JA Solar Panels: An indepedent review by Solar Choice

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JA Solar – Company History

JA Solar was originally founded in 2005 and is based in Beijing, China. The company was listed on the US NASDAQ exchange back in 2007 during an early growth phase and has recently been acquired by JASO Acquisition Limited which effectively has taken the company private again.

The company has 9 manufacturing facilities in China and one in Malaysia and Vietnam with a total annual production capacity of 13.5 GW (reported by Bloomberg NEF). This makes JA Solar the third largest producer of Solar Panels as of September 2020.

JA Solar has 22,000 employees as of 2019 working across 32 factories and branches around the world.

 

Key Indicators

JA Solar Panels
Bloomberg Tier 1 RankingYes
PV Evolution Labs Top PerformerYes (1/4)
Office location in AustraliaYes


What is a Bloomberg Tier 1 Solar Panel?

Bloomberg’s infamous tier 1 ranking is NOT a measure of Solar Panel quality in any way. It is simply an indication of the bankability of the manufacturer based on publicly released information on the financial health the company. This should give you an idea if the company is a large, well-known manufacturer.

JA Solar is listed as a tier 1 manufacturer in Bloomberg’s Q2 2020 report.

See full list of Bloomberg Tier 1 Solar Panels

 

What is PV Evolution Labs Top Performer?

PV Evolution Labs with support from DNV GL independently test solar panel reliability. The tests are voluntary, with solar panel manufacturers paying to participate in the testing. This testing process is internationally renowned and is an accurate reflection of the solar panel’s performance.

JA Solar are named as a top performer in the voltage loading test for potential degradation in the latest report.

See full list of PV Evolution Labs Top Performing Solar Panels

  

Why is office location in Australia Important?

Most solar panel manufacturers entering the Australian market first set up their distribution channels and worry about customer service later. This has led to many unhappy customers who are left trying to contact Chinese head offices to claim on their 10-year product warranty.

Relying on your solar installer is not always an option as we’ve seen many residential solar installers (including the large ones) go out of business well within the lifetime of the systems they are installing. 

JA Solar have an office in Newcastle, NSW.

  

How much do JA Solar Panels cost?

Based on Solar Choice’s database we have provided the below-average costs as an indicative guide. These prices include:

  • Full turnkey Solar System with JA Solar Panels
  • Installation from a pre-vetted reputable installer from Solar Choice’s network
  • The STC rebate and GST
System SizeAverage Fully Installed Cost – JA Solar Panels
10kW$12,404
8KW$7,731
6kW$5,806

 Important Note: Prices will vary depending on location, inverter brand and which installer is used

Compare quotes from up to 7 installers in your area now.

 

Full Range of JA Solar Panels Available in Australia

The majority of JA Solar’s solar panels are approved by the Clean Energy Council (listed under the parent company Shanghai JA Solar Technology Co Ltd) for the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme – Australia’s home solar rebate program.

 

Solar PanelProduct Specifications
JA Solar Panel - 60-Cell Bifacial Mono PERC Double Glass Module

 

60-Cell Bifacial Mono PERC Double Glass Module 

JAM60D09/BP 

 

  • Max efficiency 19.5%
  • Max power 325W
  • 60 Monocrystalline Cells
  • Double-glass module
  • 30 Year performance warranty
  • 12 Year product warranty

 

     JA Solar Panel - 72-Cell Bifacial Mono PERC Double Glass Module72-Cell Bifacial Mono PERC Double Glass Module 

JAM72D09/BP

 

  • Max efficiency 19.6%
  • Max power 390W
  • 72 Monocrystalline Cells
  • Double-glass module
  • 30 Year performance warranty
  • 12 Year product warranty

 

     JA Solar Panel - 60-cell Half-cell PERC Module60-cell Half-cell PERC Module 

JAM60S10/PR 

 

  • Max efficiency 20.2%
  • Max power 340W
  • 120 Half-cut Monocrystalline PERC Cells
  • 25 Year performance warranty
  • 12 Year product warranty

 

     JA Solar Panel - 72-cell Half-cell PERC Module72-cell Half-cell PERC Module 

JAM72S10/PR 

 

  • Max efficiency 20.4%
  • Max power 410W
  • 144 Half-cut Monocrystalline PERC Cells
  • Extra large panel
  • 25 Year performance warranty
  • 12 Year product warranty

 

     JA Solar Panel - 60-cell MBB Half-cell Module60-cell MBB Half-cell Module 

JAM60S10/MR 

 

  • Max efficiency 20.2%
  • Max power 340W
  • 120 Multi Busbar Half-cut Cells
  • 25 Year performance warranty
  • 12 Year product warranty

 

     JA Solar Panel - 72-cell MBB Half-cell Module72-cell MBB Half-cell Module 

JAM72S10/MR 

 

  • Max efficiency 20.4%
  • Max power 410W
  • 144 Multi Busbar Half-cut Cells
  • 25 Year performance warranty
  • 12 Year product warranty

 

So, are JA Solar Panels worth buying?

JA Solar Panels are a great reliable option for a customer looking for an affordable mid-range panel from a company with a solid financial backing and reputation. Given their size, if your solar installer goes out of business, you have a very good chance of claiming warranty directly from JA Solar as they are established in Australia.

 

Example of a JA Solar Commercial Solar Project – South Australian Water Corporation

  • Completed in 2018/2019
  • Type of Application: Commercial Ground-mount Solar PV System
  • System Size: 4.14 MWp across multiple sites

JA Solar provided all the solar panels to three ground-mounted Solar PV projects at Hope Valley Water Treatment Plant (1.5 MW), Glenelg Waste Water Treatment Plant (1.32 MW), and Christies Beach Waste Water Treatment Plant (1.32 MW).

Mr. Baofang Jin, President and CEO of JA Solar, said “JA Solar is committed to the research and development of high-efficiency PV modules… We look forward to promoting the application of renewable energy around the world.”

Hope Valley Water Treatment Plant JA Solar Panel Array, South Australia