Which Trina Solar panels are ideal for you?

Three Vertex S Trina Solar Panels Standing Aligned on a graphically enhanced blank background

A pioneering solar module manufacturer, the Trina solar panels available to consider in 2022/23 continue to push evolutionary boundaries through proprietary designs. However, not all Trina Solar panels will be the ideal solution for your particular solar project. The researched investor inside of you has brought you here. Therefore, delve a little deeper and discover the one particular Trina Solar panel that is proving too hard to resist as a potential short-list option for many.

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Pros & cons

We all know there is more to the idea solar panel selection than manufacturer alone.

Which to consider

Trina has made it clear that their primary focus will be around 210mm wafers (cell dimensions), significantly increasing over average wafer sizes. Perhaps this is where they view the future of module designs gravitating. If modern trends continue, Trina will dominate this space with such an early mass adoption ahead of the industry trend.

Understanding which Trina solar panels utilise the new 210mm wafer design it’s relatively easy. Look for the Vertex series. Don’t look too deep into the variants as it’s usually a variant of the below two, either blacker or larger in dimensions by adding more cells. In such a case, the efficiency remains relative (greater power output doesn’t always mean better panel).

Model
Power
Efficiency
Temp
COEF (°C)
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Trina Solar Panel
Vertex S+
415 W
21.4%
-0.30%
Datasheet
Trina Solar Panel
Vertex S
415 W
20.8%
-0.34%
Datasheet
Trina Honey Solar Module - Perth Solar Warehouse
Honey
370 W
20.2%
-0.35%
Datasheet

Trina Vertex S+ (415W): There is something genuinely exciting about the Vetex S+. Possessing a high-performance n-type monocrystalline multi-busbar cell formation, the new-generation design is further enhanced with a world-first 1.6mm dual glass encapsulation retaining a total glass thickness of 3.2mm. Such a result creates a super stable photon harvesting environment with fewer degradation points when compared to conventional glass-laminate solar panels. 

Mitigating the previous weight drawback associated with dual-glass encapsulation, the strength of conventional 3.2mm protective glass remains. The Trina Vertex S+ is a 2022 testament to engineering genius.

Trina Vertex S (415W): Consider the Vertex S an almost replica of the Vertex S+ without the new-generation n-type monocrystalline cell formation or dual glass encapsulation. The most notable differences include a p-type monocrystalline cell structure in the new 210mm wafer format and a conventional glass-laminate encapsulation. 415 Watts, similar to the Vertex S+, provides the ideal multiplier for maximum solar array oversizing to inverter output ratio as per the 1.33 rule in Australia. The scaled-down technology within manages to provide a little capital investment respite.

Trina Honey M (370W): The final remaining Trina solar panel design of the previous era, Trina Honey M modules have provided a reliable and economically viable solution to thousands of installations across Australia. Used in thousands of installations across Australia, the half-cell module design now languishes behind Trina’s proprietary Vertex design with a 210mm wafer for a not too dissimilar price. 370W is the ideal multiplier for maximum solar array oversizing for a solar energy system without a battery in Australia.

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What is the warranty

Inflated warranties are the new normal amongst solar panel brands in Australia. However, it’s reassuring to know that Trina Solar, as a company, is one of the most likely solar panel brands to be to remain within the Australian market to honour potential product defects in the following 25 years+. Consider this for a moment. Which manufacturing brands are most likely to remain in the market and support past products based on past and present track record? Certain fundamentals provide warranty strength potential. 

Historically: Trina Solar, founded 1999. Past related batch issues 100% supported when installed to manufacturer specifications (important).

Present: AAA-rated Tier-1 solar module manufacturer per the Bloomberg module tiering system and PV ModuleTech. Future prosperity assurance through proprietary module designs and a vertically integrated manufacturing process.

Model
Product warranty period
Performance warranty period
1st year degradation 1
Annual degradation 1,2
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Trina Solar Panel
Vertex S+
25 yrs
30 yrs
1%
0.4%
Warranty
Trina Solar Panel
Vertex S
25 yrs
25 yrs
2%
0.55%
Warranty
Trina Honey Solar Module - Perth Solar Warehouse
Honey M
15 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 Trina Solar Australia warranty document. 

 

Where are they made

One of the few vertically integrated solar panel manufacturers, Trina Solar manufactures each key component of their solar panels, including the following critical processes; 

Silicon Ingots > Silicon Wafers > Solar Cells > Solar Modules. 

Without verticle integration, competing solar panel manufacturers are assembly points comprised of multiple component manufacturers.

A highly-regarded member of the elite Silicon Module Super League, Trina Solar panels and their associated components are derived from fully automated manufacturing facilities in Jiangsu, China.

What do they cost

Variances exist between specific Trina solar panels and the solar inverters in which they are connected too. Furthermore, the installation plays a significant and vital part towards determining overall final cost. It is though possible to gauge some general price variances according to system size.

Model
Sample System Size
Average
Cost per kW 1
PSW Price
Trina Vertex S Solar Module - Perth Solar Warehouse
Vertex S+
6.6 kW
$756
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Trina Vertex S Solar Module - Perth Solar Warehouse
Vertex S
6.6 kW
$710
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Trina Honey Solar Module - Perth Solar Warehouse
Honey M
6.6 kW
$650
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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.

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Above price variances consider the current STC zone 3 subsidy already deducted as a point of sale discount. With any general listed solar pricing, site specific variables cannot always be accounted for. Obtaining a friendly, customised price through Perth Solar Warehouse is often the best way to eliminate any unknown costs.

As the most common small-scale system size (residential), we’ve used 6.6 kW system as an example. Considering all inverter types, the average cost has been divided to provide an Average Cost per kW. To assist with research and for comparative purposes, the average cost can be multiplied by any nominated system size for a general price. This content is not a substitute for a quoted price.

Quick links: The PSW Price on alternative system sizes 3.7 kW, 9.9 kW or 13.2 kW.

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Pairing options

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

Goodwe DNS Inverter by Perth Solar Warehouse

Standard Inverter: Goodwe DNS or SDT. 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 solidifying reputation. Unquestionably, Goodwe builds dependable solar inverters. Discover Goodwe →

Huawei SUN2000L1 comparison Inverters by Perth Solar Warehouse

Hybrid Inverter: Huawei SUN2000-L1 or M1. A proven hybrid inverter within Australia with a consistently evolving product suite. Maximise the oversizing capabilities of your preferred Jinko solar panels, if limitations exist, by adding a Huawei LUNA battery. For a one-energy ecosystem solution, the Huawei EV charger arrives in 2023. Discover Huawei →

Alpha ESS Inverters & Batteries Perth Solar Warehouse

Solar & Battery: Alpha SMILE5 or T10. When you’re ready to adopt solar and batteries from the start, why not consider a minimalist design in an all-in-one solar and battery solution such as the Alpha ESS. An Alpha ESS solar battery system provides the 360° coverage many seek as a genuine self-sufficient power supply. Discover Alpha ESS →

Which is ideal for you

Much like in the above “which to consider”  section, your ideal Trina solar panel option will be defined by your specific installation. Those with an abundance of optimised roof area can afford to save on module selection cost through less expensive, lower efficiency Trina solar panels.

Module specifics aside, the alternative critical factor to ensure the desired Trina solar panel variant is compatible is via the connected inverter technology. Each Solar inverter should always be custom selected based on individual site requirements due to variable electrical characteristics.

Seeking a more specific Trina product? As a trusted Trina certified installer based in Perth, Western Australia, Perth Solar Warehouse sales support can assist.

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