Now that you know more about properties of different types of solar panels, it's easier to answer the question "Which one should I choose?" For residential use the best option is usually monocrystalline panels. However if you're tight on funds, polycrystalline panels are a fine choice. Don't forget that it is still possible to save quite a sum with Federal Solar Tax Credit until 2022 (read about it in our article
). In cases of commercial use it is smart to give thin-film solar panels some thought.
Of course, in a lot of cases the brand and the manufacturer matters more than the type of a panel. Just as types of panels, companies stand out in different ways. For example, Panasonic PV modules are known for higher power density — with their modules it is possible to generate up to 20% more energy from 1 sq ft than with models of other brands. The products of Canadian Solar excel in low-light situations — some of their models lose no more than 3% even on cloudy days. Canadian Solar CS3U-380MS
is also weather resistant in other ways – it can withstand heavy snow and high winds, surviving loads of up to 5400 Pa for snow and 3600 Pa for wind. Trina Solar offers solar panel systems that have outstanding efficiency. The key to making the right choice is to focus on main factors that are most important in your particular case.