JA Solar solar panels reviews

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About JA Solar, Solar Panels

JA Solar solar panels review

JA Solar is a Chinese company that that is one of the largest manufacturers of solar panels in the world. They produce tier 1 solar panels that carry a 10 year product warranty, which is standard for the industry. They have an Australian office located in Newcastle which means there are people in the country you can contact in case you have a problem. As their panels are salt mist corrosion resistant they are suitable for installation anywhere in Australia.

JA Solar Is Pushing For Position Of Planet's Most Prolific PV Panel Producer

JA Solar states it has shipped 45 gigawatts of solar panels (cumulative) as at the end of 2019. In early 2020, it was named the second biggest shipper of panels in the world for the previous year, behind JinkoSolar.

JA Solar Production Facilities

The bulk of JA solar's manufacturing capacity consists of 9 factories in China. Four near the giant metropolis of Shanghai and 2 in the vast Beijing conurbation. They also have a 400 megawatt facility in Malaysia, which is handy for avoiding US tariffs on Chinese made panels, and they have a 200 megawatt assembly plant in Vietnam.

JA Solar Panels

JA Solar panels currently available in Australia have a conversion efficiency between 16.4% for the JAPS09 270W polycrystalline solar panel and 20.2% for  their JAMS10 340W monocrystalline module

Unlike some solar panel manufacturers, JA Solar don't cheat by not including the frame in the efficiency calculation.

JA Solar's Bankability

As we saw back in 2008, independent surveys of companies’ financial health are a vital part of completely failing to prevent economic disasters.

In order to further improve our ability to fail to avoid economic disasters, each year Bloomberg New Energy Finance performs a survey to estimate the financial health of solar manufacturers. This is done by basically determining how likely lenders would be to accept a solar farm using a particular manufacturer's modules as collateral for a loan.

In 2014 JA Solar came 3rd out of 11 companies on this measure of bankability. And in 2016 they came 6th out of 15 companies putting them into the top 40% of all those surveyed, which was better than the company immediately behind them that was only in the top 47%. It's not clear how the company scored since that time as BloombergNEF doesn't publish the scores online any more.

JA Solar claims their debt to asset ratio is 64%. This means their company is worth more than they own, which is always a good sign in a business where it is basically impossible to get a long term advantage over the competition.

JA Solar And The Hemlock Saga

Hemlock, an oddly named US silicon producer, was attempting to sue JA Solar for close to one billion US dollars, but the two companies have arrived at a settlement.  It is not known how much JA Solar will have to shell out as a result, but it is sure to be less than one billion dollars. 

The dispute arose after JA Solar had agreed to purchase $103.5 million US worth of silicon from Hemlock and decided not to do that after silicon prices fell and they could get it more cheaply elsewhere.  Rather than sue them for US $103.5 million for breaking their promise and screwing them over, Hemlock decided to sue for almost one billion US dollars instead, because of optimism, I guess. 

JA Solar Goes Private

In July 2018, the company announced the completion of its merger with JASO Acquisition Limited and that it had ceased to be a publicly traded company.

JA's Old Robot Mascot Gave Me The Creeps

ja solar's mascotIn general, I have nothing against robots. Some of my best friends are 'bots. I regard them as hard working members of society just the same as the chair that is supporting me, my microwave oven, my automatic enchilada maker, or my ninth grade Geography teacher.

JA Solar's robot was just wrong. It had solar cells in its face. That makes no sense at all. Yes, my energy enters my body through my face, but that's because I'm a human and 600 million years ago some worm decided to split the tasks of eating and excreting between two different holes. And thank god for that.

But robots are designed. They didn't come about through random worms deciding to no longer poop out of their faces. We made that robot and we made it so the only way it can get full power from its solar cells is to stare at the sun. And that is just stupid.

Thankfully, it appears the creepy little robot mascot is no more.

STVC Solar Scorecard

Each year the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition (STVC) 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.

But regardless of how good or bad they were, JA Solar's score in 2013 stank with a total of 8 out of a possible 100. In 2014 their score was marginally less smelly with 10 out of 100. But in 2015 they hurled themselves up the scoreboard and nabbed a score of 77 out of 100. In 2019, it had reached 92.

I don’t know how they managed that. Maybe JA Solar hired one of those coaches from a Disney sports movie who somehow manages to turn everything around despite being a doofus?

I Am Fine With Recommending JA Solar Panels

JA Solar panels are reliable and cost effective. While they had dropped  a little on bankability scores in the past, it is not really possible to draw any firm conclusions from that about how likely they are to remain in existence as a company. The fact they are tier 1 indicates they are considered to be a reliable manufacturer that will probably stick around.

JA Solar Solar Panel Reviews

Sonnen Integrated battery and grid inverter. Battery will charge during a blackout and provide power.
Bought From: Adam Solar
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Work well but now take up a large footprint relative to output but they are 3 years old & PV’s have moved on in leaps & bounds over this time.
Bought From: RK Solar And Consulting NSW
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Good performance. Top $ high end panels would have been false economy for us. The JA's appear to be a good compromise for $$$ vs. performance.
Bought From: DQ Electrical Pty Ltd
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Going great - no noticed loss of any power collection - system working very well
Bought From: DQ Electrical Pty Ltd
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Early days, but so far seem to produce decent Kwh!
Bought From: DQ Electrical Pty Ltd
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Over the last 10 months the JA Solar panels have been performing perfectly well, and the output has been pretty well what I have expected from the specs. There have been no problems all, so we are happy with these panels. They seem to be a very reliable brand.
Bought From: SolarEZE QLD
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Very good
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Panels is working very good.
Bought From: C-COR Solar
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Look good
Bought From: Springers Solar
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The system is working well, the only problem is ageing infrastructure, namely old transformers that cause limiting connection to the grid when the voltage goes too high.
Not a system problem though, just needs the government too wake up.
Bought From: Solaworx
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I found Rev and Sam from Your Green Planet to be very professional. Rev from NT team answered the phone calls even at night. Sam from Melbourne team explained the quotation price very easily when the price changed from 13.2kw to 6.6kw. Team was very helpful. The crew that came out were very quick to install. Without a doubt, I would recommend YOUR GREEN PLANET whether in Melbourne or in NT, to anyone considering solar energy
Bought From: Your Green Planet
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Seems ok
Bought From: Sunny Sky Solar
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Installed 2 weeks ago, but doing a good job at the moment
Bought From: DQ Electrical Pty Ltd
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Never had a problem and the panels still look brand new
Bought From: eko energy
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JA Solar has 138 solar panels in our database

Model Type Size PTC Performance Ratio Californian Approved
JAM5(L)-72-180/SIMonocrystalline18016290.00Yes
JAM5(L)-72-185/SIMonocrystalline18516689.73Yes
JAM5(L)-72-190/SIMonocrystalline19017190.00Yes
JAM5(L)-72-195/SIMonocrystalline19517690.26Yes
JAM5(R)-72-195Monocrystalline19517690.26Yes
JAM6(R)-60-255Monocrystalline25522789.02Yes
JAM6(R)-60-260Monocrystalline26023188.85Yes
JAM6(R)-72-295Monocrystalline29526589.83Yes
JAM6(R)-72-300Monocrystalline30027090.00Yes
JAM6(R)-72-305Monocrystalline30527188.85Yes
JAM6(R)-72-310Monocrystalline31027689.03Yes
JAM6(R)-72-315Monocrystalline31528088.89Yes
JAM6(SE)-60-235/SIMonocrystalline23521189.79Yes
JAM6(SE)-60-240/SIMonocrystalline24021589.58Yes
JAM6(SE)-60-245/SIMonocrystalline24521888.98Yes
JAM6(SE)-60-250/SIMonocrystalline25022288.80Yes
JAM6(SE)-60-255/SIMonocrystalline25522789.02Yes
JAM6(SE)-60-260/SIMonocrystalline26023188.85Yes
JAM6(SE)-72-285/SIMonocrystalline28525689.82Yes
JAM6(SE)-72-290/SIMonocrystalline29026089.66Yes
JAM6(SE)-72-295/SIMonocrystalline29526589.83Yes
JAM6(SE)-72-300/SIMonocrystalline30027090.00Yes
JAM6(SE)-72-305/SIMonocrystalline30527188.85Yes
JAM6(SE)-72-310/SIMonocrystalline31027689.03Yes
JAM6(SE)-72-315/SIMonocrystalline31528088.89Yes
JAM6-60-200Monocrystalline20017989.50Yes
JAM6-60-200/3BBMonocrystalline20017989.50Yes
JAM6-60-205Monocrystalline20518389.27Yes
JAM6-60-205/3BBMonocrystalline20518389.27Yes
JAM6-60-210Monocrystalline21018889.52Yes
JAM6-60-210/3BBMonocrystalline21018889.52Yes
JAM6-60-215Monocrystalline21519289.30Yes
JAM6-60-215/3BBMonocrystalline21519289.30Yes
JAM6-60-220Monocrystalline22019789.55Yes
JAM6-60-220/3BBMonocrystalline22019789.55Yes
JAM6-60-225Monocrystalline22520289.78Yes
JAM6-60-225/3BBMonocrystalline22520289.78Yes
JAM6-60-230Monocrystalline23020689.57Yes
JAM6-60-230/3BBMonocrystalline23020689.57Yes
JAM6-60-235Monocrystalline23521189.79Yes
JAM6-60-235/3BBMonocrystalline23521189.79Yes
JAM6-60-235/SIMonocrystalline23521189.79Yes
JAM6-60-240Monocrystalline24021589.58Yes
JAM6-60-240/3BBMonocrystalline24021589.58Yes
JAM6-60-240/SIMonocrystalline24021589.58Yes
JAM6-60-245Monocrystalline24521888.98Yes
JAM6-60-245/3BBMonocrystalline24521888.98Yes
JAM6-60-245/SIMonocrystalline24521888.98Yes
JAM6-60-250Monocrystalline25022288.80Yes
JAM6-60-250/3BBMonocrystalline25022288.80Yes
JAM6-60-250/SIMonocrystalline25022288.80Yes
JAM6-60-255/SIMonocrystalline25522789.02Yes
JAM6-60-260/SIMonocrystalline26023188.85Yes
JAM6-72-255Monocrystalline25522889.41Yes
JAM6-72-260Monocrystalline26023389.62Yes
JAM6-72-265Monocrystalline26523789.43Yes
JAM6-72-270Monocrystalline27024289.63Yes
JAM6-72-275Monocrystalline27524789.82Yes
JAM6-72-280Monocrystalline28025189.64Yes
JAM6-72-285Monocrystalline28525689.82Yes
JAM6-72-285/SIMonocrystalline28525689.82Yes
JAM6-72-290Monocrystalline29026089.66Yes
JAM6-72-290/SIMonocrystalline29026089.66Yes
JAM6-72-295Monocrystalline29526589.83Yes
JAM6-72-295/SIMonocrystalline29526589.83Yes
JAM6-72-300Monocrystalline30027090.00Yes
JAM6-72-300/SIMonocrystalline30027090.00Yes
JAM6-72-305Monocrystalline30527188.85Yes
JAM6-72-305/SIMonocrystalline30527188.85Yes
JAM6-72-310/SIMonocrystalline31027689.03Yes
JAM6-72-315/SIMonocrystalline31528088.89Yes
JAP6-60-200Polycrystalline20017889.00Yes
JAP6-60-200/3BBPolycrystalline20017889.00Yes
JAP6-60-205Polycrystalline20518389.27Yes
JAP6-60-205/3BBPolycrystalline20518389.27Yes
JAP6-60-210Polycrystalline21018789.05Yes
JAP6-60-210/3BBPolycrystalline21018789.05Yes
JAP6-60-215Polycrystalline21519289.30Yes
JAP6-60-215/3BBPolycrystalline21519289.30Yes
JAP6-60-220Polycrystalline22019689.09Yes
JAP6-60-220/3BBPolycrystalline22019689.09Yes
JAP6-60-220/MPPolycrystalline22019689.09Yes
JAP6-60-225Polycrystalline22520189.33Yes
JAP6-60-225/3BBPolycrystalline22520189.33Yes
JAP6-60-225/MPPolycrystalline22520189.33Yes
JAP6-60-230Polycrystalline23020689.57Yes
JAP6-60-230/3BBPolycrystalline23020689.57Yes
JAP6-60-230/MPPolycrystalline23020689.57Yes
JAP6-60-235Polycrystalline23521089.36Yes
JAP6-60-235/3BBPolycrystalline23521089.36Yes
JAP6-60-240Polycrystalline24021589.58Yes
JAP6-60-240/3BBPolycrystalline24021589.58Yes
JAP6-60-245Polycrystalline24521888.98Yes
JAP6-60-245/3BBPolycrystalline24521888.98Yes
JAP6-60-245/MPPolycrystalline24521888.98Yes
JAP6-60-250Polycrystalline25022389.20Yes
JAP6-60-250/3BBPolycrystalline25022389.20Yes
JAP6-60-250/MPPolycrystalline25022389.20Yes
JAP6-60-255Polycrystalline25522889.41Yes
JAP6-60-255/3BBPolycrystalline25522889.41Yes
JAP6-60-260Polycrystalline26023289.23Yes
JAP6-60-260/3BBPolycrystalline26023289.23Yes
JAP6-60-265/3BBPolycrystalline26523789.43Yes
JAP6-72-250Polycrystalline25022389.20Yes
JAP6-72-250/3BBPolycrystalline25022389.20Yes
JAP6-72-255Polycrystalline25522789.02Yes
JAP6-72-255/3BBPolycrystalline25522789.02Yes
JAP6-72-260Polycrystalline26023289.23Yes
JAP6-72-260/3BBPolycrystalline26023289.23Yes
JAP6-72-265Polycrystalline26523789.43Yes
JAP6-72-265/3BBPolycrystalline26523789.43Yes
JAP6-72-270Polycrystalline27024189.26Yes
JAP6-72-270/3BBPolycrystalline27024189.26Yes
JAP6-72-275Polycrystalline27524689.45Yes
JAP6-72-275/3BBPolycrystalline27524689.45Yes
JAP6-72-280Polycrystalline28025089.29Yes
JAP6-72-280/3BBPolycrystalline28025089.29Yes
JAP6-72-280/MPPolycrystalline28025089.29Yes
JAP6-72-285Polycrystalline28525589.47Yes
JAP6-72-285/3BBPolycrystalline28525589.47Yes
JAP6-72-285/MPPolycrystalline28525589.47Yes
JAP6-72-290Polycrystalline29026089.66Yes
JAP6-72-290/3BBPolycrystalline29026089.66Yes
JAP6-72-290/MPPolycrystalline29026089.66Yes
JAP6-72-295Polycrystalline29526489.49Yes
JAP6-72-295/3BBPolycrystalline29526489.49Yes
JAP6-72-295/MPPolycrystalline29526489.49Yes
JAP6-72-300Polycrystalline30027290.67Yes
JAP6-72-300/3BBPolycrystalline30027290.67Yes
JAP6-72-300/MPPolycrystalline30027290.67Yes
JAP6-72-305Polycrystalline30527690.49Yes
JAP6-72-305/3BBPolycrystalline30527690.49Yes
JAP6-72-305/MPPolycrystalline30527690.49Yes
JAP6-72-310Polycrystalline31028190.65Yes
JAP6-72-310/3BBPolycrystalline31028190.65Yes
JAP6-72-310/MPPolycrystalline31028190.65Yes
JAP6-72-315/3BBPolycrystalline31528690.79Yes
JAP6-72-315/MPPolycrystalline31528690.79Yes
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