Solar consumers have not always been protected and no wonder why. It’s really hard to tell the difference between the solar panel purchased and the solar panel installed on the rooftop.
Therefore, taking advantage of this fact, some unreliable solar installers or retailers can change the solar panel that the customer purchased for another module of lower quality.
The reason for doing this (besides dishonesty) is to promote a solar panel that applies to the Small Renewable Energy Scheme (SRES) rebate and sell it to the consumer.
Then, the idea is to change it for another module that is not covered under the SRES (generally lower quality and less expensive) and they claim the rebate illegally. Or they could once.
But those days are over. From now on, with the solar panel validation initiative, the consumer will be able to know if the module installed on the rooftop is the same kind of solar panel that they purchased.
This is how the initiative works:
This initiative, mainly promoted by The Clean Energy Regulator, guarantees customer protection (based on quality standards of solar panels that ensure an attractive return of investment) and also guarantees a safe environment for the PV Australian market where trust and confidence in the industry is essential for further developments.
In order to work with the solar panel validation scheme, you need to purchase solar modules from specific manufacturers.
Here is a list of solar panel manufacturers approved to work under the Solar Panel Validation Scheme:
- Canadian Solar
- Hanwha Q Cells
- Jinko Solar
- LG Electronics
- Opal Solar
- Trina Solar
- Yingli Solar
In this article, we will address a brief overview of each one of them.
Created in Ontario, Canada, this solar panel manufacturer has over 17 years of experience in the production of solar cells and assembly of modules, and has delivered over 29 GW of premium quality modules installed on PV plants spread all over the world.
The Canadian company also offers solutions to the energy storage market with their Camel Energy Storage System that comes in two models of 7.2kWh and 4.8 kWh.
Regarding the solar panels, there is a wide availability of models, but some of the most outstanding are Hiku and Biku.
Hiku and Biku modules are based on the Ku technology from Canadian Solar that represents the alternative designed with Dual Cells that reduce current levels and therefore ohmic and temperature losses.
The special feature about Hiku is that the model is the polycrystalline product with the highest power output of the brand (405 W).
On the other hand, Biku, which is short for “Bifacial Cool Modules” that combine the Dual Cell technology with bifacial technology (with a bifaciality factor of 75%) on monocrystalline and polycrystalline cells.
A very interesting and valuable combination from the brand.
Hanwha Q CELLS
This Korean company has been one of the most innovative brands in the industry.
Q Cells was founded in 1999 and acts as a subsidiary of the Hanwha Group.
They may be one of the first to use the Dual Cell technology and one of the most reliable PERC cell manufacturers in the industry.
The main feature that the company sells is the Quantum Solar Cell which represents a whole set of high-quality tests related to withstanding harsh environmental conditions, high-efficiency values (19.9%), great performance against PID and LID, leading industry warranties and unique round shape conductors.
The jewel of the company that combines all of these features is the Q Peak Duo G5.
All of these features from Hanwha Q Cells allowed the Korean brand to win the Intersolar Award 2018 due to the high quality of the solar panels.
May be the highest quality Chinese solar panel manufacturer in the industry.
The global leader is a vertically integrated company that goes from the production of solar cells to the manufacturing of solar panels and distribution on several worldwide sites that reach up to 9.81 GW of solar module sales only in 2017.
JinkoSolar was founded back in 2006 and since then has won multiple prices like the 1st company to pass PID free test under 85°C in 2012 and the 1st company to pass the 1000-hour PID Free test under 85°C in 2014.
In 2015 the company achieved the highest polycrystalline cell efficiency (20.13%) of the industry and became the largest solar module manufacturer in the world by 2016.
2017 was also a great year for the company as it won multiple world records related to PERC cell efficiency levels for monocrystalline (23.45%) and polycrystalline (22.04%) cells.
This makes of JinkoSolar, the leading manufacturing brand of PERC technology.
Among available solar modules you might want to check these models: Eagle Dual Module, Eagle AC (AC module in allegiance between JinkoSolar and Enphase), Eagle SE (smart module in allegiance between JinkoSolar and SolarEdge).
Given this company profile, solar panel products and the installations of PV modules all over the globe, we can truly say that JinkoSolar is one of the most remarkable brands in the world because it is included within the solar panel validation initiative
Looking for more?
If you want to keep reading about the other companies approved under the solar panel validation initiative, go to The Solar Panel Validation Initiative: Meet the Manufacturers [Part 2].
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