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Solar Panels/Modules

Solar panel reliability testing: More relevant than tier ranking for solar homes & businesses?

September 6, 2017
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Deciding whether you’re happy with a solar installers’ panel offering can be tricky business in a market flooded with different options (as is the case in Australia). Fortunately, DNV GL puts together an annual report based on physical stress testing of a wide range of popular panels brands & models that is probably a better […]

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What is a “Tier 1” solar panel? Tier 2 or 3?

May 24, 2017
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When purchasing a solar system, the quality of the components to be used is frequently a key consideration. However, differentiating one brand from another may not be so simple, especially in the case of solar panels, of which there are hundreds of brands on the Australian market. The terms ‘Tier 1’, ‘Tier 2’, and ‘Tier […]

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WINAICO solar panels in Australia

March 3, 2017
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WINAICO Solar is a high-end solar PV panel manufacturer that puts an emphasis on the quality and reliability of its products. The WINAICO module range includes models for residential, commercial, and BIPV applications. WINAICO Solar Panels: Top-shelf components and guaranteed yields WINAICO says that it is set apart from other panel manufacturers in primarily two ways: […]

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Zhongli Talesun’s solar panels in Australia

February 4, 2017
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Zhongli Talesun is one of the largest solar panel manufacturers in the world, with a 28 year history in the solar industry. The company offers solar modules for a range of applications in the Australian market, including a module with a 30-year performance warranty, a lightweight module and a ‘zero potential-induced degradation’ module. Talesun solar […]

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JinkoSolar introduces modules with ‘next generation’ power optimisation

October 17, 2016
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Panel manufacturer JinkoSolar claims to have solved the issue of partial shading of solar panels with its new line of JinkoMX modules, which use an advanced power optimisation technology called a ‘cell string optimiser’ by Maxim instead of conventional bypass diodes. Partial shading and the problem of the ‘weakest link’ With conventional solar PV systems […]

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1 out of every 12 panels in Australia is a Trina panel (Q&A with Trina Solar)

June 14, 2016

Trina Solar is the world’s largest manufacturer of solar panels, and one of the biggest players in the Australian market. The company prides itself on its record for success and its constant efforts to offer quality products at competitive price points. We recently had the opportunity to catch up with Trina to talk about developments […]

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LG introduces new two-sided, 60-cell, 300 watt solar panel

May 9, 2016
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LG Solar has introduced a high-efficiency bifacial solar panel with a peak capacity of 300 watts and a total output capacity equivalent to 375W. The 60-cell NeON 2 BiFacial panel is the newest in LG’s ‘Neon’ series and will be available in Australia from Q3 of this year. The introduction of a bi-facial model is a milestone […]

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Trina’s DUOMAX: Durability & reliability in a frameless module

September 15, 2015

Solar panel manufacturer Trina has introduced a first-of-kind, frameless solar module with a double layer of glass. Thanks to its engineered safety, durability and reliability, the DUOMAX is an excellent fit for Australia’s harshest environments. DUOMAX modules have been available in Australia since 2014. Trina DUOMAX: Features UL/IEC certified Frameless design Two layers of 2.5mm […]

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Yingli solar panels in Australia

February 11, 2015
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As one of the world’s largest solar panel manufacturers, Yingli Solar is a leader in solar PV technology, with almost 10% global market share and over 40 million solar panels generating energy around the world. Yingli Solar focuses on connecting world-class technology, manufacturing, supply and logistics with their teams of local experts, ensuring that they’re […]

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BenQ Solar panels in Australia

December 23, 2014
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BenQ Solar is a division of Taiwan’s AU Optronics, one of the world’s leading makers of LCD displays. The company manufactures monocrystalline, polycrystalline & back-contact solar panels for residential, commercial and large-scale applications. A vertically integrated manufacturer, AU Optronics controls all aspects of BenQ Solar panels’ construction–from silicon ingot & wafer creation to solar cell fabrication […]

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Solimpeks case studies demonstrate space efficiency of PV-T technology

May 23, 2014
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Hybrid solar PV-Thermal module developer Solimpeks has released 3 detailed desktop studies from its engineering team on the advantages of PV-T technology.  In instances where businesses or homes have water or space heating requirements (pre heat, showers, pools etc), want to save money with solar but have limited roof space, the case studies show that PV-T […]

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Panasonic breaks silicon efficiency record after 15 years with a 25.6% efficient HIT cell

April 14, 2014
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After a run of nearly 15 years, the record efficiency for silicon solar cells was finally broken last week. Panasonic Corporation announced last Thursday (10 April 2014) that it has achieved a conversion efficiency of 25.6% with its hetero-junction silicon solar technology (HIT). This represents a 0.6% improvement in efficiency over the incumbent PERL (Passivated […]

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Paper and PV: Wood pulp-based material boosts organic PV efficiency

February 14, 2014
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Solar cells today are made from a wide cocktail of materials, from earth-abundant materials (Silicon and Carbon) to exotic rare earth metals (Indium, Gallium, etc), and from polymers to organic materials. A new research study shows that perhaps it’s time to add wood pulp to that list. Researchers from University of Maryland, the South China […]

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Solar modules set to get smarter in 2014

January 28, 2014
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While no one argues that investing in PV modules isn’t a smart move today, it won’t be long before we start asking if our modules are just as smart – with power optimisation, that is! The recent debut of Trina Solar’s ‘Trinasmart’ modules in the US marks the entry of the world’s second largest module […]

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Solimpeks Hybrid PV-Thermal solar panels in Australia

July 16, 2013
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Solimpeks is a manufacturer of unique hybrid solar photovoltaic/solar thermal modules–combined solar electricity and solar hot water. In addition to offering the ‘best of both worlds’, Solimpeks’ modules benefit from a number of synergies possible only with the combination of the two technologies; namely, improved electricity yields thanks to the cooling & insulating effect of […]

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ReneSola solar panels (& other products) in Australia

June 13, 2013
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Renesola is one of the largest solar panel manufacturers in the world, as well as one of the leading suppliers to Australia. The company produces a range of affordable ‘quasi-monocrystalline’, monocrystalline and polycrystalline solar panels, as well as its own line of microinverters. The company will also soon be introducing its own string/central inverter solution, […]

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Hanwha Q-cells Solar Panels: Yes, the “Q” stands for “Quality”

May 27, 2013
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The people behind Q CELLS solar panels believe that “Claiming leadership means proving it”, highlighting that R&D is the main focus of the company. Founded in 1999, Q CELLS was acquired by Korea’s Hanwha Group to form Hanwha Q CELLS in 2012. Hanwha’s 60-year history as a highly diversified, global industrial giant adds an additional […]

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Solar panels in Perth, WA: Compare prices & installers

April 30, 2013
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Solar panels are a popular investment option for Perth homes and businesses, even without a strong state-sponsored feed-in tariff. Because of the high cost of electricity across Western Australia, the business case for installing solar panels in Perth remains compelling. This article is an overview of what needs to be considered when going solar in Perth, WA. The […]

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Price of solar panels set to rise in 2013

March 20, 2013
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2013 looks to be a year of consolidation and rising solar panel prices, both in Australia and internationally. Solar photovoltaic (PV) system installation prices have fallen dramatically since only a few years ago, and looking at the situation from outside one might have been forgiven for believing that this trend would continue indefinitely. However, the […]

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Canadian Solar’s tutorial on solar power systems, solar PV panels and solar PV cells

November 30, 2012
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At Solar Choice we find ourselves in the very fortunate position that some of the world’s biggest solar manufacturers are happy to give up some of their time to visit our Sydney office, this week we welcomed Rod Sears of Canadian Solar. Rod has over 10 year experience in the solar industry, previously working for […]

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Canadian Solar Panels in Australia

September 26, 2012
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Canadian Solar manufacture a range of solar related products including ingots, wafers, cells, solar PV modules, inverters and custom-designed solar power applications. The company produces a number of solar panels which are available in Australia. Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin Tweet about it Print for later Tell a friend Related PostsSolar and battery energy storage in […]

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WINAICO to launch their new 285W module in October

September 18, 2012
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WINAICO, a subsidiary of WIN WIN Precision Technology, has announced the release of their new 60 cell, 285W Photovoltaic module in October 2012. Those attending All Energy in Melbourne on 10 & 11 of October will be able to see the WSP-285M6 QUANTUM first hand as it will be officially launched at the show. Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin […]

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SolarBridge Technologies: Microinverters for AC solar panels

August 17, 2012
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SolarBridge Technologies is a US-based company whose mission is to facilitate uptake of rooftop solar photovoltaics (PV) by reducing its complexity and improving its cost-efficiency, developing and manufacturing reliable, high-quality AC microinverters for integration with solar panels. Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin Tweet about it Print for later Tell a friend Related PostsIntegrating solar […]

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Bosch Solar Panels in Australia

August 7, 2012
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Bosch is a 125-year-old German engineering company with a globally recognised name. Known mainly for its  automobile parts and power tools, Bosch has also been involved in the solar PV industry since 2008 as Bosch Solar Energy, bringing its reputation for excellence to bear in the production of high-end solar panels. Recommend on Facebook Share […]

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ET Solar launches AC micro-inverter solar panels in North America

July 16, 2012
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China’s ET Solar has launched the industry’s highest efficiency AC solar panel. The UL 1741 and UL 1703 certified solar panels will contain SolarBridge Pantheon II micro-inverters and produce grid-compatible AC electricity. Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin Tweet about it Print for later Tell a friend Related PostsBlockchain network disruption soon to arrive – […]

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LG solar PV panels in Australia

April 19, 2012
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LG (“Life’s Good”) is a leading global technology innovator in electronics, mobile communications, and home appliances. The energy solutions division of LG manufactures solar panels for residential and commercial solar PV installations. In addition to the fact that they bear a trusted brand name, LG solar PV panels boast a number of features that make […]

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SOLON Solar PV Panels in Australia

April 11, 2012
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SOLON is a Germany-based, international solar PV maker and supplier involved in the development and manufacturing of solar PV panels and solar PV system solutions. SOLON has more than 15 years’ experience in the solar PV sector, subsidiaries throughout Europe and North America, 1 gigawatt of panels installed world-wide, and a growing presence in Australia. […]

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Monocrystalline vs Polycrystalline Solar Panels: Busting Myths

March 27, 2012

One of the most common comments that the Solar Choice Energy Brokering team hear from our customers relates to the issue of monocrystalline vs polycrystalline (or ‘multicrystalline’) solar panels. Although monocrystalline panels had the initial advantage of being seen as the superior technology in the Australian market, as time goes on and both technologies improve, […]

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Trina Honey Cell Technology Solar PV Panels reach Australian market

March 26, 2012
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Trina Solar, one of the biggest vertically-integrated manufacturers of solar PV panels in the world, released 2 new lines of modules using its ‘Honey’ solar PV cell at the beginning of 2012. TUV Rheinland, an independent solar PV module testing organisation, verified the peak output of one of these–the PC/05A 60-cell module–at 274 watts in […]

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First Tindo Karra 240 Solar Installation in Adelaide

March 16, 2012
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The first installation using Australia’s own Tindo Karra 240 solar panels has been installed in Adelaide. Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin Tweet about it Print for later Tell a friend Related PostsBattery safety standards decision looms large over industry (2 Aug, 2017) Australia headed for 12 gigawatts of solar by 2020: APVI (2 Aug, 2017) […]

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Suntech Pluto solar PV cells achieve 20.3% efficiency

March 15, 2012
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The world’s largest manufacturer of solar panels, Suntech Solar, has achieved a new level of efficiency in one of its products. Its proprietary Pluto technology was demonstrated to hit an efficiency of 20.3% (sunlight–>usable electricity) in laboratory conditions using its standard commercial-grade polycrystalline silicon solar PV cells. The company expects to reach an efficiency of […]

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