Phono solar panels reviews

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About Phono, Solar Panels

Phono solar panels review

Phono Solar (now officially called Sumec Phono Solar) is a Chinese company that produces tier one solar panels with a 12 year* product warranty and 25 year performance warranty. They are certified as corrosion resistant and so are suitable for installation by the sea.

*UPDATE: JULY 15 2019. Sumec Phono Solar have announced the company has boosted its product warranty from 12 years to 15 years. This is valid for all standard modules delivered from Phono Solar since January 1, 2019.

Phono Solar also now have an Australian presence: Level 35, Tower One, 100 Barangaroo Ave, Sydney, Australia. Phone number: (02) 8114 4516

Company History

Phono Solar was founded by the Sumec/Sinomach conglomerate, apparently in 2004. The huge Sumec/Sinomach conglomeration has so many fingers in so many pies they have probably had extra hands grafted on to accommodate them all. They are involved in everything from large and small scale generator manufacture, to lawn mowers, to clothing. In 2018, it was noted as Forbes' 5th fastest growing company in the world. 

Phono Solar first started large scale manufacture of solar panels in 2008 with a 120 megawatt solar panel production line. They expanded this to 200 megawatts the following year and by 2014 they were considered to be a tier one manufacturer by Bloomberg.

Manufacturing Capacity

Phono Solar have advised that their most recent production figures are 2.2 gigawatts for 2018. The world’s largest manufacturer, Jinko Solar, produced over 5 times as much with around 11 gigawatts of production in 2018.

Manufacturing Location

Phono Solar manufactures their panels in Nanjing, a city that is often known as Nanking to English speakers. It is on the Yangtze River and is only a one and a half hour express train ride from Shanghai.

Phono Solar Is Very Proud Of How Their Panels Performed in DVN GL Tests

DNV GL is, among other things, an international certification body. They perform independent tests of solar panels. Phono Solar did extremely well in testing, coming second overall in an extensive round of tests completed in 2016, which I wrote about here.

Phono Solar Panels

Datasheets for Phono panels can be acquired from their download page. If you get information on their standard module from there you’ll find the datasheet actually calls them premium modules. These standard/premium modules can be up to 17.3% efficient. 

Ultra High Efficiency Panels

Phono produces a line of called Twin Plus, which are up to 19.8% efficient - this is a very high conversion efficiency.

Smart Modules

Phono smart modules are panels with built in SolarEdge or Tigo optimizers. These work to maximise the output of each panel so if one panel performs poorly it won’t drag down the performance of others. Phono Solar says they can provide up to 25% more output, but 10% to 15% is more realistic under most circumstances.

Dual Glass Module

Phono produces a dual glass module that operates at a higher voltage than standard panels. Its product warranty is for 12 years, the same as other Phono panels, but their performance warranty is 5 years longer at 30 years. These panels are made for larger and higher voltage inverters than are normally used by Australian homes.

Warranties And Corrosion Resistance

All the above panels come with at least 12 year product and 25 year performance warranties and they are all definitely certified as corrosion resistant. 

Note: All standard modules delivered from Phono Solar since January 1, 2019 are accompanied by a 15-year product warranty.

Warranty Procedure

With the establishing of its office in Australia, SUMEC Australia is now responsible for all warranty services. Customers can make warranty claims via www.phonosolar.com.au, or [email protected], [email protected]

My Recommendation

I would have no problem with installing Phono Solar modules on my roof, especially since the did so well in DNV GL testing. They are also very competitively priced. Personally, I’d take them over a considerable number of other tier one panels. 

Phono Solar Panel Reviews

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Very impressed with the readings on the inverter from the solar panels production in the middle of winter
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They are affordable and good combo with the Fronius 8.2kw Inverter I got 34 panels over 2 zones for $8000
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Again, too early to say.
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330Watt which is way above some other offerings
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Too early to provide details on performance.
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producing output at daybreak and sunset.
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Very good . I have compared with friends out puts and they have a larger systems and I still beat them !
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Installed 310W Phono Perc solar panels. Now, seven months since the 9.3kW system went live, it is performing extremely well. So far so good.
Probably about time to get up and clean them.
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works well with power generation even at twilight
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The panels have performed very well so far I don’t think we should have any trouble in the future.
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Phono has 42 solar panels in our database

Model Type Size PTC Performance Ratio Californian Approved
PS170M-24/FMonocrystalline17015490.59Yes
PS180M-24/FMonocrystalline18016491.11Yes
PS185M-24/FMonocrystalline18516890.81Yes
PS190M-24/FMonocrystalline19017391.05Yes
PS195M-24/FMonocrystalline19517690.26Yes
PS200M-24/FMonocrystalline20018190.50Yes
PS215M-20/UMonocrystalline21519490.23Yes
PS215P-20/UPolycrystalline21519590.70Yes
PS220M-20/UMonocrystalline22019990.45Yes
PS220P-20/UPolycrystalline22019990.45Yes
PS225M-20/UMonocrystalline22520490.67Yes
PS225P-20/UPolycrystalline22520490.67Yes
PS230M-20/UMonocrystalline23020890.43Yes
PS230P-20/UPolycrystalline23020990.87Yes
PS235M-20/UMonocrystalline23521390.64Yes
PS235P-20/UPolycrystalline23521390.64Yes
PS240M-20/UMonocrystalline24021890.83Yes
PS240P-20/UPolycrystalline24021890.83Yes
PS245M-20/UMonocrystalline24522190.20Yes
PS245P-20/UPolycrystalline24522190.20Yes
PS250M-20/UMonocrystalline25022690.40Yes
PS250P-20/UPolycrystalline25022690.40Yes
PS255M-20/UMonocrystalline25523190.59Yes
PS255P-20/UPolycrystalline25523190.59Yes
PS260M-20/UMonocrystalline26023590.38Yes
PS260P-20/UPolycrystalline26023590.38Yes
PS280M-24/TMonocrystalline28025390.36Yes
PS280P-24/TPolycrystalline28025390.36Yes
PS285M-24/TMonocrystalline28525790.18Yes
PS285P-24/TPolycrystalline28525790.18Yes
PS290M-24/TMonocrystalline29026290.34Yes
PS290P-24/TPolycrystalline29026290.34Yes
PS295M-24/TMonocrystalline29526790.51Yes
PS295P-24/TPolycrystalline29526790.51Yes
PS300M-24/TMonocrystalline30027190.33Yes
PS300P-24/TPolycrystalline30027190.33Yes
PS305M-24/TMonocrystalline30527690.49Yes
PS305P-24/TPolycrystalline30527690.49Yes
PS310M-24/TMonocrystalline31028190.65Yes
PS310P-24/TPolycrystalline31028090.32Yes
PS315M-24/TMonocrystalline31528590.48Yes
PS315P-24/TPolycrystalline31528590.48Yes
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