What are the best solar panels?

Published: 18 January 2021

Not all solar panels are created equal, so how do you choose? We’ll talk you through some of the things to look out for.


While the technology powering solar may seem straight-forward, when you start to dig a little deeper, you may find yourself delving into a variety of options, brands, and complex technical terms. The reality is, not all solar panels are created equal. Doing some research can help you maximise your investment and become a little more solar savvy. If you’re short on time, this may help!

What Are Solar Panels Made From?

The main operational parts of a solar panel include silicon solar cells, metal frame (most commonly aluminum), glass sheets, wiring and a chemical compound known as Plexiglas.

Solar panels come in Polycrystalline and Monocrystalline varieties. Sounds complex, but the key difference lies within the solar ‘cells’. Monocrystalline panels are made from cells with a single crystal of silicon and Polycrystalline panels consist of silicon fragments melted together. While Monocrystalline solar panels are deemed to be the most effective type of panel, these panels are typically a little pricier than their Polycrystalline counterpart.

The Life Span Of Solar Panels

Solar panels have a standard industry lifespan of approximately 25 – 30 years. However, like anything, the better you look after it, the longer it will last.

There are a few key tactics to keep in mind including the position of the panels on your roof, avoiding shade, and regular cleaning / maintenance. You can read more on how to maintain your solar panels for the long-term here.

Take Your Pick At Instyle Solar

At Instyle Solar, we offer multiple high-quality solar panel options to suit your home and lifestyle, here are two of our most popular:

  • Canadian Solar is a premium Tier 1 provider with high efficiency cells that maximise your solar energy output and provide value for money. The team at Canadian Solar have a proven track record in Australia, with plans to operate well into the future – ensuring a reliable product to customers as the solar industry continues to evolve. 
  • Q.Cells is one of the largest photovoltaic manufacturers in the world. A crowd favourite at Instyle Solar, with high-quality and efficient technology, we’ve earned our place as a premium Q.Cells provider – meaning your system is protected.

While solar may seem like a significant investment, the reality is, you are likely to pay the same for a solar system on a monthly finance plan as you would on your electricity bill each quarter. Interested to hear more on the best solar panel for your home?

Future-proof your home and make the switch to solar. Give our experts at Instyle Solar a call on 1300 133 556.   

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