What does a true all-black panel look like?

Submitted by Andrew on Wed, 24/11/2021 - 15:48
What does a true all-black panel look like?

When considering solar for their homes, an important consideration for many is how it’s going to look on their rooftop. Is it going to be in-keeping with their home’s aesthetics, or are the panels going to be obvious, disruptive, and ugly. This has seen the rise of the highly praised all-black panels. After all, many people have black roof-tops, and even if they don’t, a black panel is sure to look sleek and aesthetically pleasing.

But not all black panels are created equal. If you’re after a black panel for the sake of its aesthetic qualities, this is something you should keep in mind. If a panel has front-contact busbars (Thin strips of copper or aluminum that conduct electricity between cells) running across the cells, which is true for the majority of modern panels, they are not truly all-black panels. This is due to the fact that if the sun hits them at the right time of day, they can light up with glare, as you can see here:

  

Now, this is not a problem in terms of the panel's performance. Panels with front-contact busbars aren’t flawed, but if your worries are for the aesthetics of your rooftop, you definitely want to go for a truly all-black panel. That means a panel with a black frame, black back sheet, black cells, and no shiny metal busbars.

And you’ll be happy to hear that we’re able to provide just such panels. The SunPower P3 panels offer this true all-black appearance, on top of a number of valuable benefits, such as superior shade tolerance, greater cell resilience thanks to their unique hypercell design, and high levels of efficiency. Check out an example of how these panels look on rooftops below.

If you’d like to learn more about these panels, check out their product page, or get in contact with our team through the form below to have all your questions answered and receive a free quote for your home.
 

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