What Are Solar Panels Made Of?

Generating power from rooftop solar was once a dream and now a reality with the astonishing power of science and engineering from around the world. Solar panels are generally installed on rooftops where optimal sunlight can be absorbed without shading or property modifications affecting generation.

The solar photovoltaic (PV) panels are made up of different components to generate clean, green energy. Silicon creates the photovoltaic effect which is the motion caused when sunlight makes contact, initiating the electricity.

To supply the power for the home, the silicon cells are coupled with wiring and casing for the electrons to escape. There are a couple of various available types of silicon panels that are available which include mono-crystalline and polycrystalline.

Mono-crystalline panels

These panels are more efficient than other panels on the market as individual wafers of silicon are fastened to the panels which makes it much more expensive to manufacture. These panels are your premium panels, provide greater efficiency for your system and are distinctive with their darker colour – commonly black.

Polycrystalline panels

Very similar to mono-crystalline panels however are manufactured by melting silicon crystals together. These are more cost-effective to produce and are the panels seen on most household installations and are distinctive with their blue hue.

Sunbank Solar Panel Breakdown

How solar works

Solar is very simple to understand, once sunlight hits the panels energy that is created is DC electricity which is high voltage energy. Under each solar panel is a micro inverter that will convert this DC energy into usable AC energy for the home. After this conversion, your home is powered with your solar generated energy. If the system is generating more energy than the house requires, this energy will be sent to the national grid and you will be paid a feed-in-tariff for this energy. The feed-in-credit will be applied onto your regular energy bill.

We are very proud to offer both mono-crystalline and polycrystalline solar panels for residential or commercial installations. Installing rooftop solar shouldn’t be a stressful task when dealing with a company with an abundance of experience within the Australian solar industry.