What's the difference between polycrystalline and monocrystalline panels?

What's the difference between polycrystalline and monocrystalline panels?

Monocrystalline solar panels
  1. main advantages are higher efficiencies and sleeker aesthetics. 
  2. Because the cell is composed of a single crystal, the electrons that generate a flow of electricity have more room to move. As a result, monocrystalline panels are more efficient than their polycrystalline counterparts.
  3. They are slightly more expensive
  4. Are space efficient, ideal for small roofs
Polycrystalline solar panels
  1. generally have lower efficiencies than monocrystalline options but their advantage is a lower price point. 
  2. Instead of using a single crystal of silicon, manufacturers melt many fragments of silicon together to form the wafers for the panel. 
  3. In 2020, there is no longer a significant price difference between the two different types of panels. More manufacturers are changing to make monocrystalline panels.

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