Canadian Solar Inc solar panels reviews

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About Canadian Solar Inc, Solar Panels

Canadian Solar Inc solar panels review

Canadian Solar is a producer of tier 1 panels. Despite their name, any panels you buy in Australia will not be made in Canada. Canadian Solar panels we purchase are most likely to be made in China - not that there's anything wrong with that.

These days the company's panels generally carry a 12 year product warranty (some Hiku models have a 25 year product warranty), which is a better than the standard for the industry of 10 years. Canadian Solar has an Australian office and unlike most panel manufacturers it is in Melbourne rather than Sydney.

Canadian Solar Panels

Canadian Solar produces a variety of panels. Unlike some manufacturers, Canadian Solar does not exaggerate their panel's efficiency by not including the frame in the calculation. The company's modules are corrosion resistant and suitable for installation anywhere in Australia.

Canadian Solar produces poly and monocrystalline modules, most of which use PERC (Passivated Emitter and Rear Contact) technology. Like many major manufacturers, it has also moved into half-cut and shingle cell configurations.

Higher Efficiency Panels

The highest efficiency panels produced by Canadian Solar are just over 20% efficient. Their higher than average efficiency can be useful when available roof space is limited.

Canadian Solar Warranties

Canadian Solar panels now have a 12 year product warranty, although some Hiku models carry a 25 year warranty. This covers the modules if they fail during that time period due to a fault in manufacturing. You can read more about solar panel warranties here.

Company History

In 1987 the founder of Canadian Solar, Shawn Qu, was earning around $5 a week in today's money teaching in China. That year he moved to Canada and began studying to obtain his masters degree in physics. In 2001 he founded Canadian Solar. In 2020 Canadian Solar was the fifth largest producer of solar panels in terms of global shipments.

As mid-2021, the company has shipped more than 55 gigawatts of modules.

Shawn Qu now spends most of his time in China and that is understandable, as in winter it is so cold in Canada it is possible to freeze to death in less time than it takes for a bear to find you and eat you.

Manufacturing Locations And Capacity

Canadian Solar has 17 manufacturing facilities spread across Asia and the Americas. Its current (2021) module production capacity is approximately 23.9 GW, while cell manufacturing capacity is around 13.9 GW.

2016 Jiangsu Tornado

The firm experienced a significant setback in June 2016 when a cell manufacturing plant they owned in Funing was hit by the worst tornado in China in 50 years, injuring employees and collapsing almost 4 hectares of factory buildings.

STVC Solar Scorecard

Each year the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition (SVTC) produces a report grading solar panel manufacturers on environmental and social responsibility. A low score on this report doesn't mean a company is awful, it can just mean that information wasn't available. So a high score is a good sign while a low score is not a good sign, but not necessarily a bad sign.

I don’t know why, but Canadian Solar was not included in reports covering recent years. Their score in 2014 was not good as they only came 27th out of 37 companies surveyed, receiving a score of 14 out of a possible 100. But this was better than the score of 7 out of 100 they received in 2013.

Canadian Solar Builds Solar Farms

While Canadian Solar doesn't make as many of their own cells as other large panel manufacturers, they do tend to be more heavily involved in the construction of solar farms than most - including large large scale PV power stations here in Australia.

Warranty Procedure For Orphaned Canadian Solar Customers

If you have purchased Canadian Solar panels from a solar installer who has since gone out of business, the responsibility for warranty claims shifts to Canadian Solar. Their customer service line in Australia is 03 8609 1844 - affected customers should contact this line for assistance and advice on how to arrange for panel replacement under warranty. Note that Canadian Solar's warranty does not cover labor costs involved in warranty replacement of panels.

I Am Fine With Recommending Canadian Solar Panels

Canadian Solar produces tier 1 panels, which means banks and other institutions consider both the panels and the company reliable enough to be a worthwhile investment. And so I have no problem recommending Canadian Solar panels. They are a generally reliable panel that provides good value for money. Just don’t expect them to come from Canada.

Canadian Solar Inc Solar Panel Reviews

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So far the panels are producing as efficent as they should be, in late May. Keen to how they perform over summer.
Bought From: ADS Solar
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No problems
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Since we had the panels installed it has not stopped raining (Murphy's Law), but amazingly they are still producing energy. We are looking forward to sunny days.
Bought From: SolarEZE Brisbane
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still all good 12 months on
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No nothing more to add.
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Seem working fine. One has much less output than others, have just raised issue with supplier.
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Same comment as above re system monitoring.
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The cairns team is absolutely a joy to work with.
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Nice clean looking panels and preforming well
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So far so good
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So far the solar panels have been performing as designed
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Canadian Solar Inc has 115 solar panels in our database

Model Type Size (W) PTC (W) Performance Ratio
CS5A-155MXMonocrystalline15514190.97
CS5A-160MMonocrystalline16014590.63
CS5A-160MXMonocrystalline16014590.63
CS5A-165MMonocrystalline16515090.91
CS5A-165MXMonocrystalline16515090.91
CS5A-170MMonocrystalline17015591.18
CS5A-170MXMonocrystalline17015591.18
CS5A-175MMonocrystalline17515990.86
CS5A-175MXMonocrystalline17515990.86
CS5A-180MMonocrystalline18016491.11
CS5A-180MXMonocrystalline18016491.11
CS5A-185M (72 Mono cells)Monocrystalline18516991.35
CS5A-185MXMonocrystalline18516991.35
CS5A-190M (72 Mono cells)Monocrystalline19017391.05
CS5A-195M (72 Mono cells)Monocrystalline19517891.28
CS5A-200M (72 Mono cells)Monocrystalline20018391.50
CS5C-80MMonocrystalline807391.25
CS5P-200MMonocrystalline20018291.00
CS5P-210MMonocrystalline21019190.95
CS5P-230MMonocrystalline23020990.87
CS5P-240MMonocrystalline24021991.25
CS5P-250MMonocrystalline25022790.80
CS6A-170PPolycrystalline17014987.65
CS6A-185P (48 Poly cells)Polycrystalline18516287.57
CS6A-190MMMonocrystalline19017190.00
CS6A-190P (48 Poly cells)Polycrystalline19016787.89
CS6A-195MMMonocrystalline19517589.74
CS6A-200MMMonocrystalline20018090.00
CS6A-205MMMonocrystalline20518590.24
CS6A-210MMMonocrystalline21018990.00
CS6P-165PEPolycrystalline16514789.09
CS6P-170PEPolycrystalline17015188.82
CS6P-175PEPolycrystalline17515689.14
CS6P-180PEPolycrystalline18016189.44
CS6P-185PEPolycrystalline18516589.19
CS6P-190PEPolycrystalline19017089.47
CS6P-195PEPolycrystalline19517489.23
CS6P-200PPolycrystalline20018391.50
CS6P-200PXPolycrystalline20018391.50
CS6P-205PPolycrystalline20518891.71
CS6P-205PEPolycrystalline20518489.76
CS6P-205PXPolycrystalline20518891.71
CS6P-210MMonocrystalline21018990.00
CS6P-210PPolycrystalline21019291.43
CS6P-210PEPolycrystalline21018889.52
CS6P-210PXPolycrystalline21019291.43
CS6P-215MMonocrystalline21519490.23
CS6P-215PPolycrystalline21519791.63
CS6P-215PEPolycrystalline21519389.77
CS6P-215PXPolycrystalline21519791.63
CS6P-220MMonocrystalline22019990.45
CS6P-220PPolycrystalline22020291.82
CS6P-220PEPolycrystalline22019789.55
CS6P-220PXPolycrystalline22020291.82
CS6P-225PPolycrystalline22520691.56
CS6P-225PXPolycrystalline22520691.56
CS6P-230MMonocrystalline23020890.43
CS6P-230PPolycrystalline23021191.74
CS6P-230PTPolycrystalline23020890.43
CS6P-230PXPolycrystalline23021191.74
CS6P-235MMonocrystalline23521290.21
CS6P-235P (60 Poly cells)Polycrystalline23521491.06
CS6P-235PM (60 Poly cells)Polycrystalline23520988.94
CS6P-235PTPolycrystalline23521290.21
CS6P-235PXPolycrystalline23521691.91
CS6P-240M (60 Mono cells)Monocrystalline24021790.42
CS6P-240P (60 Poly cells)Polycrystalline24021890.83
CS6P-240PM (60 Poly cells)Polycrystalline24021489.17
CS6P-240PTPolycrystalline24021790.42
CS6P-240PXPolycrystalline24021890.83
CS6P-245M (60 Mono cells)Monocrystalline24522391.02
CS6P-245MM (60 Mono cells)Monocrystalline24522089.80
CS6P-245P (60 Poly cells)Polycrystalline24522591.84
CS6P-245PM (60 Poly cells)Polycrystalline24521989.39
CS6P-245PTPolycrystalline24522290.61
CS6P-245PXPolycrystalline24522591.84
CS6P-250M (60 Mono cells)Monocrystalline25022891.20
CS6P-250MM (60 Mono cells)Monocrystalline25022590.00
CS6P-250P (60 Poly cells)Polycrystalline25023092.00
CS6P-250PM (60 Poly cells)Polycrystalline25022389.20
CS6P-250PXPolycrystalline25023092.00
CS6P-255M (60 Mono cells)Monocrystalline25523391.37
CS6P-255MM (60 Mono cells)Monocrystalline25522989.80
CS6P-255P (60 Poly cells)Polycrystalline25523491.76
CS6P-255PM (60 Poly cells)Polycrystalline25522889.41
CS6P-255PXPolycrystalline25523491.76
CS6P-260M (60 Mono cells)Monocrystalline26023791.15
CS6P-260MM (60 Mono cells)Monocrystalline26023490.00
CS6P-260P (60 Poly cells)Polycrystalline26023991.92
CS6P-265MM (60 Mono cells)Monocrystalline26523789.43
CS6P-265P (60 Poly cells)Polycrystalline26524492.08
CS6X-255MMonocrystalline25522789.02
CS6X-255PPolycrystalline25522688.63
CS6X-260MMonocrystalline26023188.85
CS6X-260PPolycrystalline26023188.85
CS6X-265MMonocrystalline26523689.06
CS6X-265PPolycrystalline26523588.68
CS6X-270MMonocrystalline27024189.26
CS6X-270PPolycrystalline27024088.89
CS6X-275MMonocrystalline27524589.09
CS6X-275PPolycrystalline27524589.09
CS6X-280PPolycrystalline28024988.93
CS6X-285P (72 Poly cells)Polycrystalline28526291.93
CS6X-290M (72 Mono cells)Monocrystalline29026491.03
CS6X-290P (72 Poly cells)Polycrystalline29026691.72
CS6X-295M (72 Mono cells)Monocrystalline29526991.19
CS6X-295P (72 Poly cells)Polycrystalline29527191.86
CS6X-300M (72 Mono cells)Monocrystalline30027491.33
CS6X-300P (72 Poly cells)Polycrystalline30027692.00
CS6X-305M (72 Mono cells)Monocrystalline30527891.15
CS6X-305PPolycrystalline30528091.80
CS6X-305P (72 Poly cells)Polycrystalline30528091.80
CS6X-310M (72 Mono cells)Monocrystalline31028391.29
CS6X-310P (72 Poly cells)Polycrystalline31028591.94
CS6X-315P (72 Poly cells)Polycrystalline31529092.06
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