­to­voltaic ma­te­rial, which draws di­rect cur­rent en­ergy from the sun.

These sil­i­con bars are of a very high pu­rity, mounted into a grid, mak­ing them very ef­fi­cient and able to per­form well in low light­ing.

So­lar Power Au­thor­ity men­tions these pan­els are also best for houses that have lim­ited roof space.

The next type are poly­crys­talline so­lar pan­els.

These pan­els are much cheaper as the sil­i­con is melted and poured into squares, which re­duces a lot of pro­duc­tion waste and is en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly.

How­ever, as a re­sult, poly­crys­talline cells are less ef­fi­cient and don’t do as well as monocrys­talline cells in low light­ing.

The last type are thin-film so­lar pan­els.

So­lar Power Au­thor­ity states how these pan­els are not made of sil­i­con, and in­stead cad­mium tel­luride, cop­per in­dium gal­lium se­lenide or or­ganic pho­to­voltaic cells, mak­ing them a cheap op­tion.

Thin-film pan­els aren’t as ef­fi­cient as both monocrys­talline or poly­crys­talline, but they’re great in low light­ing.

Un­for­tu­nately, they also need a large amount of space, mak­ing them im­prac­ti­cal for homes with lim­ited space.

PHOTO: MIKE RICHARDS

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