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Seraphim solar panels review

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Tier 1

Seraphim Solar

Seraphim Solar is a Chinese manufacturer of tier one panels with 10 year product and 25 year performance warranties. They are certified as corrosion resistant which makes them suitable for installation in coastal areas.

Seraphim Solar does not have an Australian office. As a result, under Australian consumer law, their importer is responsible for their product and performance warranties.

I took an in depth look at Seraphim solar panels in August 2016 and you can read what I found out about them here.

Manufacturing Capacity

Seraphim solar was founded in 2009 and is a moderate sized manufacturer of solar panels. Their production capacity was approximately 2 gigawatts at the end of 2016. This put them well behind the world leader, Jinko Solar, which shipped approximately 6.6 gigawatts of panels in 2016.

As with many large producers of solar panels, Seraphim is vertically integrated and produces the silicon ingots and that solar cells are made from. This makes them less reliant on outside suppliers.

Manufacturing Location

Seraphim Solar produces most of its panels in the city of Changzhou, which is a one hour train ride north-west of Shanghai. In addition they also have a small manufacturing plant in Jackson Mississippi in the USA, with a current capacity of 300 megawatts. Seraphim Solar says this may be expanded to 1 gigawatt in the future, but this may not be true as in the United States it is common for companies to exaggerate their intended manufacturing capacity in order to wrangle increased concessions from state and local governments.

Seraphim Panels

Seraphim Solar produces a variety of solar panels. Standard sized, 60 cell panels are the type most commonly installed in Australia, but Seraphim also produces larger 72 cell panels and smaller 54 and 48 cell ones. They are all corrosion resistant and so suitable for installation by the sea. They have 10 year product warranties and 25 performance warranties.

Seraphim SRP-6MB Panels

These are standard sized, 60 cell panels and their efficiency ranges from 16.3% to 17.2%. Their temperature coefficient of maximum output power, which is usually called the Pmax temperature coefficient, is -0.43% which is slightly worse than average and will result. This means their efficiency will decline by 0.43% for each degree the panel is over 25 degrees Celsius.

AC Panels

Seraphim produces panels with built in microinverters called AC panels. They have two types. One panel has its own individual microinverter while the other shares one microinverter between two panels. Seraphim does not state on their site who makes the microinverters, but they have a 25 year warranty, which is impressive.

Eclipse Panels

Seraphim’s highest efficiency panels are their Eclipse line which are made with small, one fifth normal size, overlapping solar cells.. The lower cost polycrystalline version is 17.1% efficient and the monocrystalline version is 18.8% efficient. At -0.4% their Pmax temperature coefficent is average, so losses from heat will be typical for most solar panels.

My Recommendation

Seraphim Solar produce reliable, tier one panels and I would have no problem with installing them on my roof. They do not have an Australian office which means their importer will be responsible for their product and performance warranties.

Rating Comments Name State Postcode
Well its hard to say, there are so many saying so much. They are upper middle I believe, black, and 270w. Perhaps what's best is the kids showing off with their mates landed a poorly tossed rock in the middle of them the other day and they didn't break, so they are perfect in my books.
Bought From: SAE Group Pty Ltd Review Date: 20 January 2017
Jason QLD 4300
No problems so far - probably about 5 years before they pay for themselves. The Fronius solarweb system allowed me to analyse performance in real time. I built a 12 month spreadsheet based on daily production from Fronius and daily consumption from the United Energy "Energy Easy" web site. Using these two data sources, it is possible to calculate an actual savings figure that is accurate to the last cent. Some figures from the spreadsheet below: 6.5 kW (nominal) system - 25 panels %ge of solar production used by house 31.89% %ge of solar production exported 68.11% %ge of house consumption provided by solar panels 44.59% %ge of house consumption provided by grid 55.41% % of total savings due to grid consumption reduction 53.8% % of total savings due to grid export earnings 46.2% Based on a very competitive installation price from Sahara Solar and the spreadsheet savings figures, my simple return on investment for 12 months was 12.8% PA. I expect a higher ROI next year as the Victorian feed in tariff has recently been raised from 6.2c/kwH to 14c/kwH (Globird Energy). Based on this year's data, ROI next year should increase to 19.9% PA.
Bought From: Sahara Solar Review Date: 1 September 2016
Graham VIC 3936
We opted for the SRP-300-6PA panels.
Bought From: GTL Electrical Pty Ltd Review Date: 25 January 2017
Mark QLD 4811

Bought From: Sahara Solar Review Date: 17 September 2016
Rob VIC 3915

Bought From: SAE Group Pty Ltd Review Date: 18 August 2016
Al QLD 4272
The panels are producing 3.640 w but the inverter is a 3kw not getting the full potential of the panels.
Bought From: SAE Group Pty Ltd Review Date: 2 September 2016
John QLD 4152

Bought From: Sahara Solar Review Date: 23 August 2016
Barry VIC 3809
The maintenance check verified their output and function was normal as expected.
Bought From: SAE Group Pty Ltd Review Date: 27 June 2016
Barrie NSW 2478

Bought From: SAE Group Pty Ltd Review Date: 1 July 2016
John NSW 2479

Bought From: SAE Group Pty Ltd Review Date: 25 June 2016
Anon NSW 2487
@ 90kWh per day generated I am delighted.
Bought From: SAE Group Pty Ltd Review Date: 22 May 2016
Anon QLD 4213

Bought From: SAE Group Pty Ltd Review Date: 30 January 2016
Gary QLD 4209

Bought From: SAE Group Pty Ltd Review Date: 24 October 2015
John NSW 2420

Bought From: SAE Group Pty Ltd Review Date: 16 September 2015
Glenn NSW 2486
Installed 6.24KW of panels and a 5KW inverter. It is worth installing the extra panel capacity as it allows you to operate at 5KW for more hours a day.
Bought From: SAE Group Pty Ltd Review Date: 1 September 2015
David QLD 4218

Bought From: SAE Group Pty Ltd Review Date: 9 June 2015
David QLD 4218

Bought From: True Value Solar Review Date: 15 May 2015
Paul VIC 3150

Bought From: SAE Group Pty Ltd Review Date: 22 January 2015
Toni NSW 2484

Bought From: True Value Solar Review Date: 17 May 2014
Elaine VIC 3352
Operating well without any maintenance
Bought From: SAE Group Pty Ltd Review Date: 12 May 2014
Jeff QLD 4343

Bought From: Energy Storage Direct Review Date: 8 September 2017
Sam SA 5108

Seraphim has 8 solar panels in our database

Model Type Size PTC Performance Ratio Californian Approved
SRP-190-5MB (60 Mono cells)Monocrystalline19017290.32Yes
SRP-195-5MB (60 Mono cells)Monocrystalline19517690.41Yes
SRP-200-5MB (60 Mono cells)Monocrystalline20018190.45Yes
SRP-235-6PB (60 Poly cells)Polycrystalline23521290.04Yes
SRP-240-6PB (60 Poly cells)Polycrystalline24021690.08Yes
SRP-280-6PA (72 Poly cells)Polycrystalline28025290.04Yes
SRP-285-6PA (72 Poly cells)Polycrystalline28525790.07Yes
SRP-290-6PA (72 Poly cells)Polycrystalline29026190.10Yes