CANADIAN SOLAR PANELS PERTH
Canadian Solar is a Tier 1 solar panel brand that was founded in Ontario, Canada in 2001, and have since grown to be one of the three largest solar companies in the world in 2017. They now operate in 24 countries on six continents.
A popular misconception about Canadian Solar panels is that they are all made in Canada, but the reality is that roughly 10% of their panels are manufactured in Canada for the North American market, with the rest manufactured in China. However, this is not unusual, as ~90% of the world’s panels are made there. Canadian Solar have an office established in Australia since 2011 and have five warehouses across Australia.
Their panels have a 10-year product warranty, together with a 25-year performance warranty, which are both standard for the industry. They are known for producing panels that are very reliable, and built to resist harsh environments, which suit Australian conditions.
IHS Markit, a global research analyst firm, has announced Canadian Solar as the world’s number one panel on a range of criteria, including quality and very importantly, price to performance ratio, making it the best value brand of panels going around.
The survey also ranked Canadian Solar as the #1 most recommended brand of solar modules and also #1 most purchased brand.
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This range is a double-glass module, which is basically the solar cells encased in a glass sandwich. (Most panels have a plastic back layer). This enables them to have a longer life, so they can offer a performance warranty of 30 years instead of the standard 25.
The double glass does make them heavier however, and extra considerations have to be made in their installation.
It also has no metal frame, so it does not require grounding. This also gives it superior corrosion resistance, suiting homes closer to the beach with increased salt in the environment.
The SmartDC panels have collaborated with SolarEdge to integrate a built-in SolarEdge power optimiser. This optimises the power production at the panel-level, which minimises loss due to shade, as well as eliminating any power mismatches between power due to degradation. Canadian Solar have estimated it can produce up to 25% more energy production.
This panel is one of the most efficient panels produced by Canadian Solar. They feature Mono-PERC cells which improve reliability and efficiency, going up to 18.33% efficiency, which is useful if you have limited rooftop space.
Their increased efficiency is also useful in cloudier environments, in the morning and the evening, which becomes more useful the further south west in WA you live, with a low-irradiance performance of up to 97.5%.
The MaxPower range have 72 solar cells and are highly resilient. These panels boast an excellent efficiency rate of 17.49%, and also do very well in lower light and cloud, with a low-irradiance performance of up to 96.5%.
These slick all-black panels are a variant on the SuperPower and the CS6K panels which look very cool, focusing on the residential market and designer homes. These panels produce the same high yields and excellent performance in low light conditions.
60-Cell Standard Panels
Canadian Solar’s standard panels come in a 260, 265, and 270 watts and range from 16.16% to 16.79% efficiency. These panels are the among most popular in the Canadian Solar range, for their versatility, excellent performance, reliability and market leading performance/value ratio.