Typical Performance and Procurement
Specifications for Solar Cells and Panels for Residential and Commercial Applications
It is important for anyone who is seriously considering installing a solar power system for a residence or commercial building to get familiar with the performance and procurement specifications for the solar panels or modules. Integrated weather-resistance connections for the panels must be employed for minimum maintenance. Integrated high-performance solar modules must be preferred, because they not only offer a sleek and streamlined structure but also deliver unparalleled reliability of the solar power system using a unique installation with frame structure of high mechanical integrity and weather-protected components. High-efficiency and high-reliability solar panels must be selected to achieve decades of performance with no catastrophic failure.
Published articles on cell materials reveal that about 75 percent of the panel designers are using multicrystalline silicon devices, about 15 percent are using monocrystalline cell technology, and about 10 percent are using thin-film cadmium telluride solar cells. Solar cell material selection must provide high efficiency, improved reliability, and lower fabrication cost, in addition to minimum cell weight.