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Trina solar panels review

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Trina solar panels review

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Tier 1Trina Solar is the largest manufacturer of solar modules in the world. In 2015 they shipped 4.55 gigawatts of panels which was 17% more than the runner up, Canadian Solar.

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.

Rating Comments Name State Postcode

Bought From: Technaus Solar Review Date: 11 January 2017
Anon VIC 3031
The new/additional Trina 270W panels shade the original 1.5 kW installation by up to 33% in cooler months. This is the only issue that I have with the installation but it is quite disappointing having the original array shaded by the new. I believe the new array was installed too close the the original, thus casting shadows.
Bought From: Solaray Energy Pty Ltd Review Date: 9 January 2017
John NSW 2518

Bought From: Mission Solar and Electrical Review Date: 7 January 2017
Peter QLD 4852

Bought From: Space Solar Review Date: 15 December 2016
Peter NSW 2079

Bought From: Goliath Electrical Review Date: 18 January 2017
Dan SA 5062
The panels have cut our power bill considerably.
Bought From: SolarEZE Review Date: 5 December 2016
Peter QLD 4285

Bought From: Australian Solar Designs Review Date: 30 November 2016
Mark ACT 2902

Bought From: Solaray Energy Pty Ltd Review Date: 24 October 2016
Anon NSW 2131
Trina are our second lot of panels. Previous 4 years ago are Canadian with sunny boy inverter. Work well! New panels have micro inverters so we can install batteries when price and quality improve. We have 6.44kw total and power bill has reduced to couple of hundred dollars during warmer months. Winter is much lower but will see later when next account comes in.
Bought From: EcoSmart Energy Group Review Date: 9 November 2016
Jim SA 5163

Bought From: Beyond Solar Review Date: 24 October 2016
Peter NSW 2582

Bought From: Australian Solar Designs Review Date: 24 October 2016
John NSW 2229
No complaints thus far, as they're still producing at the level I'd expect.
Bought From: Origin Solar Review Date: 23 September 2016
Brad NSW 2323
N/A No failures or performance drop yet. My electric retailer has not yet got the smart meter working.
Bought From: Solaray Energy Pty Ltd Review Date: 16 September 2016
Ian NSW 2234

Bought From: Australian Solar Designs Review Date: 10 September 2016
Tony NSW 2540
Had no issues at all with them
Bought From: Urban Renewables Review Date: 19 August 2016
Martin VIC 3192

Bought From: Energy Aware Review Date: 4 September 2016
Dave TAS 7005
N/A weather variations make it impossible to make a subjective prognisis on the panel performance
Bought From: Solargain Review Date: 10 August 2016
Detoor ACT 2905
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
Scott NSW 2280

Bought From: Solaray Energy Pty Ltd Review Date: 21 June 2016
Simon NSW 2100
They are cranking the watts nicely!!!
Bought From: Space Solar Review Date: 5 July 2016
Brook NSW 2225

Bought From: Enviren Pty Ltd Review Date: 20 June 2016
Rod QLD 4184
Well presume they are rocking along nicely! No issues that I know of!
Bought From: Mark Group Review Date: 10 June 2016
Merry NSW 2324

Bought From: Solar Storage Review Date: 13 April 2016
Robert SA 5575

Bought From: All Green Environmental Solutions Review Date: 2 June 2016
Patrick NSW 2261

Bought From: Urban Renewables Review Date: 1 June 2016
Mark VIC 3188

Bought From: Energo Review Date: 11 May 2016
Mark VIC 3221

Bought From: Space Solar Review Date: 27 April 2016
John NSW 2126

Bought From: Solar Storage Review Date: 20 April 2016
Peter SA 5608

Bought From: Captain Green Review Date: 21 April 2016

Bought From: Beyond Solar Review Date: 17 April 2016
Peter NSW 2428
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
Colin WA 6258
Look good.
Bought From: Mark Group Review Date: 5 April 2016
John SA 5169
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
Anon NSW 2541

Bought From: Australian Solar Designs Review Date: 24 March 2016
Bruce NSW 2533

Bought From: Urban Renewables Review Date: 23 March 2016
Horrie VIC 3183

Bought From: Urban Renewables Review Date: 1 March 2016
Greg VIC 3163

Bought From: All Green Environmental Solutions Review Date: 5 March 2016
Mark NSW 2321

Bought From: Urban Renewables Review Date: 12 January 2016
Bindy VIC 3162
As far as I can tell, they are performing to specification.
Bought From: Beyond Solar Review Date: 21 March 2016
Charles NSW 2666
Again I have nothing to gauge them against
Bought From: All Green Environmental Solutions Review Date: 27 January 2016
Les NSW 2259

Bought From: Solaray Energy Pty Ltd Review Date: 8 January 2016
Mark NSW 2155

Bought From: ThinkSolar Review Date: 24 December 2015
Col NSW 2456

Bought From: Solaray Energy Pty Ltd Review Date: 10 February 2016
John NSW 2100
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
Mike ACT 2905

Bought From: Radiant Energy Systems Review Date: 18 November 2015
Bruce VIC 3218

Bought From: Nicholls Solar Review Date: 12 November 2015
Graham NSW 2528

Bought From: Energy Base Review Date: 2 October 2015
Andrew QLD 4740

Bought From: Ecoelectric Pty Ltd Review Date: 20 September 2015
Fiona QLD 4207

Bought From: Captain Green Review Date: 16 September 2015
Jim WA 6065

Bought From: Space Solar Review Date: 25 November 2015
Stephen NSW 2042
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
Pat QLD 4870

Bought From: Phoenix Electrical Solar Services Review Date: 19 August 2015
David NSW 2795

Bought From: Coffs Solar Energy Review Date: 16 August 2015
Ian NSW 2452

Bought From: Sky Solar Energy Review Date: 22 June 2015
John QLD 4560

Bought From: Thirroul Solar Review Date: 6 May 2015
Mark NSW 2516

Bought From: Dan The Sparky Man Review Date: 12 May 2015
Cameron QLD 4213

Bought From: Solaray Energy Pty Ltd Review Date: 26 April 2015
John NSW 2010

Bought From: Solarblu Review Date: 8 May 2015
John NSW 2530

Bought From: All Green Environmental Solutions Review Date: 10 May 2015
Wayne NSW 2303

Bought From: Euro Solar Review Date: 29 April 2015
Craig NSW 2257

Bought From: Energy Base Review Date: 15 April 2015
Jill QLD 4740
No problems at all with the panels in the 12 months since installation.
Bought From: Clean Energy Works Review Date: 19 April 2015
Sue VIC 3193

Bought From: Solaray Energy Pty Ltd Review Date: 6 April 2015
Ian NSW 2233
You need to keep them clean to get maximum performance
Bought From: All Green Environmental Solutions Review Date: 14 April 2015
Timothy NSW 2284

Bought From: Nicholls Solar Review Date: 13 April 2015
Ken NSW 2750

Bought From: Solaray Energy Pty Ltd Review Date: 10 April 2015
Matthew NSW 2113
The power generated seems to be pretty good. Sunny days are liked in our household
Bought From: Nicholls Solar Review Date: 31 March 2015
Byron NSW 2259
N/A Too soon to tell - haven't received a bill.
Bought From: SolarHub Review Date: 23 March 2015
Ian ACT 2615

Bought From: Infinity Power Review Date: 18 March 2015
Adrian QLD 4816

Bought From: LG Energy Review Date: 24 February 2015
Russell NSW 2319

Bought From: Kape Electrical Review Date: 21 January 2015
Norm QLD 4817

Bought From: Solaray Energy Pty Ltd Review Date: 20 January 2015
David NSW 2577
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
Andrew NSW 2780

Bought From: AHE Group Review Date: 12 January 2015
Mark NSW 2076
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
Caroline WA 6233

Bought From: Space Solar Review Date: 19 January 2015
Sally NSW 2112
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
Graeme NSW 2226

Bought From: Phoenix Electrical Solar Services Review Date: 4 January 2015
Neil NSW 2795

Bought From: Horan and Bird Electrical Review Date: 26 December 2014
Jill QLD 4814

Bought From: Down South Solar Power Review Date: 11 December 2014
Quentin WA 6230
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
George ACT 2903
Same answer as the previous question about the micro inverters.
Bought From: Rescom Solar Pty Ltd Review Date: 17 December 2014
Kit NSW 2161
They just work.
Bought From: Bunya Solar Review Date: 3 November 2014
John NSW 2537
Again, no issues.
Bought From: Australian Solar Designs Review Date: 21 January 2015
Catherine NSW 2540
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
Ian NSW 2042

Bought From: Kdec Solar Review Date: 31 July 2014

Bought From: Supreme Power Pty Ltd Review Date: 1 August 2014
Steve QLD 4218
They survived a couple of hail storms with no problems.
Bought From: Nicholls Solar Review Date: 4 June 2014
Robin QLD 4011

Bought From: Accord Electrical Review Date: 3 June 2014
Phillip QLD 4551
Have not seen over 4.4 kW for a 5 kW system yet.
Bought From: Origin Solar Review Date: 20 May 2014
Chris VIC 3030

Bought From: Rainbow Energy Review Date: 10 April 2014
Kathy NSW 2482

Bought From: Easy Being Green Review Date: 17 April 2014
Douglas VIC 3765

Bought From: Australian Solar Designs Review Date: 7 April 2014
Alan NSW 2533

Bought From: East Gippsland Solar Review Date: 16 January 2012
Roger VIC 3875

Bought From: Kdec Solar Review Date: 4 February 2014
Sharon NSW 2641
No problems at all.
Bought From: Infinity Power Review Date: 21 April 2012
Andrew QLD 4568
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
Brian QLD 4873

Bought From: SAE Group Pty Ltd Review Date: 7 June 2012
Anon QLD 4380

Bought From: Solar South Review Date: 26 April 2012
Wendy SA 5214

Bought From: Sunergy Solar Review Date: 23 April 2012
Neil VIC 3450

Bought From: Blue Mountains Solar Review Date: 12 April 2012
Mick NSW 2750

Bought From: Green Engineering Review Date: 26 April 2012
Kaivan VIC 3023

Bought From: Mark Group Review Date: 24 March 2011
Christine NSW 2261

Bought From: Halcol Energy Review Date: 29 July 2010
Ron QLD 4575

Bought From: Mark Group Review Date: 5 May 2011
Jeff NSW 2540

Bought From: Infinity Power Review Date: 6 May 2011
Malcolm QLD 4868
Good, consistent output
Bought From: CB Solar Review Date: 24 March 2011
Sheree QLD 4055

Bought From: Energy Australia Review Date: 25 May 2011
John VIC 3094

Bought From: Infinity Power Review Date: 25 June 2011
Brian QLD 4650
1500 watt system saves me $300-+each quarter
Bought From: Mark Group Review Date: 2 March 2011
Arnold NSW 2212

Bought From: Halcol Energy Review Date: 28 April 2011
Tony QLD 4507

Bought From: Mark Group Review Date: 27 May 2011
Michael NSW 2541

Bought From: Green Living King Review Date: 22 July 2011
Ron NSW 2259

Bought From: Energy Australia Review Date: 30 May 2011
Noel VIC 3636
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
Anon NSW 2480

Bought From: Halcol Energy Review Date: 1 May 2011
John & Chris QLD 4510

Bought From: Energy Australia Review Date: 26 October 2011
Anon VIC 3016

Bought From: SkyPower Australia Review Date: 19 April 2011
Ron VIC 3030
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
Teresa VIC 3350

Bought From: LG Energy Review Date: 18 October 2011
Phil QLD 4660
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
Louise NSW 2022
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
Kevin NSW 2167

Bought From: CSA Services Review Date: 3 August 2010
Peter QLD 4155

Bought From: Smart Power Technologies Review Date: 28 October 2010
Stephen NSW 2257
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
Geoffrey NSW 2154
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
Garry NSW 2477

Bought From: Go Solar Power Review Date: 5 June 2010

Bought From: CSA Services Review Date: 27 November 2010
Dale QLD 4034
Appear to be working well.
Bought From: Enviromate Review Date: 18 June 2010
Karen VIC 3691
I had a set of 16 TSM-Px05A (not sure if 'A' or 'C') panels attached to a Fronius Primo 4kW Inverter almost exactly 1 year ago. In that time they have performed flawlessly - and generated approximately 10% more electricity than the estimates for Sydney we were given for the year.
Bought From: Origin Solar Review Date: 25 August 2017
Harry NSW 2250
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
Kevin QLD 4740

Trina has 141 solar panels in our database

Model Type Size PTC Performance Ratio Californian Approved
TSM-190DC01A (72 mono cells)Monocrystalline19017190.21Yes
TSM-195DC01A (72 mono cells)Monocrystalline19517690.26Yes
TSM-200DC01A (72 mono cells)Monocrystalline20018190.30Yes
TSM-230PC05 (60 poly cells)Polycrystalline23020990.83Yes
TSM-230PC05.08 (60 poly cells)Polycrystalline23020990.83Yes
TSM-235PC05 (60 poly cells)Polycrystalline23521490.89Yes
TSM-235PC05.08 (60 poly cells)Polycrystalline23521490.89Yes
TSM-240PC05 (60 poly cells)Polycrystalline24021890.92Yes
TSM-240PC05.08 (60 poly cells)Polycrystalline24021890.92Yes
TSM-245PC05 (60 poly cells)Polycrystalline24522390.98Yes
TSM-245PC05.08 (60 poly cells)Polycrystalline24522390.98Yes
TSM-250PC05A (60 poly cells)Polycrystalline25022991.64Yes
TSM-250PC05A.08 (60 poly cells)Polycrystalline25022991.64Yes
TSM-250PC05A.10 (60 poly cells)Polycrystalline25022991.64Yes
TSM-250PC05A.18 (60 poly cells)Polycrystalline25022991.64Yes
TSM-255PC05A.10 (60 poly cells)Polycrystalline25523491.69Yes
TSM-255PC05A.18 (60 poly cells)Polycrystalline25523491.69Yes
TSM-260PC05A (60 poly cells)Polycrystalline26023991.73Yes
TSM-260PC05A.08 (60 poly cells)Polycrystalline26023991.73Yes
TSM-260PC05A.10 (60 poly cells)Polycrystalline26023991.73Yes
TSM-260PC05A.18 (60 poly cells)Polycrystalline26023991.73Yes
TSM-285PC14 (72 poly cells)Polycrystalline28525890.56Yes
TSM-285PD14 (72 poly cells)Polycrystalline28525890.56Yes
TSM-290PC14 (72 poly cells)Polycrystalline29026390.62Yes
TSM-290PD14 (72 poly cells)Polycrystalline29026390.62Yes
TSM-295PC14 (72 poly cells)Polycrystalline29526790.47Yes
TSM-295PD14 (72 poly cells)Polycrystalline29526790.47Yes
TSM-300PC14 (72 poly cells)Polycrystalline30027290.50Yes
TSM-300PD14 (72 poly cells)Polycrystalline30027290.50Yes
TSM-305PC14 (72 poly cells)Polycrystalline30527690.56Yes
TSM-305PD14 (72 poly cells)Polycrystalline30527690.56Yes
TSM-310PC14 (72 poly cells)Polycrystalline31028190.58Yes
TSM-310PD14 (72 poly cells)Polycrystalline31028190.58Yes
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