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Jinko Solar solar panels review

Overall Rating From 80 Reviews:

Jinko Solar solar panels review

Average Customer Rating:

Tier 1

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.

Company History

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.

Manufacturing Locations

Jinko Solar has 2 production facilities in China and one each in Malaysia, Portugal, and South Africa.

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.

Jinko’s Eagle SE panels use SolarEdge DC optimisers while their Eagle MX panels use Maxim Integrated ones.

SVTC Solar Scorecard

Each year the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition, or SVTC, produces a report ranking solar panel manufacturers on environmental and social responsibility.

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.

Rating Comments Name State Postcode
Overall the system is performing very well. No problems, very happy to this time.
Bought From: Intelli Energy Review Date: 20 June 2016
Jan VIC 3338

Bought From: MC Electrical Review Date: 15 June 2016
Robert QLD 4035

Bought From: Green Wiring Review Date: 14 June 2016
Les WA 6028

Bought From: Supreme Power Pty Ltd Review Date: 14 June 2016
Brendan QLD 4226
So far the panels have performed well. I have had no problems with them.
Bought From: Beyond Solar Pty Ltd Review Date: 23 June 2016
Keith NSW 2590
No problems so far
Bought From: Solar Today Review Date: 7 June 2016
Kerrie VIC 3318
The panels have given me no probs i am happy with them
Bought From: Green Wiring Review Date: 5 June 2016
Anon WA 6112

Bought From: Sunwise Energy Review Date: 31 May 2016
Geoffrey WA 6284
No issues to date, in winter bills are higher due to use of power at night, will be looking into battery storage as summer bills are very low or zero, hopefully pricing comes down as would like to be free of the grid and have no power bill for winter also.
Bought From: Green Wiring Review Date: 26 May 2016
Steve WA 6069

Bought From: Beyond Solar Pty Ltd Review Date: 27 May 2016
Bruce NSW 2444

Bought From: Carbon Footie Pty Ltd Review Date: 4 April 2016
Richard WA 6155

Bought From: MC Electrical Review Date: 29 April 2016
Mike QLD 4133

Bought From: Goliath Electrical Review Date: 13 April 2016
Stephanie SA 5044

Bought From: Key Solar Review Date: 5 April 2016
Vic QLD 4210

Bought From: Goliath Electrical Review Date: 28 March 2016
James SA 5169

Bought From: Pyramid Power Review Date: 20 June 2016
Tim NSW 2550

Bought From: MC Electrical Review Date: 19 February 2016
Adam QLD 4164
there big and black
Bought From: Goliath Electrical Review Date: 28 February 2016
Sean SA 5107

Bought From: National Renewable Group Australia Review Date: 25 February 2016
John SA 5453

Bought From: National Renewable Group Australia Review Date: 24 February 2016
Anthony SA 5203
No issues, No problems
Bought From: Nicholls Solar Review Date: 20 January 2016
Bart QLD 4504

Bought From: Carbon Footie Pty Ltd Review Date: 31 January 2016
JOHN WA 6009

Bought From: Adam Solar Pty Ltd Review Date: 29 January 2016
Ashley SA 5097

Bought From: Nicholls Solar Review Date: 19 January 2016
Cindy QLD 4036
Ditto comments re. Inverter
Bought From: Euro Solar Review Date: 18 March 2016
Peter QLD 4878
No issues.
Bought From: MC Electrical Review Date: 15 January 2016
Anon QLD 4065

Bought From: Supreme Power Pty Ltd Review Date: 8 January 2016
Felix QLD 4116
Installed well and quickly
Bought From: Green Sky Australia Review Date: 22 December 2015
Ralph VIC 3802

Bought From: Green Wiring Review Date: 13 November 2015
Peter WA 6029

Bought From: 1800 TAS SOLAR Review Date: 27 November 2015
Garry TAS 7008
Web monitoring interface is a bit flaky. Keeps dropping out.
Bought From: Energy Assist Group Pty Ltd Review Date: 9 December 2015
GArry VIC 3152

Bought From: Goliath Electrical Review Date: 21 November 2015
Paul SA 5091

Bought From: 1800 TAS SOLAR Review Date: 19 November 2015
David TAS 7321

Bought From: MC Electrical Review Date: 2 December 2015
Greg QLD 4305

Bought From: Advanced All Energy Review Date: 19 November 2015
Andrew SA 5127

Bought From: Nicholls Solar Review Date: 12 November 2015
Odette QLD 4215

Bought From: Nicholls Solar Review Date: 26 October 2015
George QLD 4121

Bought From: Supreme Power Pty Ltd Review Date: 8 October 2015
Jeff NSW 2481
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.
Bought From: Goliath Electrical Review Date: 14 October 2015
Daniel SA 5096

Bought From: Solar Green Australia Review Date: 2 October 2015
David VIC 3239
Very good value for money
Bought From: 1800 TAS SOLAR Review Date: 27 September 2015
Geraldine TAS 7250

Bought From: Ekonomix Solar Review Date: 27 September 2015
Troy SA 5159

Bought From: Solar Wholesalers Review Date: 25 September 2015
Peter SA 5066

Bought From: Nicholls Solar Review Date: 25 September 2015
Brian NSW 2529

Bought From: 1800 TAS SOLAR Review Date: 3 September 2015
Jeff TAS 7018

Bought From: Nicholls Solar Review Date: 31 August 2015
Lorix QLD 4035
We had our panels tilted and they look fantastic
Bought From: Voltage Electrics Review Date: 14 October 2015
Bridget VIC 3909
noisy in high winds.
Bought From: Apollo Solar and Electrical Review Date: 30 July 2015
John SA 5581

Bought From: Nicholls Solar Review Date: 30 July 2015
Kaushik NSW 2564

Bought From: Barman Review Date: 18 July 2015
Kay SA 5061

Bought From: Green Wiring Review Date: 7 July 2015
Jonathan WA 6021
Clean energy works provided a professional and high quality installation. I would commend their service to others.
Bought From: Clean Energy Works Review Date: 7 June 2015
Steve VIC 3126

Bought From: Solar Sunwerx Review Date: 15 May 2015
Russell VIC 3095

Bought From: SolarMyHome Review Date: 10 April 2015
Anon VIC 3802
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 April 2015
Peter VIC 3195
Reliable and still outputting at there rated values.
Bought From: SKY POWER ENERGY Review Date: 2 April 2015
Jevon VIC 3030

Bought From: Solar Sunwerx Review Date: 29 May 2015
Rob VIC 3150

Bought From: Gryphon solar Review Date: 14 March 2015
Ian VIC 3225

Bought From: Solar Wholesalers Review Date: 19 March 2015
Ian SA 5172

Bought From: Solar Wholesalers Review Date: 16 March 2015
David SA 5039

Bought From: Suntrak Solar Review Date: 7 March 2015
Xuan SA 5095

Bought From: Green Sky Australia Review Date: 9 February 2015
Deanne VIC 3030
Excellent company and quality product.
Bought From: Gryphon solar Review Date: 13 January 2015
Lorraine VIC 3037

Bought From: Gryphon solar Review Date: 9 January 2015
David VIC 3775

Bought From: Energy Australia Review Date: 16 January 2015
Grahame NSW 2340

Bought From: Solar Wholesalers Review Date: 23 December 2014
Anthony SA 5019

Bought From: Green Engineering Review Date: 5 December 2014
Anon VIC 3337
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: 4 November 2014
Philip VIC 3085

Bought From: Gryphon solar Review Date: 2 December 2014
Neil WA 6169
Not sure if they are Jinko, but that sounded like something the salesman was talking about.
Bought From: Energy Australia Review Date: 2 December 2014
Jamie NSW 2259

Bought From: Full Scale Eletrical Review Date: 9 November 2014
Dean QLD 4753
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: 4 November 2014
Jean-Pierre SA 5125
Working well.
Bought From: Gryphon solar Review Date: 13 October 2014
Luke VIC 3754

Bought From: Solar Sunwerx Review Date: 10 August 2014
Mike VIC 3909
As I have only had them for less than a year it is a little early to tell
Bought From: Solar Sunwerx Review Date: 3 June 2014
Bruce VIC 3188
NO
Bought From: Cairns Value Solar Review Date: 20 April 2014
SYLVIA QLD 4878

Bought From: Solar Newcastle Review Date: 29 November 2010
Paul NSW 2282

Bought From: Unleash Solar Review Date: 1 June 2011
Brett SA 5700

Bought From: Newcastle Solar Review Date: 11 November 2010
Grahame NSW 2285

Bought From: Abacus Solar Review Date: 30 December 2015
Chris VIC 3150

Jinko Solar has 112 solar panels in our database

Model Type Size PTC Performance Ratio Californian Approved
JKM175M-72Monocrystalline17515588.46Yes
JKM175M-72-AMonocrystalline17515588.46Yes
JKM175M-72-IMonocrystalline17515588.46Yes
JKM180M-72Monocrystalline18015988.50Yes
JKM180M-72-AMonocrystalline18015988.50Yes
JKM180M-72-IMonocrystalline18015988.50Yes
JKM185M-72Monocrystalline18516689.84Yes
JKM185M-72-AMonocrystalline18516689.84Yes
JKM185M-72-IMonocrystalline18516689.84Yes
JKM190M-72Monocrystalline19017189.89Yes
JKM190M-72-AMonocrystalline19017189.89Yes
JKM190M-72-IMonocrystalline19017189.89Yes
JKM195M-72-AMonocrystalline19517589.95Yes
JKM195M-72-IMonocrystalline19517589.95Yes
JKM200M-72-AMonocrystalline20018090.00Yes
JKM200M-72-IMonocrystalline20018090.00Yes
JKM205M-72-AMonocrystalline20518590.10Yes
JKM205M-72-IMonocrystalline20518590.10Yes
JKM220M-60Monocrystalline22018583.86Yes
JKM220P-60Monocrystalline22018583.86Yes
JKM220P-60-IMonocrystalline22018583.86Yes
JKM225M-60Monocrystalline22520289.91Yes
JKM225P-60Monocrystalline22520289.91Yes
JKM225P-60-IMonocrystalline22520289.91Yes
JKM230M-60Monocrystalline23020789.96Yes
JKM230M-60-AMonocrystalline23020789.96Yes
JKM230P-60Monocrystalline23020789.96Yes
JKM230P-60-AMonocrystalline23020789.96Yes
JKM230P-60-IMonocrystalline23020789.96Yes
JKM235M-60Monocrystalline23521290.00Yes
JKM235M-60-AMonocrystalline23521290.00Yes
JKM235P-60Monocrystalline23521290.00Yes
JKM235P-60-AMonocrystalline23521290.00Yes
JKM235P-60-IMonocrystalline23521290.00Yes
JKM240M-60Monocrystalline24021690.08Yes
JKM240M-60-AMonocrystalline24021690.08Yes
JKM240P-60Monocrystalline24021690.08Yes
JKM240P-60-AMonocrystalline24021690.08Yes
JKM240P-60-IMonocrystalline24021690.08Yes
JKM245M-60Monocrystalline24522190.12Yes
JKM245M-60-AMonocrystalline24522190.12Yes
JKM245P-60-AMonocrystalline24522190.12Yes
JKM245P-60-IMonocrystalline24522190.12Yes
JKM250M-60Monocrystalline25022991.56Yes
JKM250M-60-AMonocrystalline25022991.56Yes
JKM250M-72Polycrystalline25022389.00Yes
JKM250M-72-APolycrystalline25022389.00Yes
JKM250P-60-AMonocrystalline25022991.56Yes
JKM250P-60-IMonocrystalline25022991.56Yes
JKM250P-72Polycrystalline25022389.00Yes
JKM250P-72-APolycrystalline25022389.00Yes
JKM255M-60-AMonocrystalline25523090.35Yes
JKM255M-72Polycrystalline25522789.06Yes
JKM255M-72-APolycrystalline25522789.06Yes
JKM255M-96-AMonocrystalline25523090.16Yes
JKM255M-96-IMonocrystalline25523090.16Yes
JKM255P-60-AMonocrystalline25523090.35Yes
JKM255P-60-IMonocrystalline25523090.35Yes
JKM255P-72Polycrystalline25522789.06Yes
JKM255P-72-APolycrystalline25522789.06Yes
JKM260M-72Polycrystalline26023289.08Yes
JKM260M-72-APolycrystalline26023289.08Yes
JKM260M-96-AMonocrystalline26023590.23Yes
JKM260M-96-IMonocrystalline26023590.23Yes
JKM260P-72Polycrystalline26023289.08Yes
JKM260P-72-APolycrystalline26023289.08Yes
JKM265M-72Polycrystalline26523689.13Yes
JKM265M-72-APolycrystalline26523689.13Yes
JKM265M-96-AMonocrystalline26523990.26Yes
JKM265M-96-IMonocrystalline26523990.26Yes
JKM265P-72Polycrystalline26523689.13Yes
JKM265P-72-APolycrystalline26523689.13Yes
JKM270M-72Monocrystalline27024389.96Yes
JKM270M-72-AMonocrystalline27024389.96Yes
JKM270M-96-AMonocrystalline27024490.30Yes
JKM270M-96-IMonocrystalline27024490.30Yes
JKM270P-72Monocrystalline27024389.96Yes
JKM270P-72-AMonocrystalline27024389.96Yes
JKM275M-72Monocrystalline27524890.00Yes
JKM275M-72-AMonocrystalline27524890.00Yes
JKM275M-96-AMonocrystalline27524990.36Yes
JKM275M-96-IMonocrystalline27524990.36Yes
JKM275P-72Monocrystalline27524890.00Yes
JKM275P-72-AMonocrystalline27524890.00Yes
JKM280M-72Monocrystalline28025290.04Yes
JKM280M-72-AMonocrystalline28025290.04Yes
JKM280M-96-AMonocrystalline28025390.39Yes
JKM280M-96-IMonocrystalline28025390.39Yes
JKM280P-72Monocrystalline28025290.04Yes
JKM280P-72-AMonocrystalline28025290.04Yes
JKM285M-72Monocrystalline28525790.07Yes
JKM285M-72-AMonocrystalline28525790.07Yes
JKM285P-72Monocrystalline28525790.07Yes
JKM285P-72-AMonocrystalline28525790.07Yes
JKM290M-72Monocrystalline29026190.10Yes
JKM290M-72-AMonocrystalline29026190.10Yes
JKM290P-72Monocrystalline29026190.10Yes
JKM290P-72-AMonocrystalline29026190.10Yes
JKM295M-72Monocrystalline29526690.03Yes
JKM295M-72-AMonocrystalline29526690.03Yes
JKM295P-72Monocrystalline29526690.03Yes
JKM295P-72-AMonocrystalline29526690.03Yes
JKM300M-72Monocrystalline30027090.07Yes
JKM300M-72-AMonocrystalline30027090.07Yes
JKM300P-72Monocrystalline30027090.07Yes
JKM300P-72-AMonocrystalline30027090.07Yes
JKM305M-72Monocrystalline30527690.36Yes
JKM305M-72-AMonocrystalline30527690.36Yes
JKM305P-72Monocrystalline30527690.36Yes
JKM305P-72-AMonocrystalline30527690.36Yes
JKM310M-72-AMonocrystalline31028090.42Yes
JKM310P-72-AMonocrystalline31028090.42Yes
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