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Solar Panel Installation

A Sunny day means nice, warm weather year-round, but that also means higher energy costs to combat the heat. At Semper Solaris, we take pride in providing the best solar panel options for our customers and their specific needs.

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What Are Solar Panels And How Do They Work?

Solar panels are photoreactive panels that convert sunlight into electricity. Over the past decade, solar panels have become efficient, commonplace, and very reliable, contributing to an overall boom in renewable energy usage. But how do they work?

Your solar panels absorb sunlight. Then, that sunlight is turned into direct current (DC) electricity. The DC is sent down into your solar inverter to be converted into alternating current (AC) energy. Finally, that AC current is used to power your home. That’s generating solar energy in a nutshell – simple, clean, and efficient.

How do solar panels work?

What are solar panels made of?

Solar panels are made of two types of materials

The most common solar panels, known as Photovoltaic solar panels (PV), consist of an array of solar cells. These solar cells are made of silicone material – similar to the materials used in semiconductors for computer chips. Solar panels have two layers – a negatively charged layer and a positively charged one.

Types of Solar Panels

Traditional Solar Panels
Traditional solar panels consist of monocrystalline or polycrystalline silicon solar cells.

  • Monocrystalline panels (Mono-SI) are made up of the purest type of silicon solar cell. They are darker in color and look more uniform than other traditional solar panels and are more efficient.
  • Polycrystalline solar panels are made by melting down raw silicon. This process is a much faster and cheaper process than the method used for manufacturing monocrystalline solar panels. They are a more economical option.
Thin-Film Solar Panels
Consist of thin layers of photovoltaic materials laid out on glass, plastic, or metal backings. Thin-film solar cells are much lighter and more flexible.

  • Thin-film solar cells (TFSC) can be a more affordable option than monocrystalline solar cells because the thin film is straightforward to produce. Less material is needed to make a thin-film solar panel than a traditional panel, and thin films can also be produced in higher quantities.
Types of Solar Panels

New Solar Panel Technologies

Solar panel technology is always reaching new milestones. Some of the most recent breakthroughs are biohybrid solar cells and new solar panel manufacturers.

Solar Panel Manufacturers

RELIABLE PERFORMANCE FOR DECADES

Silfab solar panels are designed and engineered specifically for the North American environment. They incorporate advanced robotics, automation and the latest innovations in solar technology into their manufacturing process to deliver efficient, reliable, high-quality panels with one of the lowest defect rates in the industry.

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Silfab solar panels

Beauty. Performance. Power.

Solaria mass produces hyper-effective and long-lasting solar modules in North America. They have a 25-year warranty but are designed to exceed the length of the warranty. With Solaria, you can trust that you will be delivered a reliable power generation every day.

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Solaria Solar Panels

Solar Panel Frequently Asked Questions

We have the answers to all of your questions about solar panels. Here are a few frequently asked questions that we receive. There are even more questions on our FAQ page.

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Financing Options For Solar Panels

Solar panel installation is becoming cheaper to get for your home. Affordable solar financing options are available for those who wish to get the benefits of solar panels without breaking the bank.

Solar Panel Financing

Financing solar panels

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