Choosing Between Blue, Black, or Smart Solar Panels: What You Need to Know

Choosing Between Blue, Black, or Smart Solar Panels: What You Need to Know

Sep 26, 2022 10:37:22 AM
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Choosing the Right Solar Panel Colour: Blue, Black, or Smart Panels

For homeowners who have made the decision to convert to solar power, the benefits are numerous. Clean energy, reduced consumption, and lower bills all add up to an attractive proposition, but getting the right kit is essential. Homes can be seen that feature solar panels that are blue, while others are black, which can leave some potential converts wondering if there is a difference between the two.

Knowing the difference between each panel means understanding how each is manufactured and the materials used. Modern panels rely heavily on silicone due to its ability to effectively absorb the sun's rays and transform them into power. 

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The color and appearance of solar panels are due to the manufacturing process which can involve applying an anti-reflective coating, and how the panel reacts when exposed to light. The type of material used in a panel also affects its color, giving it either a shiny blue or sleek black color. 

Generally speaking, blue panels will be less expensive than black but there will be some trade-offs between heat and efficiency. Black panels tend to perform better in low light conditions and warmer temperatures. Recent advancements in design and manufacturing have also led to the development of Perc Monocrystalline smart panels.

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What are smart panels?

The latest energy research and innovation have used technology and connectivity to develop a new breed of smart all-black solar panels, bringing some distinct advantages. Each panel has been designed to have a sleeker and more aesthetic look while being highly efficient and robust. 

Constructed of Perc monocrystalline and implementing aerospace-grade components, these high-spec panels will withstand extreme weather conditions such as high winds, and will perfectly blend into any roof. 

A top performer for reliability, PERC panels are rigorously tested for strength and lasting durability. Longevity is a primary consideration for homeowners, but with a 25-year full replacement warranty, PERC panels offer complete peace of mind. 

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Which panels are better for homes?

One of the questions regularly asked by homeowners is which panels are better for a home solar system. Due to their light-absorbing properties and efficient light-absorbing capabilities, many owners prefer black panels. In a typical installation, fewer black panels will be needed than when using their blue counterparts, and even though black panels are more expensive to buy, they cost less over the long term and take up less roof space. 

However, if cost is a primary factor and an installation is needed on a limited budget, blue panels will require less outlay. While not as efficient as black panels, they are adequate for operating a home solar system or smaller commercial applications. 

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When selecting solar panels, it is useful to have some information at hand, such as:

  • Which direction does the sun travel over the home and what are the peak hours?
  • How much energy is consumed by the home?
  • Are efficiency and clean energy a concern?
  • Is the primary goal low upfront investment or long-term savings?

No matter which panels are chosen, deterioration will still occur due to weather, use, and environmental factors, meaning that panels will generate less power over time. However, the majority of solar panels are guaranteed to last for 25 years, and some will far exceed that number. 

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