Solar panel efficiency (defined as the percentage of power converted from absorbed light to electrical energy) is one of the most important considerations in solar LED lighting technology. The performance and capability of the entire system depends upon the energy collected from the panel.
There are three types of solar panels:
Monocrystalline: 14-19% efficient
Polycrystalline: 10-14 % efficient
Thin Film: 5-11 % efficient
Carmanah EverGEN systems utilize monocrystalline panels to ensure the high efficiency conversion of power from absorbed light to electrical energy. Carmanah solar panels have an efficiency of 19%.
Solar panel tilt angle refers to the angle of the panel in relation to the position of the sun. Panel tilt affects the amount of energy the panel collects. The most effective panel tilt angle is determined by the installation location of the system. Regions further away from the equator will need a greater degree of tilt for optimal energy collection.
System modelling tools should take this into account and should optimize tilt angle for the region of the world in which the system is being installed. Tilt angle should also be factored into the efficiency and performance equations for the system during system modelling.