Solar Panel sales in Nigeria have become increasingly popular because of the increased awareness of the need to switch to renewable energy sources. PSC Solar (UK) is proud to have actively supported this campaign since the last decade. Buying the best quality Solar Panels in Nigeria can be tricky since it sometimes can be hard to guarantee the real product quality.
It is our purpose in this article to help you choose the right Solar Panel that suits you best. Just for our readers who may not really know what a solar panel is, Solar panels are used to convert the light energy that falls on the panels to Direct Current electricity.
As we will see, the efficiency of the solar panel rests on the purity of the semiconductor material (Silicon) used in manufacturing it.
Now let’s look at the various types of Solar Panels you can get in the market.
Types of Solar Panel:
There are 3 main types of Solar inverters you can get in the Nigerian market and all over the world. They are:
Monocrystalline Solar Panel:
Monocrystalline Solar panels are literally made of single Silicon crystals. The manufacturing process of this type of crystal and Solar panel is a bit more complicated than the other types which accounts for its high cost in the market. In this type of Solar Panel, the pure Silicon crystal is grown into a cylinder rod which is subsequently cut into discs of 0.2 or 0.4mm sizes. These discs are then wired together to create a single solar panel.
Merits of a Monocrystalline Solar Panel:
- Has the highest efficiency rate of 15-20%.
- Last longer. PSC Solar (UK) Solar panels lasts up to 25 years!
- They are space efficient. This is due to the high efficiency of their conversion rate of light energy into electricity.
Polycrystalline Solar Panel:
Like the name implies, polycrystalline Solar panels are made from raw silicon which is melted and poured into a square mold. Of course this melted raw silicon is contains other crystals other than Silicon.
Polycrystalline solar panels tend to have a distinguishing shattered glass appearance due to its manufacturing process.
Note: Due to their low efficiency, Polycrystalline Solar Panels are not space efficient. You will need a panel with a larger surface area to produce same electricity as with a smaller monocrystalline solar panel.
Merits of a Polycrytalline Solar Panel:
- Costs less due to its cheaper manufacturing process.
- Has better heat tolerance than monocrystalline panels.
Amorphous Solar Panels:
Amorphous Solar Panels are quite easy to produce. In its production technology, Silicon crystals are not needed. They are constructed by pouring a thin layer of silicon over a base material. The base material can be glass or a metal.
Note: This type of Solar panel is the least efficient. Although the efficiency rate is expected to increase in the future, it is not generally recommended to homes and offices as it takes lot more space to produce enough same electricity that a smaller monocrystalline and polycrystalline panel will.
Merits of Amorphous Solar Panels:
- Easier to mass-produce.
- Highly cost effective.
- Appealing homogenous design.
So these are the three major types of solar panels in the market. Usually, you make the decision on which one to buy based on factors peculiar to you combined together including the environmental, financial and efficiency factors.
We advise you to contact a certified solar power dealer near you for further advice. You can as well contact PSC Solar for free professional evaluation.
Where to buy Solar panels in Nigeria
A simple Google search will list loads of dealers in Nigeria. We invite you to visit PSC Solar (UK) Showroom at 79 Adeniyi Jones Avenue, Ikeja, Lagos State, Nigeria.
To buy Solar panels online, simply place your order here.