As the popularity of solar panels systems increases so does the demand for better aesthetics and great choice of appearance. We take an in-depth look at the growing trend of specifying all black solar panels or total black PV modules
Out with the blue and in with the new!
Traditionally solar panels have had a blue appearance and a silver aluminium frame. This is mostly due to the manufacturing process. An anti-reflective coating is applied to the panel to help the PV module absorb as much light as possible. This coating has a blue hue. Customers are increasingly demanding a cleaner look for their solar system, and why not, with many solar panel systems covering the majority of the domestic roof they need to look great and well as being great at absorbing sunlight.
As manufacturing techniques have evolved and production cost fallen a wider variety of appearances have become available, enter the all black solar panel.
Not all black solar panels are the same!
There are two types of black solar panel in our store. All Black and Total Black Whilst the differences are subtle, and mainly due to manufacturer descriptions, it pays to know which you are looking to add to the solar project. The appearance of the panel is down to three main components: The solar cell, the frame and the backing sheet. Rather than a silver frame these panels adopt a sleek, black frame. The back sheet is changed for a black sheet rather than white. To compensate for a slight reduction in efficiency manufacturers look to use higher-efficiency cells.
Black Solar Panels, what are the advantages?
1. Clean appearance and modern aesthetics. A big advantage of installing black solar panels is the modern, cool look they provide. Whether your project is an on-roof solar panel mounting or a sleek in-roof solar panel system an all black appearance adds style and energy saving technology to your home or business.
2. Black Solar Panels use Monocrystalline silicon wafers. These types of panels are more efficient than traditional Polycrystalline modules. They convert more of the sun's light into energy. The black appearance is better at absorbing light than the blue colour often found in solar panels.
Are there any disadvantages of black solar panels?
The only disadvantage of a monocrystalline black solar panel over a polycrystalline blue panel is the cost. But that is coming down and they are becoming cheaper to manufacture meaning more efficient, better looking panels are more competitive than before.
We rate our top 5 black solar panels
1. Perlight Delta 445W Total Black Solar Panel
The Perlight Delta 445W Total Black Mono Solar Panel is an industry-leading premium powerhouse, featuring ultra-black, low hot-spot-risk technology and a stylish aesthetic that makes it stand out. It is designed for maximum efficiency, with only -0.55% annual degradation, to ensure optimal performance and long-term reliability backed up by a 30-year warranty.
2. Q Cells 345W Mono Q Peak Duo G9 Plus All Black Solar Panel
The Q.PEAK DUO G9+ ALL BLACK comes with an incredible 25-year warranty and a 25-year performance warranty. Combine this with the Q.ANTUM DUO technology for cutting-edge cell separation.
Q.ANTUM DUO Z technology with zero gap cell layout boosts module efficiency up to 20.3%. The panel has Innovative All Weather Technology to deliver optimal yields, whatever the weather and excellent low-light and temperature behaviour.
Long-term yield security with Anti LID Technology, Anti PID Technology, Hot-Spot Protect and Traceable Quality Tra.Q all help this panel provide enduring high performance.
3. Perlight Delta 410W Total Black Solar Panel
The Perlight 410w All Black Solar Panel is a powerful and efficient solar panel from a renowned global manufacturer. With a 20.97% efficiency rating and 2 year performance warranty this panel is sure to deliver reliable performance for a long time. The Perlight 410W All Black Panel is our most cost-effective black solar panel.
4. Longi 400W All Black Solar Panel
This JA Solar 370w solar panel is easy to handle, sensibly sized and widely used. It is assembled with multi-busbar PERC cells. The half-cell configuration of the modules offers the advantages of higher power output, better temperature-dependent performance, reduced shading effect on the energy generation, lower risk of hot spot, as well as enhanced tolerance for mechanical loading. Finished in sleek all black this panel is an ideal solution for contemporary solar panel installation projects where aesthetic appearance is important.
5. Perlight 425W Black Solar Panel
The Perlight Delta 425W Total Black Mono Solar Panel offers industry-leading levels of service and efficiency with a 30 year product warranty and low operating temperature for optimal performance. More environmentally friendly with flourine-free and low Pb levels, this panel is also designed for enhanced aesthetics. It is ideal sized and works hand-in-hand with the GSE In-Roof Mounting Kits.
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