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Canadian vs Jinko Solar Panels: The Not So Obvious Winner

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Canadian vs Jinko Solar Panels: The Not So Obvious Winner

jinko and canadian solar

What is better, Jinko solar panels or Canadian solar panels?
Which would you choose, Canadian or Jinko?
Which of these two is the best solar panel?

I’m sure we are all asking these questions. We get asked them every single day. Jinko and Canadian solar panels are two of the most popular solar panels in Australia.

How can you choose between these two? Is there an obvious winner? Well… in my eyes, yes.

One of these solar panels is a clear winner here, and I’m going to recommend which one I would choose as a personal opinion based on my experience and knowledge installing these solar panels every day.

I am recommending this like I would recommend something to my friends and family, so this is my opinion backed up by knowledge and experience.

So, let me help you choose the right solar panel for you.

Why choose Canadian or Jinko?

Value for money

Well the common reason why these solar panels are so popular is value. They provide incredible value for money.

When you look at the high end solar panels like LG and SunPower, the return on investment is so much longer than Canadian or Jinko. They cost more (for the sake of 2-3% more efficiency) and therefore will take longer to pay off.

Both Canadian solar panels and Jinko solar panels are really well priced. You are getting fantastic value for money with either of these solar panels.

Performance & efficiency

Both of these solar panels are also pretty good when it comes to performance and efficiency 

At least once, they have both owned a world record for their solar panel conversion efficiency. However, Jinko has come out and smashed the world record for the highest solar cell efficiency in 2020, with an amazing 24.79%.

To be fair, Canadian solar did break the world record back in 2019, but Jinko has come out on top. 

In terms of the efficiency for the solar panels available in Australia, they are both extremely similar.

I would say that if you are going for the Jinko Tiger series, then this will beat Canadian solar. However, if you are going for the Cheetah series, it is about the same as Canadian solar HiKu and KuPower series.

Warranty

They both also provide really good warranties. In terms of performance, you cannot fault either of them. Both offer 25 year performance warranty on their budget panels, and 30 year performance warranty on their higher-end panels.

However, Jinko does come out on top for the product warranty. They offer a 15 year product warranty over Canadian solars 12 year product warranty.

This means you will be getting 3 more years on your products with Jinko, which we all know… A lot can happen in 3 years. The extended warranty will go a long way for most people.

How do these compare to high end panels like LG, SunPower & QCell?

We’re all thinking about it. How do these both compare against the high end solar panels then?

Truthfully, the only areas I say the both fall short on are efficiency and warranty (because Sunpower rules this).

However, here is something that may keep you up at night… SunPower, LG and QCell are around 2-3% more efficient. However they cost about 40-50% more…

For the sake of 2-3% more conversion efficiency, are they worth the extra cost? I’ll let you decide but I think you can guess my answer.

In fact, Jinko actually beats LG on its product warranty, with an extra 3 years again. SunPower laughs at them all though, with a 25 year product warranty.

In terms of performance warranties they are all averaging around 25-30 years. Both Canadian and Jinko have come a very long way in the past 5 years.

Also, as shown by them breaking previous world records, Jinko and Canadians are using advanced technology to make their panels more efficient. It may be soon that they are able to create similar panel efficiency and performance for a budget price.

Comparison of Canadian Vs Jinko Solar Panels

Jinko Solar Panels

Jinko solar panels key selling points;

  • 15 year product warranty (Tiger) 
  • 25 year performance warranty 
  • 5 busbar solar cell
  • P-type cells 
  • Half cut cells
  • Low light performance
  • Positive power tolerance (0~+5w) 
  • PID Resistance
  • TUV Certified
  • Limited Power Degradation 
  • Durability against extreme environmental conditions 
  • Best value for money
jinko tiger solar panel

Canadian Solar Panels

Canadian solar panels key selling points;

  • 12 year product warranty
  • 25 year performance warranty 
  • Dual cell technology
  • Better shading tolerance
  • Minimises micro-crack impacts
  • Aluminum frame 
  • Poly & Mono PERC technology 
  • Good shading tolerance 
  • 9 busbar solar cell 
  • Micro-crack resistance Durable against all weather conditions
canadian hiku solar panel series

Conclusion:

As you can see here, it’s a pretty close call. From the stats of the panels there probably isn’t an obvious winner.

To be honest as well, it’s quite hard to get a winner from these and it’s not so obvious.
In terms of the specification of their solar panels they are both really close.

To find the winner, we need to look closer into the history of the companies, and how they are competing in the industry.

Awards Awards Awards...

So for me personally, this is where I can decide the winner. I take a deep dive into the companies and see what’s going on.

How long has the company been around?
How many locations/offices do they have?
Have they won any awards? Are they recognised in the industry?

Awards are pretty much proof that companies have produced one of the best products in the market. So it’s enough to tell me how good a company/solar panel is.

This is where Jinko completely takes over.

It’s actually funny to say it, but Jinko is a 12 time world record holder. This makes Canadians solar 2 world records look like nothing.

PVEL / DNV GL Awards

Jinko solar has also been awarded PVEL/DNV GL Top Performer award for 6 years in a row. This is one of the most impressive awards to get in the industry as it has a high failure rate.

Canadian solar has only been awarded the top performer once, which was this year in 2020. However, in fairness to them they did smash all 4 tests and got awarded 4 top performer awards.

This is really good news as it seems they are making some big improvements this year. It comes as last year they broke the world record for conversion efficiency as well.

jinko top performer award for PVEL/DNV GL

TUV Rheinland ‘All Quality Matters’ Award

BUT… It doesn’t stop there with Jinko. Oh no, they have got even more awards.

The TUV Rheinland All Quality Matters is one of the hardest awards to receive in the solar industry. Jinko has won this on several different occasions. Canadian solar has never won it.

They also managed to win the intersolar awards in 2019 for their new Swan solar panel series. Another great win for Jinko.

This is an award for companies who have made incredible contributions to the growth of the renewable energy industry.

TUV all quality matters award

Top Brand PV Europe Award

Finally, my favorite award. The Top Brand PV Europe award. This is where us, as solar installers vote for our favorite solar panels to work with and install. We can express our opinions of which solar panels we think are best.

Jinko has won this award for 2 years in a row. Now if this doesn’t say something, then I don’t know what will. This is a vote by solar installers for the best solar panels… Jinko has come out on top.

I also believe Canadian solar did win the award in 2020 as well, which is really impressive. Again it shows how they are starting to come out on top after years of hard work.

Jinko wins EUPD award

Jinko is the biggest supplier of solar panels in the world

Lastly, I just wanted to mention that Jinko is currently the biggest supplier of solar panels in the world.

Not by a short way as well, but a massive amount. They shipped 3.9 gigawatts more than JA solar (the runners up) last year. They’ve even seen a 25% growth since 2018 which is amazing.

Conclusion: Is it Canadian or is it Jinko?

At last we come on to the winner. Again please remember that these are just my professional opinions like those I would be giving to my friends.

For my home, I would choose Jinko.

As a solar installer I know how awesome these solar panels are, and by the looks of all the awards so do other installers.

They are just the best value for money and you can’t go wrong with them. If anything does happen, they have an office in Australia that can quickly resolve any issues.

It’s not that Canadian solar is bad, not at all. It’s just that Jinko is the most popular, has a higher warranty and a little more reliable.

However, both of these panels are really good. They will both do the job and provide you with a quick return on investment. I would highly recommend both of these solar panels and look forward to seeing what new technology they create over the next few years.

I’m interested to see what you guys think, so let me know in the comments.

Would you choose Jinko solar panels?
Or would you choose Canadian solar panels?

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Written By:

Luke Cove
Managing Director
Lightning Solar & Electrical

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9 thoughts on “Canadian vs Jinko Solar Panels: The Not So Obvious Winner”

  1. Thank you Luke, What a great break down. We are looking at getting Solar and not knowing anything about it, you’ve really made it clear and easy for us and anyone else reading this that might be struggling on what the difference is and what to look for.
    Thanks again!

  2. Thank you Luke! That was really useful.
    Can you provide an energy assessment/rooftop PV system design for my home overseas?

  3. What solar panels will perform the best at temperatures that peaks at 45 degrees and are solar panels damaged at those temperatures
    Canadian panels sounds like it is made for cooler temperatures

    1. Great question Gary, it’s an interesting one.

      From all of my years of experience in this industry, I’d like to say that both solar panels are a great solution for your home and will provide a fast return on investment. I’d honestly say that each solar panel will work differently for each homeowner. If you would like me to give you an example, Canadian solar might suit a homeowner who is looking for a fast return on investment, live in an area which has frequent robust weather conditions (sand, sun or storms) and/or those who may consider moving in the future. Canadian is a really reliable option and they also have a fantastic Australian presence, possibly a little more than Jinko.

      On the other hand, I would argue that Jinko panels are more reliable if you are looking at modules such as the N Type panels (I’ve done a comparison here). This come with a 20 year warranty and N Type is notoriously known for being the high quality big brother to P Types, which is what Canadian solar are offering. If I’m personally speaking, I’d say Jinko would suit someone who is looking for a longer term investment who want’s long lasting ROI from their system and over a 20-30 year period you will most likely get more energy / savings from Jinko panels (N Type or 440w Tigers).

      To summarise though, both of these panels are a fantastic option, and I’d strongly suggest to any homeowner that either of these panels will be a great solar solution for your home

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