Did you know that 60% of the world’s energy supply comes from solar energy? The popularity of residential, commercial, and industrial solar panels continues to grow each and every year.
But do you know the key differences between solar cells used in homes, businesses, and industrial settings? All three solar panel types serve similar purposes but function uniquely.
The following guide will explain everything you need to know about the output and operation of each solar power method.
Residential Solar Panels
Most residential solar systems use rooftop panels to create electricity from the sun. They transform light energy into usable electricity for houses and power different appliances.
Solar energy saves homeowners money each month while offering sustainable electricity. In fact, some homes even sell surplus energy back to the grid each month via net metering.
Most residential systems cost about $20,000 after using the federal solar tax credit and other rebates. Homeowners can finance their solar setup with leases, loans, and power purchase agreements. View the cost of Blue Raven panels for more pricing information.
On average, a residential solar system lasts homeowners around 25 to 30 years. They also add value to homes making them a great investment.
Commercial Solar Panels
Commercial solar power works about 2% more efficiently than residential solar. It also creates more power because commercial panels are larger than home panels. Commercial systems use 96 solar cells compared to residential’s 72 cells.
Some homeowners prefer to spend more money on commercial-grade solar panels for added power. Although, commercial buildings typically have easier installations because of their flat roofs.
Commercial solar panels are usually white and panels on homes tend to be black. But the color of the panels and their backing depend on the customer’s preference.
A 100kW commercial solar system cost about $250,000 and a 250kw system cost about $500,000. Smaller 25kw commercial systems cost around $50,000 to install.
Industrial Solar Panels
Industrial solar energy makes heat for jobs like water desalination and processing food. It can also provide energy to help make chemicals and process minerals.
The process works by concentrating solar-thermal or by using heat pumps and PV panels. Mirrors send light to a receiver to make more heat than standard heaters.
The temperature range of industrial solar is very flexible. It works very well for low-temperature food production and high-temperature chemical processes. It makes enough energy for off-grid industrial buildings.
Industrial panels tend to last about 25 to 30 years like residential panels. That means that some early industrial panels are close to their retirement in 2022. Most industrial systems produce between 250 and 400 watts at their peak.
Understanding Different Solar Panel Types
Now you know the main difference between residential, commercial, and industrial solar panels. It all comes down to power, efficiency, and price per panel. Although, most solar systems create energy the same exact way.
Remember, you can install commercial panels for your home for more power, but expect to pay much more. Check out our blog for more home fascinating improvement tips.