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 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. They are currently 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 1 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 PERC panels that they refer to as ultra high efficiency panels, which are up to 18.4% efficient.

Smart Modules

Phono smart modules are panels with built in SolarEdge 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..

Warranties And Corrosion Resistance

All the above panels come with 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.

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.

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

Bought From: Daniel Shea Electrical and Solar Show additional information
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.
Bought From: Hush Energy
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works well with power generation even at twilight
Bought From: Essential Energy Solutions Pty Ltd
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The panels have performed very well so far I don’t think we should have any trouble in the future.
Bought From: Green Wiring
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All has been ok so far . I have not seen them generate the rated 8.4KW close to 8KW has been the max. I blame the Proserpine Sugar mill blowing clouds over our way .Just a joke .
Bought From: Green Energy Technologies Whitsundays
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Had a message from Solar Analytics last week telling me that my panels and system generated a record amount of KWH
Bought From: Arkana Energy Group
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not at this time
Bought From: Expert Electrical Tasmania
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My installation took place in August 2017 in appalling weather. The installer let me know that two tiles had to be replaced and the spares I had weren’t a perfect match. They swapped those two with matching ones to reduce any risk of the seal being affected. Just recently I noticed a small water stain on the ceiling. I contacted Alex who didn’t hesitate to say that he would arrange for a team to locate and fix the problem.
Bought From: Advanced Solar Technology (North)
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We have 20x Phono 270 Wp panels, which face 10* North with at a 22* tilt. The Wifi data logging has enabled us to closely monitor the performance of the panels. We have been surprised to see that, on clear days (which is mostly the case, here on Queensland's Sunshine Coast), they start generating at about 05:30, and continue until about 16:30.
Bought From: Accord Electrical
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Bought From: Accord Electrical Show additional information
They appear to do the job, but due to the performance of the Delta Inverter can we really be sure. They have produced 3000kwh that I have noticed.
Bought From: Advanced Solar Technology (North)
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Bought From: Solar Australia Nth Vic Echuca Show additional information
On occasions they have produced more power than their rated maximum.
Bought From: Solar Australia Nth Vic Shepparton
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No issues to date, but no basis for comparison either. All appears good.
Bought From: Solar Australia Nth Vic Echuca
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Bought From: Accord Electrical Show additional information
Our only issue is the tree shade. Without that the rating could be probably "5 Fantastic".
Bought From: The Green Power Company
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Bought From: Solar Australia MV Solar Show additional information
No issues to date very happy with the performance.

Because I didn't have enough room on the roof for a north only installation, the panels are placed 10 on the east side and ten on the west side, to date this seems to be a good combination.
Bought From: Advanced Solar Technology (North)
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When it gets cloudy I thought they would perform better. As we were told in low light conditions they would perform excellent. Overall they seem to perform good.
Bought From: Sunsource Group
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They seem to be doing a good job so far
Bought From: Solar Australia Nth Vic Echuca
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Estimated average system output has been exceeded in nearly every month since installed.
Bought From: Solar Australia MV Solar
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Again, no problems so can only say fantastic.
Bought From: Solar Australia Port Macquarie
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Bought From: Solar Australia Newcastle Show additional information
Panels performing very well
Bought From: Uni-Industries
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Bought From: Solar Australia Newcastle Show additional information
After 7 months the panels had not gained very much surface dirt or debris and appear to be highly efficient with good gains during overcast but bright days - mine are arranged in eastward and westward in two groups of 4x2 panels each for a total rated output of just over 4KW
Battery charge levels are nearly always over 80% and regularly get to 99%
Power bills are lower than $2 per day even with the use of the reverse cycle a/c
While I do not want to site test the hail resistance there are stated values for size and speed of the hail stones - much more valid information for East Coast Australia than information on snow loadings provided for some of the Canadian panels - at least impact damage has been considered in the design of the panels - I purposefully delayed the installation until the adjacent land was cleared of major trees that were dropping branches and other debris on my roof
Bought From: STS Services
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I think they are working quite OK.
Bought From: Solar Australia Newcastle
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Bought From: Solar Australia Nth Vic Shepparton Show additional information
Panels cannot be seen from most angles The weather has kept the dust etc.off the panels in the winter, but we are aware that they will need an occasional hosing off in the summer.
Bought From: Solar Australia Nth Vic Shepparton
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Bought From: Advanced Solar Technology (North) Show additional information
Derating on solar panels with temperature is extreme. System is 2.5kW, but is lucky to peak at 2kW.
System seems to work consistantly, but I would not use or recommend the Phono panels if I was doing it again.
Installer scratched the colorbond roof in numberous locations (discovered some time after the installation). A bit disappointing, but there is not much you can do about it.
Bought From: Advanced Solar Technology (North)
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No problems with the panels after a year
Bought From: Advanced Solar Technology (North)
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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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