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Trina - Solar Panel Reviews

4.9

Based on 195 ratings

Finn's Trina Panels Review & Verdict

Finn Peacock has been a Chartered Electrical Engineer since 1998, and is ex-CSIRO

Trina Solar are a stalwart of the Australian solar scene. The giant Chinese manufacturer's Australian entity has consistently supplied and supported installers since the early days. They have a track record of doing the right thing if Australians need warranty support on their solar panels - which is reassuring.

Their panels are not too expensive and are well made in high-tech factories. The Trina solar panels' temperature performance and warranted degradation aren't quite up there with the premium panels - but you can't have everything: Trina's panels are about 30% cheaper than the top-end brands. They are consistently voted as Australia's best value solar panels in our annual installer survey and I happily recommend them.

Trina Panels: Pros & Cons

  • Trina are long-established in the Australian market.
  • They are known for going over and above the very basic warranty terms, which means the will meet Australian consumer law.
  • Trina have advised that orphaned customers can lodge panel warranty claims through their online portal available here..
  • DE09R.08 and DE09R.B5 Vertex S models are available as 144 cell-10.5amp ratings, making them easier to configure on complex roofs where other high current panels simply wont work in short or paralleled strings.
  • Trina are also one of the few to offer dual glass panels, which are fundamentally more durable.
  • The warranty offered is a bit ordinary when you look at the documents.
  • Some of the shonks in solar will offer Trina in the hope that a good panel reputation will rub off on a dubious quality install

About Trina

Trina Solar is one of the largest manufacturers of solar panels in the world. As at early 2023, cumulative shipments of Trina Solar panels had exceeded 120GW.

Trina Solar is a Chinese company, with 23 offices worldwide - including one in Sydney. It employs 20,000 staff globally, most of whom are in China. The firm is 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, Trina has a factory in Thailand and another in Vietnam.

Trina Solar Is A Tier 1 Manufacturer

The company has scored 100% in the Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) Bankability Survey for seven consecutive years. So, financially it seems a a pretty solid firm. But what about the quality of its products?

Trina is a well respected name in solar panel manufacturing. It produces quality solar panels and offers a 15 - 25 year product warranty depending on the module. 25 year product warranties were once the exclusive realm of of high-end (most expensive) panel manufacturers, so to see a "budget" (but good quality) player join that club was really impressive and a sign of things to come.

Trina Striving For Sustainable Solar Panel Manufacturing

Solar manufacturing is a resource-intensive business. Trina says it was able to reduce both its electricity and water consumption by over 60 percent from 2015 to 2020. But the efforts didn't stop there. 

Power consumption per unit of product output decreased 42.4% in 2021 compared to 2020. As for water and also compared with 2020, consumption per unit decreased 46.2% in 2021. Compared with 2020, greenhouse gas emissions per unit produced decreased 32.2% in 2021. These results aren't just good for the planet, but also the company's bottom line.

Trina is member of PV Cycle, ensuring products are recycled at the end of their life in countries where PV Cycle operates - which doesn't appear to include Australia at this point. 

Trina Solar Vertex S And S+ Panels

Trina's recent Vertex family of modules was originally geared towards utility-scale applications. But in late 2020, the company unveiled the Vertex-S designed for rooftop solar installations that offered up to 405W capacity. Then in March 2022, the firm announced Australia would be first in line for the even more powerful 425W Trina Solar Vertex S+ panel; which is also suitable for residential and commercial rooftops. That has since been topped by a 440W panel.

In addition to the boost in power, the new Vertex S+  panels are accompanied by an even better product warranty - 25 years; although Trina also boosted warranty on some of its Vertex S panels to 25 years in August 2022. The Vertex S+ also offers a 30 year performance warranty, with first-year degradation at 1% and annual degradation thereafter at 0.4%.

Something else differentiating the two product lines is the Vertex S has a conventional backsheet and P-type cells, while the Vertex S+ boasts dual glass and N-type cells.

To see further specifications on various Trina modules, check out SQ's solar panel comparison table

Salt Mist Corrosion Resistance

All Trina Solar panels state on their datasheets they are corrosion resistant.  Certifications for corrosion resistance can be found on Trina’s download page.

Trina Has An Energy Storage System

Trina has produced a home battery storage system called TrinaBESS Powercube, which is available in Australia.

Warranty Procedure For Orphaned Trina Customers

If you have purchased Trina solar panels from an installer who has since gone out of business, the responsibility for warranty claims shifts to Trina. Their customer service line in Australia is 1300 874 627, and Trina have advised that orphaned customers can lodge panel warranty claims through their online portal available here. The company will arrange for an installer in their network to replace the panels under warranty, with labor costs being covered by their warranty.

Trina Solar Panels Are A Good Choice

I have no problems recommending Trina solar panels as they offer 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. On the plus side, when there have been issues in the past, Trina Solar has so far proven to be quick in rectifying them under warranty.

Trina is a popular brand with Australian installers, taking out first place in SQ’s Installers Choice Awards for the best solar panels in 2023 (budget category); a ranking the company also achieved in 2022 and 2021. In the 2023 awards, Trina ranked third for the best after-sales support.

The company's products are also popular with solar owners - see what some of them think in the reviews and ratings below (and if you're an owner, add your Trina solar panels review).

Trina has 14 solar panels in our database

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TSM-415DE09R.08
Solar Vertex S
415 W
20.8%
$0.36
$150
Monocrystalline
China
TSM-420DE09R.08
Solar Vertex S
420 W
21.0%
$0.36
$150
Monocrystalline
China
TSM-425DE09R.08
Solar Vertex S
425 W
21.3%
$0.36
$150
Monocrystalline
China
TSM-430DE09R.08
Solar Vertex S
430 W
21.5%
$0.36
$150
Monocrystalline
China
TSM-435DE09R.08
Solar Vertex S
435 W
21.8%
$0.36
$150
Monocrystalline
China
TSM-400NEG9.28
Solar Vertex S+ (400-415W)
400 W
20.6%
$0.40
$165
Monocrystalline
China
TSM-405NEG9.28
Solar Vertex S+ (400-415W)
405 W
20.9%
$0.40
$165
Monocrystalline
China
TSM-410NEG9.28
Solar Vertex S+ (400-415W)
410 W
21.1%
$0.40
$165
Monocrystalline
China
TSM-415NEG9.28
Solar Vertex S+ (400-415W)
415 W
21.4%
$0.40
$165
Monocrystalline
China
TSM-420NEG9R.28
Solar Vertex S+ (420-440W)
420 W
21.0%
$0.40
$175
Monocrystalline
China
TSM-425NEG9R.28
Solar Vertex S+ (420-440W)
425 W
21.3%
$0.40
$175
Monocrystalline
China
TSM-430NEG9R.28
Solar Vertex S+ (420-440W)
430 W
21.5%
$0.40
$175
Monocrystalline
China
TSM-435NEG9R.28
Solar Vertex S+ (420-440W)
435 W
21.8%
$0.40
$175
Monocrystalline
China
TSM-440NEG9R.28
Solar Vertex S+ (420-440W)
440 W
22.0%
$0.40
$175
Monocrystalline
China

 

Trina Reviews (195)

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Seem to be working well, even on cloudy days, position with somewhat compromised by the size/pitch of the roof but seem to be performing as well as can be expected.

Inverter Brand

Sungrow

System Cost

$15,000 to $20,000

System Size

13kW

Installed By

Trina Vertex S+ TSM-440NEG9R.28 x 18 Panels

Inverter Brand

Goodwe

System Cost

$6,000 to $8,000

System Size

7kW

Installed By

Was made aware that these Panels no longer require cleaning and won’t cost me to clean them, unlike my old system where the panels crystallised and became inefficient. Hence the reason to update.

Inverter Brand

Sungrow

System Cost

$8,000 to $10,000

System Size

10kW

Installed By

25 x Trina Solar Vertex S+ 435W Solar Panels

Inverter Brand

SolarEdge

System Cost

More than $20,000

System Size

10kW

Installed By

I was very surprised how early in the day the panels start generating power. Considering they are installed on western side of house with numerous trees to the east. In summer app shows they are generating power before 7:00am.

Inverter Brand

Goodwe

System Cost

More than $20,000

System Size

10kW

Installed By

Very happy with my all black Trina solar panels.

Inverter Brand

Sungrow

System Cost

More than $20,000

System Size

8kW

Installed By

They seem fine. I have 10 panels facing north and 8 panels facing west. I got 7.9kW of panels with the 6kw inverter. In summer the inverter wakes up at about 6am; by 7am it's generating about 350W, 1.2kW by 8am and 2.8kW by 9am. It peaks around 10:30am and holds that until about 4pm when it starts to drop off. By 6pm it's at 3kW, 7pm 1.4kW and down to 75W by 8pm.

Inverter Brand

Goodwe

System Cost

$6,000 to $8,000

System Size

6kW

Installed By

We did do some research and found that Trina are one of the best panels and were happy that replenishable energy fit these solar panels

Inverter Brand

Sungrow

System Cost

$15,000 to $20,000

System Size

20kW

Installed By

I am a bit concerned about the warranty as in the last few days I have seen some articles from people with Trina panels having warranty issues.

Inverter Brand

Sungrow

System Cost

$15,000 to $20,000

System Size

5kW

Installed By

Impressed that the 19 panel, 8.36kW system produces power even on cloudy and rainy days, albeit as low as 0.2kW or 0.3 kW. Things might be different during winter. Currently, the system powers the heat pump hot water and reverse cycle air conditioners during. As such, our home now draws little from the grid.

Inverter Brand

Fronius

System Cost

More than $20,000

System Size

8kW

Installed By

An incentive was offered by Evo Solar for this review. Learn more here.

So far so good, they seem to do a pretty good job of producing power even on rainy and cloudy days, but I don't really have a point of comparison.

Inverter Brand

Fronius

System Cost

$10,000 to $12,500

System Size

9kW

Installed By

Inverter Brand

Fronius

System Cost

$6,000 to $8,000

System Size

6.6kW

Installed By

Inverter Brand

Sungrow

System Cost

$10,000 to $12,500

System Size

15kW

Installed By

Inverter Brand

Fronius

System Cost

$6,000 to $8,000

System Size

7kW

Installed By

Inverter Brand

Enphase

System Cost

More than $20,000

System Size

10kW

Installed By

A couple months in and we have reduced power bills, so that's good!

Inverter Brand

Enphase

System Cost

$15,000 to $20,000

System Size

13kW

Installed By

Look really slick and unobtrusive

Inverter Brand

Goodwe

System Cost

$6,000 to $8,000

System Size

7kW

Installed By

Inverter Brand

Enphase

System Size

10kW

Installed By

We love the panels they look sharp and came at a good price.

Inverter Brand

SolarEdge

System Cost

$4,000 to $6,000

System Size

3.3kW

Installed By

The panels are great and the CES team did a great job lining them up in portrait and landscape to maximise our roof space with solar.

Inverter Brand

SolarEdge

System Cost

$12,500 to $15,000

System Size

13kW

Installed By

Inverter Brand

Sungrow

System Cost

$8,000 to $10,000

System Size

10kW

Installed By

Inverter Brand

Fronius

System Cost

More than $20,000

System Size

10kW

Installed By

Inverter Brand

Fronius

System Cost

$8,000 to $10,000

System Size

10kW

Installed By

Inverter Brand

Fronius

System Cost

$12,500 to $15,000

System Size

13kW

Installed By

Inverter Brand

Goodwe

System Cost

$4,000 to $6,000

System Size

9kW

Installed By

Panels are generating great results so far.

Inverter Brand

SolarEdge

System Cost

$8,000 to $10,000

System Size

8kW

Installed By

Inverter Brand

Fronius

System Cost

$8,000 to $10,000

System Size

10kW

Installed By

High performance even during overcast day, saving a lot on electricity. Recommend to friends and family

Inverter Brand

Goodwe

System Cost

$4,000 to $6,000

System Size

6.6kW

Installed By

Inverter Brand

Sungrow

System Cost

$8,000 to $10,000

System Size

10kW

Installed By

Inverter Brand

Sungrow

System Cost

$8,000 to $10,000

System Size

10kW

Installed By

An incentive was offered by Sungain Solar for this review. Learn more here.

Inverter Brand

Goodwe

System Cost

$2,000 to $4,000

System Size

6.6kW

Installed By

Inverter Brand

Fronius

System Cost

$10,000 to $12,500

System Size

13kW

Installed By

Inverter Brand

Goodwe

System Cost

$8,000 to $10,000

System Size

13kW

Installed By

Inverter Brand

Sungrow

System Cost

More than $20,000

System Size

10kW

Installed By

Inverter Brand

SolarEdge

System Cost

$6,000 to $8,000

System Size

6.6kW

Installed By

An incentive was offered by G Solar and Electrical Pty Ltd for this review. Learn more here.

Inverter Brand

Fronius

System Cost

More than $20,000

System Size

8kW

Installed By

The panels that were installed have a 30 year warranty which was very impressive.

Inverter Brand

Sungrow

System Cost

$12,500 to $15,000

System Size

13kW

Installed By

clean lines, neat looking panels, suits the roof well.

Inverter Brand

Fronius

System Cost

More than $20,000

System Size

13kW

Installed By

Inverter Brand

Fronius

System Cost

$8,000 to $10,000

System Size

8kW

Installed By

Inverter Brand

SolaX Power

System Cost

$15,000 to $20,000

System Size

10kW

Installed By

Inverter Brand

Sungrow

System Cost

More than $20,000

System Size

13kW

Installed By

Inverter Brand

Fronius

System Cost

$8,000 to $10,000

System Size

10kW

Installed By

Inverter Brand

Sungrow

System Cost

$15,000 to $20,000

System Size

9kW

Installed By

Inverter Brand

Sungrow

System Cost

$6,000 to $8,000

System Size

7kW

Installed By

Inverter Brand

Enphase

System Cost

$15,000 to $20,000

System Size

13kW

Installed By

Inverter Brand

Fronius

System Cost

$8,000 to $10,000

System Size

10kW

Installed By

Inverter Brand

Fronius

System Cost

$6,000 to $8,000

System Size

6kW

Installed By

Inverter Brand

Fronius

System Cost

$6,000 to $8,000

System Size

6.6kW

Installed By

Inverter Brand

SolarEdge

System Cost

$15,000 to $20,000

System Size

13kW

Installed By

So much output they are hitting the capacity of the 2 inverters (5kw + 10kw) by late morning in March and clipping.

Inverter Brand

SolarEdge

System Cost

More than $20,000

System Size

20kW

Installed By

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