24th Jan 2023

As you probably guessed from the title, this blog will discuss whether you can pair Monocrystalline and Polycrystalline Solar Panels together. This is one of the leading questions when it comes to solar panels, especially for those who are new to Solar.

Before we begin, let’s talk about the differences between Monocrystalline and Polycrystalline Solar Panels. One really important thing is that monocrystalline solar panels have a higher output and efficiency rating compared to polycrystalline panels. However, polycrystalline panels are less expensive than their counterparts. This leads us to whether you should mix these two types of panels.

If you’re looking for a short answer, the answer is: yes, you can mix these two types of panels, but with this comes some planning. First, it’s always a good idea to pair panels from the same manufacturer as every company’s panel is different. Following this, you need to ensure the panels have the same Wattage. The voltage and current can be close to one another and still be able to work successfully. It’s also vital that you use an MPPT charge controller, which is designed to maximize your output and efficiency. The MPPT controller will also take up the slack of the poly panel if necessary. The last thing you want is your system to be limited by the lowest parameter solar panel, further curbing your output and efficiency.

As we close out this blog, it’s important to note that monocrystalline solar panels will always be the most proficient in energy generation and efficiency compared to polycrystalline solar panels. But we understand that sometimes you may have a mono and poly panel and may want to use them. Ultimately, it’s your decision whether you’d want to mix these two types of panels, or just buy an additional monocrystalline panel and call it a day.