Solar 101: Choosing the Best Multifamily Solar System

Solar 101: Choosing the Best Multifamily Solar System

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Solar can be a compelling addition to a standard smart home package, but there are multiple solar options on the market that fit certain regions better than others.

Choosing the right solar system can significantly affect how much power the panels are able to generate and the overall look of each project.  In this first edition of Solar 101, TecHome Builder dives headfirst into the solar industry to compare different types of solar panels and applications in multifamily housing.

Multifamily builders and developers need to be aware of the differences, advantages and benefits of different solar systems in order to market a green and modern community. 

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Major Differences Between Solar Systems

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[tps_title] Intro to Solar [/tps_title]

 Builders can choose between two different types of solar panels.
Builders can choose between two different types of solar panels.

Intro to Solar

Currently, there are two main types of solar panels on the market, but these two types have numerous applications in multifamily buildings through a range of products.

According to EnergyInformative.org, there are two main types of residential solar panels currently on the market—Monocrystalline and Polycrystalline.

Both panels are manufactured with silicon, but due to differences in production, one type of panel may be a better fit for a certain region or building type.

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About The Author

Michael Black is a staff writer and content coordinator at TecHome Builder. He has a particular interest in new solar developments and smart energy systems and is always looking for the next smart home trend to cover. As the youngest member of the TecHome team, Michael brings a passion that keeps the team energized. He also is instrumental in leading our social media efforts.

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