There are many different types of solar panels. Considering the solar industry has continued to expand steadily over the past twenty years, the plethora of options is not surprising. However, the range in uses and efficiency might come as a surprise to potential solar panel customers.
With more decisions to make about the type of solar panels you want (and even how you would like to achieve solar energy), it can be easy to get lost. After all, solar power is not traditional, although solar panels have been around, for the most part, as we know them today since the 1950s. Nevertheless, most people only just began looking into solar likely because it only became widely affordable in 2008, there are a lot of questions.
One of the most confusing of those questions is whether flexible or rigid solar panels are right for you. Here is a look into the differences, pros, and cons of flexible vs. rigid solar panels. That way, you can be more prepared to decide which of these options will suit your needs best:
Flexible solar panels are usually meant for boats, RVs, and unique roofs that are curved or too fragile to handle traditional, (firm) solar panels. Here are the advantages and disadvantages of using flexible solar panels for your home or outdoor activities:
Pros of Flexible Solar Panels
Despite their flexibility, these solar panels have a lot of different pros that make them an appealing option for outdoor activities or a home on a budget.
Cons of Flexible Solar Panels
Of course, with flexibility comes a few cons, which is why flexible panels remain primarily an outdoor excursion, RV-type use item:
Rigid Solar Panels
Rigid solar panels are traditional and they are what you will likely find (and settle on) if you are putting solar panels on your house. Here are the reasons that people both choose rigid solar panels and also decide against rigid solar panels.
Pros of Rigid Solar Panels
When up against flexible solar panels, especially for use on a home or business, there are a lot of pros checked off in the rigid solar panels section. In addition to having higher efficiency, here are the other pros that come with rigid solar panels:
Cons of Rigid Solar Panels
While rigid solar panels are great for most households and businesses, there are a few cons that even the staunchest rigid solar panel supporters cannot completely overlook:
Essentially, whether you need flexible or rigid solar panels depends on your intended use, the amount of space you need to power, and the budget you have to do it. Ultimately, the solar panels you choose are dependent on what is going to make your life easier and more functional. Whether you are planning a road trip in an RV or you want to switch to solar for your whole house, there are plenty of options out there.