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Opt for black solar panels for a sleek, modern solar panel design

Black solar panels absorb more sunlight than any other colour, making them incredibly efficient

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Why Choose ESE Solar For Your Black Solar Panels?

The rise of renewable energy has transformed the energy landscape in recent years, and solar power is at the forefront of this transformation. However, with multiple options available, like blue and black solar panels, knowing where to start can be challenging.

While blue and black solar panels have unique advantages, black is becoming increasingly popular because of its sleek look and efficiency. But did you know that black solar panels are typically harder to source than blue ones?

Thanks to ESE Solar, that’s no longer a problem for our clients. We know the benefits black solar panels offer, so we offer them as part of our services too!

To help you decide if black solar panels are right for you, fill out our online form today, and you could be in contact with one of our solar experts within 48 hours. Whilst you wait, read on below to find out everything you need to know about black solar panels.

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What Makes Solar Panels Blue Or Black?

As solar panels have become more popular, you may have seen blue solar panels on quite a few rooftops throughout the UK. These classic blue panels were the most commonly installed panel type through the years.

Blue solar panels owe their colour to the polycrystalline silicon that forms them. Polycrystalline silicon is made by melting many tiny crystals together. In contrast, black panels are made of monocrystalline silicon, or single silicon crystals, which gives them their black colour.

What The Difference Between Polycrystalline And Monocrystalline?

Blue polycrystalline and black monocrystalline panels contain solar cells which convert sunlight into electricity. For both types of solar panels, silicon crystals make up the solar cells. However, their production processes and efficiency ratings are different.
Here’s a more detailed look into the main differences between polycrystalline and monocrystalline.

Production Processes

To make polycrystalline panels, silicon crystal fragments are melted, formed into cubes, and cut into thin wafers. Therefore, many pieces of crystals form each of the solar cells.

On the other hand, each solar cell in monocrystalline panels is made from a slice of a single crystal of silicon that is shaped into octagons to maximise the number of solar cells in the panel.

Making monocrystalline panels is a more precise and rigorous process than making polycrystalline panels. Therefore, manufacturers require more time and energy to make them.

Efficiency Ratings

Efficiency ratings are a measure of how much sunlight hitting the panels is actually converted into electricity.

Blue solar panels usually have an efficiency rating between 13% and 18%. On the other hand, black solar panels have higher ratings of between 15% and 20%. Some experimental models even reach up to 50% efficiency.

Polycrystalline is less efficient because there’s less space for the electrons to move around with the melted fragments of silicon.

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What Are The Pros Of Black Solar Panels?

In recent years, more manufacturers and installers are choosing to offer black solar panels as an option. Many people prefer installing black instead of blue solar panels.

So, what’s the reason behind the popularity of black solar panels?

Aesthetic Value

Aesthetic value is a weighty consideration for most home and business owners when they’re contemplating a switch to solar energy. In the past, blue solar panels were sometimes considered unattractive and may have contributed to home and business owners rejecting the idea of solar panels on their property as a result.

Black solar panels are a more attractive option. They look sleek and modern. They also blend in more seamlessly against dark roofs and enhance a building’s visual appeal.

Their uniform, black colour also lends a sense of continuity and symmetry to solar arrays, making them look cleaner, even when natural dirt and dust build up over time.

Efficiency

Because black absorbs more light than any other colour, black solar panels can absorb more sunlight than blue ones. Blue solar panels tend to reflect some of the sunlight that hits them.

Apart from that, their higher efficiency ratings due to their monocrystalline structure allow them to convert more sunlight into energy than blue panels.

Black panels can produce more energy even on cloudy days. With black panels, your home or business can depend more on solar energy, potentially reducing your electricity costs in the long run.

Space Savers

Black solar panels can produce more power per square foot than blue panels. Hence, you’ll need to install fewer panels to provide sufficient energy than if you were installing blue panels. This perk can be especially beneficial for people with limited roof space to mount solar panels.

Pros Of Black Solar Panels: Summary

  • More aesthetically pleasing
  • Better energy output than blue solar panels
  • Able to produce more energy with less panels in a solar array

What Are The Cons Of Black Solar Panels?

Despite the benefits of black solar panels, you should consider a few drawbacks before deciding on them. Here are a few cons that may affect your decision.

Price

Black solar panels are typically more expensive than blue ones. This price difference is due to the more complex production process behind black panels, resulting in a higher cost per panel.

However, since you’ll need fewer black than blue panels to generate the same amount of power, it can close some of the price difference. The long-term savings from using solar energy can often outweigh the initial cost of the panels, and black solar panels’ efficiency may help you recoup some of the initial costs.

Accessibility

Blue solar panels have been around for longer and are therefore more widely produced. As a newer product, black solar panels may be less accessible. Additionally, fewer installers in the UK may offer black panels as an option.

However, if you want higher-efficiency solar panels, we at ESE Solar offer a premium all-black solar panel option in the UK.

Cons Of Black Solar Panels: Summary

  • Costs more initially (but can help you recoup costs faster)
  • Limited availability with some solar panel installers (but not ESE Solar)

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Blue Or Black: What's Better For You?

There are a few things to consider if you’re unsure whether to get blue or black solar panels. You should choose which best fits your needs and preferences.

These questions can help you decide.

Do You Prioritise Efficiency Over Initial Cost?

Black panels tend to cost more but have higher efficiency. In the long run, higher efficiency could result in higher savings. If you prioritise efficiency, black panels can be a better choice for you.

However, initial installation costs for solar panels can be heavy. If you’re on a limited budget and want to save as much on the expenses upfront, you may consider opting for blue panels.

Do You Care About Aesthetics?

Black solar panels are a better choice if you care about aesthetics. Even if the upfront cost is an issue for you, choosing a more aesthetically pleasing solar panel option may help sway your decision. If a solar panel looks better and performs better, it’s usually a popular choice for most home and business owners.

How Much Sunlight Does Your Area Receive?

Blue solar panels can produce sufficient electricity for your needs if you live in an area that’s sunny year-round. On the other hand, if it tends to be cloudy in your area like it does in the UK, black is the way to go.

How Much Roof Space Do You Have? 

As we mentioned, black solar panels are space savers. If you have a small roof space, black panels are your best bet. They’ll generate enough energy even if you only have a few of them mounted on your roof.

ESE Solar's All-Black Solar Panels

If you think black solar panels are the best choice for you, we at ESE Solar are one of the few installers in the UK who offer all-black solar panels.

We only use premium, high-performing solar panels. The uniform alignment of our all-black solar panels absorbs more light and generates more electricity for your home!

Black Solar Panels Summary

Choosing highly-efficient, black solar panels is a wise investment for those who prioritise efficiency and aesthetics. With their sleek design and superior light absorption, black panels are the way to go for maximum energy generation in your beautiful home.
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FAQ's

Some of the most common questions about black solar panels are answered for you here…

Yes, because they can absorb more light, black solar panels perform better than blue panels in low-light areas like the UK.

At ESE Solar, we’ll help you plan how many solar panels to install based on your energy needs and the size of your roof. We’ll also give you customised information about how much installation would cost and electricity costs you can save in the long run.

Just answer a few questions about your current electric bill and we’ll give you a free solar quote! Find our easy-to-fill-out form here.

ESE Solar offers one of the quickest turnaround times for installing black solar panels in the UK. Our installation time can depend on the complexity of your project. However, we typically install customers’ systems in two to three weeks after they make their £1,000 deposit.

Yes, powering an entire home with black solar panels is possible. However, how much your home will depend on solar energy depends on how much electricity you consume.

Get a free solar quote from us and we’ll tell you how much energy a solar system can generate for your home.

At ESE Solar, our solar panels come with a 26-year warranty. If your panels get damaged, we’ll handle it.

Our solar installations also come with a 15-year maintenance plan, so we’ll take care of any issues you have with your system.

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