4 Different Types of Bay Area Solar Panels

Whether you’re a homeowner in Martinez or a business owner shopping for Bay Area solar panels for a complex or new development, here’s the lowdown on 4 common solar panel types.

Solar Panels

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1. Mono silicon
So-called single silicon panels are extremely efficient, so you only need a few to generate a lot of useful energy. If your building doesn’t have much southern-facing exposure — or if overhangs or trees shade your building — deploy these dense power hogs to soak up as much sun as possible.

2. Ribbon panels
Also known as polycrystalline panels, these units don’t have as much silicon as the mono panels, so don’t expect as much efficiency. Some multi-crystalline panel designs are more efficient than others, and they are less expensive than mono panels. If you have slightly more room to “catch” the solar energy — and/or slightly less energy needs — these panels might be a good bet.

3. Thin film
These cadmium telluride or amorphous silicon photovoltaic panels are extremely thin and surprisingly inefficient. If you’re a homeowner, pass on these. If you’re a business owner who has a very large property — and you can take advantage of lots of hot sunlight — this might be a budget-friendly option for you.

4. BIPVs
Known as building-integrated photovoltaics (quite a mouthful), BIPVs literally blend in with the roofing tiles you use on your building. In fact, BIPVs are often called solar roofing tiles. They function extremely efficient, and they look great. On the downside, they cost a lot, and they’re a relatively new technology, so they may burn out relatively easily.

Whether you’re just exploring the possibility of a home solar solution; or you have already committed to getting a solar array, but you’re not sure what technology to use, talk to team here at Save A Lot Solar to understand your options and make smarter decisions.