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Solar Modules

Solar Modules

Solar modules are an important part of any solar system. They began their use by powering small devices like calculators, but today they can generate enough energy to support entire households and farms.

The cells within solar modules convert sunlight into electricity using the photovoltaic effect. If you’re interested in using solar power for your home and/or commercial property, there are a few things to consider before making your purchase.

The Advantages of Solar Modules

Are you thinking about switching to solar power? With solar modules, you can enjoy the following benefits:

  • Live off the grid. If you want to live in a home or cabin that isn’t connected to an electric grid, solar modules are essential. You can generate the power you need for your residence.


  • You won’t need to pay for electricity each month. Many home and business owners dread their monthly energy bills. What if you could start paying $0 for your electricity usage? For that, you’ll need solar modules.


  • Produce sustainable power. Climate change is one of the biggest issues facing our planet today. With PV panels, you can avoid contributing to greenhouse gas emissions and pollution. Minimize your carbon footprint and start producing renewable, sustainable power with solar modules.


  • Sell back excess power to an electric company. On a sunny day, your solar modules may produce more power than you can use. Instead of paying for electricity, you can start profiting from it by selling that surplus power to a local utility company.


  • You can mount them to a roof, a pole, on the ground, or even on top of an RV. Take your solar modules with you by mounting them to an RV and enjoy solar power on your next camping trip.

How Many Solar Modules Do I Need?

The answer to this question is entirely dependent upon how much energy you can generate from your modules, and how much you consume in your residential or commercial property.

Choosing the right wattage and cell count for your solar modules can be tricky. Before you make a decision, consider the following factors:

  • Do you anticipate that your energy needs will change in the future? Perhaps you’re expecting a baby, or maybe your adult children are moving out soon. If you’re a business, you may require more electricity if you plan to expand your operations. Solar modules are a long-term investment, so be sure to think ahead.
  • What do you currently pay each month for electricity usage? Review your energy bills from the past year or two. Pay attention to monthly variations—your usage probably increases/decreases in different seasons. This will give you a clearer idea of how many solar modules you’ll need.
  • Do you plan on using a system that’s independent of the grid or grid-tied? With a standalone system, it’s crucial that you purchase enough solar modules to power your property—you won’t be able to draw from the grid if you run out of electricity at night. But if your system connects to the grid, you’ll have a backup power source on cloudy days (although you’ll need to pay for it).

You don’t want to short-change yourself when it comes to electricity. Think carefully about how many watts you’ll need before purchasing solar modules.

Do I need 60 Cell or 72 Cell Solar Modules?

Solar modules are made up of an interconnected assembly of solar cells. One set of cells produces a limited amount of electricity, so you’ll need multiple modules to power a home or farm. 

72 cell and 60 cell solar modules are some of the most common sizes on the market. They work with roof, pole, and ground-mounted setups.

The difference between these modules is how many photovoltaic cells are in them, which are responsible for capturing sunlight and turning it into electricity. The more cells that a solar module has, the more energy it can produce.

Your energy needs will depend on whether you’re using a solar system in your home or business. For this reason, most residential homes have 60 cell solar modules, while commercial buildings use 72 cell setups.

If you need solar power in your home or RV, a 60 cell solar module will often do the job just fine. But if you plan to install solar modules on the roof of your home, the weight and size of a 72 cell solar module could be too much. 

Large-scale solar arrays usually require 72 cell solar modules for sufficient power generation. Commercial buildings often have enough structural support or available ground area to place more solar modules.

Should I Purchase Monocrystalline or Polycrystalline Solar Modules?

As you look for solar modules, you may notice that there are two main types: monocrystalline and polycrystalline. Here are the key differences between them: 

Monocrystalline:

These solar modules are made of single-crystal silicon, which promotes better electrical flow and enhances efficiency. Their flat black colour is alluring to many buyers. They can withstand warmer temperatures and are better at handling cloudy weather conditions. Monocrystalline solar modules are highly efficient, so if you’re limited on space, they’re a great option.

Polycrystalline:

More affordable than their counterpart, polycrystalline solar modules are blue in colour. Instead of single-crystal silicon, these modules are made of silicon fragments that are melted together. The multi-crystalline material gives electrons limited space to flow and slightly reduces the efficiency of the module. This means they don’t generate as much electricity per square foot as monocrystalline solar modules, especially in warmer temperatures.

If you’re looking for the most efficient solar modules on the market, opt for monocrystalline ones. But if you’re on a budget and you don’t mind a slight reduction in electricity generation, consider polycrystalline solar modules.

Canada is a great place to set up a solar system. Not only is there an abundance of sunshine, but solar modules are also more efficient in cold weather.

Solar modules can last for decades. However, it takes a bit of research to determine which modules are right for your property. Installing solar modules requires an upfront investment, but you’ll start saving on electricity costs right away. See some of our most popular models the l.g4 and Hes Solar.

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