Monocrystalline vs Polycrystalline Solar Panels

Going solar can seem like a daunting task, there is a lot to learn and that process can seem overwhelming and very confusing. Tackling one subject at a time may help in making the process a little easier, there are experts to talk to that are local to the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, such as our amazing techs here at Solartime USA.

We are happy to help you understand solar and go into as much or as little detail as you like. Our passion is to help people learn about solar, regardless what the ultimate decision may be.  One of the confusing topics that people run into is the difference between monocrystalline and polycrystalline solar panels, which one is better, why is one better than the other, what makes them different, does the cost differ?  We are going to look at the differences what they mean to you and why you may want to consider the differences, or whether you need to even worry about them.

Monocrystalline Solar Panels 

Monocrystalline solar panels are purer since they are constructed of a single crystalline silicon ingot, meaning each of these cells is made from a single piece of silicon. This manufacturing process makes the panel’s surface have a uniform black look that’s very appealing. These panels perform better in high heat, as well as low light conditions. These characteristics make it a favorite for us here at Solartime USA as we have such high heat conditions in our long summers here in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.

Polycrystalline Solar Panels

Polycrystalline solar panels are a blend of multiple pieces of silicon, these smaller bits of silicon are molded and treated to create these solar cells. Although this process is less wasteful because hardly any raw materials are thrown away during the manufacturing process, they are slightly less efficient than the monocrystalline panels. The manufacturing process gives these panels their iconic blue color, it also gives them an uneven texture and color.

What is the Difference Between Monocrystalline and Polycrystalline?

One of the biggest differences between the two panels is the cost factor – polycrystalline panels are cheaper for the end-user since they cost less to produce and of course because they are less efficient than monocrystalline panels. When you look to purchase a solar system it is good to know the difference between the types of panels available, however, most people worry less about the way panels are manufactured, they worry more about how efficient these panels are and how much the system as a whole will eventually benefit them. It usually comes down to a cost/benefit calculation and how long it will take for the return of your investment; in general, the benefit of installing solar panels starts in month one, since you secure your energy payments from the day the solar panels start producing.

Now that we’ve provided you with an overview of the differences between the mono and polycrystalline solar panels another aspect of the decision-making process may be space limitations, the color of the solar panel, and of course as we mentioned earlier, the climate of the area you live in.

Which Panels Should I Choose For My Project?

When you try to make decisions regarding components of your solar system it really is a good idea to speak with a specialist you can trust.  Our specialists here at Solartime USA pride themselves on giving you honest, straightforward information to help you make the best decision for your situation. We can also help you weigh cost/benefit when trying to decide on which panels to use.

As mentioned, the polycrystalline panel is slightly cheaper which may be appealing at first look. However, our experts can explain the benefit of the monocrystalline panel’s performance in high heat and how that will be more cost-effective in the long run.  Our goal is to make sure that you are happy with your decision in the long run, as we consider you part of our Solartime family and our reputation rests on your satisfaction. Our aim is to give help you in the process and not push you in one direction or another. While our systems are usually set up with monocrystalline panels since they have proven efficiency and longevity, we gladly use other panels that suit your needs. 

We use all types of quality equipment to create a system that suits your needs. Give us a call today to set up a free, no-obligation consultation at 972-675-7725 or visit us online and request an appointment at we are happy to help you make going solar an easy process.

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