Canadian 370w Solar Panels
(New 25 Year Product Warranty)
So, if you haven’t heard already Canadian solar panels have increased their panel warranty from 12 years all the way up to 25 years…
This is the product warranty, meaning if the panel breaks or gets damaged over the 25 years you will be entitled to a full replacement or refund.
It’s pretty surprising that they have made this bold jump up to 25 years on a p-type panel however it shows the director of the industry. We’re moving towards high quality and more affordable solar every day.
For a lot of homeowners, this is a fantastic opportunity to get an affordable solar panel system with a long-lasting warranty.
However, sometimes it’s not quite as easy as that… If it was, then every panel manufacturer would be doing it right?
So, let’s take a jump into this Canadian 370w panel and see what it’s all about and if it can live up to this new 25-year product warranty.
If you’re ready to start getting a solar proposal that includes this panel, don’t hesitate to get in touch with my solar engineers who will design you a system based on your budget, requirements and roof.
Also, if you want to read my full review on Canadian solar panels, please check it out here.
Canadian solar has upgraded the warranty of their 370w panel to 25 years
Yes, that’s right. Canadian Solar has upped their panel product warranty from 12 years, all the way to 25 years.
What’s really interesting is that they haven’t actually brought out a new panel module to come with this massive warranty jump. No, instead they’ve just increased the product warranty on their normal 370w HiKu solar panel.
If you have done your research you will know that this HiKu product is a popular panel with Australians. However, please do remember this is a p-type panel, not an n-type. If you’re unsure of what this means, you can read my guide on the different types of panels here.
So what does this actually mean?
Essentially this means that you will be getting a return on investment for 25 years minimum. In terms of solar, this is huge. If this is something that’s important to you, ensure that your system has been designed correctly for 25-year energy output (e.g. not a 6.6kW system…)
Are there any downsides to this?
Canadian solar has been in the game for a very long time, and they have become more and more popular over the years. These are all good signs, and back in 2020 they scored an AA+ bankability rating from PV-Tech Module Bankability Ratings.
That same year, the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation even became a shareholder in the company.
As far as things go on paper, it seems like Canadian solar could actually live up to their 25-year solar panel warranty. However, they have only just released this big jump. It’s not going from 12 years over to 15 years.
This is a big jump in warranty, and quite early to tell the effects. As far as it goes, Canadian solar seems very confident that they will be able to fulfil this 25 year warranty.
This happened around 1 month ago
As I mentioned, this is a very new thing that has come in. It’s now moved Canadian solar up to play with the giants like SunPower’s warranty and of course, LG’s huge warranty with bankability as well.
These solar panel brands like sunpower and lg have been offering 25 year warranties for a long time. They are able to back their warranty with high quality products.
Of course, Canadian solar modules have also won multiple awards for being high quality in the industry including the 2020 PVEL/DNV GL Top Performer Winner.
Although this is a new change, it might be something that puts pressure on the industry to increase panel warranties and make solar more affordable for all homeowners.
The 25-year product warranty applies to the 370w P-Type panel
Something that did interest me though is the type of panel they chose to increase the warranty in. Usually, when a panel manufacturer like Canadian increases the warranty they will bring out a brand new module for it.
Canadian hasn’t made a new module, but instead just increased their current one. Whilst, this isn’t necessarily bad, it’s slightly confusing.
Additionally, they have chosen the p-type mono HiKu panel for this warranty increase which is different to others in the industry. I’ll go into this in more detail below.
This warranty will only apply to the new panels that are being made and won’t apply to those who currently have the 370w solar panel installed at their home, unfortunately. This is probably due to some technology upgrades that have been made to the module.
Canadian 370w Solar Panel
- 25 Year Panel Warranty
- 25 Year Performance Warranty
- 370w Output Size
- Operating Temperature(℃) -40℃~+85℃
- Power Tolerance 0~+10w
- 20% Panel Efficiency
- P Type Cells
- Anti Reflection Tempered Glass
- Lower Hotspot Temp
Should you consider this solar panel now?
To be honest, I’d say Canadian solar panels are good and I would always recommend them to friends and family. They are a tier 1 solar panel and they have a fantastic Australian presence meaning claiming warranties or answering questions is easy.
It’s hard to argue for and against when you compare these solar panels to the likes of Jinko, who also have recently brought out the 370w N-type with 20 year warranty.
As I always say to homeowners, everyone is different. Every home is different. One solar panel might suit your home better than someone else’s. However, that same panel might not work with another homeowner.
This is because each homeowners energy requirements, budgets and goals for going solar are different. Therefore, it’s best to talk to a solar engineer who can at least guide you in the right direction.
What’s the difference between Canadian 370w and other panels offering a 25-year warranty?
Going back to what I mentioned earlier. The biggest difference between Canadian solar panels offering a 25 year warranty and other panels like Jinko, Sunpower and LG is the type of panel.
You have the Sunpower Maxeon 5 offering a 25 year warranty, which is an N Type panel. You also have the Jinko 370w & 440w N Type panels doing 20 and 25yr panel warranties. Lastly, you have LG’s Neon 2 which is also N Type and offers a 25 year product warranty.
Canadian is probably the only manufacturer in the industry that is offering 25 year warranties on a p-type panel. That is the biggest difference…
Again, it’s always best to look at all of your options as each solar panel might work differently for you in terms of energy results and budget.
All in all, it’s really exciting to see Canadian bumping up their warranty. It’s been a long time coming that the price and warranty begin to start to align with each other.
Also, it’s putting pressure on the big giants who are charging a big investment for the same 25-year warranty now.
However, it’s very early days. Good signs, but early.
Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, are you thinking of investing in Canadian or are you going to steer clear of these panels (and why)? 😁
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