Jinko Solar was founded in 2006 and grew to become the worlds largest solar panel manufacturer only a decade later in 2016. Since then, the company has held the top stop for the last four years running, with global shipments of 14.3GW in 2019 alone. Based in China, Jinko Solar is a huge multi-national, vertically integrated company, employing over 15,000 people in 70 countries and establishing manufacturing facilities in China, Malaysia and the US.
Jinko Solar’s success seems to be primarily due to the focus on R&D, performance testing, quality control and rigorous durability testing. This is highlighted by the numerous record-breaking achievements over the years, with several efficiency records and consistent ‘top score’ results from several independent testing companies, including the well-known PVEL scorecards.
Until recently, Jinko Solar was generally not at the forefront of innovation and usually played it safe by only deploying panels using proven cell architectures such as traditional P-type PERC and half-cut cells.
JinkoSolar solar panels in Singapore: Tiger Pro Series
Internationally, JinkoSolar Energy offers a number of different animal-named series of solar panels: Eagle Series, Swan Series, Cheetah Series and Tiger Series. In Singapore, JinkoSolar Energy’s product line is dominated by the Tiger Pro series of modules:
Tiger Pro 72TR Monofacial
Tiger Pro 72 TR Bifacial
Tiger Pro 78TR Monofacial
Tiger Pro 78TR Bifacial
Solar Era has reviewed the product specifications of each Jinko Solar Energy panel series to make your solar research process easier. As the leading solar installer for homeowners considering solar, Solar Era is uniquely positioned to evaluate the technical specifications of JinkoSolar solar panels and help you compare them to other manufacturers on the market.
How JinkoSolar solar panels compare to other panel manufacturers
There are 3 key metrics that you should review as you evaluate solar panel quality: efficiency, performance and warranties. Solar Era has developed Jinko Solar solar panel reviews for each metric to help make your solar decision easier. We’ve also created a comparison of Jinko Solar panels against other leading panel manufacturers that are frequently featured in offers to homeowners and businesses shopping for solar.
The term “solar panel efficiency” refers to how well a solar panel captures sunlight and converts it into useful electricity. In the same conditions, a high-efficiency solar panel will produce more electricity than a lower-efficiency panel of the same size. For this reason, a higher efficiency rating is generally preferable.
The efficiency of your Jinko Solar panels will vary depending on the specific model that you choose for your system. Panels in Jinko Solar’s product line have an efficiency rating of 18.67% to 20.38%.
2. Performance (Temperature Coefficient)
For this portion of Solar Era’s JinkoSolar solar panel reviews, we use the temperature coefficient to evaluate solar panel performance. The temperature coefficient is an indicator of how well your solar panel can handle less-than-ideal conditions. Solar panels, like other electronic equipment, perform better when they are kept cool (ideally around 25° C/77° F). The temperature coefficient tells you how much your panel’s performance will change during hot sunny summer days.
For every degree above 25° C (77° F), your solar panel’s electricity production will decrease by its temperature coefficient. For example, the half-cut Jinko Solar JKM320M-60HBL panel from the Eagle G2 series has a temperature coefficient of -0.36%/°C. This means that, if the panel’s temperature increases by one degree from 25° C (77° F) to 26° C (79° F), its electricity production will decrease by 0.36%. If its temperature increases all the way to 35° C (95° F), electricity production will reduce by 3.6%.
Your solar panels will likely see more than a few hot and sunny days over the course of each year, so ideally, they will have the lowest temperature coefficient possible. Jinko Solar panels have temperature coefficients ranging from -0.39 to -0.35.
Whether you’re buying a TV, a car, or solar panels, the manufacturer should stand behind their product with a strong warranty. A solar panel’s materials warranty (sometimes referred to as the product or equipment warranty) is a guarantee from the manufacturer that they will replace your panel if it fails as a result of manufacturing defects or environmental issues.
Most solar panel manufacturers offer a 10-year materials warranty, but some higher-end solar panels come with a 12, 15, 20, or even 25-year warranty. Jinko Solar offers a maximum 12-year warranty against any defects in their solar panels.
Jinko Solar panels may not offer the absolute best efficiency or performance in the solar industry, but thanks to their low price they’re still an appealing choice for shoppers comparing solar quotes. Solar PV systems with Jinko Solar panels fall on the lower end of prices quoted to users.
How to find the best price on Jinko solar panels
The best way to determine whether Jinko Solar solar panels are the best solar panels for your home is to review multiple quotes with different solar equipment options before making a decision. When you compare all of your options with Solar Era, you’ll find the right combination of price and quality that meets your needs.
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