Though most sun panels are pretty similar to each other in form and function, commercial solar panels differ from their residential solar brethren in a couple of noteworthy ways.
When picking a cell to install, most people put the cell’s function and cost at the top of the priority list. Normally, these variables are identical in all sun cells, commercial or not. People who own and operate the panels are charged per kilowatt produced, so only the level of power it puts out factors into the price.
Commercial and residential solar panels mostly differ in aesthetics and purpose. Panels designed for the home are made for minimal footprint and bulk so that the cell doesn’t stick out too much from the rest of the house. This reduces the chance of theft or vandalism, which can cost thousands. Commercial installations are usually done out of easy reach of most people, so this isn’t as much of a concern.
Panels installed for a business are typically done so in large numbers, and efficiency of time is a priority. As these cells are nearly always used for flat surfacing, they can be installed speedily. Many weeks can be cut off the estimated time frame because of this. Commercial panels tend to be bigger than residential solar panels – this includes both the panel surface and the housing frame. They are around a foot wider and are a tad taller than panels used for an installation of a home solar system.
Most cells used in neighborhoods are installed on roofing, and thus they can’t be too heavy or voluminous. While either type of cell can be used on roofing, commercial versions need additional stabilizers if they will be used on a non-flat surface. This can force a project to take a little longer than if residential solar cells were being placed instead. In addition, slapping down extra anchors will likely cost a little extra, and will be more likely to cause superficial or cosmetic damage to the home.
These panels differ in one more notable way. Because they house cells with a smaller surface area, home cells are slightly less efficient than commercial devices. This difference is not that significant, but it may be the difference between getting enough power into the house, or just falling short.
In many cases, commercial projects utilize building integrated photovotaics. Building integrated photovotaics are designed to merge with the structure’s aesthetic appearance as much as possible. Integrated photovotaics are less efficient than other cells to produce renewable energy, and need a greater amount of space to work with because of this. They are not a realistic solution for most homes, unless there is an unusually great amount of surface area available on the roof. Residential solar panels are more likely to utilize mono or polycrystalline cells.
Manufacturers are pouring a lot of effort into inventing panels that are readily assimilated into houses while still retaining their maximum efficiency. Newer designs only need a few hundred square feet to power an entire home, and can disguised as a skylight or sunroof to blend in with the home.