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Overview of Jinko – Company History
Jinko Solar is a Chinese company that was founded in 2006 originally producing silicon wafers and are widely recognised as a global leader in the solar panel industry. Since listing on the New York Stock Exchange in 2010 the stock price has seen some volatility and is currently trading just over US$37 as at June 2021 with a market cap of US$1.7 billion. Jinko currently has over 15,000 employees across over 30 countries.
The company has an annual production capacity of 17.5 GW of monocrystalline silicon wafers, 10.6 GW of solar cells and 16 GW of Solar Panels as reported on their website in March 2020. As of June 2021, Jinko has informed Solar Choice that they have 9 production facilities around the globe with an increased integrated annual capacity of 40GW for mono wafers and 50 GW for Solar Panels.
Given Jinko’s financial stability and track record, they have been utilised in many of Australia’s largest solar farms with over 1GW of their solar panels deployed in utility scale installations.
|Jinko Solar Panels|
|Bloomberg Tier 1 Ranking||Yes|
|PV Evolution Labs Top Performer||Yes (4/6)|
|Office location in Australia||Yes|
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 of the company. This should give you an idea if the company is a large, well-known manufacturer.
Jinko Solar Panels are in the Bloomberg Tier 1.
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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.
Jinko Solar Panels are currently ranked in the PV Evolution Labs Top Performers across 4 of the 6 annual tests and are one of the few manufacturers that have consistently been listed as a top performer for the last 6 years. This is a good indicator of them being a leader in the solar industry.
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.
Jinko currently has offices located in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.
How much do Jinko 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 Jinko Solar Panels
- Installation from a pre-vetted reputable installer from Solar Choice’s network
- The STC rebate and GST
|System Size||Average Fully Installed Cost|
Important Note: Prices will vary depending on location, inverter brand and which installer is used
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Jinko Solar Panels – Points of Difference
There are many solar panels out there, what makes Jinko solar panels stand out?
One of the largest Solar Panel Manufacturer
Jinko Solar was established in 2006 and has grown to be one of the largest solar panel manufacturers in the world. According to data from Bloomberg in 2021, Jinko Solar was the second biggest solar manufacturer with an annual solar panel production capacity of 50GW.
Jinko Solar offers a broad selection of solar panels that suit residential, commercial and utility-scale applications, including some premium options that offer higher performance and longer warranties.
Successful projects Developed by Jinko Solar Panels
You can find many solar project cases utilising Jinko Solar panels, from your neighbours to many commercial lots and huge solar farms. As a result, it provides a possibility to track the solar modules’ performance as many of the solar panels offer an over 12-year warranty but the manufacturer just established it recently.
Jinko Solar Panels Are Used Commonly In Premium Solar Solutions
Solar Choice has been collecting quote information from hundreds of solar installers in Australia since 2008 to use in our comparison service. We can observe that Jinko Solar Panels (particularly the Tiger Series) are used in approximately 1 in 8 solar installers’ premium offers. This implies that Jinko Solar panel quality is better than average and is suitable for customers looking for a high quality product. See the full breakdown of products used in premium offers on the Solar Choice Price Index page.
Jinko Solar Panel Technologies
All the models of panels they currently sell in Australia are salt mist corrosion resistant and suitable for coastal installations across Australia.
The majority of Jinko’s solar panels are approved by the Clean Energy Council for the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme, which is Australia’s home solar rebate program. Jinko offers four series of panels being the Swan, Eagle, Cheetah and Tiger Series.
Swan Bifacial Series (HC 60M and HC 72M)
The Swan Bifacial Series includes 5 busbar solar cell adopts new technology to improve the solar panel efficiency of modules, offers a better aesthetic appearance, making it perfect for rooftop installation
It has an excellent Anti-PID performance guarantee limited power degradation for mass production and designed for high voltage systems of up to 1500 VDC, saving BOS cost.
The 0.55% annual power degradation 30 year linear power warranty and light-weight design for easy installation and low BOS cost.
The module power increases 5-25% generally (per different reflective condition) lower LCOE and higher IRR also means excellent performance in low-light environments (e.g. early morning, dusk, and cloud, etc.)
Cheetah Series (60, 72V, HC 60, HC 72 V)
The Cheetah Series includes 5 busbar solar cell adopts new technology to improve the efficiency of modules, offers a better aesthetic appearance, making it perfect for rooftop installation.
They are UL and IEC 1500V certified; lowers BOS costs and yields better LCOE with a higher module conversion efficiency (up to 20.74%). Their excellent Anti-PID performance guarantee limited power degradation for mass production and advanced glass and cell surface textured design ensure excellent performance
in low-light environment.
This Solar Panel comes with a 30 year performance warranty with degradation at 1% in the first year and 0.4% annually until year 30, and a product warranty of 15 years.
Eagle Series (60, 72, PERC 60, PERC 72, Eagle MX, Eagle SE)
The Eagle Series is the most affordable panel in Jinko’s Australian solar panel range.
The Eagle Plus module conversion efficiency (up to 18.57%) is boosted by PERC technology (developed initially at UNSW) andwith limited power degradation caused by PID effect is guaranteed under extremely strict testing condition (85℃/85%RH, 192 hours) for mass production.
The advanced glass and solar cell surface texturing allow for excellent performance in low-light environments and has high salt mist and ammonia resistance certified by TUV NORD.
Tiger Series (66, 78, Monofacial, Bifacial, All Black, P-type, N-type)
The Tiger Series utlises Jinko’s leading technology and is the most efficient panel they offer into the Australian market.
The Tiger Series cell technology comes in the more common P-type and the more efficient and durable N-type which has 30-year performance warranty and an annual degradation rate of only 0.4% after the first year.
The 66 cell panels also have an ‘All Black’ option which make a stylish solution for a residential roof-space.
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A Video of Jinko’s Smart Factory in China
Jinko’s Warranty for Australian Customers
Jinko’s warranty offer varies significantly depending on the type and model of solar panel that has been quoted. We recommend requesting the datasheet for the solar panel that has been quoted from your installer and observing the warranty offer that is stated on that document.
Solar panels come with a product and performance warranty. The product warranty is designed to cover manufacturing faults in the panel that leads to damage or malfunction and is typically 10-12 years for most solar panel manufacturers.
Jinko’s product warranty is 15 years for their N-type mono-crystalline solar panels and 12 years for all other models (excluding bi-facial solar panels)
The performance warranty guarantees a certain level of output for the lifetime of the panel – typically guaranteeing 80-82% of the nameplate output after 25 years.
Jinko’s solar panels come with a range of different performance warranties ranging from the typical 80.7% after 25 years up to 87.4% after 30 years for their N-type mono-crystalline solar panels. Click here to review Jinko Solar’s full Australian warranty documentation.
Comparison of Jinko Solar Panel Specifications (common modules)
|Jinko Cheetah HC 330W JKM330M-60H||Jinko Tiger All Black 390W JKM390N-6RL3-B|
|Cell Number||120 half-cut cells||132 half-cut cells|
|Cell Type||Mono PERC||N-type Monocrystalline|
|Max Power Voltage||33.54V||37.25V|
|Annual Power Degradation||0.7%||0.4%|
|Dimensions||1684 x 1002 x 30 mm
|1855 x 1029 x 30 mm
|Product Warranty||12 Years||25 Years|
|Operational Temperature Range||-40°C to 85°C
|-40°C to 85°C
Pros and Cons of Jinko Solar Panels
So, should I buy Jinko Solar Panels?
From Solar Choice’s perspective Jinko Solar Panels strike a good balance between a trustworthy and reputable brand and affordability. Jinko offer a good range of panels including their affordable Cheetah Series and their premium Tiger Series which offer industry leading technology and warranties. Jinko Solar panels also have a proven track record on residential and commercial projects in Australia for over 10 years, so our opinion is you can’t go wrong with Jinko.
Example of a Jinko Commercial Solar Project
- Date: Q1, 2016
- Jinko Model: Solar Eagle Series
- Type of Application: Supplier
- System Size: 1.8 MW
In March 2016, a 1.8 MW solar system was commissioned at Voyages Ayers Rock Resort. Jinko Solar supplied 1.6MW EAGLE PID free modules to this project with the balance of the project supplied by another module provider. The project includes both roof and a ground mount systems, which ensures that energy is produced close to where it is needed.
Jinko Solar Eagle series PID free modules were attractive to Voyages due to their quality, the strong track record of Jinko Solar delivering globally on large scale solar projects, and Jinko’s competitive price points.
Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia (“Voyages”) selected Epuron to design, build and own the project through Yulara Solar. Energy is supplied to Voyages under an operational lease model, which more effectively shares the long-term risks and opportunities of running solar PV systems in remote areas. This project is the first utility scale plant to be proposed and completed by an Indigenous Land Council.
The system is expected to offset a minimum of 2733 tonnes CO2 per year. Its largest array is the ground-mounted 1 MW area in the Desert Gardens.
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Reviews from Australians who have installed Jinko Panels
Seem to be good 3 phase 415-480 volts put out plenty of power to the inverter
Solar does not perform anywhere near what was proposed.
Great so far
Early days but all seems good
25 Yr Product Warranty! Wow!
Yet to be installed
They work well.
Good performing panel with great warranty and look good.
no comments. it is ok.
Delivering as quoted.
From the energy produced over the first 2 weeks, the system is producing more than what was estimated
We chose N type solar panels with the aim of having greater efficiency for longer. So far they have been good and one good sunny day recently the panels produced 7kW. We ran our AC and a large power drawing oven and did the washing and ran the dishwasher and we were still feeding in power to the grid.
Not suffient time to test them yet.
They seem reliable.
Jink seem to be performing well
2-3 Leading brands offered and the choice of the best available was made for our installation.
Only just installed so no feedback as yet
Do not know l never got that far
Charlie recomended these panels and I have researched them, and they seem to be good.
Happy with brand
Panels are running as expected and look good on my roof.
They seem reliable.
The Jinko 390 had good feed back on several sights and meant that on a limited size roof we could get more coverage using less panels. They were wired poorly, as mentioned in the CEC sourced report, were not all black as requested and only 12 kw worth were installed not the required 13.26 kW
Looks ok but just installed time will tell
Don’t know not connected to the grid been told energy Australia have lost paperwork by Jim’s solar franchise just a joke so far
No comment - it seems to work as it is supposed to.
Great 365w panels with 20 year panel product warranty and a 30 year 87.4% efficiency warranty. 30 panels gave us a 10.95kW system.
Seems fine so far.
have nothing else to compare to
LOOKED OK AND REVIEWS WERE GOOD
Good warranty fir jinko.
I was happy to go with these until I read an article from Helena Kennedy Centre for Intenational Justice that showed how Uyghurs were being used as slave labour. Since this was after the install there was nothing to do about it but I pointed it out to Primero so that they could inform future clients. This of course was also brushed off.
Only been installed a few months but seem to capture maximum sunlight
The appearance is really good and they appear to be very efficient.
Are generating very well, even on cloudy days.
A friend was recommended Jinko panels by a long term experienced installer. They're a big company, have been operating for quite a while, and have good representation in Aus.
Great warranty period
Slim and fits well
It is early days, but there have been no issues at all.
Good as long as its reliable long term.
The all Black Tiger Solar panels look fantastic. The blend into my roof nicely and look like a nice feature rather then an eyesore. It’s been overcast ever since they have been installed so I have to yet seen there full potential.
This was the brand recommended by Solar Choice, who are clearly experts in this field. We were happy to be guided by them.
Seems to be a very popular brand
Really happy with them.
They seem to be very good, Our energy costs last bill march to may was $108, this is pretty good.
seems to be working well 4 years later