Featured: Over the Horizon, Just Another Solar Podcast #52

Over The Horizon - Just Another Solar Podcast with Derek McKercher

What’s over the horizon of global sustainable energy innovation? Direct and raw, this is precisely the subject that fuels Perth Solar Warehouse Director Derek McKercher. Perth Solar Warehouse customers access some of the world’s most advanced technologies with outstanding customer success from a less-than-conventional approach to technology adoption. It’s time to make sustainable energy less of a proprietory space to expedite improved adoption, and from Derek’s perspective, it started with Perth Solar Warehouse.

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Featured on the first episode of 2024, Just Another Solar Podcast hosts Luke Beatie, Karl Jensen, and Nigel Morris delved into the latest industry topics, including the potential of battery cell price reductions, electric vehicle fires and Queensland’s state-based grid connectivity and metering issues. However, more occupying of the 43 minuet recording was the deep dive into the mindset behind Derek McKercher’s unique business approach that had the hosts curious.

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‘Over the Horizon’ begins with a discussion of the above topics providing various opinions of direction and insight. Beyond the initial 15 minutes of industry discussion, Luke Beattie [host] shifted the focus to Derek McKercher, seeking deeper insight into the enduring journey and competitive advantage Perth Solar Warehouse provides its customers, now reinforced with a series of highly commendable awards over 2023.

Prefer to read the full episode? Just Another Solar Podcast Episode 52: Over the Horizon with Derek McKercher ›

The journey

In 2011, after providing electrical services to various retail solar and energy companies for seven years, Derek had accumulated a library of frustration as part of the customer journey. Most elements of frustration had a level of commonality. They were avoidable and seemingly human error-related. With a knowledge of interpreting software, Derek formed Perth Solar Warehouse creating an all-encompassing online purchasing experience through online technologies that minimised human error within conventional solar company models and improved internal efficiency through digital processes.

However, it’s not one element that caught the curiosity of the Just Another Solar Podcast hosts. Perth Solar Warehouse consumer satisfaction across critical reviewing databases for customer research trends in alignment identifying consistency in both high pool depth (e.g., SolarQuotes.com.au) and low pool depth (e.g., Solar Choice) platforms. Such consistency from a Top 10 volume company in Western Australia (Sunwiz data 2023) has the professional community wondering how customer success follows a relatively lean business compared to many—efficiency through digitalisation. 

Emphasised from a competitive business perspective, “In the digital space, If you are looking at what we [Perth Solar Warehouse] are doing, you are already behind, what you’re seeing today has already occurred. It’s in the past. A little bit like the sun you see on the horizon, which in reality, already occurred five minutes prior. We’re already looking at what’s next and implementing these revelations behind the scenes.” 

The solar industry is never a stable place and is extremely competitive, “We need to remain agile and pivot as required…We’re consistently evolving as a leading sustainable energy provider” mentioned Derek.

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Atmospheric refraction. Source: timeanddate.com

The advantage

Travelling to sustainable energy-related conferences relative to Australian energy supplies, Derek grasps significant insight into future trends shaping the energy landscape. considered a crystal ball method. Fortuitously, Perth Solar Warehouse customers benefit from the most advanced product options on the market while acquiring knowledge shared directly from industry insight holders. Such a level of foresight has put Perth Solar Warehouse on the national map as a business to watch in 2024.

The benefit

What is the benefit of revealing potentially proprietary insights with competitors? Derek believes in more significant positive consumer sentiment towards sustainable energy adoption. “if we allow businesses to learn from our model that experiences high customer satisfaction at scale, consumer sentiment shifts and more encourage technology leaps through positive outcomes.” Furthermore, “We [PSW Energy, Perth Solar Warehouse] aim to assist growth in energy supplies that are more sustainable for humanity to thrive. We can’t do this alone, and the more businesses that invest in long-term customer outcomes, that’s a fantastic space to exist. We must encourage positive competition.”

A layer not conveyed during the recording, Derek McKercher later revealed on Linkedin:

I never said anything. The meter reader mauled to death in QLD while working in 2022 and discussed in this latest podcast was my best friend from East Kenwick Primary School – Kane Minion. On reflection, I found it fitting that we were reunited unintentionally in a certain way yet again as my journey on this pale blue dot emerges into the spotlight on this podcast.

Thank you, Luke Beattie, Karl Jensen and Nigel Morris, for continuing the discussion on personnel safety and improvements through technology to prevent reoccurrence. It was a tremendous coincidence, and you did not know my relationship. After the recording, I was even more grateful that progressive debate continues in 2024.

Your life touched many. Rest in peace, my friend

Kane Minion and Derek McKercher featured on - Just Another Solar Podcast

Image: Kane Minion (left), Derek McKercher (right). Circa 1996. Source LinkedIn

The team at Perth Solar Warehouse would like to dedicate this post to Kane and his family, who had an early life impact on shaping what exists at Perth Solar Warehouse today. Thank you, Kane. Your memory lives and continues to inspire positive global change.

Tesla solar panels make way for a one-brand energy solution

Tesla Solar Panels - Solar Roof

You have the electric vehicle, Tesla Wall Connector and potentially even the Tesla Powerwall home energy reserve, but what extra benefits do Tesla solar panels offer your home energy ecosystem? To be honest, very little if residing in Australia, as there is no specific roadmap for Australians seeking a complete Tesla one-brand energy solution. However, if you’re still interested in how the current US variations of Tesla solar panels compare in 2024, here are the specifications of what you may or may not be missing out on. 

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Due to the hype surrounding the Tesla solar panels available in the US market, it’s only natural for Australian energy investors to consider the world-renowned brand when shopping for an energy investment. However, locating an installer who can supply any variety of Tesla solar panels can prove challenging. In fact, non-existent. Neither Tesla Solar Roof nor Solar panels are available in Australia. An outcome that may or may not happen in 2024 and beyond. 

Nevertheless, 99% of solar panels are simple static energy generation devices with no complex communicative/computing components—outputs of merely Voltage and Current to generate a nominated DC (Direct Current) power. Fortunately, Tesla solar panels have the same intrinsic function, rendering the critical differences only in aesthetic design, brand value and (likely) cost—aspects of measurable capacity against what is available today.

Which to consider?

Two Tesla solar panels exist for unique reasons. One named ‘Tesla Solar Panel’ is in a format similar to a typical residential solar panel from most BNEF Tier-1 listed manufacturers. It is an all-black design with similar visual characteristics to a conventional monocrystalline solar panel while providing the most significant energy efficiency per square meter out of the Tesla solar panel range.

The building-integrated ‘Solar Roof’ is the Tesla solar panel format for those seeking superior aesthetic appeal. It is less protruding, and due to the reduced dimensions of each panel, the Tesla Solar Roof can maximise a nominated roof face where pitches are less accommodating.

Model
Power
Efficiency
Temp
COEF (°C)
Weight
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Jinko Tiger NEO Satin all-black 440W - PSW Energy
Tesla Photovoltaic Module
405 W
20.6%
-0.34%
23.5 kg
Datasheet
Tesla Solar Roof Module
58 W
Not listed
Not listed
Not listed
Datasheet

Tesla Photovoltaic Module T400H (395W – 405W): The Tesla solar panel for superior energy density per m². Even though it lacks the building-integrated appeal of the ‘Solar Roof’ module, the Tesla Photovoltaic Module improves conventional solar panel design with a proprietary Zep Groove for a more seamless aesthetic appeal with Tesla Zs mounting components and array skirting.

Tesla Solar Roof panel (58 W): Promoted to be more durable than conventional roofing materials, the Tesla Solar Roof offers arguably the most visually appealing photovoltaic design. Seamlessly rooftop integrated, the ‘Solar Roof’ provides up to 58.47 W from its 381 mm x 1143 mm dimensions.

Discover the savings—Alternative leading solar panels that work great with the Tesla ecosystem.

The Tesla energy ecosystem

If there’s one thing we know, Tesla doesn’t build technology by halves. Therefore, the Tesla energy ecosystem is simpler than alternative solar technologies yet broader towards a genuine one-energy ecosystem solution with feature-rich qualities. Tesla products cater to a target energy market and user. Similarly, Apple appeals to a large segment of the portable smart device market. Above all, the Tesla energy ecosystem’s true strength is its software, which enhances the usability and control of energy. Here’s what to expect from the Tesla energy ecosystem beyond solar panel options in 2024.

Model
Attribute
Advantages
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Tesla Powerwall-2 by Perth Solar Warehouse
Powerwall 2
AC coupled energy storage for 99% of existing solar
Store excess solar energy for later use. Provide blackout protection.
Datasheet
Powerwall 3
All-in-one AC coupled energy storage and solar inverter
Converts solar generated energy (DC) useable energy (AC). Store excess solar energy for later use. Provide blackout protection.
Details ›
Tesla EV Charger - Tesla Wall Connector
Wall Connector
Electric vehicle charging
Intelligently charge your electric vehicle with excess solar energy without exporting to the grid (Powerwall 2 or 3 required).
Datasheet
Tesla App
Real-time & historical energy centre for the Tesla Energy ecosystem.
Online visual gateway to advanced energy insight, management and control.
Discover ›

Powerwall 2: Tried and proven, the Tesla Powerwall 2 will continue to exist alongside Powerwall 3 due to its retrofit design compatibility with 99% of existing solar-only systems and is expected to be the most cost-effective Tesla Powerwall with an equal 13.5 kW storage capacity to Powerwall 3. Single-phase with three-phase limited compatibility.

Powerwall 3: An all-in-one solar inverter and energy storage solution designed to accommodate new Tesla Energy ecosystems from the start. With added components for solar conversion if required. Single-phase with three-phase limited compatibility.

Wall Connector: The advantages of Wall Connector have yet to be comprehensively realised by the masses. As mentioned earlier, Tesla’s real strength is its software. Even though potential hardware limitations may exist at face value, Tesla products can be upgraded remotely through software. When incorporated with the greater energy ecosystem, the Tesla Wall Connector offers unparalleled greatness in a simple format at an undeniable value. Rumours have it that bidirectional charging is not out of the question.

 

Tesla App:  When comparing energy hardware in 2024, consider which companies invest the most into software because your user experience is now digital. Tesla App offers user control of the entire energy ecosystem through one convenient and beautiful web portal. Tesla App provides one of the better options for user experience towards energy insight.

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Tesla solar panel warranty

Aligning with most BNEF Tier-1 listed module manufacturers from 2024. Tesla Solar panels offer a 25-year product and performance warranty with relative degradation for a monocrystalline solar cell format.

If factoring ‘Solar Roof’ as an integral part of your structure, photovoltaic effect aside, what other building material is equipped with a 25-year manufacturers guarantee?

Model
Product warranty period
Performance warranty period
1st year degradation 1
Annual degradation 1,2
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Jinko Tiger NEO Satin all-black 440W - PSW Energy
Tesla Photovoltaic Module
25 yrs
25 yrs
2%
0.5%
Warranty
Tesla Solar Roof module
25 yrs
25 yrs
– ³
0.5%
Warranty
  1. Warranted maximum power output degradation within a nominated period at Standard Test Conditions.
  2. Annual warranted maximum power output degradation at Standard Test Conditions beyond year 1 for the remaining performance warranty period.
  3. Calculated based on array size.

This information should be interpreted alongside the full Tesla solar panel warranty document. 

 

Manufacturing origin

Made in the U.S.A., Tesla solar panels are produced at the Giga New York factory in Buffalo, New York. It was Solar City before becoming the Tesla Giga New York factory. Tesla acquired Solar City in 2016 to commence a complimentary solar module suite.

Gigafactory Buffalo for Tesla solar panels

What do they cost

Given that there is no current supply of either form of Tesla solar panels to the Australian market, there is no available cost guidance [Jan 2024]. Given Australia’s aggressive solar panel pricing structure at severely reduced rates compared to the rest of the world, comparing alternative markets would offer no insight into relative cost comparisons.

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Pairing options

If you were to pair Tesla solar panels with an ideal energy conversion technology, effectively, one item reigns supreme for a one-brand energy ecosystem. However, if you would like to broaden your battery options beyond the Tesla energy ecosystem suite, a couple of alternative great options exist.

Tesla: Powerwall 3 is Tesla’s answer to an all-in-one solar and battery inverter solution most likely to work seamlessly with Tesla’s solar roof and Tesla’s Photovoltaic Module. Australian arrival, late 2024. Powerwall 3 ›

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SMA Inverter by Perth Solar Warehouse

Innovative: Equipped with award-winning software, SMA’s new hybrid inverter range is potentially the next best contender as an energy ecosystem leader, with its new range of hybrid inverter technology arriving in mid 2024. SMA ›

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Fronius Primo Inverters by Perth Solar Warehouse

Trusted: Fronius has undoubtedly earned a reputation as one of Australia’s most trusted inverter brands and is equipped with a comprehensive energy ecosystem for superior solar optimisation. Fronius ›

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To wait or not to wait for Tesla solar panels

It depends [subheading] on which Tesla solar panel option you prefer. If the more conventional Tesla Photovoltaic Module is appealing, waiting will have a minimal advantage given that a Tesla Photovoltaic Module is a similar format to most readily available solar panels on the market today with similar all-black aesthetics. With no guarantee that the Tesla Photovoltaic module will make it to Australia, waiting is lost energy savings with minimal gain should the Tesla Photovoltaic module arrive down under.

However, the Tesla solar roof is unique. It certainly isn’t cost-competitive per kW compared to a conventional solar array. But that’s not why you’re investing in it. The Tesla Solar Roof can be considered a building-integrated solar energy collector that seamlessly compliments the roof line on which it is installed. Especially important when the external facade is a significant priority. Given that the Tesla Australia website has the Solar Roof listed, waiting for this option, compared to the alternative roof-integrated options (solar tiles), could prove worthwhile. Reassess this release in six months (mid 2024).

Tesla solar panel options will indeed grab the attention of many. With no software or communicative compatibilities, a Tesla solar panel is simply a static solar energy generation device with a certain ‘Tesla’ design appeal. For some, this could well and truly be worth the wait. For most, the sun shines each day and each day of waiting is lost energy savings. At Perth Solar Warehouse, we have leading solar panel options available today that complement the Tesla energy ecosystem wonderfully and with a similar streamlined aesthetic appeal. Explore your energy-saving potential in style with Perth Solar Warehouse and PSW Energy.

Ranked as one of the best solar companies in Perth by review

Ranked as one of the best solar companies in Perth by review

With enough time, the best solar companies Perth has to offer begin to surface. Over a decade of mainstream popularity and with the internet as a popular research tool, customer satisfaction levels have become apparent with long-standing companies. Companies that have yet to stand the test of time still have untarnished review profiles, or often noticed is the resetting of Google listings to wash away past negativity. Although, the pool depth is evident and easy to determine for any discerning investor.

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PSW fast facts

  • 4.9/5 SolarQuotes.com.au: Legendary-rated Installer – Australia Top 10.
  • 4.9/5 Google – greater than 600 reviews.
  • Sunwiz Awarded: Best Rated Installer and Top 5 volume WA (2023).
  • EuPD Research 2023: Top Brand PV Installer – Australia, high recognition.
  • Tesla 2022, 23, 24: Premium Certified Installer – Australia Top 5%.
  • Tesla Performance Excellence Award 2024 (Australia) Top 10% volume.
  • Historical online review timeline – greater than 10 years.
  • Google trusted vendor – local search top 3, 2018 to 2024.

Every day, a solar company proclaims to be number one, but by what measurement? If it’s volume, that provides little insight into how a company treats their customers (long-term), especially if the capacity achieved is from completing a few very large jobs in a nominated period. Some will hold onto the highest volume credential in a time that is no longer relevant (consumer expectations have changed in 2024). However, the gauge most customers seek is how the considered best solar companies in Perth attend to their customers over time, combined with voluminous success as bankability towards an energy investment decision.

Advantageously, customer satisfaction measured over time is publically available and current.

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Gauging customer satisfaction

Two reviewing platforms provide a level of commonality amongst all of the best solar companies in Perth. Google and SolarQuotes.com.au. Alternative platforms exist, such as ProductReview and TrustPilot, but these are marketing machines that reap the rewards when organisations subscribe for benefits and the ability to weed out negativity. Appealing for some but not the most transparent gauge for consumers.

Google is open slather for everyone. It’s an excellent tool to ensure companies are on high alert, even those that have yet to purchase from them. Always be wary of low review counts, no mixed opinions, and reduced review text (frequent reviews of 10 words or less) – when you genuinely love a service, don’t you want to tell the world?

Google Tip. Spot dubious reviews when comparing:

  1. Pay attention to the names of reviewers (you may discover a pattern).
  2. The number of reviews reviewers have made.
  3. The average review content/length (is it an obligation or genuine experience).
  4. Assess the lowest reviews to see how a company responds to dissatisfaction.
  5. A small amount of dissatisfaction is a good thing. It proves the Google reviews are real.

SolarQuotes.com.au is contentious because paid elements exist for installers. Therefore, solar companies that purchase leads from solarquotes.com.au naturally have more reviews than those that don’t, as the platform always follows up the experience should a lead-purchasing solar company win your work. Unlike alternatives, SolarQuotes.com.au reviews are good for purchasers identifying different elements of installer competency. Those among the best solar companies in Perth have customer reviews here – even the non-subscribers.

 SolarChoice.com.au is similar to the SolarQuotes.com.au website. The installer review section is new, so the review pool is low. Although, their online content is detailed and free for the energy investor doing their research. Due to transparency, solar companies have their reviews listed and prioritised by Google search results.

Facebook’s business reviewing mechanism is as credible as Facebook Marketplace before 2023. It had been rarely supported, and reviews could be purchased from vendors that many exploited. Perth Solar Warehouse Facebook recommendations are genuine but urge customers to exercise caution when comparing companies here.

External: Compiled by diverse platform consumer data over time: Top 10 solar companies in Perth ›

Criterea that can be measured

1) Time is an outstanding measurement. Given that most warranties are 10 years or longer, you need a company that’s been around 10 years or longer with historical online customer experiences. Your system is only as good as its installation company, simple. The longer, the better.

2) Diverse satisfaction, because the internet is so much bigger than one review platform. Often companies will focus on one review website for the purchaser with rose tinted glasses. Comparative reviews on alternative media channels suggest differently and provide greater insight into who are genuinely the best solar companies in Perth WA.

3) Pool depth of aligned platforms. Ignore our choice of reviewing websites. Find multiple platforms that your shortlist of best solar companies has in common. Any two or three, but make sure they are equally comparative (alternative websites don’t qualify). Consistency is what you want to see. Hone in on inconsistency.

4) Locally based, as dealing with the eastern states (or foreign support agencies) could be more fun. Homegrown organisations are the best solar companies in Perth hands down. Local business gets you. We understand local needs and can better assist at times of support. The world is on a sustainable energy journey from 2024. You need local knowledge and experience on your side.

5) In-house installation (not sub-contract) gives customers the system execution assurance they desire. In-house installers are more likely to receive regular product care and safety training. Provided time-based remuneration to perform the job correctly and offer no installer to company warranty disputes.

6) Goldilocks company Not too big, where customers are simply another cosmic element. Not too small, where business stability (warranty certainty) varies. We’re just right as your future energy partner.

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Customer experience

Some solar companies have reviews. Others have experiences from customers that are embarking on a future energy journey. This section was just for writing that. Okay, that and the cumulative number of reviews/experiences. 

Depth over time is important in this scenario. The volume of high-level experiences sustained over time is a key metric for an informed buying decision. Over 1000 experiences on comparative platforms, the genuine ones. Perth Solar Warehouse customer experiences panning the last decade:

Tip: Compare the best solar companies on low review count platforms (less than 50). Low review count platforms ensure a company isn’t drowning out the negativity on key targeted platforms with reviews that lack substance. A high volume of 3 to 5 word reviews isn’t an experience. It’s an obligation.

Manufacturer satisfaction

Manufacturers rely on dependable solar companies to implement their products, irrelevant of an individual’s accreditations. CEC Accredited installers bounce around from company to company, often with little concern or regard for previous projects. Warranty concerns arise with complexities. Manfacturer-certified partners are the best solar companies Perth customers should seek out. These solar companies will most likely be more knowledgeable about a manufacturer’s recommended installation practices through updated product training.

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Awards & recognition

Let’s be honest. Certain awards are debatable. Others are a bit token (there’s an award for everything in 2024). Credibility helps, but it seldom makes or breaks a company for consideration. The substance from recognised industry piers is essential here.

Notable awards from reputable industry affiliates that add substance to Perth Solar Warehouse’s recognition as one of the best solar companies in Perth. Seeking similarities when comparing will assist in a more confident buying decision:

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Compare Perth Solar Warehouse’s atributes against other solar companies in Perth for a complete overview of service; Sales, Installation and Aftercare.

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Which Jinko Solar panels should you consider?

Ultimate Jinko Solar Panels Guide Perth WA

A world-leading BNEF-Tier1 listed solar panel manufacturer by volume, the 2024 range of Jinko Solar panels can easily be refined to a core few for those seeking an advanced solar module at a competitive price for industry-leading specifications. Although, certain differentiators are likely to appeal to some and not others. Dive a little deeper and discover which Jinko Solar panels you should consider when making an energy investment decision in 2024.

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There was a time when one could be confused by the amount of Jinko Solar panel options with such subtle variances. Compared to previous years, the available Jinko solar panels in 2024 are the Tiger Neo and the Tiger Pro series. For residential energy investors, smaller formats of the Jinko Tiger Neo (54 half-cell variants) refine the selection to a mere two high-calibre options, making selection relatively easy.

With recognised international awards commencing the new decade, new variants of Jinko solar panels possess an innovative twist that had yet to be associated with the brand in the previous decade.  Exploring the characteristics of each Jinko Tiger model, it becomes evident that Jinko solar panels in 2024 are remarkably refined, catering towards a broad compatibility investor range and specific project purpose.

Which to consider

Despite being the year of the dragon, 2024 shall be known as the year of the Tiger for Jinko, and we must assess solar panel suitability beyond a nominated power class. Consider a solar panel with a greater power value (e.g. 475 or 500 W) with an efficiency of 21-22%. This defines a much larger solar panel by the surface area and is not necessarily a technology improvement compared to a lower Watt-class panel (e.g. 415 or 440 W) of 21-22%. Equipped with this knowledge, it’s essential to consider alternative differentiating factors for the ideal system. Below are the optimal panel classes for each Jinko Solar panel to maximise your system potential.

Higher-power Jinko solar panels exist, but these are the models you’ll want to consider for a residential solar installation due to relative voltage and current characteristics better suited for residential solar inverters. All are close equivalents of each other where the overall variance remains the dimensions (bigger or smaller but occupying a similar surface area for desired system power), yet ensure the perfect system balance for maximum oversizing and subsidy potential: small scale, residential & light commercial.

Residential suitability: (order) Most ideal to least.

Model
Power
Efficiency
Temp
COEF (°C)
Weight
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Jinko Tiger Neo
Tiger Neo 54HL4
440 W
22.02%
-0.29%
22 kg
Datasheet
Tiger Neo Satin
440 W
22.02%
-0.29%
22 kg
Datasheet
Jinko Cheetah Solar Module
Tiger Neo 60HL4
475 W
22.01%
-0.30%
24.2 kg
Datasheet
Jinko Tiger Neo Solar Module
Tiger Pro
550 W
21.29%
-0.35%
27 kg
Datasheet

1. Jinko Tiger Neo 54HL4 (440 W): The most popular Jinko Tiger Neo possesses outstanding efficiency for the price. Equipped with an ultra-high-performing -0.29%/°C temperature coefficient, users can enjoy peak generation in temperatures above 25°C, which is common in Australia. The more accommodating dimensions make the Jinko Tiger Neo 440W 54-cell variant the ideal Jinko Tiger Neo model for residential rooftops, with over 1 million modules harvesting Australian sunlight in 2024.

2. Jinko Tiger Neo Satin (440 W): The streamlined all-black counterpart of Jinko’s highest-selling module in Australia, the Jinko Tiger Neo ‘Satin’ comprises a semi-transparent black back sheet for a high-performing all-black design. As aesthetic appeal becomes more prevalent in 2024, and now with an ideal Watt-class for maximum system oversizing, the Tiger Neo Satin will be hard to ignore when considering Jinko Solar panel options. 

3. Jinko Tiger Neo 60HL4 (475 W): When a better option exists in the Neo 54HL4, avoid using the inflated Neo 60HL4 variant unless necessary. Supporting the most significant overall dimensions, the Jinko Tiger Neo launched in 2021 as Jinko’s flagship n-type solar panel for large-scale projects. At over 24 kg, it can become more of an issue in the future. The 475W Tiger Neo was once the smallest variant in the Neo range at the ideal multiplier for small-scale projects to maximise subsidy potential and the ultimate array to inverter oversizing capability. The suitability of surface area and frame size for small-scale residential rooftops in Australia remains to be determined.

4. Jinko Tiger Neo (+570 W): Jinko Tiger Neo models greater than 570W aren’t suitable for residential installations in Australia due to electrical, size, and weight characteristics.

4.Jinko Tiger Pro (+550W): The Jinko Tiger Pro is now only available in +550W models, with electrical, size, and weight characteristics less suitable for residential installations.

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What is the warranty

The warranty between Jinko Solar panel models is relatively simple to now differentiate in Australia between small-scale models. N-type (negatively charged) Jinko Solar panels possess Jinko’s most significant warranty due to a cell structure with reduced degradation potential. Meanwhile, positively charged Jinko solar panels (P-type) in the form of Tiger Pro possess a reduced format product and performance warranty.

Model
Product warranty period
Performance warranty period
1st year degradation 1
Annual degradation 1,2
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Jinko Tiger Neo
Tiger Neo 54HC4
25 yrs
30 yrs
1%
0.4%
Warranty
Tiger Neo Satin
25 yrs
30 yrs
1%
0.4%
Warranty
Jinko Cheetah Solar Module
Tiger Neo 60HC4
25 yrs
30 yrs
1%
0.4%
Warranty
Jinko Tiger Neo Solar Module
Tiger Pro
12 yrs
25 yrs
2%
0.55%
Warranty
  1. Warranted maximum power output degradation within a nominated period at Standard Test Conditions.
  2. Annual warranted maximum power output degradation at Standard Test Conditions, beyond year-1 for the remaining performance warranty period.

This information should be interpreted alongside the full JinkoSolar warranty document. 

 

Where are they made

Listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: JKS) and a prolific Silicon Modules Super League member, Jinko operates multiple manufacturing plants internationally. However, the Jinko solar panels Australian consumers receive come from Jinko’s state-of-the-art and fully automated manufacturing facilities in China.

As manufacturing modules are only one process element, Jinko solar cell manufacturing occurs in Jinko plants across China and Malaysia.

A further sign of global growth, specifically for the North American market, is that starting in 2019, Jinko began manufacturing solar modules from a newly constructed $50 million plant in Jacksonville, Florida (USA).

What do they cost

Expect good value for the efficiencies available. Solar system prices incorporating Jinko solar panels will vary depending on module model selection, inverter selection, battery selection (if required) and installation specifics. After the current zone 3 STC subsidy (Perth & Bunbury region), the average costs for a solar-only system are as follows;

Model
Sample System Size
Average
Cost per kW 1
PSW Price
Jinko Tiger Neo
Tiger Neo 54HL4
6.6 kW
$756
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Tiger Neo Satin
6.6 kW
$738
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Jinko Tiger Neo Solar Module
Tiger Neo 60HL4
6.6 kW
$738
Inquire
1. Average cost per kW installed (after STC value deducted as a point-of-sale discount), considering average inverter cost compatible with the sample system size, and based on values relevant within 30 days of the article post date.

Ensure these Jinko Solar panels and their nominated prices are our best. Get your copy of the latest Perth Solar Warehouse catalogue.

As the most common small-scale system size (residential), a 6.6 kW system is an example. Considering all inverter types, the average cost is divided to provide an Average Cost per kW. The Average Cost per kW can be multiplied by any nominated system size for general system cost guidance. This content is not a substitute for a quoted price.

Quick links: Alternative system size prices 3 kW, 10 kW or 13 kW

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Pairing options

It’s one thing to know which Jinko solar panels to consider; this is only half the equation. Some know precisely their inverter or battery preferences. However, for those seeking further inspiration, try these popular product pairings for an assured future-ready energy system.

Goodwe DNS Inverters Batteries by Perth Solar Warehouse

Standard Inverter: Goodwe DNS-G3 or SDT-G2. It’s hard to ignore Goodwe as an inverter consideration. It may be at the more affordable end of the spectrum, but it just works. Great software, outstanding local support and a solid reputation. Unquestionably, Goodwe builds dependable solar inverters. 

Related: How good is a Goodwe for your project › 

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Sungrow Hyrbid Single Phase Inverters by Perth Solar Warehouse

Hyrbrid Inverter: Sungrow SH-RS & SH-RT. A proven hybrid inverter within Australia with a consistently evolving product suite. If limitations exist, maximise the oversizing capabilities of your preferred Jinko solar panels by adding a cost-effective Sungrow SBR-HV Battery. The Sungrow EV charger will arrive in 2024 for a one-energy ecosystem solution. 

Related: Which Sungrow inverter should you consider › 

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Fronius Primo Inverters by Perth Solar Warehouse

Hybrid inverter: Fronius GEN24. When you occupy 20% of the Australian inverter market share, there’s a reason. Over the last decade, Fronius has earned a reputation for building dependable solar inverters, leading the way in energy ecosystem development with the new release of the Fronius GEN24 range. 

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Which is ideal for you

If you’re seeking an ultra-high-performing and warranted long-term investment in the latest cell technology for superior energy harvesting potential, consider the Tiger Neo 54HL4 solar panels. Leave the Neo 60HL4 models for commercial-grade rooftops that can better support the increased dimensions and centralised weight, not your home.

More concerned about the visual aesthetics? With the same performance characteristics and power output as the Jinko Tiger Neo 54HL4, the Tiger Neo Satin, combined with all-black mounting hardware, combines superior visual appeal and maximum power output.

Due to increased small-scale system design flexibility, long-life expectancy, and outstanding value for the overall technology, Perth Solar Warehouse recommends the Jinko Tiger Neo 440W 54HC4 or the Jinko Tiger Neo Satin 440W solar panel within residential Jinko solar energy system designs.

Seeking a specific Jinko Solar product? As a proven Jinko-certified installer based in Perth, Western Australia, Perth Solar Warehouse sales support can assist.

Navigating the Synergy solar feed-in tariff with ease

Synergy Solar Feed in Tariff Perth WA by Perth Solar Warehouse

The Synergy solar feed-in tariff (or DEBS – Distributed Energy Buyback Scheme) is minimal compared to alternative states. Nevertheless, there is no reason why you shouldn’t flex your eligibility muscle and receive a portion of value for exported electricity units as opposed to nothing at all.

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The fees

Fortunately, the savings from a solar energy system negates these initial fees often within the first month or two. However, before applying for anything, it’s always best to understand the costs involved.

Fees
Cost
DEBS administration fee
$14.45 (inc GST) per account

Plus…

Metering costs to switch to DEBS
Cost
Single-phase meter
$101.30 (inc GST)
Three-phase meter
$101.30 (inc GST)

For these costs, you will receive 10c for each unit (kWh) exported by your solar energy system during peak period (between 3pm – 9pm) and 2.25c for each unit exported during the off-peak periods (before 3pm or after 9pm). 

It’s important to remember, that due to grid management requirements, Western Power may require communication equipment on the meter at an additional cost in certain scenarios.

Synergy Solar Feed-in Tariff (DEBS) Pricing Schedule [download].

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What you receive in return

For the initial cost of $115.75 ($101.30 + $14.45) to apply and ensure the correct metering, you can receive 10c for each unit (kWh) exported by your solar energy system during peak period (between 3pm – 9pm) and 2.25c for each unit exported during the off-peak periods (before 3pm or after 9pm). 

Distributed Energy Buyback Scheme Rate
c/kWh
Peak – Between 3pm and 9pm
10
Off-Peak – Before 3pm or after 9pm
2.25

Are you eligible

In the simplest terms possible, Residential customers with no more than 5 kW solar inverter capacity are eligible.

The only non-residential customers who can access the Synergy solar feed-in tariff within Perth and Bunbury regions WA are; not-for-profit agencies and educational organisations. In addition to the essential system criteria, required is the following:

  • Both Synergy and Western Power approval to connect to the grid.
  • An approved bi-directional meter as in the previously mentioned content.
Solar energy systems with a battery can also continue to receive the Synergy solar feed-in tariff (DEBS) on the condition the battery export limit is set to 0 kW.
Residential Eligibility
Non Residential Eligibility
No more than 5 kW inverter capacity.
Not-for-profit organisations.
Educational organisations.
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The application process

Obtaining both Synergy and Western Power approval will automatically add the expenses to your next Synergy bill.

Therefore, it’s recommended to consult with a provider first (PSW would love to help) for guidance on the right system for your needs when you are ready to proceed as opposed to applying in advance. 

Most solar providers will take care of the entire application process for the customer once a completed contract is in place, the steps are as follows:

Important: Obtaining Synergy and Western Power approval will automatically add the expenses to your next Synergy bill.

Ensure a hassle-free experience of you application process towards a solar or battery system, follow the path of thousands of satisfied customers before you. Perth Solar Warehouse can ensure an effortless transition to your new sustainable energy source.

Ultimate guide: Solar rebate Perth WA (Subsidy) 2024

Sunrise over Perth City for Solar Rebate Perth WA

Exercise caution surrounding subsidy hype. The zone 3 solar rebate Perth and Bunbury region customers can access certainly isn’t a fixed rebate/subsidy. Comprised of Small Technology Certificates (STCs), the value is subject to potential change daily. However, more recently, the spot price per certificate has remained relatively stable, affecting a steady total subsidy amount. Here is the need-to-know information when considering the solar rebate for the Perth and Bunbury region, Western Australia.

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How much are you entitled to

The solar rebate Perth customers can access varies depending on system size (combined solar module generation capacity). Most typical residential subsidies start from $1,456 for a 3.9 kW solar system to $2426 for a 6.6 kW solar energy system. Subsidies increase for larger solar energy systems based on the ability to offset more significant carbon emissions. 10.5 kW solar systems enjoy a $3882 contribution to offset the cost, while a 13.2 kW system benefits from up to $4852.

Array size
STCs
Subsidy
3.9 kW
38
$1,456
6.6 kW
64
$2,426
10.5 kW
102
$3,882
13.2 kW
128
$4,852

As a traded commodity for offsetting carbon emissions, the solar rebate has the potential to fluctuate daily while degrading in annual blocks for the remaining 7 years of the preset target.

Even though spot value fluctuations have occurred in the past, it’s advisable to avoid rushing a buying decision based on subsidy value. Instead, ensure an informed buying decision as the fluctuations, and annual variances are minimal over a solar energy system’s life expectancy.

In the following content, understand how to calculate your precise solar subsidy and the amount you are entitled to depending on your ideal energy system size.

Is there a solar battery rebate in WA?

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How the solar rebate works

Your new solar energy system is eligible for a nominated amount of certificates based on its ability to offset carbon emissions over the next 7 years. That’s right, you will produce clean, green energy, not just energy savings. Therefore, the Australian Government Clean Energy Regulator rewards you with a designated number of Small Technology Certificates (STCs) depending on your solar energy system size.

Your subsidy value is acquired by trading your Small Technology Certificates with big polluters who must purchase these clean energy certificates (STCs) to offset their carbon emissions towards net zero. Such complexities are often too much for most, including solar companies. Therefore, releasing the Small Technology Certificates for a point-of-sale discount at an agreed market rate is more manageable.

At the time of writing, $38 is considered a stable rate amongst most retailers, allowing for potential market fluctuations without consumer clawback in the event of change.

On top of a point-of-sale discount (subsidy), most residential solar systems are eligible for a feed-in tariff through Synergy for excess energy exported to the grid. Learn more ›

Lock it in

Small Technology Certificate trading values have the potential to vary. July 2017, the spot value of STCs plummeted from $38 to $26 almost overnight due to an oversupply with insufficient purchasers. One year of STC value uncertainty followed. Since this and other instances, lost STC value recovery (clawback clause) is embedded into the terms and conditions of many installation contracts. In addition to the contract price, such could render the lost STC value payable by the customer after installation.

Perth Solar Warehouse monitors markets extensively and will never alter costs after a contract is signed unless agreed upon by all parties.

An adequate installation agreement should have the following clearly defined:

  • STC value, e.g. $38.
  • STC quantity, e.g. 64 certificates (as in 6.6 kW).
  • STC total value, e.g. $2426 ($38 x 64 certificates).

When offered a point-of-sale discount as part of a solar package, you want the solar rebate to be precise and broken down into an easily calculable format. 

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How to calculate it

A formula for calculating the solar rebate exists, and here it is.

Array Combined Watts (Standard Test Conditions) x 1.382 x the current Small Technology Certificate multiplier of 7 years / 1000. The result is the maximum number of Small Technology Certificates eligible for your solar energy system.

Example: 6.6 kW Solar System

Solar Array Combined Watts (6600) x 1.382 x 7 (years) / 1000. The resulting number is the maximum STCs eligible.

(6660 x 1.382) x 7 / 1000 = 64.

Determining the amount of Small Technology Certificates (STCs) is 64 for a 6.6 kW system. Multiply this amount by the current market value of $38.

64 STCs x $38 = $2426.

Subsidy by system size expanded

For most, calculations are too time-consuming in a modern world full of fast information. It would be best if you had the figures to verify against.

The most common solar rebate Perth residential homeowners can expect to receive based on a $38 STC value and using a 440 W solar panel variant for multiplication is as follows:

Array size
STC’s
Subsidy
3.9 kW
38
$1,456
6.6 kW
64
$2,426
10.5 kW
102
$3,882
13.2 kW
128
$4,852
19.8 kW
192
$7,279
26.4 kW
255
$9,705
39.6 kW
383
$14,557

The above combined Small Technology Certificate value is an example and subject to potential market fluctuations.

In all system sizes, the solar rebate Perth and Bunbury region customers can access provides a significant upfront saving on the cost of energy security. Considering the value of the subsidy is due to reduce each year, now is an ideal time to invest in your energy future. Aim for a hassle-free transition to solar power. Perth Solar Warehouse Sales Support ensures you get the maximum solar subsidy with no risk potential.