Jinko Solar Panel Reviews – Australia

Today we’ll have a look at the Chinese photovoltaic manufacturer Jinko Solar who offer high-quality solar panels for residential, utility and commercial solar scale. They are highly recommended by many of the solar companies in Australia we work with, so we’ll investigate their history and review a couple of their most popular panels.

Jinko Solar Panels – History

Jinko Solar was founded in 2006 as a wafer manufacturer, had their IPO in 2010 and then vertically integrated the company by manufacturing cells and modules as well. By the end of last year, Jinko had over 15,000 employees and five production sites. They offer polycrystalline photovoltaic modules with one of the lowest production costs in the industry. Cost per watt was 39 cents in Q4 2015 and dropped to 37 cents per watt in 2016. No word yet on their stats for 2017.

They also develop solar projects, mostly in China – and have connected over 1000MW to the grid via a subsidiary called JinkoPower which they sold a 55% equity interest in in late 2016.  

Jinko Solar Panels in Australia

Due to their very competitive cost, high power output, reliability and a good warranty offering, Jinko panels are the choice of many solar installers in Australia.  They have passed stringent testing for Australia’s arid and equally inclement weather – the whole range of has passed the 96-hour potential induced degradation (PID) resistance test as required by IEC62804 standards.

JinkoSolar’s chief executive officer Kangping Chen said: “JinkoSolar’s PV solar modules are 100% in compliance with double 85 anti-PID standards and offer the related warranty, which marks a milestone in anti-PID technology development of the solar industry and demonstrates our leading position in the field.

“We will continue to improve our anti-PID system to generate a better performance under higher voltage and other tougher conditions.”

Jinko 270W PP-60 Eagle Series

Jinko 270W Eagle Series
Jinko 270W Eagle Series (source: Jinko)

The 270W Eagle Series is the first double 85 certified PID-free module in the world. It’s a tier one panel with power classes from 255Wp up to 270Wp and has 60 cells per panel. 

The product is 1650mm x 992mm x 40mm including the frame and each panel weighs 19kg. They have a 10-year product warranty and a 25-year linear power warranty, which guarantees 80.75% output of the panel after 25 years of usage.

The Eagle SE panels use SolarEdge DC optimisers and the Eagle MX panels have Maxim Integrated optimisers.

If you would like to download the Jinko JKM270PP60 270W Eagle Series Datasheet click here. 

Other Jinko Solar Panels

Jinko Eagle PERC 72
Eagle PERC 72 (source: jinkosolar.com.au)
  • Eagle 60
  • Eagle 72
  • Eagle PERC 60 – 4 busbar solar cell with up to 18.33% efficiency due to Passivated Emitter Rear Contact (PERC) technology. 60 cell panel.
  • Eagle PERC 72 – 4 busbar solar cell with us to 18.57% efficiency (PERC). 72 cell panel.
  • Jinko Eagle MX – built-in intelligent cell optimizer IC.
  • Jinko Eagle SE – integrated optimizer mitigates power loss from panel-to-panel mismatch.
  • Eagle Dual 60 & 72 – designed for high voltage systems of up to 1500 VDC, module efficiency up to 17.26%.

Do you have any experience with these panels? We’d love to hear about it. Please let your review in the comments and let us know which panels you have and how they performed. 

If you’d like to buy Jinko solar panels in Australia please fill in the form to the right and we’ll be happy to put you in touch with one of our trusted suppliers / installers. 


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Automobile giant Audi are partnering with a Chinese solar panel manufacturer (AltaDevices, a subsidiary of Hanergy) to offer thin, flexible solar panels to a panoramic car roof. The Audi Solar roof will be used to power various in-car amenities like air conditioning or seat heaters. Just speculation on our part but there’s maybe even space for a second energy storage in the car to power other things like USB – it wouldn’t have enough draw to actually start the car but it’s an amazing step in the right direction!

Car Solar History

We have already seen cars with solar panels as far back as 1991 with the Mazda 929 – and the Prius has been including solar panels for years, with the 2017 Japanese and European versions of the Prius Prime (formerly the Prius PlugIn) also directly powering the car and boosting fuel efficiency by up to 10%. Electrek.co note that “Theoretically, your Prius Prime could fill itself up with only the sun at the airport parking lot on a 10 day trip.”

Audi Solar

Audi Solar Car Roof E-Tron
Audi Solar Roof – e-tron Sportback concept, 2017 Shanghai auto show (source: motorauthority.com)

According to CarAdvice, Audi are hoping for the first prototypes of their solar powered car to be on the road by the end of this year. It the tech does what they hope it will they’ll include their car solar panels in future electric vehicles, with later versions even able to charge the car’s main battery.

The cells are being manufactured in California by Alta Devices, who are an American subsidiary of Hanergy, a Chinese PV solar specialist. According to the Alta Devices website, they procude the “thinnest, lightest, and most flexible solar technology on the market”. It’s 110 um thick, weighs under 200 mg, and is flexible enough to fit around a 40 mm cylinder.

Click below to take a look at a video showing off Alta Devices’ flexible solar panel technology – can’t wait to see how this works for Audi solar cars and what other application they have in the coming months.

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