With a few exceptions, solar panels with similar specifications tend to be supplied by the same network of manufacturers. Then again, when it comes to weight, the type of solar panel may have to be taken into consideration.
Additionally, putting solar panels on your home’s roof is an intensive process, and weight is an important consideration. That said, if you invest in solar panels that are excessively heavy, this may compromise the structural integrity of your building or home, and lead to disastrous consequences.
That said, let’s discuss the basics of solar panel weight according to the three main types: photovoltaic, monocrystalline, and polycrystalline panels.
Thin-film Photovoltaic Panels
In the majority of residential installations, the most popular form of a solar panel is the photovoltaic panel or thin-film panel. Generally, this kind of solar panel weighs an average of 40 lbs. for every panel, but manufacturer specifications may vary. That said, the weight may vary from 33 to 50 lbs.
When utilized in residential contexts, monocrystalline panels are less expensive and much lighter than their polycrystalline counterparts, thus they are often the better alternative for commercial structures.
This kind of solar panel, on the other hand, has a general weight of 50 lbs. per panel. Though their energy production is impressive, they are difficult to rival. If your roof is in good shape, this may appear to be a cost-effective alternative for you.
One of the latest panel kinds to join the market, polycrystalline panels are the least expensive form of solar panel to make which contributes to their increasing popularity in domestic use. Generally, these kinds of solar panels weigh an average of 42 lbs. for every panel.
Today’s houses are constructed to be able to sustain a lot more than what was originally intended. However, if you’re planning to make the installation on older or ancestral structures, you will likely need to conduct roofing modifications to guarantee that your home is suitable for solar panel installation.