Australia, For Installers, Renewables, Solar, Solar

Benefit, beauty and better choices

Australia, basking in 2700 to 3300 hours of sunshine a year, is leading the global charge in solar power adoption.

Trina Solar, a world leading smart PV and energy storage solutions provider with a presence in Australia since 2011, has introduced two ground-breaking products for Australia: The Vertex S+ NEG18R.28, tailored for commercial and industrial (C&I) rooftops, and the Vertex S+ NEG9RC.27 for residential solar installations.

New Vertex S+ n-type Dual-Glass Modules for commercial and industrial rooftops

The commercial building sector, responsible for 25 per cent of overall electricity use and 10 per cent of carbon emissions in Australia, grapples with the impact of rising energy costs on profitability. Recognising this challenge, Trina Solar has introduced the Vertex S+ 505W NEG18R.28, poised to launch in first quarter of 2024.

Measuring 1961mm x 1134mm and with a frame height of 30mm, and weighing only 23.5kg, its size and weight is specifically crafted for commercial and industrial spaces. This caters to rooftops, covered walkways, car parks, and under-utilised business spaces, aligning with the industry’s shift toward efficient solar power solutions. The size and lightness make the panel easy to handle and install and ensures that panels are robust enough for larger-scale commercial installation, while being compatible with other BOS components.

The NEG18R.28 boasts a 1.6mm by 1.6mm dual-glass solar panel featuring high-transmission AR-coated heat-strengthened glass. Lightweight at 23.5kg, its medium size conceals a powerful punch – an industry-leading maximum power output of 505W and a high efficiency of 22.7 per cent thanks to the combination of n-type technology and 210mm rectangular silicon wafer (210R) cell technology.

The unique design ensures optimised energy production even under inter-row shading conditions common in commercial and industrial installations. The panel’s ultra-low degradation rates, with only 1 per cent first-year degradation and 0.4 per cent annual degradation, coupled with a 25-year product warranty and a 30-year performance warranty, provide peace of mind for property owners and managers.

PID resistance, increased crack and scratch resistance, and compliance with IEC fire ratings (Class A+C) and harsh environment performance standards make the NEG18R.28 a robust solution, passing stringent 35mm hail tests. The mono-facial dual-glass panel has mechanical loading of up to 5400 Pa snow load and 2400 Pa wind load. Moreover, the absence of a backsheet reduces the use of plastics, enhancing the environmental credentials and recyclability of the module.

Trina Solar’s Vertex S+ NEG18R.28 is used for commercial and industrial applications. Image: Trina

Next generation of solar panels deliver greater power, efficiency and design for homeowners

With over 3.4 million homes equipped with rooftop solar PV systems, homeowners are using solar power to combat rising electricity costs and reduce their carbon footprint.

Trina Solar’s Vertex S+ NEG9RC.27 meets the evolving needs of modern households, offering a Trina Solar exclusive award-winning aesthetic black design which is compact and slimline, and can increase installation capacity on residential rooftops by 5–7 per cent.

In addition, it incorporates a bifacial version with light transmission for perfect aesthetics on specific application scenarios such as carports and alfresco areas, with additional power gain from the back side of the module.

As households transition to higher power generation systems, Trina Solar’s Vertex S+ NEG9RC.27 panel is perfectly suited for both 6.6kW and 8kW setups. Homeowners are finding solar installations increasingly appealing, with around one in three households in Australia already equipped with rooftop solar PV systems.

The Vertex S+ NEG9RC.27, delivering 445W maximum power output with an efficiency of 22.3 per cent, uses n-type i-TOPCon advanced technology, ensuring higher efficiency, lower losses, and much lower degradation over time.

The Vertex S+ NEG9RC.27 panel, designed as a universal premium solution, is compatible with most mainstream inverters, diverse mounting systems, and is backed by a 25-year product warranty and a 30-year performance warranty.

According to Edison Zhou, Trina Solar’s head of Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, having properties installed with solar systems make them more attractive to buyers and potentially increase properties’ resale value.

“As homeowners become more informed and proactive in their solar choices, it sets the stage for a future where sustainable energy is not just an option, but a norm.  The decisions made today, backed by thorough research, and understanding, will shape the energy landscape of tomorrow.”

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This article featured in the February edition of ecogeneration.

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