Types of solar PV panels

#1 Monocrystalline, #2 Polycrystalline, #3 Hybrid, #4 ThinFilm


There are number of different types of solar panel, from an ever increasing range of manufacturers. Each claims that they are best for one reason or another. At Energy Gain UK we are not tied to any particular manufacturer and do not hold stocks of solar panels, so that we are flexible enough to be able to recommend whichever solar panel we think is best for your project and can just order and fit the type of panel you prefer.

We are able to give completely independent advice about our views on different panels.

Once you request your free, no obligation energy consultation we will contact you to book an appointment for one of our knowledgeable consultants to visit you in your home to discuss the energy saving options that suit your location and energy requirements.

As part of this we will advise you on other simple energy saving measures that you can take in order to reduce your energy consumption.

Our consultant will prepare a detailed system costing and payback calculation. It is totally free and there is no pressure to buy.
As a result of this visit you could be:

  • • Generating free electric
  • • Securing a tax-free income for the next 20 years
  • • Earning an additional income by exporting your unused electricity to the national grid
  • • Reducing your CO2 emission
  • • Adding value to your property.

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Solar PV panels are a GREAT investment…

There are a number of options 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.

Monocrystalline Silicon PV is the most efficient type of silicon PV, providing efficiencies of between 13-17%. 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 are a premium panel and 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.

Polycrystalline Silicon PV panels offer efficiencies of around 11-15%, and 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. These are probably the most popular type of panel installed in the UK.

Hybrid PVs use a clever combination of solar PV technology to generate a more efficient panel than more common products on the market. They are a cross between thin film and monocrystalline. These efficiencies are usually above 18%, but they do tend to cost more than conventional panels and for that reason are not widely used in the UK.

Thin Film or Amorphous Silicon PV panels provide a much lower efficiency rate of around 6 – 8%, 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. It uses less silicon that many other products on the market, making its manufacturing cost slightly cheaper overall.

 Choosing the right panel can be daunting but we’re here to help and advise. At Energy Gain UK we offer a free, no obligation energy reduction survey that will highlight where you can make energy savings, advise on the best type of panel for your property and advise on how you can generate an additional income. Register now to book your appointment.


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