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What are the 3 types of solar panels?

December 24, 2021

When considering installing solar panels we usually consider points like price, efficiency and appearance of the components to be installed at our property. We agree. These are important points, however the major point to consider is the types of solar panels you choose. The types of solar panels available in the market today will affect how much installation and manufacturing cost it shall incur as well as how the panels will look on your roof. It’s one of the most important factors for a solar panel installation. 

There are three types of solar panels that are currently available in the Australian market: monocrystallinepolycrystalline, and thin-film. In this article we shall discuss the pros and cons of each panel type and what should you buy for your property?

As most of us must be interested in learning about the pros and cons of both the panels, let’s focus on them first.

Solar panel type:

  1. Poly-crystalline

  • The prices are usually low compared to other types.
  • Lower payback periods


  • Lower efficiency and performance than other types.
  • Lasts till the warranties of the panels.
  1. Mono-crystalline


  • Latest technology; provides higher efficiency.
  • Has higher life span; more than the warranties on the panels


  • The only advantage here is it is costlier than other types of panels
  1. Thin-film Solar panels


  • They are portable
  • Easy to handle


  • Low efficiency panels
  • Generates low electricity

What panels should I install on my property?

The amount of space available on your roof for solar installation influences the decision of types of panels you should install on your property. If your roof has less space and your electricity consumption is more, we recommend you install mono-crystalline panels as they can provide higher output and generally acquire less space than poly-crystalline solar panels. However, if your roof has got enormous empty space, you can install poly-crystalline panels and consider installing more panels than required to meet your future energy needs. Thin film panels are usually not recommended to install for long term investment as their energy efficiency is low and they have a complex structure. If you are confused about what panels to install at your property, our friendly Solar Miner team can help you learn more about your property specifications and the type of panels you can fit to get the maximum output. It’s easy with Solar Miner. We provide an obligation free customized solar quote for your property and help you decide and install what’s best for your property.

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