Before you decide to switch over to solar energy, it is important to consider efficiency. Solar panel efficiency is the conversion rate of a solar panel. This rate shows how much of the sunlight the panels can convert into energy. Most standard conversion rates fall between 11-22% but some high efficiency solar panels can reach heights of 24% regularly.
Solar Cell Types
The type of solar cell will often have a direct relation to efficiency. Solar panels are produced using a silicon crystal and the configuration of the silicon will indicate how much power the cell can generate. Monocrystalline silicon is a slightly rounded cell that ensures energy flow without obstructions.
Polycrystalline is a fragment that is fused together. These are cells which are cheaper to produce but are often less efficient. Even though this is the standard, it will never be as efficient as the monocrystalline silicon cell.
In most panel designs, there are busbars which are designed to transport energy throughout the cell. The best busbars are usually made out of a copper configuration, but there are many high efficiency cells that are doing away with these connectors.
The return on investment for a solar cell will be improved with the assistance of tree and shrub removal, managing shade, managing panel direction and the size of your system. Solar panel efficiency is something that should be regularly measured and managed with solar panel inspections. This will ensure that you get your maximum ROI from the system.
If you are interested in an inspection appointment or if you would like to learn more about how you can make your system more efficient, contact us today. We can schedule an appointment to help you improve solar panel efficiency over time.
This post was written by Daniel Massaad, owner and expert solar technician at Energy Solutions Direct! ESD is one of the top solar panel companies in Florida! Our licensed and certified contractors 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!