Advantages and Disadvantages of Monocrystalline Solar Panels

Monocrstalline1 Advantages and Disadvantages of Monocrystalline Solar Panels

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Monocrystalline solar panels are one the most efficient commercially viable photovoltaic solar collectors, but not necessarily the first choice for every home!

Monocrystalline photovoltaic electric solar energy panels have been the go-to choice for many years, and are among the oldest, most efficient, and most dependable of technologies.  If you’ve ever seen black or iridescent blue panels on a roof or powering a device, they were probably monocrystalline panels.  Each module is made from a single silicon crystal, and is more efficient, though more expensive, than the newer and cheaper polycrystalline types.

Here’s a look at the benefits of monocrystalline solar panels.

These are generally considered the workhorses of the solar power market, and most people will choose monocrystalline panels due to their ready availability.  These panels are easily identifiable, made up of uniformly stacked rounded cells.  Because they’re made from just one crystal, not multiple crystals fused together, the process of making them is one of the most complex and costly ones around.  That means every panel will cost more.

However, that increased cost is buying additional efficiency, meaning one panel will produce more power than lower priced options.  If space is a concern (which it often is with solar panels), monocrystalline will be the best type to use.  More wattage per square foot can be delivered with these panels.  The average 175 watt panel is about sixty-three inches in length, thirty one inches in width, a little over an inch high, and weighs thirty-three pounds, with an aluminum frame.  The lifespan of a monocrystalline cell is a minimum of twenty-five years and can be more than fifty, making them a worthwhile investment for long term use.  These panels are extremely fragile, however.  That means a rigid mounting is a must.

Like other types of solar panels, monocrystalline solar modules suffer a reduction in output once the temperature from the sunlight reaches around fifty degrees Celsius/a hundred and fifteen degrees Fahrenheit.  Reductions of between twelve and fifteen percent can be expected.  These are lower than the reductions in output experienced by polycrystalline cells, but they still need to be factored into the calculations and design for any solar power system.

For those putting together a long term solar setup who want to know they have access to the best and most reliable panels on the market, monocrystalline types are probably the best bet.  They’re costlier than polycrystalline options, but their longevity, performance, and efficiency mean that they’re a good buy over a longer period of time.  When you want to be sure you’re producing the highest wattage per square foot, these are the modules to rely on.

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26 Comments on Advantages and Disadvantages of Monocrystalline Solar Panels

  1. Kusch on Thu, 2nd Apr 2009 7:51 am
  2. About pollycrystaline solar panels, are they any better than these mono ones. I was wondering about polycrystalline solar panels because I thought they were used on more homes?

  3. Simon on Thu, 2nd Apr 2009 12:08 pm
  4. Hi Kusch

    Both pollycrystaline and monocrystalline solar panels are good and have been around for some time. The main reason for installing polycrystalline solar panels is that they are cheaper. You can read more about them by clicking on this link Polycrystalline Solar Panels.

  5. Roy on Tue, 13th Oct 2009 8:02 am
  6. Hi Simon and Kusch !,

    Do you know the solar efficiency for mono-crystal line and the Poly-crystal line ?.
    I’ve been told that the Mono is around 12 to 15% and the Poly is 16.6%

    Thanks before !

  7. sharif on Tue, 17th Nov 2009 9:17 am
  8. whats the link of that efficiency

  9. Simon on Wed, 18th Nov 2009 3:56 pm
  10. Hi Sharif, not sure what you mean – are you talking about the efficiency of solar panels?

  11. camping on Thu, 10th Dec 2009 1:21 am
  12. Roy,
    I beleive the efficiency of the two is about the same. The main difference lies in efficiency at higher temperatures above 50°C where the Mono comes out on top.

  13. GIANNI on Tue, 21st Dec 2010 12:54 pm
  14. DEVO MONTARE UN IMPIANTO DA 3 KW
    VOLEVO SAPERE SE E’ MEGLIO MONTARE DEI PANNELLI PIU’ POTENTI O SI OTTIENE LO STESSO RISULTATO MONTANDO PIU’ PANNELLI E MENO POTENTI.?
    GRAZIE

  15. Steve Dalton on Wed, 29th Dec 2010 5:27 am
  16. So, if the Mono panels are the long term favorite in virtually every category but cost and are simply more expensive than poly – what is the difference between the monocrystalline -polycrystalline solar panels compared to the Thin Film Solar panels?
    Is there a one to one – (to three) comparison on the 3 types of panels available?
    I want to make my home carbon neutral by making the building extremely energy efficient as I am installing a Solar System and (back up) Wind Turbine energy system.
    As you can see, I have a ton of research to do so, any and all advice is greatly appreciated…….

  17. Simon on Wed, 29th Dec 2010 12:11 pm
  18. Depends on the type of panel, it is bot very much between 2 and 4 but you should be looking at the output of a panel.

  19. Simon on Wed, 29th Dec 2010 12:14 pm
  20. Thin film solar panels are the future, but at the moment they are very inefficient which is why mono and poly are the favorite panels for most people.

  21. LEPKY on Sat, 15th Jan 2011 10:49 pm
  22. OK POLY IS A GOOD PRODUCT BUT MONO IS BEST .MONO GIVES YOU UP TO 30% MORE POWER PER PANEL THAN POLY.
    ANYONE WHO SAYS POLY IS BETTER DONT TRUST AS HE DOESNT SEEM TO KNOW HIS BASICS.
    THE DIFFRENCE IS. POLY IS A WHOLE CELL, AND MONO IS MADE UP OF SMALL SQUARE CELLS, THAT ARE THEN JOINED TOGEATHER FOR BETTER RESULTS. ITS TIME CUNSUMING HENCE IT COST MORE.IF ANYONE IS THINKING OF JOINING THE CLEAN ENERGY PAY BACK SCHEME INVEST MORE FOR MONO.IT WILL GET BACK YOUR INVESTMENT QUICKER, AND YOUR PAY BACK % GOES FROM 7-8% TO 8-10%.
    IT WILL TAKE 15 – 20 YRS WITH POLY SYSTEMS.
    WITH MONO SYSTEMS 10%PAY BACK =£800-£1000 SO PAY BACK TIME CAN BE AS LITTLE AS 8 TO 10 TEARS.WITH THE WRIGHT COMPANY.I GOT 21 TOP OF THE THE RANGE MONO PANELS FOR LESS THAN £18000 BARGAIN, SEEN AS IF IT WAS POLY , I WOULD OF HAD TO HAVE 27 PANEL TO GENERATE THE SAME AMOUNT OF ENERGY AT A WHOOPING £24000. C0Z OF SYSTEM I PUT IN IM ON 10% OF £18000 PLUS I SAVED ON MY WHOLE YEARS ELECTRIC BILL DIDNT HAVE TO PAY A PENNY SAVING OVER £600 POUND FOR THE YEAR.£600+£1800 TIMES THAT BY 25 YEARS. ITS A SOUND INVESTMENT. MAKES AND SAVES YOU MONEY AT THE SAME TIME. A ONCE IN LIFE TIME OFFER THANKS TO THE EU REGS ON CARBON.

  23. LEPKY on Sat, 15th Jan 2011 11:06 pm
  24. MONO OUTPUT 1.85 KWH PER 10 PANELS

    POLY OUTPUT 1.24 KWH PER 10 PANELS

    REMEMBER THE GOV PAYS 41.3P PER KWH

    WHAT EVER YOUE SYSTEM GENERATES AN HOUR X IT BY 41.3P THAT GIVES YOU YOUR YEARLY PAY BACK.GET IT BEFORE THE GOV CHANGE FEEDIN TARIFF.TO 38P PER KWH

  25. sachin on Sun, 16th Jan 2011 5:54 pm
  26. why do you think thin flim is the future

  27. moses on Sun, 6th Feb 2011 4:02 pm
  28. Hello,
    Happy new year to you, well we are solar panel distributors on Uganda and we like to purchase the following types of solar modals polycrystalline or mono-crystalline
    of 85,100,130watts.

    Give the stock updates so that we can give the final order.

  29. Yixin on Mon, 14th Feb 2011 11:59 pm
  30. Could you tell me the exact price for mono and poly crystalline? for example how much a watts? or how much per unit size?

  31. Chay on Thu, 3rd Mar 2011 2:49 am
  32. What is the difference in efficiency between a 6 panel 260 watts mono crystalline system and a 15 panel thin film system?

    I live in Southern hemisphere and can only fit thin film on eastern roof.
    Moncrystalline system will fit either east or west rooves.

    There is no possibility of installing on north roof – no room for either system.

    Thank you

  33. Les on Fri, 11th Mar 2011 7:02 am
  34. I am looking at solar farming and installing 30kw of panels I am getting conflicting info about mono & slim panels which is more efficent

  35. kamal bhattarai on Fri, 11th Mar 2011 7:57 am
  36. - can i view the techinical chart of mono and poly product of solar pannel.
    - what type of solar water system is better for room heating system. The surrounding temperature different around 16 deg C and the max temp be 33 deg C in summer and min temp be 1-3 degree C

  37. Sidirokastritis Zois on Mon, 14th Mar 2011 9:23 pm
  38. Yixin
    The price of poly and mono crystaline is about the same.
    They are priced per watt.
    For example 2Euros per watt + VAT is a good retail price .

  39. lisolomzi on Fri, 8th Apr 2011 10:11 am
  40. Hi guys tell how many panel i need to able to produce 1kw and 1.1kw of a porpoise swiming pool pump? and how may batteries do i need to store that energy?

  41. oloyede micheal on Sat, 28th May 2011 11:47 am
  42. you are trying to say that monochristalline solar panel is the best compare to polychristalline solar panel. Please tell me the main physical fixtures to identify monochristalline solar panel in the market. Also, what is size percentage efficiency for the two. I am into solar, inverter installation in nigeria with B.Tech in pure and applied physics. Thanks.

  43. tomas on Fri, 3rd Jun 2011 7:34 am
  44. hi every body
    i m looking for calcultion of installing and designing solar system (pv)
    i will be gratefull if any one can help me
    please send to my email(tomaselson@gmail.com)

  45. Beni on Fri, 22nd Jul 2011 11:06 am
  46. Im looking for 4 solar panel (230W). Price

  47. Olatunji on Sun, 29th Jan 2012 11:59 pm
  48. I learnt there are solar panels the does not require much heat and that they work even in the morning or later part of the day after the sun in down but not night yet. hence, they are said to perform better even in the morning when the sun is not up yet but the day is break (i mean bright as in the morning).
    is there such solar panels that can work even when the sun is not yet up.

  49. amit kumar on Mon, 19th Mar 2012 9:54 pm
  50. which is the best solar penals mono or poly

  51. James Brown on Thu, 29th Mar 2012 11:25 pm
  52. I am just looking for the monocrystalline cells at a reasonable price any one know this ? I have been to many sites and only get the pannel price not the cells in which I want. I can build my own pannel no problem just need ehe cells at good price. Jim

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