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Solar Panels Houston

Solar panel installation Houston is no easy business, especially not for novices. With our years of technical experience, we’re just a call away if you want to get solar energy systems installed for your home or office. 

Our partners are dedicated to providing budget-fitting solutions, so you can expect to find the most competitive prices here. Since our clients have different demands, they install all three types of solar panels. 

Types Of Solar Panels 

Solar panels are categorized into three types, depending on their benefits, aesthetics, efficiency, and build. These include: 

  • Thin-film solar panels 
  • Polycrystalline solar panels 
  • Monocrystalline solar panels 

Monocrystalline Solar Panels 

These solar panels are most commonly installed on the rooftop and are chosen by the majority of homeowners and commercial clients. The major reason for their increased popularity is their aesthetic.

Monocrystalline solar panels are black in color with a flat design. Each solar cell in this solar panel has a silicon wafer that’s made of a single silicon crystal. These crystals are made via the Czhochralski method that involves placing the seed crystal into a vat of pure molten silicon.

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Typically, monocrystalline panels have 60 to 72 solar panels, and the number might differ, depending on the panel’s size. 

Speaking from experience, residential solar panel Houston normally have 60 cells. 

Compared to other types of solar panels, monocrystalline panels are the most efficient and have the highest power capacity. Their efficiency can be anywhere from 17% to 22%.

Since they only have a single silicon crystal, it’s easier for electrons to flow through the cell, increasing their efficiency. Due to high energy output, monocrystalline solar panels are suitable for residential and commercial spaces with limited rooftop space. 

That’s because a lesser number of cells can also meet the home or office’s energy needs. 

While they have plenty of benefits, the major shortcoming of these solar panels is their higher cost. Their high power ratings, build, and efficiency raises the price.

Polycrystalline Solar Panels 

Polycrystalline solar panels are the best pick for homeowners on a budget. 

They are blue in color and might be considered an eyesore by some people. Thus, they may not be as aesthetic as monocrystalline solar panels, but they surely help lessen the burden on your wallet. 

Polycrystalline solar panels also have 60 to 72 cells, but unlike their monocrystalline counterparts, they have a marbled appearance due to the presence of multiple silicon crystals. 

Since there are several crystals, electron flow becomes a bit difficult, reducing the efficiency. While it may be a shortcoming, it helps lower the solar panel’s cost. 

Thin Film Solar Panels 

Thin film solar panels are entirely different from the other two kinds in terms of construction. They are black in color but don’t have the silicon cell outlines that are present on other types of solar panels. 

They’re easy to install, flexible, and lightweight. They’re mostly used in commercial settings owing to their industry-friendly features. Here are some examples of photovoltaic substances used to make thin film solar panels: 

  • Cadmium telluride 
  • Amorphous silicon 
  • Dye-sensitized solar cells 
  • Copper indium gallium selenide 

As compared to others, this kind of solar panel has the worst energy efficiency ratings. Most thin film solar panels’ efficiency ranges from 10% to 13%. Thus, you’ll have to install more thin films to get the same energy output as mono or polycrystalline solar panels. 

That’s why thin film solar panel Houston TX are mostly installed in commercial settings where there’s abundant roof space. Additionally, such solar panels have short lifespans, so they need frequent replacements.