Phono solar panels reviews

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About Phono, Solar Panels

Phono solar panels review

Sumec Phono Solar is a Chinese company that manufacturers tier one solar panels with a 15 year product warranty, an optional 15+5 Product Warranty and a 25 year performance warranty. They are certified as corrosion resistant and so are suitable for installation by the sea.

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 capacity for 2020. 

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 Sumec Phono Solar panels can be acquired from their Australian website (https://www.phonosolar.com.au/). 

Ultra High Efficiency Panels

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

Warranties And Corrosion Resistance

All Sumec Phono Solar Panels come with a 15 year product warranty. For residential panels, an optional 5 years warranty coverage is now available to make it a 15+5 year product warranty. All Sumec Phono Solar Panels are certified as corrosion resistant. 

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: Everlite Electrical Pty Ltd Show additional information
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I'm regularly getting 5.1 out of the panels which i understand is very good
Bought From: Everlite Electrical Pty Ltd
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Just works, very happy so far.
Bought From: Arkana Energy Group
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have preformed much better than we expected
Bought From: High Yield Solar
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Have had panels installed for 6 months now and very happy with Performance
Bought From: Bendigo Solar Services
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Bought From: Raze Energy Show additional information
The performance of these panels has been excellent and exceeded our expectations. Even on dull rainy days the panels still produced good output.
Bought From: Essential Energy Solutions Pty Ltd
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Happy
Bought From: Lynergy
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Bought From: Accord Electrical Show additional information
We are still waiting for our retailer to finish their work so we can switch the panels on. I have tested for an hour at a time so far and all is well. I will update my review in a few months.
Bought From: Essential Energy Solutions Pty Ltd
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They have a higher voltage so less panels required. Appears to be working well at the moment, but it is still a bit early to tell
Bought From: GI Energy Brisbane
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Bought From: G Solar and Electrical Pty Ltd Show additional information
So far so good.
Bought From: Essential Energy Solutions Pty Ltd
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They seem to generate enough energy but they’ve only been running for a month. Long warranties are always reassuring.
Bought From: I Want Energy
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Bought From: CB Solar Show additional information
Output appears to exceed estimated monthly averages (determined through the various calculators) so we're pretty happy with that.
Bought From: Essential Energy Solutions Pty Ltd
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Very impressed with the readings on the inverter from the solar panels production in the middle of winter
Bought From: GI Energy Brisbane
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Bought From: Green Energy Technologies Mackay Show additional information
Bought From: GI Energy Brisbane Show additional information
They are affordable and good combo with the Fronius 8.2kw Inverter I got 34 panels over 2 zones for $8000
Bought From: Accord Electrical
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Bought From: All Brisbane Electrical Show additional information
Again, too early to say.
Bought From: Essential Energy Solutions Pty Ltd
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330Watt which is way above some other offerings
Bought From: Ahlec Pty Ltd
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Too early to provide details on performance.
Bought From: Daniel Shea Electrical and Solar
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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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