Polycrystalline Solar Panels

Polycrystalline PV Solar Panels

Features, Advantages & Disadvantages of Polycrystalline Solar Panels

Polycrystalline Solar Panel – Features

  • Utilizes a new technology in the manufacturing process.
  • Instead of drawing the silicon into an ingot the vat of silicon is poured and cooled.
  • This creates a distinct blue look of a polycrystalline solar panel.
  • It is a faster and cheaper process than monocrystalline panels which produces less waste of silicon.
  • However they do not have the same level of silicon purity with effects the efficiency and degradation rates of the panels.

Polycrystalline Solar Panel – Advantages

  • Cheaper Than Monocrystalline Panels
  • Less silicon waste in Manufacturing Process

Polycrystalline Solar Panels – Disadvantages

  • Poor performer in hotter environments
  • Not aesthetically pleasing. Blue panels.
  • Average panel efficiency is 13-16%, means you will need more panels
  • Average solar panel degradation rate of .60%
  • Lower purity level of silicon increases degradation rate

Three Types Of Solar Inverters

Photovoltaic String Inverter

Micro Inverter

String Inverter w/ Power Optimizers