Jinko Solar Panel Review

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Our review of Jinko Solar panels below has been created with you, a potential customer in mind. We could sit and bore you stupid with reams and reams of tables detailing their full specifications, but we know that isn’t what you’re looking for. Instead we’ve put together a useful, expert guide to Jinko Solar’s solar panels focussing on the key information a UK homeowner needs to know before deciding if a solar panel is right for them.

Our solar experts have scoured through Jinko Solar’s latest solar panel offerings and have helped us to put together the following review. Below we’ll explore various Jinko Solar panels and their key specs, so you can decide if any of Jinko Solar’s panels are the perfect match for you and your home.

Jinko Solar In Brief:

Jinko Solar are the perfect example of solar panel manufacturers who offer renewable energy solutions with excellent performance at an affordable rate for most homeowners. The solar industry of late has increased in competition, with new company offers and emerging technologies driving further change and price differences, but Jinko Solar have consistently proven themselves as a frontrunner in the industry.

Jinko Solar panels are known for pioneering a number of solar technologies and have won multiple awards, showing their considerable skill and the high demand for their latest solar panels.

The company themselves have estimated that they’ve provided more than 210 GW of solar power spread out to over 190 countries worldwide since they first started out – and they offer panels for every situation from residential use to large scale solar farms.

Jinko Solar Panels Company Overview:

Jinko Solar started out in 2006 in China, but is now a worldwide company with bases for manufacturing in China, Malaysia, Vietnam, and the United States. From 2016 until 2022, Jinko Solar was officially the largest solar panel manufacturer in the world. Although in recent years they have slipped as new competitors continue to grow, they still consistently make the top 5. And when it comes to solar, size is most certainly not everything…

Where Jinko Solar excels over their competitors is the amount of time and money they pump back into the research and development part of their company, helping them become industry leading innovators.

It is Jinko Solar’s mission to optimise the energy portfolio and take responsibility for a sustainable future, which they aim to do by providing a one-stop solution for clean energy.

As well as their products being much sought after by customers, their expert opinions are often sought by the industry at large. They’re opinion leaders in various international frameworks such as B20 – the business segment of the G20 summit designed to express common views across business industry as a whole – and RE100 – a global corporate renewable energy initiative.

Jinko Solar continues to go from strength to strength, but do their products still warrant customer interest? Our solar experts will help you find out below.

Jinko Solar: Solar Panel Specifications

TOPCon vs P-Type Solar Panels

Jinko Solar offers two main solar panel types currently: TOPCon and P-Type. Their TOPCon panels are part of their Tiger Neo series, and their P-Type panels are part of their Tiger Pro series.

The differences between the two are explored in the table below.

TOPCon:TOPCon solar panels are a form of N-Type solar panel made from a silicon wafer. This type of solar panel makes use of Tunnel Oxide Passivated Contact technology, where the solar cells are actually doped with phosphorus chemicals which increases efficiency and makes for a more efficient panel even in low light conditions. It also limits oxygen and light induced degradation.
P-Type:P-Type, or PERC solar panels, again is made from a silicon wafer, but instead of being doped with phosphorus chemicals, they’re doped with boron instead. Boron allows for high performance panels, but they are limited in panel efficiency ratings compared to their TOPCon counterparts. The benefit here is that P-Type panels are more common, and are therefore cheaper.

Both types of solar panels are excellent choices, depending on what’s important to you, but let’s focus now on the key solar panels across Jinko Solar’s Tiger Neo (TOPCon) series, and their Tiger Pro (P-Type) series.

Jinko Solar Panels Review: Tiger Neo (TOPCon)

Series Overview

The Tiger Neo series makes use of TOPCon N-Type technology, making it a series that uses cutting edge technology to further improve energy production through panel efficiency. Making use of phosphorus over boron, as well as a cell surface textured design, the solar modules in this series are able to perform better even in low light conditions, increasing maximum power output even when conditions for their operation aren’t optimal.

But not all Tiger Neo panels are made equal, so our experts break down the key models available in the UK below to help our customers decide if Jinko Solar’s panel offerings will meet their needs.

Tiger Neo Bifacial 66/72/78 HC Dual Glass

Starting first with the Jinko Solar Tiger Neo Bifacial HC series (with dual glass), this range of solar panels is available with 66, 72, or 78 half cut cells. To help you understand the differences between each solar panel in this range we’ll explore the key spec differences below, but first let’s look at the key features common among the solar panels in this range within the Tiger Neo series.

Key Features

  • N-Type Technology: The TOPCon technology used here reduces Light Induced and Light Enhanced Temperature Degradation, extending the panel’s lifespan, and it increases low light performance for improved output in less optimal conditions.
  • HOT 2.0 Technology: Jinko Solar’s innovative HOT 2.0 technology increases panel efficiency and further enhances its reliable performance, meaning you know your panels are built to work for you throughout the day.
  • Enhanced Mechanical Load: Solar panels must be tested using a Mechanical Load Test to ensure it can withstand snow loads and wind conditions. This range of solar panels achieves maximum scores for both front and rear loads.
  • SMBB Technology: Super Mono Blade and Bar (SMBB) technology means the panel is cut from a single large silicon wafer, improving power output and reliability.
  • Anti-PID Guarantee: PID, or Potential-Induced Degradation, is a phenomena in which solar panels suddenly lose power output by up to 80%, without warning. Jinko Solar’s anti-PID guarantee means you won’t notice sudden drops in output caused by PID.
  • Dual-Sided Power Generation: By making the most of both sides of a solar panel, you can enjoy better power generation and improved output, potentially reducing the payback time before your panels break even.

 

Specifications

66 HC72 HC 78 HC 
Max Power Output600-625 W570-590 W615-635 W
Max Efficiency22.21-23.14%22.07-22.84%22.00-22.72%
Weight32.4 kg31.0 kg 34.0 kg
Dimensions2382 x 1134 x 30 mm2278 x 1134 x 30 mm2465 x 1134 x 30 mm
Number of Cells132 (66 x 2)144 (72 x 2)156 (78 x 2)

Tiger Neo Mono 54 HC

Jinko Solar’s Tiger Neo Mono 54 HC solar panel is a mono-facial solar panel that offers excellent value for money, significantly reduced energy costs thanks to its effective power output, and is appropriate for those households with limited roof space thanks to its smaller dimensions.

Key Features

  • HOT 2.0 Technology: With increased reliability and efficiency, Jinko Solar panels with HOT 2.0 Technology are panels that are built to last.
  • TOPCon Technology: N-Type solar panels increase efficiency and power output, producing high performance panels.
  • Excellent Warranties: With a 15 year product warranty and 30 year linear power warranty period, you know that this solar panel is designed to be durable.
  • Low Annual Degradation Rates: First year power degradation of 1%, and then 0.4% annually over 30 years.
  • Enhanced Weather Durability: These solar panels are designed to withstand harsh weather conditions and are built to resist salt mist and ammonia.
  • Anti-PID Guarantee: This solar panel won’t suddenly lose power output thanks to the Anti-PID Guarantee Jinko Solar promises.

 

Specifications

54 HC Mono 
Max Power Output430-450 W
Max Efficiency21.52-22.52%
Weight21.0 kg
Dimensions1762 x 1134 x 30 mm
Number of Cells108 (54 x 2)

Tiger Neo Mono 54 HC (All Black)

The Tiger Neo Mono 54 HC (all black version) does differ from its regular counterpart. The obvious difference is that it’s all black, making it a much more sleek looking panel, which many modern homeowners prefer. But because of the all black design, it does differ in certain specs – specifically slightly decreased power output and efficiency levels.

Key Features

  • Enhanced Weight Load: This solar panel is certified to withstand a 5400 Pa front side max static test load, and a 2400 Pa rear side max static test load – making it an incredibly robust panel.
  • SMBB Technology: Being cut from a single silicon wafer improves the maximum power output available and increases reliability vs other brands and models.
  • Impressive Warranties: The All Black version of the Tiger Neo Mono 54 HC panel comes with increased warranties – a 25 year product warranty and 30 year linear power warranty.
  • Low Degradation: First year degradation of 1%, followed by a 0.4% annual degradation for the next 30 years, meaning effective power for your home for years to come.
  • Increased Reliability & Efficiency: Making use of both TOPCon and HOT 2.0 technology means these panels are more reliable and more efficient than competitors that don’t use it.
  • Anti-PID Guarantee: Reliability is guaranteed further with Jinko Solar’s Anti-PID guarantee meaning sudden loss of performance will not be due to Potential-Induced Degradation phenomena.

 

Specifications

54 HC Mono (All Black)
Max Power Output425 – 445 W
Max Efficiency21.27-22.27%
Weight21.0 kg
Dimensions1762 x 1134 x 30 mm
Number of Cells108 (54 x 2)

Tiger Neo Mono 60/66/72/78 HC

The Tiger Neo Mono series is available with either 60, 66, 72, or 78 half cut cell technology. It is a mono-facial solar panel, meaning it has to be positioned perfectly to capture as much sun as possible depending on the location and orientation of the roof. They’re designed with efficiency in mind and make for excellent rooftop solar panels or commercial installations.

Key Features

  • Improved Low Light Performance: With TOPCon N-type technology your solar panels will produce more power in low light conditions, improving overall output.
  • Optimised Degradation: First year degradation will be around 1% followed by a further 0.4% on average each year for the next 30 years, meaning efficiency will only drop to 87% after 31 years.
  • High Compatibility: These solar panels are highly compatible meaning they can often be added to existing solar setups.
  • Impressive Efficiency: With Jinko Solar’s HOT 2.0 Technology efficiency and reliability are increased making for more effective solar panels long term.
  • Long Lasting Warranties: These solar panels come with a product warranty period of 12 years and a linear power warranty period of 30 years.
  • Extreme Operating Temperatures: Every panel in this range has an operating temperature of between -40 and +85 degrees celsius, making them appropriate for a range of locations – and certainly suitable for the UK.

 

Specifications

60 HC66 HC72 HC 78 HC 
Max Power Output470-490 W605-630 W570-590 W615-635 W
Max Efficiency21.75-22.67%22.40-23.32%22.07-22.84%22.00-22.72%
Weight22.5 kg 28.2 kg27.0 kg29.5 kg
Dimensions1906 x 1134 x 30 mm2382 x 1134 x 35 mm2278 x 1134 x 30 mm2465 x 1134 x 35 mm
Number of Cells120 (60 x 2)132 (66 x 2)144 (72 x 2)156 (78 x 2)

Jinko Solar Panels Review: Tiger Pro (P-Type)

Series Overview

Tiger Pro relies more on traditional solar technology that most older panels make use of. These P-type solar panels may be older tech now, but they’re also tried, tested, and have a manufacturing process that is so refined today that costs are significantly reduced compared to the Tiger Neo series. And older doesn’t always mean worse.

No, they won’t be as efficient as N-type panels, but they will still be incredibly efficient and highly reliable whilst still producing panels with impressive power outputs that can power any UK home effectively – and with the reduced costs, it makes sense that the Tiger Pro series is still incredibly popular still today, despite newer models being made available with Jinko Solar.

Tiger Pro Bifacial 72 HC

The Tiger Pro Bifacial 72 HC solar panel is able to capture more of the sun’s energy thanks to its bifacial design. These panels have excellent efficiency and advanced glass compared to older p-type models that really squeeze the most out of every bit of daylight absorbed to turn into useful power for your home.

Key Features

  • Multi BusBar Technology: Multi BusBar Technology (MBB) means a solar cell has 12 or 16 busbars, rather than 4, 5, or 6, which were standard previously, leading to a much improved power output.
  • Reduced Hot Spot Loss: Hot Spots can occur when a cell is overheated, but with better cell technology and cell design, Jinko Solar greatly reduces that risk here.
  • Better Mechanical Load: All of Jinko Solar’s solar panels meet the maximum load set by industry standard tests, meaning they are built for UK weather conditions.
  • Weather Resistant: Speaking of the weather, these solar panels are built to resist salt mist and ammonia degradation, meaning they stay looking and performing great.
  • Longer Lifetime Power Yield: Power output will still be at 84.95% of the panels’ original output after 30 years of operation thanks to a 0.45% annual degradation rate.
  • Warranties That Last: These solar panels come with a 12 year product warranty and a 30 year linear power warranty.

 

Specifications

72 HC Bifacial
Max Power Output535-555 W
Max Efficiency20.71-21.48%
Weight31.0 kg
Dimensions2278 x 1134 x 30 mm
Number of Cells144 (6 x 24)

Tiger Pro Mono 72 HC

The Tiger Pro Mono 72 HC is very similar to the product we’ve discussed above, but is a mono-facial version that has slightly increased power output and efficiency as a result, and it has been created with more tried and tested manufacturing processes, increasing its reliability compared to other models available.

Key Features

  • Impressive Operating Temperatures: With operating temperatures of between -40 and +80 degrees celsius you can be confident that your solar panels are built to perform no matter the weather in the UK.
  • Anti-Reflection Glass: The front glass of this mono-facial solar panel has an anti-reflection coating, meaning more of the sun’s rays can be absorbed by the panels.
  • NOCT Output: NOCT is an accurate representation of the power output of panels in real-world conditions, rather than optimal conditions. The 550-570 W panels in optimal conditions only drops to 409-424 W in more realistic conditions, which is still an impressively powerful solar panel.
  • MBB Technology: Multi BusBar Tech is still used in the mono-facial version of the panel so you get increased power output.
  • Low Power Degradation: A 0.55% annual degradation rate means that over 25 years power output will only drop to 84.8% after this time.
  • Great Warranties: These solar panels come with a 25 year linear power warranty and a 12 year product warranty.

 

Specifications

72 HC Mono
Max Power Output550-570 W
Max Efficiency21.29-22.07%
Weight27.0 kg
Dimensions2278 x 1134 x 30 mm
Number of Cells144 (6 x 24)

Tiger Neo vs Tiger Pro: Our Experts’ Opinion

Now that we’ve covered each solar panel in each series that’s available in the UK today, let’s take a look at the two series’ key pros and cons in a broader context so you know where to focus your attention if you’re still unsure which solar panel is right for you.

Tiger Neo: Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Increased reliability
  • Increased efficiency
  • Able to perform in low light conditions
  • Reduced panel degradation
  • Anti-PID guarantee
  • HOT 2.0 technology

 

Cons

  • Increased costs
  • Newer, less tried and tested tech

 

Tiger Pro: Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Uses methods for manufacturing well known in the solar industry
  • Much more affordable
  • Reduced hot spot loss
  • Multi BusBar technology
  • Still excellent efficiency and reliability
  • Anti-reflection glass

 

Cons

  • Less efficient and reliable than the Neo series
  • Smaller linear power warranty

 

Jinko Solar Panels Review: FAQs

Are Jinko Solar panels any good?

Jinko Solar panels are not just good, they enjoy a reputation as one of the leading solar panel manufacturers in the world, and their influence only continues to grow.

With innovative tech developments and new products bettering the last top-performing ones, you’re sure to find a solar panel with Jinko Solar that suits you – and within your price range!

What is the lifespan of Jinko Solar panels?

Jinko Solar Panels will last for at least 25 years – no matter the panel you choose or the series it comes from. With that said, they might well last for even longer, but with reduced power output over time.

Jinko Solar Panels Summary

Jinko Solar panels are some of the most highly respected in the industry, offering solar panels with some of the most impressive efficiency ratings and power outputs, whilst utilising modern technology to preserve their reliability and improve their performance.

Any Jinko Solar panel would be an excellent choice for any customer.

Need help designing your own solar system? Then why not work with our solar experts at ESE – we can design the perfect solar panel array for your home today.

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Working for the Ministry of Defence, Jack specialised in counter-terrorism which took him to places such as Dubai, Oman, Iraq, Norway and Bahrain. During this period he worked with various Governments implementing strategic operations to prevent terrorism.

After travelling around various countries Jack increasingly came across various forms of solar from large solar farms to domestic solar panels. From here Jack took a keen interest in all things solar and started reading about the technological capabilities with a view to entering the industry after his career in the Ministry of Defence.

Once home after 5 fruitful years, Jack had 3 months leave in which he immersed himself in a solar crash course and got applying for jobs within the solar sector. He came across ESE Solar, a long-established forward-thinking company whose head office was only a stone’s throw away from him. He picked up the phone to see if there were any vacancies and within a week had a successful interview and obtained a full-time job, starting in the technical team.

Within the first few months, Jack onboarded in various online courses during work and social hours to speed up his knowledge of all things solar. Due to his strong work ethic and thirst for knowledge Jack was promoted to Head of Technical at ESE Solar. He currently leads the team and oversees the product development of new technologies within the company alongside assisting where necessary on their maintenance department.

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