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 carry a 12 year product warranty, which is a little 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.

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, which covers them if they fail to work in that time period due to a fault in manufacture. 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 2019 Canadian Solar was the fifth largest producer of solar panels in terms of global shipments.

As at 2020, the company has shipped more than 46 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 (2020) module production capacity is approximately 14 GW, while cell manufacturing capacity is around 10 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.

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High performance 370W panels are very sensitive to sunlight. Great see the inverter hit maximum output power with the rising sunshine.
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No issues with these panels whatsoever
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performed exactly as advertised and cannot fault them.
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Canadian Solar Inc has 115 solar panels in our database

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