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Solar panels: which type are right for you?

Published on:
9 April 2023

Solar panels play a crucial role in modern renewable energy systems, converting sunlight into electricity to power various devices. However, not all solar panels are equal. Let’s explore the three most popular types of solar panels in the region.

Polycrystalline solar panels: Polycrystalline panels are made by pouring melted silicon into square moulds, resulting in small squares or rectangles that are assembled into larger panels. These panels are relatively easy and inexpensive to manufacture, making them affordable for average households. However, they are less efficient than monocrystalline panels, converting less sunlight into usable electricity. Despite this, they remain highly popular, with no complaints regarding their efficiency and appearance.

Pros of Polycrystalline solar panels:

  • More cost-effective compared to monocrystalline panels
  • Lower silicone wastage, making them environmentally friendly to produce
  • Extremely popular in the UK

Monocrystalline solar panels: Monocrystalline panels are made by cutting thin wafers from a single silicon crystal, resulting in small square or rectangular shapes. This process is more complex and costly than the manufacturing of polycrystalline panels. Monocrystalline panels have a higher efficiency rate of 15-20%, making them ideal for small roofs as they can generate more energy. They also perform well in low-light areas, making them suitable for cloudy or dim regions.

Pros of Monocrystalline solar panels:

  • High efficiency rate of 15-20%
  • Perform well in low-light conditions
  • Require less roof space due to their high efficiency
  • Appealing black exterior
  • Better heat resistance compared to polycrystalline panels

Thin-film solar panels: Thin-film panels are cost-effective as they require fewer materials and can be made in flexible forms. They involve layering one or more photovoltaic materials onto a substrate such as silicon, cadmium, or copper. While they are the least efficient and demand more space, recent improvements have made some thin-film panels as efficient as monocrystalline panels. They remain the most affordable option in the market.

Pros of Thin-film solar panels:

  • Flexibility makes them suitable for motorhomes or caravans
  • Well-suited for hotter climates
  • Most affordable type of solar panel

In conclusion, the choice of solar panel type depends on individual needs and circumstances. It is advisable to research and consult experts to determine the right panel type for maximum efficiency and effectiveness. Factors to consider include budget, energy needs, and aesthetic preferences. With a 25-year guarantee on all solar panels and a 10-year warranty on workmanship, the East Yorkshire Solar Panels team provides peace of mind.

Remember to consider these factors when making your decision, ensuring that the chosen solar energy system meets your requirements while offering long-term benefits.


Start your solar journey today and call us at 0191 500 1154 or drop us a line at info@eastyorkshiresolar.co.uk to learn more and see how we can help!