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Solar Panel Buying Guide

From A-Z: Solar panel parts to cost


Understanding and Buying Solar Panels

From Solar Panel Parts to Cost, Efficiency and Warranties

There are thousands of different types of solar panels that are available. How do you know which ones to use for your installation? What are the aspects that you need to consider when selecting what type of solar panels that you’d like?

You want to ensure that you achieve outstanding performance under real conditions – both with low/intensity solar radiation as well as on hot, clear summer days. From the solar panel type, cost, wattage, efficiency, and warranty offerings all of these aspects should be considered when designing a solar energy solution that matches your needs.

What Makes Up a Solar Panel

The Multiple Layers of a Solar Panel

Solar Panel Components
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Most Solar Panel Components are for Support

Most of the components that makes up a solar panel is used to help support and encase the solar cells. Solar cells are meant to be outside to ensure that they can perform under different types of environment. The Frame, and encapsulation provide a layer of stability and protection for the solar cells from the environment. Read more about what roles the specific components play.

Fun Solar Fact: Only one major solar panel company has panels Made in the USA (not just “Assembled in the USA”), First Solar. This is primarily due to the solar panel frame, which makes up a large percentage (%) of the solar panel.

Different Solar Panel Types

There are two primary types of solar panels cell types: monocrystalline and polycrystalline.

Different Solar Panel Brands