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Solar Panels California

There are 4 types of solar panels on the market in California for residential installation. Various solar installers will use different kinds of solar panels for their projects. Each type of solar panel has different benefits. Because there are so many solar installers in California, it should be easy to find several who offer the type of panel you are interested in.

Monocrystalline Silicon Panels -

- Most expensive type of solar panel on the market

- Highest return electricity rate of anywhere from 14% to 18%, so your investment will pay off sooner

- Most efficient panel on the market

Polycrystalline Silicon Panels -

- Less expensive than monocrystalline solar panels, including lower cost upfront and lower maintenance costs

- Electricity return rate of about 12%-14%

- Less efficient than monocrystalline silicon solar panels

String Ribbon Silicon Panels –

- Electricity return rate of about 12%-14% (equal efficiency to polycrystalline, less efficient than monocrystalline panels

- Less expensive than mono- and poly-crystalline panels

Amorphous Silicon Panels –

- Cheapest panel on the residential market

- Poorest electricity return rate, between 5%-6%

- Least efficient panel

- Upfront cost is less, but it produces such little electricity, so it is usually not cost effective

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