Trina Solar | What You Need to Know


Trina Solar is a global leader in providing solar photovoltaic modules and smart energy solutions. They provide products, applications and services that promote global sustainability development. The business includes project development, financing, design, construction, operations & management.

Trina Solar launched the Energy IoT brand in 2018 aiming to be the global leader in smart energy.

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Brief History Of Trina Solar:

Trina Solar is a fully vertically integrated company founded in 1997. As one of the oldest Chinese solar panel manufacturers and one of the top five solar suppliers in the world, Trina built a solid reputation and has a global distribution network across 30 countries. As a solar pioneer, Trina Solar became a world leader in solar technology and helped change this solar industry.

As Trina Solar delivered more than 40 GW of solar modules worldwide in 2018. They are rewarded to be in number 17th spot on the “2018 Global Top 500 New Energy Enterprises. Trina Solar is considered one of the top Tier 1 solar panel manufacturers and they are ranked by Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

  • Trina Solar is tested to provide maximum efficiency, even during cloudy days.
  • Trina Solar Panel has power production capabilities up to 290W.
  • Panels are designed to resist high wind loads (2400Pa) and snow loads (5400Pa).
  • Trina Solar products are manufactured in China.
Trina Solar Most Popular Product:
  • The Honey series is the most popular model of Trina Solar Panels. It was first released in 2012 and is now available in a range of types and sizes up to 335W. It’s available in mono- and multicrystalline options and is perfect for a property with limited roof space.
  • Trina solar produced TrinaBESS or ‘Trina Battery Energy Storage System’, a home battery storage system available in Australia. It supplies both on-grid and off-grid installations a variety of hybrid and retrofit battery solutions. 
What Sets Trina Solar Apart:
  • They delivered more than 40 GW of solar modules worldwide in 2018. Trina were in the 17th spot on the “2018 Global Top 500 New Energy Enterprises.”
  • Trina Solar offers a standard 10-year manufacturer’s warranty for any defective product.
What Should You Do?

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Understanding Batteries

Off-Grid Systems

For some households a battery system can be of great benefit and minimise a home’s reliance on the grid. However, it’s important to understand for a battery to be useful your solar system needs to be generating excess energy for the battery to store, which you can then use at night or when the sun is not out.

When selecting a battery, you’ll want to invest in a system that is most suited to your home and can drive the best return on investment (ROI). Despite a larger upfront cost, a higher quality battery may significantly increase your ROI.

    Battery systems start from $6,000 and costs can vary greatly based on the following factors:

  1. Cycle Life-Time

    The number of times a battery can fully charge and discharge.

  2. Battery Power (kW)

    How fast it can be charged or discharged.

  3. Storage Capacity (kWh)

    The maximum amount of energy a battery system can store.

  4. Battery Management System (BMS)

    An electronic ‘smart’ system that gathers data and manages the battery ensuring it does not overload or operate outside of its safe functioning zone..

  5. Inverter

    Battery systems require their own inverter if your solar system does not have a hybrid inverter.

  6. 'All-In-One Unit’

    A system which includes the battery, BMS and an inverter all in one unit.

  7. Warranty

    Length of time or cycles the battery system is under guarantee.

  8. Blackout Protection/Backup

    It’s important to note this is not a common feature of a battery system and could cost thousands of dollars to include. Blackout protection not only requires additional components but also a specialised installation and rewiring. For grid-connected homes, the cost for blackout protection can outweigh the benefit.

Additionally, if your purpose for adding battery is to go Off-Grid and become completely independent from the grid you will need to ensure your solar system can generate enough energy to power your home and your battery system is large enough to store this energy. For homes in metro areas going Off-grid is not cost effective and is only recommended for those in remote areas with limited access to the grid. Off-grid solar systems with battery start at approximately $30,000.

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