Jinko Solar Panel Review: Are They Worth The Hype?
Jinko, Jinko, Jinko. It’s all everyone is talking about these days. But are they really worth the hype?
So, of course it would be time for my Jinko solar panel review. To give you a quick run down, Jinko is now our top selling solar panel.
Jinko has honestly come a long way. And they are also subject to a lot of controversy because they are made and manufactured in China.
More and more Australian’s are choosing Jinko over high end solar panels brands like LG and SunPower.
Is this a wise move, or are they just following some hype over Jinko solar panels?
Do Jinko solar panels actually live up to their reputation?
Would I (as a qualified solar electrician) choose Jinko solar over other solar panels?
Let’s take a jump into reviewing Jinko solar panels and if they are any good, or just a big hype.
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Jinko Solar Company History
Who is Jinko Solar?
Jinko has been a long standing solar company founded in 2006. They are a chinese company, but have operations in 30 different countries.
Jinko quickly grew to become one of the largest solar panel manufacturers in 2016. Due to this, Jinko have also won many awards for their solar panels setting themselves apart from the crowd in terms of quality.
Their success stems from a company goal to provide high performance, high durability and high reliability solar panels.
In 2019, Jinko solar was announced as the biggest solar panel manufacturer in the world. Jinko shipped a whopping 14.2 gigawatts (GW) of solar panels. This was 3.9GW more than the runner up JA solar.
This is a 25% growth since 2018, which is massive. It’s safe to say we will be seeing a lot of Jinko solar panels in Australia.
Where are Jinko solar panels manufactured?
Jinko solar has 3 main manufacturing locations. The most is in China with 7 different manufacturing facilities all across the country. Second is Malaysia and last is in the USA.
This is where their Eagle solar panel is manufactured, which have become extremely popular with American homeowners.
Jinko does have plans to expand as well, not only in the size of their workforce but also in locations. Soon, we may even have a manufacturing facility in Australia.
Does Jinko have offices in Australia?
Yes. They have a registered overseas subsidiary company based in Sydney.
Here they have a full sales team and full support team on hand. This is really important because it means Jinko can solve any warranty issues quickly and effectively.
Also it helps us by being able to keep up to date with their new products or any changes. Having offices in Australia is a big benefit. It’s not just a sales center as well, it’s actually a company.
It also takes the stress out of having to rely on your solar installer. You can just contact Jinko Australia directly and get your issues quickly solved.
By the looks of the future plans as well, we will be seeing a lot more Jinko solar panels in Australia. They are forecast to ship over 20GW in 2020. In saying this, it’s certainly worth seeing if Jinko will be your next best investment or not.
Different Types Of Solar Panels Jinko Offers
Jinko Tiger Solar Panel Series
Usually Jinko will make solar panels using p-type cells. However, for their latest Tiger model that came out in 2020 this is different.
Here they are using N-type cells. This is the same technology that the likes of SunPower, LG and Qcell have been using for years.
Without going into too much detail, N-type cells are more efficient and have lower light induced degradation.
Jinko Tiger Series key selling points;
- In sizes of 360W-470W
- Tiling Ribbon Technology
- Available in Bi-Facial
- 9 Busbar Solar Cell
- Shingled-Cell Technology
- TÜV Rheinland certified
- Efficiency of 21.16%
- 30 Year Product Warranty
- Overlapping Cells
- 15 Year Product Warranty
- 66 Cell Solar Panel
- All Black Option
- Most Efficient Solar Panel
I must admit, Jinko has created one of the best solar panels in the world right here. It’s new, it’s effective and it’s cheap. It’s easily one of the best on the market right now.
What really makes it incredible, is that it can perform similar to panels like SunPower and LG but costs half as much. It offers similar warranties as well, only to be beaten by SunPowers 25year product warranty.
I’m really excited to see more of these Tiger models come into Australia. I trust they will serve Australian homeowners with the best value solar panel on the market today.
Jinko Cheetah Solar Panel Series
I’d say that Jinko’s Cheetah series is the most popular solar panel out of these 3. It’s definitely our top seller over all.
We sell more Jinko Cheetahs than we do Longi at the moment. It’s because it’s an all round solid solar panel.
Jinko has made sure that they are offering solar panels that are low in cost, but high in performance and quality. You can get these in half cut cells as well.
Even this budget solar panel comes with some powerful long lasting warranties that make you question if there is much difference between Jinko and the high end solar panels.
Jinko Cheetah Series key selling points;
- Sizes of 325W-340W
- Efficiency of 20.38%
- Half Or Full Cell Technology
- 5 Busbar Solar Cell
- PID Resistance
- Low Light Performance
- P-Type Cells
- TUV Certified
- Lowers BOS Costs
- Advanced Glass Texture
- Limited Power Degradation
- Best Value For Money
- 12 Year Product Warranty
- 25 Year Performance Warranty
Jinkos Cheetah series is definitely one of the best value solar panels in the world right now. You can see why it’s extremely popular.
Although the cost is low, the performance is really high. Overall this solar panel would be known as an all rounder.
It comes with a good set of warranties to back up its performance as well. All in all, I would say this is one of the best budget solar panels for Australian homeowners.
It certainly gives the high end solar panels a run for their money.
Jinko Swan Solar Panel Series
The Swan series is really similar to the Cheetah in terms of quality and performance. I think the Cheetah just beats the Swan series on efficiency by less than 1%.
However, the swan series does have some other areas that are pretty cool too. It’s much more lightweight, so would be best for smaller, weaker roofs. It’s also much easier to install, so it brings the installation costs down as well.
By using PVF glass films the panels are easier to clean, and will stay cleaner for longer.
It’s also famous for winning the Intersolar Awards in 2019.
Jinko Swan Series key selling points;
- Sizes of 320W-340W
- Choice of Bi-Facial series
- Passed TUV test
- Won InterSolar Award 2019
- 25% Lighter
- 20% Lower Labour Costs
- Half Cell Technology
- Tedlar PVF Films
- P-Type Cells
- 5 Ribbon Front Contact
- 19.7% Efficiency
- 12 Year Product Warranty
- 25 Year Performance Warranty
- Low Irradiance Performance
The Swan series solar panel is pretty good. It’s running close with the Cheetah series. It costs a little less to install and provides around the same performance.
I would say the only big difference in the 5 year extended performance warranty given on the Swan series. This will help build your confidence that this panel is designed to perform for a very long time.
So, all round, I would say this is a great solar panel to invest in. It’s also won a couple of awards and of course passed the famous TUV SUD test.
How Efficient Are Jinko Solar Panels?
On average, Jinko solar panels provide around a 19-21% conversion efficiency.
For their Cheetah solar panel series you can expect an efficiency of 20.38%.
With the new, high end Tiger series you can expect a conversion efficiency of 21.16%.
Lastly, for the Swan series you can expect to see around 19.7% efficiency.
In the industry I would say this is good, but not the best. However, in saying this Jinko have actually claimed to have broken the world record with their N-Type cells scoring a 24.79% conversion efficiency.
This is not the first time Jinko has broken a world record as well. Back in 2019 they beat Longis world record.
However, Canadian solar have recently broken the world record at the start of the year with a whopping 23.84% conversion efficiency.
This brings us to the question…
Are Jinko solar panels efficient?
To conclude, Yes jinko solar panels are efficient.
They can provide you with a high converting solar panel, and are up there with some of the best in the industry.
Has Jinko Solar Ever Won Any Awards?
I honestly think this is where Jinko comes out on top compared to other solar panel brands.
They have won so many awards for their solar panels in the past. Famous awards too, ones with high failure rates.
It’s actually quite laughable when you think they are 12 times world record holders.
The reason why this is so important is because it shows that Jinko is doing something right. It shows they are setting their panels aside from everyone else in terms of quality and performance.
They are competing to become the best in the industry, and being awarded for it.
With that being said, let’s jump into all the awards that Jinko have won for their solar panels and show you exactly why Jinko solar panels may just be your next best investment.
SVTC Solar Scorecard
Due to the growing concern for solar panels manufacturing to become as environmentally as possible, every year SVTC (Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition) provides an assessment.
Back in 2015 they scored a very low score of 53/100. However come 2018-2019 they scored a perfect 100/100 and were ranked #1. This is evidence of Jinko’s commitment and growth.
You can be sure to know that Jinko are doing their best environmentally. The growth from the first year also shows how quickly they have grown to become the best in all areas.
PVEL/DNV GL Top Performer (6 years: Including 2020)
The PVEL/DNV GL test is really famous in the solar industry. There have been some big fish like REC and QCell to take these tests and pass them, along with many others to fail them.
Seraphim and Longi solar are also some of the ones that have passed these tests as well.
The Top Performer award includes a series of vigorous tests conducted on the solar panel. It’s aim is to find out the reliability and performance on the panel.
Jinko has won this award 6 years in a row. It’s just been awarded the Top Performer award for this year as well. They actually entered 4 different solar panels and each one of them received the top performer award in 2020.
What’s even more incredible, is that PVEL/DNV GL has actually set the testing benchmarks higher this year. They made it harder. Jinko passed it with ease.
Ok, so let me say it straight. Jinko has passed one of the toughest solar tests in the industry, not once but 6 times. If that doesn’t tell you how good Jinko solar panels really are, then I’m not sure what will.
Honestly, this really does show to me as a solar installer how good Jinko solar panels actually are. I care alot about the performance and reliability of the solar panels I install and I want to keep my customers happy.
I know that this test is well respected in the industry, and highlights the good panels from the bad.
Jinko solar panels are honestly up there with the best solar panels in the world and this is shown in their data driven results.
TÜV Rheinland All Quality Matters Award
Again, Jinko blows me away by winning this award. It’s something that you would expect a really expensive, high end solar panel to receive. But no, Jinko who provides low cost, good budget solar panels have won it instead.
It’s said that this is one of the hardest awards to win in the industry. It’s super competitive and well respected if won. Jinko has been recognised as the winner of this award 6 times.
I’m also impressed that they’ve managed to maintain these awards year after year. Which means they are constantly improving. More reasons why Jinko solar is being given such a high score in this review.
Intersolar Award 2019
Jinko’s Swan series was announced the winner of the Intersolar Awards in 2019.
This award is given to companies who have made an incredible contribution to the growth of the renewable energy and solar industry.
It’s fair to say, as the world’s biggest solar panel manufacturers, that Jinko deserved this award over anyone else. The award also honours technological and groundbreaking new innovations such as those created with the Swan Series.
Again, this makes me think that Jinko could possibly be the best solar panel provider in the industry at the moment.
Top Brand PV Europe Seal 2019 & 2020
This award is created by opinions and votes from solar installers in Europe and Australia. Solar installers from some of the leading markets in Germany and Spain acknowledged Jinko solar panels as exceptionally high-quality products.
This is probably the reason why most solar installers will recommend you Jinko solar. I must admit, it’s one of my personal favorites as well.
Jinko has won this award 2 years in a row as well. If we love this solar panel, then so should you. We are recommending it because we (as solar installers) have the experience to tell a good panel from a bad one.
Take it from these awards, Jinko is worth your money.
What Makes Jinko Solar Panels So Good?
A combination of things really.
The price, quality, efficiency and performance of Jinko solar panels is what makes them one of the best solar panel manufacturers in the world.
Due to them having a great team of researchers, they focus on providing some of the best solar panels for a low cost. Latest technology has allowed them to separate themselves from the rest and provide long lasting warranties, and high performing solar panels.
I also think that Jinko puts back into their business, meaning they will forever be developing the best solar panels in years to come.
It also helps that they are 12 times world record holders, and claim all the famous solar industry awards.
The Jinko Solar Panel Review
Could you expect nothing less than 10/10 for the price? Jinko solar panels are extremely affordable.
When you compare the price to SunPower (almost double) you will be left asking… Well, is it twice as good?
Jinko is making solar panels more and more affordable each year. When you also include government rebates, you can pay very little for a Jinko solar panel system.
On average Jinko provides a 15 year product warranty and a 25-30 year performance warranty. This has a higher product warranty than LG which is 12 years.
It’s almost matching LG and SunPower on the performance warranty. This clearly suggests that the panels are pretty much going to perform that same in the long term.
So why the huge difference in cost?! They both guarantee a very similar performance, so which one is better?
Given all the awards Jinko has won it’s safe to say they deserve a 9/10.
I would say there are just a select few panels that will beat Jinko in performance. It’s equally impressive that they have maintained the awards year or year.
Also they will guarantee their performance for 25-30 year depending on the panel. This alone shows their confidence in the panel’s performance.
Now, I wouldn’t say Jinko solar panels are the most efficient in the industry. SunPower is killing that at the moment and has been for a while.
However, they are pretty average in the industry. I would say most solar panels are offering around 19-21% conversion efficiency at the moment. Anything less that this would be below average.
Still, compared to where we were a few years ago this is good. Again, we still have a long way to go to get above 50% though. Let’s hope Jinko can keep up the good work.
Overall Rating 9.5/10
I hope that after this, you would agree with me that Jinko solar panels have earned a 9.5/10.
Honestly, working with these solar panels are awesome. They are cost effective and high quality. Plus you’re going to see a quicker return on investment from these over LG, SunPower or QCell.
That really what you need to consider in this, would it really be worth spending extra money for such a small difference?
Look let’s be honest. Jinko are not far behind the expensive, high end solar panels brands in the world.
They win the same awards, they break world records, they offer similar warranties.
But, they are much cheaper. They are way more affordable, and that’s the biggest factor that makes Jinko so good.
If Jinko were the same price as Sunpower or LG, then I think they wouldn’t be as big or popular. The main selling point here is the price.
For double the cost you will be getting 2-3% more efficiency, and a very similar warranty. For me this just doesn’t make sense, and I’m sure it doesn’t for you either.
It’s something to think about whilst researching how to buy the best solar panels for your home.
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