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 a type of 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 m2 than with models of other brands. The product of Canadian Solar excels in low-light situations — some of their models lose no more than 3% even on cloudy days. 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.