A fairly common question that many solar power installation pros get is regarding the materials that make up solar panels. Not many people know what the materials make up a solar panel. If you are unclear on what solar panels are made up of and how they work, this article is for you!
The materials found in Solar Panels
Most solar panels are produced using three main components including glass, metal and silicon. Silicon is the main part of a solar panel that can turn sunlight into energy. When sunlight interacts with the cells inside a solar cell the electrons can be stimulated and the energy that’s produced through this stimulation is converted into electricity that powers your home.
Silicon cells come in many different forms including polycrystalline and monocrystalline structures. Monocrystalline panels are often made from a large block of silicon which is placed into a silicon wafer and fixed into the panels. Polycrystalline cells are produced by melting together multiple silicon crystals to produce the cell.
Monocrystalline panels are much more effective but they are more expensive to produce.
Considering a Solar Installation?
Making the choice to install a solar power system can come with many environmental and cost savings benefits. Solar energy is something that you will never run out of and it can lock in your overall cost per power over the next 25 years. A solar power system comes with very little need for maintenance and a fairly fast payback period, especially with the number of federal tax credits available currently.
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This post was written by Daniel Massaad, owner and expert solar technician at Energy Solutions Direct! ESD is the top choice for Tampa Bay Solar! Our licensed and certified contractor are masters of their craft; with years of experience servicing the great Tampa Bay area and beyond, the choice is simple. ESD excels at offering you the best in solar value!