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Everything you need to know about a Monocrystalline Solar Panel

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Solar panels are the most critical components of the solar energy system. They are also one of the most effective ways to save on your electricity bills.  You have a choice of using different types of a solar panel. So you have

  1. Polycrystalline solar panel 2. Monocrystalline solar panel 3. Amorphous solar panel, and) 4 Thin film solar panel

These are three types of solar panels, depending on their usage and efficiency. This article will discuss Monocrystalline solar, its advantages, specifications, and efficiency. If you also plan to buy one, read the following article.

What is a Monocrystalline Solar Panel?

A monocrystalline solar panel is formed by monocrystalline solar cells. In such a panel, electrons get more space to move, which ensures a better electricity flow. The solar cell is transparent like water because of the cylindrical slicing of the ingot. Moreover, to increase the efficiency of cells, the circular wafers are cut into octagonal shapes, giving cells a uniform color.

Monocrystalline Solar Panel Specifications

Solar panels are available in different sizes that essentially depend on the number of cells.  A solar panel is formed when connected solar cells are arranged in parallel. A small 5-watt solar panel occupies less than 1 square foot of space. The average size of a solar cell is 6 x 6 inches, or 156 x 156 mm. Therefore, a solar panel of 5 watts is approx. One sq ft in size

So, a 60-cell solar panel will have six rows with six cells in width and ten in length. Its size will be 39″x66″, or 3.25 ft x 5.5 ft

Similarly, a 72-cell solar panel will have six rows with six cells in width and 12 in length. Its size will be 39″x77″, or 3.25 ft x 5.42 ft

The wattage of the solar panels determines the number of panels to be used in an array. Here is a list of 60-cell- and 72-cell solar panels and the number of panels used at different wattages.

Benefits of Monocrystalline Solar Panel

It has a very high efficiency level in the range of 17%-22%.

There is an extended warranty of 25 years on the solar panels. These panels are so sturdy that they outlast all other panels.

The monocrystalline panels have a higher heat resistance.

Such panels require very little space because of their high efficiency.

They are most suitable for areas with a cloudy climate because such panels are designed to perform most efficiently in low sunlight.

However, there are also some disadvantages of Monocrystalline Solar Panels. They are listed here:

Monocrystalline solar panels are costlier than other panels.

The design of monocrystalline panels is such that it results in a lot of waste.

Its performance is hugely affected in high temperatures.

What is the lifespan of Monocrystalline Panels?

A Monocrystalline solar panel has an average lifespan of 25 to 30 years. However, if you are extra careful, it can last more than 50 years. In comparison, the polycrystalline panel lasts only for a maximum of 25 years while thin-film panels have the shortest lifespan of about 10–20 years. The longevity of solar panels depends on the following factors.

  • The quality of the installation
  • The quality of the racking system
  • Number of exposed wires
  • Wear and tear on account of climatic conditions
  • The frequency of usage
  • The frequency of maintenance for panels
  • The environmental impact

After reviewing its specifications and multiple benefits, you may have realized that monocrystalline solar panels are the right choice for residential and commercial uses.

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