What Are Popular Solar Panel Types and Their Features?

Solar Panel Types

Table of Contents

When you’re working with your trusted solar partner to design and create your optimal solar power installation, one of the first things you’ll need to decide is which of the common solar panel types you will want or need to use with your project. There are two main types of solar panels that are used to generate large amounts of usable power, polycrystalline and monocrystalline, and only one is used in current installations.

Monocrystalline & Polycrystalline Solar Panel Types

The first type of solar panels to be developed were polycrystalline solar panels, and while polycrystalline panels can more easily get power on cloudy days or in low light conditions, they are considered older and less effective two solar panel types. They are less efficient, though they can be obtained much cheaper. Most reputable solar installers will not use polycrystalline panels any longer, in favor of newer and more efficient monocrystalline versions.

Monocrystalline solar panels are seen as the optimal choice between the two common types of solar panels. They can generate a larger amount of usable power from direct sunlight and are more efficient at generating power, resulting in more watts per square inch of the panel. This type of solar panel should be the only type offered by any reputable solar installer, and while they are more expensive than polycrystalline types, they are more reliable and last longer as well.

Each Type Will Have Wattage Differences

Depending on the application, the types of panels used will vary in their power generation capabilities. For residential installations, for example, the average panel will produce between 360 and 400 watts per panel and will have a more uniform and sleek appearance. These panels will generally be all black, including the frames surrounding the panels themselves.

Commercial installations, installations on non-residential outbuildings, or ground-based installations will often use a less sleek-looking and aesthetically pleasing panel, though they will also have a much greater potential power output. The types of solar panels frequently used for these applications will generate as much as 450 watts per panel, making them a more potent choice where appearance isn’t as big of a factor.

Panels Will Differ In Their Outputs & Efficiencies

There are generally going to be two options in solar panel quality and efficiency, even when using all monocrystalline panels. Mid-level panels will often be considered to be operating within optimal levels if, after 25 years, they produce more power at 80%-82% efficiency or greater. Top-quality panels will be considered optimal if they retain more than 90% efficiency after 25 years, with anything less than that being a potential cause for replacement.

Different Solar Panel Types Will Have Different Warranty Coverage

No matter what type of panel you choose, various manufacturers will have differing warranty coverage on the panels, as well as for the labor to install or replace them. Be sure you read the warranty details closely.

Efficiency Warranty

The efficiency or degradation warranty is what will cover the panels’ replacement if they fall below the normally-accepted efficiency levels before the warranty expires.

Product Warranty

The product warranty is the standard warranty that will protect the panels against defects in workmanship or manufacturing for up to 25 years.

Labor Warranty

A labor warranty can be important for any unforeseen damages, repairs, or replacements that may not be otherwise covered. This warranty will cover the labor needed to perform the replacement.

Solar Panel Types: Barrett Solar Has The Right Panels For Your Solar Solution

If you would like more information on what solar panel types are available for your application, reach out to us today for answers to any questions you may have, or to get started on a free quote.

Solar panel systems are made of durable tempered glass and require little to no maintenance for the 25 to 35 years that they will generate power. In most cases, you don’t even need to clean your solar panels. You can let the rain or snow take care of that for you. If something does happen, you will have manufacturer warranties on all equipment installed by Barrett Solar.

Solar rebates and incentives vary depending on where you live. In Kansas the largest incentive available is the 26% federal investment tax credit (ITC) which allows you to deduct 26% of the cost of your solar energy system from your taxes. Certain municipalities and utilities also offer cash rebates and other incentives. If you are a business in a rural area or a farmer, the USDA offers grants as well.

Solar rebates and incentives vary depending on where you live. In Missouri the largest incentive available is the 26% federal investment tax credit (ITC) which allows you to deduct 26% of the cost of your solar energy system from your taxes. Certain municipalities and utilities also offer cash rebates and other incentives. Evergy in Missouri, Columbia power and Ameren have notable rebates available. If you are a business owner in a rural area or a farmer, the USDA offers grants as well.

Barrett Solar offers two options to finance your solar panel system. You can purchase your system in cash or take advantage of our zero down, low APR financing options. We have a lot of different options to choose from. 

Generally it takes very large hail or a major storm to damage your solar panel system. After you go solar you will want to make sure your homeowners insurance policy has enough coverage to replace any of your panels that may be damaged in a heavy storm.

The cost of a solar panel system will depend on many factors, including the size of the system, the equipment, and the financing method. A solar panel system should be viewed as a major home upgrade, and because every home is different it is never good to base an idea of what something should cost off a ballpark figure found on the internet. Barrett Solar offers completely free no obligation solar proposals, and in most cases we can give you an accurate quote with just your historical energy usage data.

Tyler Blanchard

Founder & CEO

Tyler is the CEO of Barrett Solar.

Facebook

There Has Never Been a Better Time to Go Solar

Get the perfect system for your home or business by the energy experts at Barrett Solar.