Trina solar panels reviews

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About Trina, Solar Panels

Trina solar panels review

Trina Solar is one of the largest manufacturer of solar modules in the world. In 2019, they shipped an estimated 9.7GW of panels, placing the company at no.3 in the world for global shipments. By October of 2020, the company says it reached cumulative shipments of more than 60GW.

In 2016 Trina were named the world's most bankable solar panel manufacturer and also that year, they broke the world record for multicrystalline solar panel efficency - and have broken a number of records since.

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 13,000 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 and another in Vietnam

Trina Solar Is A Tier 1 Manufacturer

Trina is a well respected name in solar panel manufacturing. They produce quality tier 1 solar panels that are installed around the world. They offer a 15 year product warranty and while there are other tier 1 manufacturers that offer a longer product warranty, Trina solar panels tend to be 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. In the most recent report for 2018/19, Trina was ranked second.

Trina's Honey Panel Is Pretty Sweet

When Trina introduced its Honey panel in 2012 it was the world leader in multicrystalline efficiency. 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

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. They 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 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.

You can see what other Australians think of these modules in the reviews below - and if you're an owner, add your Trina solar panels review.

Trina Solar Panel Reviews

Bought From: EISS Show additional information
These panels are low profile & barely visible from street. Very satisfied with performance thus far.
Bought From: Ben Rudd Electrical and Solar
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Look to be well made.
Bought From: Perth Solar Warehouse
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They are doing a great job working with SolarEdge optimisers.
I choose these panels for the price and quality. Not the cheapest, but on a range that has a good warranty and performance. Very happy so far.
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Panels look good.
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The All black Panels look first class.
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Trina 450 W Tallmax panels proved a great solution. We were able to fit a larger system into our roof space and the higher per-panel output meant fewer microinverters, reducing costs.
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Trina has 141 solar panels in our database

Model Type Size PTC Performance Ratio Californian Approved
TSM-165DA01Monocrystalline16514990.30Yes
TSM-170DMonocrystalline17015289.41Yes
TSM-170DA01Monocrystalline17015490.59Yes
TSM-170DA03Monocrystalline17015188.82Yes
TSM-170PA03Polycrystalline17014987.65Yes
TSM-175DMonocrystalline17515789.71Yes
TSM-175DA01Monocrystalline17515990.86Yes
TSM-175DA03Monocrystalline17515588.57Yes
TSM-175PA03Polycrystalline17515387.43Yes
TSM-180DMonocrystalline18016189.44Yes
TSM-180DA01Monocrystalline18016390.56Yes
TSM-180DA03Monocrystalline18016088.89Yes
TSM-180PA03Polycrystalline18015887.78Yes
TSM-185DA01Monocrystalline18516488.65Yes
TSM-185DA01AMonocrystalline18516790.27Yes
TSM-185DA03Monocrystalline18516488.65Yes
TSM-185PA03Polycrystalline18516287.57Yes
TSM-190DA01AMonocrystalline19017190.00Yes
TSM-190DA03Monocrystalline19016988.95Yes
TSM-190DC01A (72 mono cells)Monocrystalline19017190.00Yes
TSM-190PA03Polycrystalline19016787.89Yes
TSM-195DA01AMonocrystalline19517690.26Yes
TSM-195DC01A (72 mono cells)Monocrystalline19517690.26Yes
TSM-200DA01AMonocrystalline20018190.50Yes
TSM-200DC01A (72 mono cells)Monocrystalline20018190.50Yes
TSM-205DA01AMonocrystalline20518590.24Yes
TSM-220DA05Monocrystalline22019488.18Yes
TSM-220PA05Polycrystalline22019890.00Yes
TSM-220PA05.05Polycrystalline22020090.91Yes
TSM-220PD05Polycrystalline22019890.00Yes
TSM-225PA05Polycrystalline22520289.78Yes
TSM-225PA05.05Polycrystalline22520490.67Yes
TSM-225PD05Polycrystalline22520289.78Yes
TSM-230DA05Monocrystalline23020388.26Yes
TSM-230PA05Polycrystalline23020990.87Yes
TSM-230PC05 (60 poly cells)Polycrystalline23020990.87Yes
TSM-230PC05.08 (60 poly cells)Polycrystalline23020990.87Yes
TSM-230PD05Polycrystalline23020990.87Yes
TSM-235PA05Polycrystalline23521491.06Yes
TSM-235PC05 (60 poly cells)Polycrystalline23521491.06Yes
TSM-235PC05.08 (60 poly cells)Polycrystalline23521491.06Yes
TSM-235PD05Polycrystalline23521491.06Yes
TSM-240DA05Monocrystalline24021288.33Yes
TSM-240PA05Polycrystalline24021890.83Yes
TSM-240PC05 (60 poly cells)Polycrystalline24021890.83Yes
TSM-240PC05.08 (60 poly cells)Polycrystalline24021890.83Yes
TSM-240PD05Polycrystalline24021890.83Yes
TSM-240PXG5Polycrystalline24022192.08Yes
TSM-245PA05Polycrystalline24522391.02Yes
TSM-245PC05 (60 poly cells)Polycrystalline24522391.02Yes
TSM-245PC05.08 (60 poly cells)Polycrystalline24522391.02Yes
TSM-245PD05Polycrystalline24522391.02Yes
TSM-245PXG5Polycrystalline24522692.24Yes
TSM-250PA05Polycrystalline25022891.20Yes
TSM-250PA05APolycrystalline25022991.60Yes
TSM-250PC05A (60 poly cells)Polycrystalline25022991.60Yes
TSM-250PC05A.08 (60 poly cells)Polycrystalline25022991.60Yes
TSM-250PC05A.10 (60 poly cells)Polycrystalline25022991.60Yes
TSM-250PC05A.18 (60 poly cells)Polycrystalline25022991.60Yes
TSM-250PD05Polycrystalline25022891.20Yes
TSM-250PD05.05Polycrystalline25022991.60Yes
TSM-250PDG5Polycrystalline25022991.60Yes
TSM-250PDG5.50Polycrystalline25022991.60Yes
TSM-250PXG5Polycrystalline25023092.00Yes
TSM-255PA05Polycrystalline25523290.98Yes
TSM-255PA05.05Polycrystalline25523491.76Yes
TSM-255PC05A.10 (60 poly cells)Polycrystalline25523491.76Yes
TSM-255PC05A.18 (60 poly cells)Polycrystalline25523491.76Yes
TSM-255PD05Polycrystalline25523290.98Yes
TSM-255PD05.05Polycrystalline25523491.76Yes
TSM-255PDG5Polycrystalline25523391.37Yes
TSM-255PDG5.50Polycrystalline25523391.37Yes
TSM-255PXG5Polycrystalline25523592.16Yes
TSM-260PA05Polycrystalline26023791.15Yes
TSM-260PA05.05Polycrystalline26023991.92Yes
TSM-260PA05APolycrystalline26023991.92Yes
TSM-260PC05A (60 poly cells)Polycrystalline26023991.92Yes
TSM-260PC05A.08 (60 poly cells)Polycrystalline26023991.92Yes
TSM-260PC05A.10 (60 poly cells)Polycrystalline26023991.92Yes
TSM-260PC05A.18 (60 poly cells)Polycrystalline26023991.92Yes
TSM-260PD05Polycrystalline26023791.15Yes
TSM-260PD05.05Polycrystalline26023991.92Yes
TSM-260PDG5Polycrystalline26023891.54Yes
TSM-260PDG5.50Polycrystalline26023891.54Yes
TSM-260PXG5Polycrystalline26024092.31Yes
TSM-265PA05.05Polycrystalline26524391.70Yes
TSM-265PD05Polycrystalline26524391.70Yes
TSM-270PA05APolycrystalline27024891.85Yes
TSM-270PA14Polycrystalline27024490.37Yes
TSM-270PA14.05Polycrystalline27024390.00Yes
TSM-270PD14.08Polycrystalline27024490.37Yes
TSM-275PA14Polycrystalline27524990.55Yes
TSM-275PA14.05Polycrystalline27524890.18Yes
TSM-275PD14Polycrystalline27524990.55Yes
TSM-280PA14Polycrystalline28025490.71Yes
TSM-280PA14.05Polycrystalline28025390.36Yes
TSM-280PD14Polycrystalline28025490.71Yes
TSM-285PA14Polycrystalline28525990.88Yes
TSM-285PA14.05Polycrystalline28525790.18Yes
TSM-285PA14APolycrystalline28526191.58Yes
TSM-285PC14 (72 poly cells)Polycrystalline28525890.53Yes
TSM-285PD14 (72 poly cells)Polycrystalline28525890.53Yes
TSM-285PXG14Polycrystalline28526291.93Yes
TSM-290PA14Polycrystalline29026491.03Yes
TSM-290PA14.08Polycrystalline29026390.69Yes
TSM-290PA14APolycrystalline29026691.72Yes
TSM-290PC14 (72 poly cells)Polycrystalline29026390.69Yes
TSM-290PD14 (72 poly cells)Polycrystalline29026390.69Yes
TSM-290PXG14Polycrystalline29026792.07Yes
TSM-295PA14Polycrystalline29526991.19Yes
TSM-295PA14.08Polycrystalline29526790.51Yes
TSM-295PA14APolycrystalline29527191.86Yes
TSM-295PC14 (72 poly cells)Polycrystalline29526790.51Yes
TSM-295PD14Polycrystalline29527191.86Yes
TSM-295PD14 (72 poly cells)Polycrystalline29526790.51Yes
TSM-295PD14.08Polycrystalline29526790.51Yes
TSM-295PD14.0x2Polycrystalline29526991.19Yes
TSM-295PXG14Polycrystalline29527292.20Yes
TSM-300PA14Polycrystalline30027391.00Yes
TSM-300PA14.08Polycrystalline30027290.67Yes
TSM-300PA14APolycrystalline30027591.67Yes
TSM-300PC14 (72 poly cells)Polycrystalline30027290.67Yes
TSM-300PD14 (72 poly cells)Polycrystalline30027290.67Yes
TSM-300PD14.0X2Polycrystalline30027391.00Yes
TSM-300PXG14Polycrystalline30027792.33Yes
TSM-305PA14Polycrystalline30527891.15Yes
TSM-305PA14.08Polycrystalline30527690.49Yes
TSM-305PA14APolycrystalline30528091.80Yes
TSM-305PC14 (72 poly cells)Polycrystalline30527690.49Yes
TSM-305PD14 (72 poly cells)Polycrystalline30527690.49Yes
TSM-305PD14.0x2Polycrystalline30527891.15Yes
TSM-305PXG14Polycrystalline30528192.13Yes
TSM-310PA14Polycrystalline31028391.29Yes
TSM-310PA14.08Polycrystalline31028190.65Yes
TSM-310PA14APolycrystalline31028591.94Yes
TSM-310PC14 (72 poly cells)Polycrystalline31028190.65Yes
TSM-310PD14 (72 poly cells)Polycrystalline31028190.65Yes
TSM-310PD14.0X2Polycrystalline31028391.29Yes
TSM-310PXG14Polycrystalline31028692.26Yes
TSM-315PA14APolycrystalline31529092.06Yes
TSM-315PD14Polycrystalline31529092.06Yes
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