Monocrystalline solar panels
Monocrystalline solar panels are one of two common types of panels predominantly used for rooftop solar installations in Australia. The other popular module widely available in Australia is polycrystalline panels. Monocrystalline panels are made from cylindrical silicon; they have a higher silicon content than polycrystalline panels and operate at higher efficiency.
Characteristics of monocrystalline panels
The dark blue or black appearance characterises monocrystalline panels, but there are other traits that differentiate them from other types of panels:
- Dark blue or black appearance
- Feature more pure silicon than other panels
- The panels are highly efficient
- Monocrystalline panels, therefore, take up less roof space
- Longevity is a trait of mono panels
- Monocrystalline panels are typically more expensive
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List of available mono solar panels
Many of the top solar panel manufacturers produce a monocrystalline panel. We profile some of the popular mono panels available in Australia.
SunPower E20 327 Watt panel
SunPower has a reputation for producing the best solar panels in the world. Their current Maxeon 2 360 Watt monocrystalline panel is available in Australia.
LG NeON panels
LG makes a number of monocrystalline panels that are available in Australia.
- LG NeON R 350w / 360w / 365w panels
- LG NeON 2 330w panels
The LG panels are some of the most efficient solar panels available in Australia. Characteristics of LG mono panels include their black appearance and 60 cell formation.
Q Cells monocrystalline panels
Korean manufacturer Hanwha Q Cells produces two types of monocrystalline panels that are typically available in Australia:
- Q Cells Q.Peak G4 310w panel
- Q Cells Q.Peak Duo G5 325w panel
Q Cells are a good alternative if you are seeking a competitively priced monocrystalline panel.
Jinko Eagle PERC panels
Leading Chinese manufacturer Jinko produces some more affordable monocrystalline panels:
- Jinko Eagle PERC 305w panel
- Jinko eagle PERC 340w panel
Jinko’s Passivated Emitter Rear Contact (PERC) technology increases the efficiency of these panels.
REC Mono panels
Norwegian manufacturer REC produces two monocrystalline panels:
- REC N-Peak 310w panel
- REC TwinPeak 300w panel
The new REC panels perform better in shaded conditions due to their twin-cell layout design. REC also provides some of the longest solar panel warranties in Australia.
Monocrystalline solar panel prices
It is often hard to compare panel prices as most modules come with a system that includes the inverter and the cost of installation. To get around this, we surveyed module prices to compare the price difference between monocrystalline and polycrystalline panels. Monocrystalline panels operate at a higher efficiency, which means you need less of them, so we broke down the pricing to find the cost per watt of each panel.
- Mono panels are 12 – 20% more expensive
We found that on average, monocrystalline panels were between 12 – 20% more expensive compared to their polycrystalline counterparts from the same manufacturer.