Trina Solar Panels take Tier 1 gong – but avoid the grey imports

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Trina Solar Panels. They’re jolly good.

Trina solar panels took the stage this week as the solar manufacturing giant was named the most bankable PV producer in the world.

The survey, conducted by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), asked banks, asset managers, engineering contractors, consultants and independent power producers from across the globe which “module manufacturers were most likely to obtain non-recourse debt financing by commercial banks”, according to a Feb 17 Trina press release.

According to PV Magazine, Trina was the only solar manufacturer that all respondents agreed was bankable.

Teresa Tan, Chief Financial Officer of Trina Solar, said the award was a testament to the company’s “sustainability and strength” in the solar PV marketplace and its ability to concentrate on delivering “… bankable PV solutions that are innovative and that will provide the best returns for our customers”.

The result is richly deserved, according to Solar Quotes’ chief Finn Peacock.

“Trina are great Tier 1 panels. They invest heavily in innovation and have strong links with the Australian National University (ANU) — one of the world’s leaders in PV research,” he said. “In particular their ‘smart panels’ with built-in panel level optimisation are reported to be performing spectacularly well in Aussie conditions.”

However Finn sounded a note of warning to Australian customers looking to cash in on the reputation for excellence of Trina solar panels.

“The only thing that can catch the unwary consumer out when buying Trina is the possibility of getting a ‘grey (unofficial) import’. There have been some reports of some of these grey imported Trina solar panels floating around the Aussie market.”

Check Finn’s article for more information on “grey imports”, the problems associated with them and how to avoid making the wrong purchasing decision.

So over to you. Do you have experience with Trina solar panels? If so, would you recommend them to your friends and neighbours? Most of all we’d like to hear if you think they deserve BNEF’s “most bankable” award.


  1. Definitely !! I have Trina honeys and they are performing excellently. In fact they have just been replaced under warranty ( with no hassles ) as there were a faulty batch around 2 -3 years ago. 4 KW of panels are putting out 4150 w at peak and with 6kw of panels I’ve had up to 43 kwh a day. Couldn’t be happier

  2. Well, I have a 5.2KW system of Trina panels installed in November 2015.

    I can’t post that they produce more than their rated values as that’s not possible usually the high is close to 4.5 and when it spikes after a passing cloud it might hit 4.7 for a while.
    The highest yield is around 36KW and I have two strings one facing Northwest and the other facing near North.

  3. My company, Sunergy has been using Trina almost exclusively since 2011. Have installed them by the megawatt.

    I even have them on my own roof at home and given I work in the solar industry, I can have anything I want.

    When wholesalers or retailers offer Trina at very different prices to others, they are almost certainly grey imports and won’t be supported by Trina Australia. It was an issue about 1-2 years ago, but much less so now. If in doubt, ask for a genuine product written guarantee and if in doubt, send a serial number from a panel to Trina Australia and ask for confirmation it’s genuine.

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