Phono solar panels reviews

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About Phono, Solar Panels

Phono solar panels review

Sumec Phono Solar is a Chinese company that manufactures tier one solar panels accompanied by a very generous product warranty for modules in this price range. They are certified as corrosion resistant and therefore suitable for installation in coastal locations.

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 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 their most recent (2020) annual production capabilities are 2.2 gigawatts capacity. 

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 Very Proud Of DVN GL Testing Performance

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 Specifications

Datasheets for Sumec Phono Solar panels can be accessed from their Australian website (https://www.phonosolar.com.au/). You can also find specifications for several Phono models popular in Australia on our solar panel comparison table.

Ultra High Efficiency Panels

Sumec Phono Solar produces a line called Twin Plus, which are up to 20.58% efficient - this is a very high conversion efficiency.

Diamond Dual Glass Panels

Phono Solar are also very proud of their Diamond Dual Glass solar panels, which were released in Australia in September 2021.

Featuring toughened glass on both sides, these panels also offer bifacial technology - meaning they can capture light from the rear of the panel as well as the front. We explain dual glass and bifacial panel technology here.

While bifacial features may not be particularly useful on a residential rooftop, the toughened glass certainly is - especially in relation to hail resistance. Normal hail testing involves 25mm hailstones at a speed of 80km/h. According to Sumec Phono Solar, Diamond Dual Glass panels have been tested for 45mm hailstones at a speed of 110km/h.

Warranties And Corrosion Resistance

All Sumec Phono Solar Panels come with a 15 year product warranty; except for Diamond Dual Glass, which boasts a 20 year product warranty.

For all other residential panels, an optional 5 years warranty coverage is now available to make it a 15+5 year product warranty. As mentioned, all Sumec Phono Solar panels are certified as corrosion resistant; particularly desirable if you live by the sea.

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. 

Check out more Phono Solar reviews and ratings from Australians below - and if you have these panels installed on your rooftop, we'd welcome your own review.

Phono Solar Panel Reviews

Bought From: Power Smart Solutions Show additional information
The arrangement of our roof made it necessary to split the system into three arrays with 9x panels facing north and 19x panels facing west.

On average through summer we produced 46kWh per day and on a clear day nearly 70kWh. In winter we experience a lot of shading and so far into winter (one month) we're producing 29kWh per day. We wouldn't be producing anywhere near that if we were using a string system so for our needs the micro inverters are working great.
Bought From: GI Energy Brisbane
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The panels are black low and sleek on the roof they look like they’ve grown there.
Bought From: I Want Energy
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Bought From: GI Energy Brisbane Show additional information
See above. Probably need a few months, and a few bills more to tell.
Bought From: Macquarie Energy Pty Ltd
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Installers did a bit of a reshuffle of the panels and fitted all panels on 2 roof sections. Looks way better.
Bought From: GI Energy NSW & QLD
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They appear to be more efficient than the last panels I had
Bought From: Freedom Energy Solutions Group Pty Ltd
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Great wattage and are big panels @ 450w
Bought From: Rockys Solar
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So far so great, referred family member and got either cash back or free solar panel cleans, installation company were fantastic!
Bought From: Essential Energy Solutions QLD
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Producing maximum power when the sun is out.
Bought From: Freedom Energy Solutions Group Pty Ltd
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Everything seems good so far.
I'm not sure how much we are generating daily, about 40 I think. We are currently generating our maximum energy from 8am-2pm.
Bought From: Freedom Energy Solutions Group Pty Ltd
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We're getting good production create plenty of power to the grid
Bought From: Green Solar
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Phono has 42 solar panels in our database

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