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 29 gigawatts of solar panels (cumulative). In early 2018, it was named the fourth largest manufacturer in the world, behind JinkoSolar, Trina Solar and Canadian Solar respectively.

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 claims their JAM6 panels are the best selling monocrystalline panels in the world. This may or may not be true, but they have a picture of a little smiling robot as tall as the panel giving them the thumbs up and if a grinning metal homunculus doesn't fill you with confidence, I don't know what will.

Their 270 watt JAM6 panels have an efficiency of 16.5% and, unlike some solar panel manufacturers, they don't cheat by not including the frame in the efficiency calculation.

48 Cell Modules - Smaller Than The Average Panel

Some people have difficulty arranging normal sized solar panels on their roofs and so JA Solar's 48 cell panels may be of use to them. They are up to 17.9% efficient, which is considerably above the average in 2016 of around 16%, while being at least 33cm shorter than most panels. This smaller size may allow some people to better arrange their solar panels and potentially let them fit a greater total capacity of solar PV on their roofs.

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 News 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 countries 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%.

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 Is No Longer Being Sued By Hemlock

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 Robot Mascot Gives 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 is just wrong. It has 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.

* Update: 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.

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?.

However, in the 2016-17 scorecard, the company's score dived again, to 37.

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

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Very reliable to date
Bought From: Solaworx
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to soon
Bought From: Platinum Solar Designs NSW
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Have only just had them installed, so dont know about performance yet.
Bought From: Westside Energy
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Very good performance, close to 100% of rating
Bought From: Solaworx
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Very reliable and productive
Bought From: Solaworx
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As stated above system only just installed so little hard to comment.
Bought From: Adam Solar
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Checked the review of the panels on Solar Quotes website before proceeding
Bought From: Living Energy Solutions
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Great in cloudy weather
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Time will tell.
Great Warranty.
Reviews Online gave good ratings !!!
Bought From: DQ Electrical Pty Ltd
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Bought From: Adam Solar Show additional information
All, these panels work independently of each other
Bought From: Solaworx
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Bought From: Beyond Solar Sydney Show additional information
Look good. BUT....luckily placed them on side of house not facing front. They do pick up the western sun commencing around 1000hrs in the winter and around 0900hr in the summer. If I had placed them facing the street, they would have looked obtrusive. To the side, people actually find it difficult to know you have solar panels at all.
Bought From: Aztech Solar
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4006 kWh never seen this much production, used to be around 3.6 3.8,but now it's around 3.3 mark
Bought From: NRG Solar - National Renewable Group
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We no longer pay for electricity! In fact we are now in credit!
Bought From: Essential Energy Solutions Pty Ltd
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THEY PERFORM REALLY WELL IN LOW LIGHT .
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Works great
Bought From: Essential Solar
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Hard to evaluate, but given the results (below) they must be pretty good.
Bought From: Technaus Solar
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We have the JA Solar 290W smart panels. They seem really good though I think the highest number I've seen on them right in the middle of summer was about 270W. Maybe that's to be expected. There have been a few errors where 1 panel or sections of panels seem to fritz out on really hot days but I am not sure if these are related to the above mentioned High AC voltage error restarts. Once I get that fully resolved I hope I will be in a better position to gauge if there is an actual issue with the panels or cabling.
Bought From: Energy Assist Group
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Again, have nothing to compare them with.
Bought From: Essential Solar
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Small but consistent lower peak output on hotter days
- ~3.9 vs 4+ kW
Bought From: Class A Energy Solutions
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As above - I'm not really competent to assess the performance of the panels - they work.
Bought From: Essential Solar
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Panels installed North and West sides of roof
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Panels just sitting on the roof as you would expect.
No problems and output as expected.
Bought From: Hawking Solar GC2
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As far as I can tell they are working correctly.
Bought From: Energy Assist Group
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I have 22 panels on the roof designed to get sun at all times in the day. These 290w panels have worked flawlessly. Even in winter we are self-sufficient during much of the day (assuming there is enough sun!)
Bought From: Essential Solar
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Panels are 8x265watt and look nice enough on the roof. However this 2.1kilowatt installation never generates any more than 1.8Kw.
Bought From: Energy Australia
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We make sure that we keep them clean
Bought From: Solar Australia Albury
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Very low profile, can barely see them on my shed roof.
Bought From: Country Solar NT
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I think it's still a bit too early to make an informed judgement. I think a survey at two or three years would be better; but so far so good!
Bought From: Clean NRG
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I purchased a 5kW system and it has performed well to date.
The summer heat sees production max out around 36kW per day.
Bought From: Solar Australia Newcastle
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They are working very well and cutting our power bill down considerably each year we have had it..
Bought From: Infinite Energy WA
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22 J A panels @ 225w per panel 5 kw in total
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Difficult to assess performance over last 12 months as we have had a lot of cloud cover.
Bought From: Solar Australia Newcastle
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No apparent problems. Production seems good and reliable.
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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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