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Tindo Solar solar panels review

Overall Rating From 5 Reviews:

Tindo Solar solar panels review

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Tindo Solar is Australia’s only manufacturer of solar panels. While they are 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 and 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 10 year product warranty and a 25 year performance warranty. They are corrosion resistant and that makes them suitable for installation in coastal areas. Tindo Solar employs around 25 people and is located in Adelaide.

Company Details

Tindo Solar was founded in 2011. Their Adelaide factory has a manufacturing capacity of 60 megawatts. This definitely makes them a small producer of solar panels. It would take them about 100 years to produce as many solar panels as Australia has now.

Tindo Solar assembles solar panels using imported solar cells.

Tindo Solar Panels

Tindo Solar panels range from 240 to 260 watts. Their efficiency is from 14.2% to 15.6%. This is low by today’s standards and so you may wish to choose a different brand if you want to maximise the amount of electricity generated from a limited amount of roof space.

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.

Unlike the very large majority of solar panel datasheets, Tindo’s doesn’t explicitly state what its temperature coefficient is. But from the information they give I was able to roughly work it out and it appears to be a little below average. So I don’t know why they don’t just clearly state what it is.

Tindo Solar’s Power Tolerance Is Not Positive

The very large majority of tier one panels have positive tolerance. This means the panels wattage will be its rated amount plus a small amount, for example 0 to 5 watts. Tindo panel’s power tolerance is plus or minus 3 watts which means its actual wattage could be up to 3 watts above or 3 watts below its rating.

As a result, the actual wattage of Tindo panels will on average be roughly 1% less than that of panels with positive wattage.

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, while harming the rest of Australia’s solar industry by raising the cost of imported panels.

My Recommendation

If you want Australian made solar panels then Tindo Solar is your only choice. If you want high quality, reliable panels, then Tindo Solar is definitely a choice.

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 the only Australian made panels, but that’s a small price to pay to support Australian manufacturing.

Rating Comments Name State Postcode
we are now making more power than we use.
Bought From: Tindo Solar Review Date: 4 November 2016
Anon VIC 3669

Bought From: Total Energy Solar Review Date: 25 June 2016
Ian QLD 4725

Bought From: Total Energy Solar Review Date: 11 April 2016
Neil QLD 4478

Bought From: Tindo Solar Review Date: 7 September 2014
Mark VIC 3570
Seem to generate at or slightly above promised level. Have been pounded by cricket ball sized hail and not missed a beat. And they are Australian made, so whilst a bit more expensive, seem to be very high quality and some kid in Adelaide gets a job, which we need before we lose our ability to manufacture anything more complex than a cardboard box.
Bought From: Aussie Made Solar Review Date: 29 June 2014
Andrew QLD 4128

Tindo Solar has 1 solar panel in our database

Model Type Size PTC Performance Ratio Californian Approved
Karra-260Polycrystalline26000.00No
Tindo Solar
54.05