Jinko Solar solar panels review
Overall Rating From 70 Reviews:
Jinko Solar is a Chinese company producing tier 1 panels. All the panels they currently sell in Australia are salt mist corrosion resistant and suitable for installation in any location. They carry a 10 year product warranty that is standard for the industry and they have an Australian office that provides that gives you someone in the country you can call if you have a problem.
Overall, Jinko panels are a cost effective combination of reliability and price.
Jinko May Be The World's Largest Producer Of Solar Panels
Jinko Solar is one of the world's largest solar panel manufacturers. While Trina Solar led the world in production in 2015, in 2016 Jinko may take the lead. They claim to now have 6.5 gigawatts of panel manufacturing capacity. This means in one year they could produce more solar PV than the entire continent of Australia currently has.
The three companies that are in the running for largest manufacturer in 2016 are Jinko Solar, Trina Solar, and Canadian Solar. But the smart money is on Canadian Solar taking first place. But maybe that should be dumb money because betting on who will make the most solar panels is kind of moronic.
Jinko was founded as a company in 2006. I don't think they actually made anything that year, but I have to presume they were thinking really hard about making stuff.
In 2007 they produced silicon ingots, which are big solid lumps of silicon.
In 2008 they started slicing them like salamis and became a silicon wafer manufacturer.
In 2009 they took those wafers and started turning them into solar cells and then used them to make solar panels.
In 2010 they raised money by entering the stock market and since then have continued to grow at a ferocious rate.
The capacity of its Chinese facilities is massive. Its Malaysian factory can produce about 450 megawatts of Jinko panels, Portugal 200 megawatts, and South Africa 120 megawatts. The South African, Capetown assembly plant produces solar panels from imported parts, employs 250 locals, and is one of 5 solar manufacturing plants in South Africa.
Jinko's workforce has remained fairly constant at around 15,000 for the past three years while its production capacity has doubled. That's the way things go these days thanks to automation and robotics.
Jinko Panel Efficiency
The most commonly sold Jinko panels in Australia usually have efficiencies around 15.8%. This is around average or perhaps a little below average for solar panels in 2016. Jinko Honey M Plus panels can have efficiencies of up to 17.7%.
The higher the panel efficiency, the less roof space a system will take up. For most installations this is not a problem, but some people have a limited about of room to install solar panels.
Unlike some other manufacturers, the efficiencies Jinko gives for their panels are accurate and they don't cheat by not including the panel's frame in the efficiency calculation. That is appreciated.
Jinko Smart Modules Have Built In Optimisers
Jinko produces smart modules that have built in DC optimisers. These are little bundles of electronics that maximise their output by reducing losses from panel mismatch, shading, and soiling.
SVTC Solar Scorecard
In 2015 Jinko Solar came 14th out of 40 companies surveyed. They received a score of 53 out of 100. This was not a great result, but it was a huge improvement from 2014 when they were given a score of 7 out of 100. So they have come a long way in a short time and if they have a factory in your town I am sure they are far less likely to kill all the fish in the local river than they used to be.
2011 Dead Fish Riot
In 2011 hundreds of people protesting fish killed by a chemical spill in a nearby river stormed the Jinko factory in Haining City. Company cars were overturned, offices were trashed, and riot police were called in to stop the toxic avengers.
Jinko Panels Are A Cost Effective Choice
Jinko Solar does not produce premium panels that have warranties in excess of 10 years or have exceptionally high efficiencies, but they do have a combination of good reliability and competitive pricing that can make them a very cost effective choice.
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|there big and black
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|No issues, No problems
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|Ditto comments re. Inverter
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|Installed well and quickly
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|Web monitoring interface is a bit flaky. Keeps dropping out.
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|As per the inverter, haven't had any problems since they were installed over 8 months ago. It has only been 8 months so far though.
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|Very good value for money
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|We had our panels tilted and they look fantastic
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|noisy in high winds.
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|Clean energy works provided a professional and high quality installation. I would commend their service to others.
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Bought From: SolarMyHome Review Date: 5 January 2016
|Again, as per my comments on the inverter how would a common domestic user know? I am getting a bit over 2Kw generated at the peak of sun over my house from a 3Kw system. Is this good? Is it much less than expected? It is certainly less than I expected based on how the system was sold to me.
Bought From: Solar Sunwerx Review Date: 12 December 2015
|Reliable and still outputting at there rated values.
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|Excellent company and quality product.
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|N/A||System has been installed for less than one year so can't talk about reliability, except to say it is still working.
Bought From: Gryphon solar Review Date: 10 August 2015
Bought From: Gryphon solar Review Date: 3 August 2015
|Not sure if they are Jinko, but that sounded like something the salesman was talking about.
Bought From: Energy Australia Review Date: 30 July 2015
Bought From: Full Scale Eletrical Review Date: 12 July 2015
|I have 2 strings of 9 x JKM250P-60-A panels totalling 4.5KW input capacity. The inverter is only 4KW, but only rarely does it max-out. On occasion in the morning one string is a bit "lazy" - higher voltage but lower current say 300V/0.5A, while the other string is on 245V/4.0A, then it clicks in and matches with the other string. This usually only occurs in the early part of the day and does not recurr.
Bought From: Solar Wholesalers Review Date: 5 July 2015
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Bought From: Solar Sunwerx Review Date: 11 April 2015
|As I have only had them for less than a year it is a little early to tell
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Jinko Solar has 112 solar panels in our database
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