The Distinguishing Characteristics of Polycrystalline Solar Panels

Posted by Kenneth Scott on

In the solar panel industry, monocrystalline solar panels and polycrystalline solar panels are constantly being compared with each other.

While monocrystalline solar panels have earned its credible reputation as a more efficient and more durable type of solar panel but as time goes by and as polycrystalline solar panel technologies improve, what becomes apparent are the quality and reliability of the manufacturer as opposed to which of the two technologies is better than the other.

Mono- Monocrystalline Solar Panel


One identifying feature of polycrystalline solar panels is its signature light or dark blue color that does not come together uniformly as some patches appear lighter than the others. These differences in appearance come as a result of the manufacturing process that the solar cells underwent.

AS-6P Polycrystalline Solar Panels in Packs of 10



In terms of efficiency, one square meter of polycrystalline solar cells generate about 180 watts. Aesthetics wise, polycrystalline cell colours have darkened significantly over the past years. They are now looking darker blue than what they used to be.Polycrystalline solar panels have better temperature tolerance although they generally have a lower temperature coefficient. This goes to say that the 1kW polycrystalline array will generate more power over the year than 1kW monocrystalline solar array.


A polycrystalline solar cell also usually costs lower than a monocrystalline solar cell. However, when these are both assembled into a solar panel, they have roughly the same costs in terms of $/Watt. Generally concluding that all monocrystalline solar panels are way better than polycrystalline solar panels is not accurate in the sense that some users attested that polycrystalline solar modules are more efficient than monocrystalline solar modules based from their personal experiences.

In summary, a monocrystalline solar system are slightly smaller than a polycrystalline solar system. However, polycrystalline solar panels will generate more electricity and will still generate power when a cell is shaded for some reason.


Now, with all these said and this comparison laid out, it is solely up to you to decide which type of solar panel to use. If in case it’s hard for you to determine the best option for your needs, just give us a call so we can assist you.

At My Renewable Energy Australia we are flexible enough to recommend which solar panel type we think is best for your project while taking into consideration your personal choice. My Renewable Energy Australia staff will be more than glad to give you an independent advice about there views on each type of solar panels so they can help you identify real facts from sales pitches. So, contact us today and get a deeper understanding of our range of polycrystalline solar panels.

Kenneth Scott

Founder | CEO

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