Tindo Solar solar panels reviews

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About Tindo Solar, Solar Panels

Tindo Solar solar panels review

If you have your heart set on Australian-made solar panels,Tindo Solar is the only manufacturer we would recommend to a friend.

While not a producer of tier one panels, which are what I normally recommend people buy, Finn has been to their factory and checked out their production. He was impressed enough to put 24 of them on his roof, so I think that is a pretty good endorsement of their quality.

Tindo Solar panels have a 12-year product warranty, and a 25 year performance warranty. They are corrosion resistant, and that makes them suitable for installation in coastal areas.  At last count Tindo Solar employs around 25 people and is located in Adelaide.

Company Details

Tindo Solar was founded in 2011. Their original Adelaide factory, situated at Technology Park around 12 km north of Adelaide's CBD, had a manufacturing capacity of 60 megawatts. This definitely makes them a small producer of solar panels.  If they operated at 100% capacity it would take them over 215 years to produce as much Tindo solar panel capacity as was installed in Australia by the middle of 2019. 

The company was bought by South Australia's Cool or Cozy insulation and energy efficiency company in March 2017.

In September 2021, the firm started decommissioning its current factory in readiness to commence operations in its new plant, situated adjacent. The new plant will be capable of producing more than twice the output of the old factory (150MW annually).

Tindo Solar assembles solar panels using imported solar cells.

Tindo Solar Panels

Tindo's Karra series panels currently range from 330 to 400 watts. Their efficiency is from 19.5% to 20.1%. When the new factory starts producing, the smallest capacity panel will be 400 watts and the largest, 540 watts.

Tindo Solar And Temperature Coefficient

The hotter a solar panel gets, the lower its efficiency. The value that gives how much a panels efficiency drops by for each one degree increase in temperature over 25 degrees is called the Max Power Temperature Coefficient, or alternatively it’s called the Temperature Coefficient of Pmax. A typical value is -0.4%. This means if a panel’s temperature is 35 degrees it would produce 4% less electricity than if it was at 25 degrees.

Tindo's Temperature Coefficient of Pmax is -0.37%/°C, which isn't the best in the industry, but isn't bad either.

Tindo Solar’s Power Tolerance

The very large majority of tier one panels have positive tolerance. This means their wattage will be the rated amount plus a small amount, for example 0 to 5 watts. Tindo panels' power tolerance used to be plus or minus 3% which meant its actual wattage could be up to 3% above or 3% below its rating. However, these days it is 0 + ~ 5W.

Tindo Solar And Dumping

In 2014 Tindo Solar instigated an an anti-dumping case against Chinese solar panel manufacturers. It did not succeed. If it had it could have resulted in punitive tariffs being placed on Chinese panels. This would have helped Tindo Solar and its 25 employees at the time, while harming the rest of Australia’s solar industry by raising the cost of imported panels.

Warranty Claim Procedure For Orphaned Tindo Customers

If you have purchased a Tindo system from an installer who has since gone under, Tindo become responsible for handling the replacement of panels under warranty. They can be contacted on 1300 846 367, and handle the process for you using installers in their network. Note that labor costs are not covered under warranty.

My Recommendation

If you want Australian made solar panels then Tindo Solar is a good choice. If you want quality, reliable panels, then you'll also get them with Tindo Solar.

While they are a small producer and will most likely never be a tier one solar panel manufacturer, I am satisfied that if you install their panels you will be very unlikely to have a problem with them.

Tindo Solar panels do carry a premium as Australian made panels, but that’s a small price to pay to support quality Australian manufacturing.

If you've had Tindo Solar panels installed, I encourage you to leave a review to let other Australians know your thoughts on their performance.

Tindo Solar Solar Panel Reviews

All good so far, Australian assembled panels was important.
Bought From: Coastal Solar
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We specifically wanted Australian Made panels, but were given the option of cheaper alternatives. We decided to go with the Australian made panels.
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Because of our roof not all panels face the same direction. We have some facing East, West and North so we don't get all panels working at top capacity at the same time. But we haven't had to pay an electricity bill since.
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They are brilliant, I have 10.2kw of theese panels on my roof, with a 8.2kw fronius inverter. The system is perfect for us.
More than happy with Tindo. Highly recommend
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Just a great experience. Saving us electricity costs, and leaving the coal in the ground in Gippsland.
Bought From: Bendigo Grid Connect
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Really like that they are made right here in Australia and were developed specifically for Australian conditions
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Please note that the panels were Q.MAXX-G2 350Watt from Q.antum
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Look good and seem to be working well.
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System has been installed on the day of writing this review and too early to review product performance.
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Best quality and great performance
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So far no problems and I don't expect any. Australian made makes me feel safe.
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Initially shows everything working okay. Nice looking panels with thin edge surround
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They do as advetised and work well.
Bought From: Steve Torpy Electrical and Security and Coastal Solar Solutions
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Had the Tindo panels for a month now and ten of those days they have been producing over 30kWh each day as reported on the Envoy monitoring system, in total for the month 573kWh
Bought From: Steve Torpy Electrical and Security and Coastal Solar Solutions
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The Tindo panels are fantastic - both in terms of production as well as the aesthetic look on my house. Add to that the 25 year warranty and the fact that they are Australian made, and that made them the easy choice!
Bought From: Steve Torpy Electrical and Security and Coastal Solar Solutions
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Again hard to tell reliability but generating plenty of power so far!
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They're smashing out the kW like it's the end of fossil fuels ????
Bought From: Andys Electrical
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Panels look great (aesthetically pleasing) as it was hard to convince the household to get solar panels installed over the newly refurbished roof.

So far meeting performance expectations.

Additional confidence with the 25 year warranty on both performance curve & product quality.
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Very happy with overall performance. Just come out of winter and our electricity is going into surplus
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Tindo Solar has 5 solar panels in our database

Model Type Size (W) PTC (W) Performance Ratio
Karra-260Polycrystalline260N/AN/A
Karra-285Monocrystalline285N/AN/A
Karra-290Monocrystalline290N/AN/A
Karra-295Monocrystalline295N/AN/A
Karra-300Monocrystalline300N/AN/A
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