Understanding Types of Solar Panels, Components, and Installation

If you’re thinking about going solar, learning all you can about what goes into your solar energy system can help you get the best install for the money. There are different kinds of solar panels, other components like the solar inverter or solar battery storage, and of course, the install.
These elements contribute to designing a custom solar energy system that fits your energy needs and budget.

Aren’t all solar panels the same?

Yes and no. They all work as photovoltaic panels that collect the sun’s energy and send it to your solar inverter. But there are two different kinds that can affect the price you pay and the amount of energy you generate.

Monocrystalline Solar Panel

Mono solar panels are more efficient than poly panels, with a greater ability to capture energy from the sun. While both types of panels are made from silicon, mono panels are created from individual solar cells made from a single silicon crystal. The color is also an attractive feature to many buyers because mono panels are black and can blend more easily into your roofline.

Polycrystalline Solar Panel

Poly panels, also called “multi-crystalline” panels, the solar cell are made from many small pieces of silicon melted together. With many pieces of crystal making up each cell, the electrons have less freedom to move about. The result is a solar panel that performs decently but less efficiently than its mono counterpart made from a single crystal. These are the bright blue panels that first took off in the market and gave solar a bad name for being unattractive. But this is not the most important aspect for some projects where the price is king. Poly panels may seem like a more affordable option initially, but that depends on your long-term goals, financing options, and desired look.

Other Components of Your Solar Energy System

The Solar Inverter
: This is where the energy from your solar panels is converted into energy your home can use.

Solar Batteries
: Many rooftop solar energy systems include backup with solar battery storage. When your system generates more energy than your home can use, it is stored in batteries.


Mounting Gear
: How your system is attached depends on your style of roof and other factors on your property.

Installation of Your Solar Energy System

For most rooftop solar installations, the timeline is from one to three days. How your system is installed is almost more important than the components you choose to use. This is where an expert installer can help you ensure your system can maximize solar energy output based on optimizing placement and angles towards the sun.

Let the experts at Sun4 take you through the process and provide custom guidance. If there’s one thing we love to talk about, it’s how solar works and how it can save you money on your energy bill

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