Solar Panels Colorado Springs

Solar Panel Types in Colorado Springs

Whether you live in a far off place in Colorado Springs or you wish to choose an alternative source of energy, solar energy is a very reliable source of energy. Solar panel along with a battery are required for generating and storing the solar energy for supplying power to solar bulbs, water heaters, fans and other appliances made especially for working on solar power. With time and advancement in technology the performance of the solar panels has improved a lot.

Today, there are different types of solar panels available in the market. Broadly we classify them into Polycrystalline, Monocrystalline, Hybrid, Black Frames and Black Backed Panels.

In a monocrystalline panel, the solar cells are cut from the purely drawn crystalline silicon bars. The cells are laid in one direction in a way that they get maximum sunlight. Their color is so uniform and dark black and that they absorb too much of sunlight. Polycrystalline panels are made of silicon offcuts that are molded into blocks. Every cell in this panel is made of numerous small pieces of pure crystal. The efficiency of this panel is not as high as compared to other ones because all the crystals are not aligned perfectly and at the joints of the crystals the energy is lost. You can identify these panels with their color that looks bluish because of reflection of light by the crystals. Size and cost of these panels is quite similar to monocrystalline panels. Polycrystalline panels work better in areas where the sun doesn’t shine brightly for a long time. These crystals that are not aligned uniformly can easily absorb light rays from different directions.

There is another type of solar panel known as hybrid panels. These panels have a layer of solar film behind the solar cells. Solar cells in this type of panel are monocrystalline. This amorphous layer gets more energy from the sunlight absorbed by the panel.

Black Backed Panels with black frames can also be seen in the market. These look better than the traditional panels that are white in color however there is no additional benefit of having black frames. When Black frames absorb more light and make the solar cells hot whereas the performance of the solar cells is better when they remain cold. Before choosing a solar panel for your house, it is good to know about advantages, disadvantages and cost of all the variants.