Trina solar panels review
Overall Rating From 115 Reviews:
In 2016 Trina were named the world's most bankable solar panel manufacturer.
In October 2016 they broke the world record for multicrystalline solar panel efficency.
Trina Solar is a Chinese company. Canadian Solar is also a Chinese company. Given Canadian Solar’s name that may seem strange, but the rule of thumb is if a solar panel manufacturer's name makes you think their panels are made in a country that isn't China, then they are made in China.
Trina Solar has 21 offices worldwide, including one in Sydney. They employ 14,200 worldwide, mostly in China. They are based in Changzhou which, as every schoolchild knows, is just a one hour train ride from Shanghai. Well, maybe not every schoolchild knows that, but I'm sure all the schoolchildren in China who know it would add up to a hell of a lot.
In addition to Chinese manufacturing capacity in they have a plant in Thailand that can produce 500 Megawatts of solar panels a year. In addition they have a small 200 megawatt capacity plant in the Netherlands to take advantage of the natural Dutch affinity for photovoltaics or possibly just to get around trade barriers.
Trina Solar Is A Tier 1 Manufacturer
Trina is a well respected name in solar panel manufacturing. They produce quality tier 1 panels that are installed around the world. They have a 10 year product warranty that is standard for tier 1 panels. While there are other tier 1 manufacturers that offer 12, 15, and in Sunpower's case, a 25 year product warranty, Trina's panels are a lower cost option.
Trina Is A Leader In Sustainable Solar Panel Manufacturing
The Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition produces a report each year on how foul solar panel manufacturers are and Trina Solar turns out to be pretty damn not foul. They were the world leader in the report, which measures environmental and social responsibility, in 2014. In 2015 they took third place. The good news is they didn’t slip from their first place because they grew worse. Rather, they improved on their score for the previous year, but were overtaken by two companies that managed to improve by more.
Trina's Honey Panel Is Pretty Sweet
When Trina introduced its Honey panel in 2012 it was the world leader in multicrystalline efficiency and it still is. Trina named it the Honey Panel on account of how they wanted it to be in the “sweet spot” between cutting edge technology and cost effectiveness and not at all to create the impression they are a hive like organization that wants to extract sweet consumer surplus from thousands of customers.
Salt Mist Corrosion Resistance
All Trina Solar panels now state on their datasheets they are corrosion resistant. Certifications for corrosion resistance can be found on Trina’s download page.
Trinasmart Panels Have Built In DC Optimisers For Improved Performance
DC optimisers are little bundles of electronics that are attached to solar panels and enable them to act more intelligently and improve their overall output. So they simply live up to their name and optimise performance. These can be attached to panels when they are installed, but Trinasmart panels have DC optimisers produced by Tigo Energy built into the panels themselves, which makes installation a lot easier and faster.
DC optimisers generally don't offer enough of a performance boost to be economically worthwhile for many installations at the time of writing, but they can be very useful under the right circumstances such as trying to get the maximum amount of solar generation from a limited amount of roof space.
Trina Has An Energy Storage System That Is Not Currently Available In Australia
Trina has produced a home battery storage system called Trina BEST but it does not appear to be available in Australia. They may become available in the future, but currently Trina does not appear to have committed major resources to home energy storage production. My impression is Trina is simply keeping a finger in that pie for now and should they later decide to go into home energy storage in a big way they may try to pull out a plum.
Trina Panels Are A Good Choice
I have no problems recommending Trina panels as they have a cost effective combination of price and reliability. While there are panels out there I consider likely to be more reliable, you will have to pay a premium for them.
|Seem to run at a very high level, like most panels don't really like very hot weather but still perform great.
Bought From: All Green Environmental Solutions Review Date: 21 July 2016
Bought From: Solaray Energy Pty Ltd Review Date: 21 June 2016
|They are cranking the watts nicely!!!
Bought From: Space Solar Review Date: 5 July 2016
Bought From: Enviren Pty Ltd Review Date: 20 June 2016
|Well presume they are rocking along nicely! No issues that I know of!
Bought From: Mark Group Review Date: 10 June 2016
Bought From: Solar Storage Review Date: 13 April 2016
Bought From: All Green Environmental Solutions Review Date: 2 June 2016
Bought From: Urban Renewables Review Date: 1 June 2016
Bought From: Energo Review Date: 11 May 2016
Bought From: Space Solar Review Date: 27 April 2016
Bought From: Solar Storage Review Date: 20 April 2016
Bought From: Captain Green Review Date: 21 April 2016
Bought From: Beyond Solar Pty Ltd Review Date: 17 April 2016
|Sorry we are away for a year, so I cannot put my fingers on the information. We are happy with the panels.
Bought From: Great Southern Solar Review Date: 9 April 2016
Bought From: Mark Group Review Date: 5 April 2016
|On installation the guys accidentally cracked a roof tile and 3 weeks or so later the rain (wet) came through to my daughters bedroom, ceiling and cornice I re-painted myself.
I took photos from in the ceiling /roof space showing the bracket and cracked tile and they came back promptly and replaced the tile with a spare one that I had, pleased with that service.
Bought From: Australian Solar Designs Review Date: 3 April 2016
Bought From: Australian Solar Designs Review Date: 24 March 2016
Bought From: Urban Renewables Review Date: 23 March 2016
Bought From: Urban Renewables Review Date: 1 March 2016
Bought From: All Green Environmental Solutions Review Date: 5 March 2016
Bought From: Urban Renewables Review Date: 12 January 2016
|As far as I can tell, they are performing to specification.
Bought From: Beyond Solar Pty Ltd Review Date: 21 March 2016
|Again I have nothing to gauge them against
Bought From: All Green Environmental Solutions Review Date: 27 January 2016
Bought From: Solaray Energy Pty Ltd Review Date: 8 January 2016
Bought From: ThinkSolar Review Date: 24 December 2015
Bought From: Solaray Energy Pty Ltd Review Date: 10 February 2016
|I have been using PVOutput to monitor the energy output of the panels daily since installation. These panels are exceeding the estimated output (based on orientation and geographic location) consistently.
Bought From: Australian Solar Designs Review Date: 27 November 2015
Bought From: Radiant Energy Systems Review Date: 18 November 2015
Bought From: Nicholls Solar Review Date: 12 November 2015
Bought From: Energy Base Review Date: 2 October 2015
Bought From: Ecoelectric Pty Ltd Review Date: 20 September 2015
Bought From: Captain Green Review Date: 16 September 2015
Bought From: Space Solar Review Date: 25 November 2015
|performing very well - no problems at all
Bought From: Velocity Solar Review Date: 6 September 2015
|Pre purchase research showed good quality, good performance and good environmental credentials during manufacture.
Bought From: Northern Sky Electrical Review Date: 1 September 2015
Bought From: Phoenix Electrical Solar Services Review Date: 19 August 2015
Bought From: Coffs Solar Energy Review Date: 16 August 2015
Bought From: Sky Solar Energy Review Date: 22 June 2015
Bought From: Thirroul Solar Review Date: 6 May 2015
Bought From: Dan The Sparky Man Review Date: 12 May 2015
Bought From: Solaray Energy Pty Ltd Review Date: 26 April 2015
Bought From: Solarblu Review Date: 8 May 2015
Bought From: All Green Environmental Solutions Review Date: 10 May 2015
Bought From: Euro Solar Review Date: 29 April 2015
Bought From: Energy Base Review Date: 15 April 2015
|No problems at all with the panels in the 12 months since installation.
Bought From: Clean Energy Works Review Date: 19 April 2015
Bought From: Solaray Energy Pty Ltd Review Date: 6 April 2015
|You need to keep them clean to get maximum performance
Bought From: All Green Environmental Solutions Review Date: 14 April 2015
Bought From: Nicholls Solar Review Date: 13 April 2015
Bought From: Solaray Energy Pty Ltd Review Date: 10 April 2015
|The power generated seems to be pretty good. Sunny days are liked in our household
Bought From: Nicholls Solar Review Date: 31 March 2015
|N/A||Too soon to tell - haven't received a bill.
Bought From: SolarHub Review Date: 23 March 2015
Bought From: Infinity Power Review Date: 18 March 2015
Bought From: LG Energy Review Date: 24 February 2015
Bought From: Kape Electrical Review Date: 21 January 2015
Bought From: Solaray Energy Pty Ltd Review Date: 20 January 2015
|Again, not sure how to rate solar panels, in the absence of fancy test gear.
Perhaps the following details will give a better idea of our system's performance:
* 3.12 kW system (12 @ 260 W panels)
* Orientation is pretty well perfect for our loation (Katoomba, NSW) and there is no shading.
* The average output so far is 10.0 kWhr/ day (from mid Feb to mid Sept).
Bought From: Nicholls Solar Review Date: 12 February 2015
Bought From: LG Energy Review Date: 12 January 2015
|Again we have had no problems as to date, with any of the panels.
Bought From: Down South Solar Power Review Date: 11 January 2015
Bought From: Space Solar Review Date: 19 January 2015
|20 x 250 W Trina Honey DC Optimiser panels.
Average output in January 2015 35kWh per panel. Range 34 -36 kWh over 20 panels.
Average output in June 2015 15 kWh per panel. Range 13 - 16 kWh over 20 panels.
All panels are generating very close to average figure per day.
Bought From: Australian Solar Designs Review Date: 6 January 2015
Bought From: Phoenix Electrical Solar Services Review Date: 4 January 2015
Bought From: Horan and Bird Electrical Review Date: 26 December 2014
Bought From: Down South Solar Power Review Date: 11 December 2014
|I have a peculiar neighbour who didn't like them - lodged a complaint. Apparently, this was a first. The complaint was dismissed out of hand by the relevant Authority.
Bought From: Australian Solar Designs Review Date: 18 November 2014
|Same answer as the previous question about the micro inverters.
Bought From: Rescom Solar Pty Ltd Review Date: 17 December 2014
|They just work.
Bought From: Bunya Solar Review Date: 3 November 2014
|Again, no issues.
Bought From: Australian Solar Designs Review Date: 21 January 2015
|I have been using solar since Nov14. The result does not live up to my expectations.
That is not the fault of the panels or inverter or installation -- it is the fault of the legislation and rules imposed by the electrical generating industry. See the following and "Expectations" below.
Perhaps SolarQuotes and other similar bodies could pressure state and federal governments to ensure that PV installations are recognised as part of the "green power" initiative and given equity with the "official" green-power generation.
Bought From: Nicholls Solar Review Date: 9 August 2014
Bought From: Kdec Solar Review Date: 31 July 2014
Bought From: Supreme Power Pty Ltd Review Date: 1 August 2014
|They survived a couple of hail storms with no problems.
Bought From: Nicholls Solar Review Date: 4 June 2014
Bought From: Accord Electrical Review Date: 3 June 2014
|Have not seen over 4.4 kW for a 5 kW system yet.
Bought From: Origin Solar Review Date: 20 May 2014
Bought From: Rainbow Energy Review Date: 10 April 2014
Bought From: Easy Being Green Review Date: 17 April 2014
Bought From: Australian Solar Designs Review Date: 7 April 2014
Bought From: East Gippsland Solar Review Date: 16 January 2012
Bought From: Kdec Solar Review Date: 4 February 2014
|No problems at all.
Bought From: Infinity Power Review Date: 21 April 2012
|No problems so far. we haven't had to make a single call to infinity solar since it went on the roof
Bought From: Infinity Power Review Date: 15 April 2012
Bought From: SAE Group Pty Ltd Review Date: 7 June 2012
Bought From: Solar South Review Date: 26 April 2012
Bought From: Sunergy Solar Review Date: 23 April 2012
Bought From: Blue Mountains Solar Review Date: 12 April 2012
Bought From: Green Engineering Review Date: 26 April 2012
Bought From: Mark Group Review Date: 24 March 2011
Bought From: Halcol Energy Review Date: 29 July 2010
Bought From: Mark Group Review Date: 5 May 2011
Bought From: Infinity Power Review Date: 6 May 2011
|Good, consistent output
Bought From: CB Solar Review Date: 24 March 2011
Bought From: Energy Australia Review Date: 25 May 2011
Bought From: Infinity Power Review Date: 25 June 2011
|1500 watt system saves me $300-+each quarter
Bought From: Mark Group Review Date: 2 March 2011
Bought From: Halcol Energy Review Date: 28 April 2011
Bought From: Mark Group Review Date: 27 May 2011
Bought From: Green Living King Review Date: 22 July 2011
Bought From: Energy Australia Review Date: 30 May 2011
|We are very Happy with the installer - he did a great job, i would recommend Maintronics to everyone.
Bought From: Maintronics Review Date: 21 July 2010
Bought From: Halcol Energy Review Date: 1 May 2011
|John & Chris||QLD||4510|
Bought From: Energy Australia Review Date: 26 October 2011
Bought From: SkyPower Australia Review Date: 19 April 2011
|No problems, husband gets up to check every so often & has cleaned them a couple of times.
Bought From: Energy Australia Review Date: 22 June 2011
Bought From: LG Energy Review Date: 18 October 2011
|Before laying the solar and hot water panels I had to sign off on where they were to be put on the roof. Neither time were they put in that position.
The Mark Group should have suggested to remove the chimney from my roof as they did suggest I strengthen my roof. The hot water solar panels are on either side of the chimney, instead of higher up on the roof, consequently get a fair bit of shade in winter time.
Once the job is finished it was hard go get someone to talk to.
Bought From: Mark Group Review Date: 13 February 2011
|I had a damaged panel. The cause of which was not conclusive. It has been replaced of which I paid $605.00. Mark group took the panel to assess warranty. Mark Group then stated it was not warranty. Therefore I should of had the damaged panel returned as I had paid for it, so that has left a bad taste. Any replies comments telephone calls I have made excepting for emails the response has been virtually non existent.
Bought From: Mark Group Review Date: 6 February 2011
Bought From: CSA Services Review Date: 3 August 2010
Bought From: Smart Power Technologies Review Date: 28 October 2010
|I think the above solar panels are what is installed. The contract reads "Trina - TSM PCO5 215w.
Bought From: Mark Group Review Date: 4 January 2011
|8 panels rated to 1.5kw but have only observed 1.35kw max with full sun in summer.
Bought From: Solar Switch Review Date: 20 June 2010
Bought From: Go Solar Power Review Date: 5 June 2010
Bought From: CSA Services Review Date: 27 November 2010
Bought From: Jims Solar Review Date: 22 July 2010
|Appear to be working well.
Bought From: Enviromate Review Date: 18 June 2010
|I had 22 Trina 250W solar panels installed in July 2012. They had performed adequately until early 2016 when 2 panels had to be replaced when a fault occurred. Again in January 2017 when three panels failed and will be replaced in the near future I hope. Are they made for tropical Australian conditions? I don't think so!!
Bought From: Ingenero Review Date: 17 January 2017
Trina has 141 solar panels in our database
|Model||Type||Size||PTC||Performance Ratio||Californian Approved|
|TSM-190DC01A (72 mono cells)||Monocrystalline||190||171||90.21||Yes|
|TSM-195DC01A (72 mono cells)||Monocrystalline||195||176||90.26||Yes|
|TSM-200DC01A (72 mono cells)||Monocrystalline||200||181||90.30||Yes|
|TSM-230PC05 (60 poly cells)||Polycrystalline||230||209||90.83||Yes|
|TSM-230PC05.08 (60 poly cells)||Polycrystalline||230||209||90.83||Yes|
|TSM-235PC05 (60 poly cells)||Polycrystalline||235||214||90.89||Yes|
|TSM-235PC05.08 (60 poly cells)||Polycrystalline||235||214||90.89||Yes|
|TSM-240PC05 (60 poly cells)||Polycrystalline||240||218||90.92||Yes|
|TSM-240PC05.08 (60 poly cells)||Polycrystalline||240||218||90.92||Yes|
|TSM-245PC05 (60 poly cells)||Polycrystalline||245||223||90.98||Yes|
|TSM-245PC05.08 (60 poly cells)||Polycrystalline||245||223||90.98||Yes|
|TSM-250PC05A (60 poly cells)||Polycrystalline||250||229||91.64||Yes|
|TSM-250PC05A.08 (60 poly cells)||Polycrystalline||250||229||91.64||Yes|
|TSM-250PC05A.10 (60 poly cells)||Polycrystalline||250||229||91.64||Yes|
|TSM-250PC05A.18 (60 poly cells)||Polycrystalline||250||229||91.64||Yes|
|TSM-255PC05A.10 (60 poly cells)||Polycrystalline||255||234||91.69||Yes|
|TSM-255PC05A.18 (60 poly cells)||Polycrystalline||255||234||91.69||Yes|
|TSM-260PC05A (60 poly cells)||Polycrystalline||260||239||91.73||Yes|
|TSM-260PC05A.08 (60 poly cells)||Polycrystalline||260||239||91.73||Yes|
|TSM-260PC05A.10 (60 poly cells)||Polycrystalline||260||239||91.73||Yes|
|TSM-260PC05A.18 (60 poly cells)||Polycrystalline||260||239||91.73||Yes|
|TSM-285PC14 (72 poly cells)||Polycrystalline||285||258||90.56||Yes|
|TSM-285PD14 (72 poly cells)||Polycrystalline||285||258||90.56||Yes|
|TSM-290PC14 (72 poly cells)||Polycrystalline||290||263||90.62||Yes|
|TSM-290PD14 (72 poly cells)||Polycrystalline||290||263||90.62||Yes|
|TSM-295PC14 (72 poly cells)||Polycrystalline||295||267||90.47||Yes|
|TSM-295PD14 (72 poly cells)||Polycrystalline||295||267||90.47||Yes|
|TSM-300PC14 (72 poly cells)||Polycrystalline||300||272||90.50||Yes|
|TSM-300PD14 (72 poly cells)||Polycrystalline||300||272||90.50||Yes|
|TSM-305PC14 (72 poly cells)||Polycrystalline||305||276||90.56||Yes|
|TSM-305PD14 (72 poly cells)||Polycrystalline||305||276||90.56||Yes|
|TSM-310PC14 (72 poly cells)||Polycrystalline||310||281||90.58||Yes|
|TSM-310PD14 (72 poly cells)||Polycrystalline||310||281||90.58||Yes|