When choosing solar panels, one of the basic decisions to make is about technology. Do you prefer Poly-crystalline or Mono-crystalline modules? Our customers often ask about the difference between polycrystalline and monocrystalline modules, and so - we have put together this Monocrystalline vs. Polycrystalline infographics, to explain the main differences and provide some guidance.
The main differences between polycrystalline and monocrystalline modules are their efficiency and price. Monocrystalline modules are more efficient, but also more expensive.
Another difference is their color: Monocrystalline modules are black, and polycrystalline modules are blue. This leads to an aesthetic difference (monocrystalline modules looks good in an all-black system), and also to a performance difference in warm areas. Since black absorbs heat more easily, and since solar cell efficiency is reduced at high temperatures, polycrystalline modules will be less affected by high temperatures.
As a bottom line, since the system cost is a key driver for fast return on investment, a lot of people prefer polycrystalline modules. Monocrystalline modules are often chosen for solar projects in which space is very limited, due to their higher efficiency.