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Solar Panel Types

There are a number of solar panel types you can choose from when selecting a solar panel to suit your home or business. The most common types installed globally are monocrystalline PV and polycrystalline PV, which are commonly used thanks to their availability, cost effectiveness and efficiency.

Here’s a brief outline of each solar panel types, all of which are available from Energy Gain UK.

Solar Panel Types – Monocrystalline Silicon PV

This is the most efficient type of silicon PV. It uses hexagonal-shaped slices to enable more of them to be fitted within a single unit. As the unit requires more involved manufacturing processes to generate its level of efficiency, these tend to be slightly more expensive than alternatives. But their efficiency means they can often provide a reasonable payback in a relatively short space of time.

Solar Panel Types – Polycrystalline Silicon PV

These panels are made up of square blocks of silicon that have a typically blue appearance. The reason for the colouring of these panels is to ensure the panel reflects as little light as possible, absorbing higher quantities than many equivalent PV panels.

Solar Panel Types – Amorphous Silicon PV

These panels provide a much lower efficiency rate and use cells that are commonly found in pocket calculators. This type of solar panel is not always suitable for residential and commercial properties, but there are certain applications for which it performs well. Its multi-layered format allows the panel to react to different frequencies of light, and it uses less silicon than many other products on the market, making its manufacturing cost slightly cheaper overall.

Solar Panel Types – Hybrid PVs

These use a clever combination of solar PV technology to generate a more efficient solar panel than more common products on the market but they do tend to cost more than conventional panels.

Selecting the right solar panel types for your requirements

Choosing the right solar panel types can be daunting. Of course we’re here to help and advise, we like our customers to be informed. If you’d like more help and advice on which is best suited to your home and lifestyle, please call us ion 0161 330 7739 or click here to send an email enquiry, and one of our technicians will be happy to help.

Energy Gain Uk are trusted solar panel installers based in Ashton-Under-Lyne. We have carried out over 500 solar panel installations in the last 5 years alone.

Maximise Your Energy Savings – Choose Solar Panels For Some Great Benefits

Generate your own electricity

Receive a tax free payment for every unit of electricity you generate

Earn extra for any electricity you don’t use.

Reduce your reliance on mains electricity

100% Government backed – payments guaranteed for 20 years

Solar panels can help significantly reduce the amount of ‘grid energy’ required by your home, safeguarding you against future price increases.


Installing Solar Panels Is As Easy As 1,2,3


1.Register using the proposal form

2. Receive your solar potential report

3. Install and enjoy at least 50% off your electricity bills and regular FIT payments from the government.


Energy Gain UK are solar panel installers who have been installing a range of renewable energy systems including solar panels in homes and workplaces for over 9 years. Over this time we have built up an impressive client list and achieved numerous accreditations.

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We are an accredited member of HIES.

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We also ensure all products selected come with warranties and offer our own workmanship guarantees.


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