Trina Honey v Jinko Eagle Panels


#1

I would appreciate you views on the following options. The quoted price is $4800 for either Trina or Jinko panels

21 x Trina Honey + Mono 310W panels or
21 x Jinko Mono PERC 60 half cell 315 W (JKM315M-60H)
5KW Fronius Primo Dual-MPPT string inverter

Which option do you believe is the best value for money


#2

Neale,
They are both good options as Trina and Jinko are very similar in quality and performance and have the same warranty conditions. In this case I would lean towards the 315W Jinko as it is a slightly higher (5W) rating and uses half cells which will perform better if partially shaded and should be less prone to hot spots over time.
However if these 2 panels are from different installers I would go with the installer which has the best reputation and will hopefully install the system to the highest standard.
Hope this helps,
Jason


#3

Thanks for your response. Both options are from the same installer Skylight Energy in Sydney. They have now advised they can supply Risen 315W panels (RSM120-6-315M) for the same price and point out that they have a 12 year warranty compared to 10 years for Jinko. Based on my initial investigations Risen panels do not seem to be any better than Jinko and an extra 2 years warranty which only covers manufacturing faults as I understand it doesn’t seem to make that big a difference. I would appreciate your thoughts.
Neale


#4

Hi Neale,

Risen are another large Chinese manufacturer but I wouldn’t classify them as being ‘better’ than Jinko based on the 12 year warranty. They use very similar cells but Jinko have been in the Austrialian market much longer and have a pretty good reputation whereas Risen are very new.

I would also consider panels from higher quality manufacturers like Winaico, LG, Sunpower or REC which have 15- 25 year manufacturers warranty and lower degradation rates. These will be a little more expensive but in my experience it’s worth paying a little more.