Solar panels are capable of converting light energy from the sun into electrical energy because they contain solar cells — the “power generators” responsible for the energy in solar panels.
Solar panels provided by ClarySolar yield top tier results compared to it’s competitors:
- 93 % of ClarySolar’s solar panels are Tier 3 or above (48 % for our major competitor)
- The average tier quality of the panels we use is 2.1 (3.1 for out major competitor)
Source: California Solar Initiative data
ClarySolar is an authorized dealer of Sunpower. Sunpower is the photovoltaic industry’s premier manufacturer of high-efficiency, high-quality solar panels that are installed worldwide. We also offer Schuco, Sharp, Kyocera and Siliken panels-each well-made and reliable-based on favorable pricing and availability.
Our usage for residential solar installation in California is as follows (excluding panels against the Sunpower Solar Lease):
Types of Solar Panels
- Monocrystalline photovoltaic panels
- Polycrystalline photovoltaic panels
- Solar thin film photovoltaic
- Concentrated photovoltaic
Monocrystalline photovoltaic panels
Monocrystalline photovoltaic panel is a single flat slice from a large silicon crystal ingot. It is the most efficient type of panel, producing more electricity from the same amount of sunlight, but it is also the most expensive. Each monocrystalline panel is mounted in a rigid frame, restricting where it can be placed and has an efficiency range from 14 to 18%.
Polycrystalline photovoltaic panels
Polycrystalline panels (multi-crystalline panels) use photovoltaic solar cells that are made from multiple smaller crystals. Such photovoltaic panels are not quite as efficient as monocrystalline photovoltaic panels but in return they are slightly less expensive. Like monocrystalline photovoltaic panels they are mounted in rigid frames and cannot be bent. Typical efficiencies run between 12 and 17%. Recent technological advances have brought the efficiency of polycrystalline solar panel to similar levels to monocrystalline panels. Latest improvements have increased the efficiency of few polycrystalline photovoltaic products above other mono crystalline photovoltaic panels.
Solar thin film photovoltaic
Solar thin film photovoltaic usually is a series of chemical vapor deposits covering a metal or plastic substrate then covered and sealed using glass for a rigid product or encapsulated with a transparent Teflon-like material for a light, flexible cell. Thin film photovoltaic efficiencies run as little as five and rarely above 10% meaning more area is required in comparison to standard crystalline modules. Thin film are an excellent option for use where flexible residential solar panels are required.
A CPV (crystalline photovoltaic) module uses a combination of lenses and/or mirrors to concentrate sunlight on a smaller amount of crystalline. When crystalline cells were expensive, concentrating technologies appeared to be an answer. They are considered too expensive and complex for use as residential solar panels.
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