Monocrystalline VS Polycrystalline Solar Panels
The majority of solar panels that you’ve seen on the rooftops of homes and businesses are likely to have been either monocrystalline or polycrystalline. Granted, they’re not the only types available on the market, but newer types of solar panels tend to be rarer and more expensive.
So what does mono/polycrystalline mean? Simply put it’s to do with the grade of silicon used and the amount of crystals held within. “Poly” comes from multiple, whereas “mono” comes from one; and is a reference to the way that the solar panels are made.
Monocrystalline solar panels are made from a block of high-grade silicon produced from ONE crystal, sliced into wafers.
Polycrystalline solar panels are made from a blend of multiple silicons that are melted down and combined.