Although solar electrical power is available almost free of cost, the high installation cost of photovoltaic solar panels still worry many people. The reason behind this high cost stems from the fact that cost of production of the basic photovoltaic cell itself is fairly high on account of the raw material, i.e. silicon that is used in making the PV panel or the solar panel. But the good news is, this stumbling block is now removed, thanks to the advent of thin solar panels that are more cost effective, easier to handle and can be attached to any surface – flat, sloping, corrugated, tilted or vertical. It can also form a part of the roof, wall or a window!
Thin film modules that include amorphous Silicon <a-SI>; copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS) and cadmium telluride (Cd-Te) are manufactured by coating full sheets of substrate with micron-thin layers of semiconductor materials that are cheaper than silicon. The process involves optimum material utilization and lower labor participation turning it into the lowest cost photovoltaic production technology available till date.
from lower manufacturing cost, thin film modules or thin solar
panels can produce
more power on cloudy days as also in low light
conditions, especially during the morning and evening
hours or when it rains or snows. Moreover, they have
better temperature coefficients resulting in a greater
percentage of rated power production at higher ambient
temperatures. At the same time, they can be grid-tied or
remain stand alone modules. Thin film solar panels are
now much in demand as BIPV (building integrated
photovoltaic’s) all over Europe and the
world-wide worry about global warming and greenhouse
effect has made many authorities to come forward with
alternative energy incentives to encourage people to go
solar. Many houses in
Home solar panels or commercial solar panels can save you money on your power bills. And it is eco-friendly too. Do you want to know how to install solar panels? Yes you can set it up yourself and do the wiring too – all you need is some guidance. You need to know where to get the cheap batteries and parts from, and also have knowledge of the safety precautions.