A Guide to Solar Panel Efficiency in Pennsylvania

01.07.2022
2 min read

Going solar can bring a renewable energy source right to your own roof, but you may wonder how much electricity solar panels could provide for your home. This, of course, depends on several factors, including which solar panels you choose to install, where you install them, how your home is situated and other lesser factors. This can help you determine how efficiency could look for your own home!

Let’s take a look at how solar efficiency is affected by how solar panels are made as well as how they’re installed on your Pennsylvania home. 

Efficiencies in Solar Panel Make

There are two main types of solar panels: polycrystalline and monocrystalline. The difference between these two types of panels occurs during the process of making them. Though both kinds of panels are made of silicon, a highly conductive element for solar energy, polycrystalline solar panels are made up of many different silicon crystals. Monocrystalline panels consist of one continuous silicon crystal, lending them the black sheen as opposed to the blue shimmer of polycrystalline panels. 

Which of these two types is more efficient? Monocrystalline solar panels are acknowledged to be the more energy efficient of the two. Since there is just one silicon crystal in the panel, electrons have more space to move and generate an electric current. This aids in solar efficiency, meaning you’ll have more electricity to use throughout your home. 

Though monocrystalline panels do generally cost more than polycrystalline panels, they make up the difference in their efficiency. This is why POWERHOME SOLAR uses high-quality, American-made monocrystalline solar panels in our solar installations.

Your Home’s Physical Location

The direction your home faces and, more importantly, how your roof faces the sun both impact how well solar panels could work for your home’s electricity needs. If your roof primarily faces south, east or west, your panels will more easily gather sunlight during peak sunlight hours. Installing solar panels facing north will not be worth your time.  

Make Your Investment Count

Since solar panels are an investment that can last up to 30 years or more, choosing the right solar panels for your home can impact how well they produce electricity for decades to come. POWERHOME SOLAR uses premium solar panels installed by its local experts, and the panels are backed by a generous warranty policy to cover the unexpected. Want to learn more about how to set up your home for the most efficiency in solar panel production? Get in touch with us today for a free quote and answers from our team!