Polycrystalline silicon Solar Panels Sacramento

When you are first looking into the different kinds of solar panels on the market, it can be confusing and overwhelming to figure out what to buy and what kind will best suit your needs. At Solar Panel Sacramento, we offer monocrystalline silicon solar panels, polycrystalline solar panels, thin film solar panels, and BIPV solar panels. In this article we are going to explain what polycrystalline silicon solar panels are and why you might want them for your Sacramento, CA home or business.

Polycrystalline silicon is also known as polysilicon, and as the name suggests, it is silicon made of many small crystals. Whereas monocrystalline silicon is made of one big silicon crystal, which is sliced into thin wafers for use in electronics, polycrystalline silicon is more of a fabric of small crystals. When you look at something made from polycrystalline silicon, you can see the effect of the many different crystals, and it looks distinctly different from monocrystalline silicon.

So why do we use polycrystalline silicon in solar panels?

Mostly because it is much less expensive than monocrystalline silicon. Polycrystalline silicon revolutionized the electronics industry and the solar panel industry by making solar panels affordable, so that now just about anyone can afford to power their home with solar power.

Are there any drawbacks for using polycrystalline silicon in solar panels?

The major drawback is that it is less efficient than monocrystalline silicon. Rather than getting up to 21% efficiency like monocrystalline silicon solar panels do, you will only get 10% efficiency with polycrystalline silicon.

There are pros and cons to whichever kind of solar panel you get from Skyline Energy Savers. Our team of solar panel experts can help you determine what kind is best for you. Call us today and let our experts help you find out what kind of solar panel you need!