Chinese company Trina Solar has launched its Vertex S+ module in Australia, the first country in the world to receive the higher power, higher efficiency double-glass module.

The Vertex S+ is an upgrade of Trina Solar’s earlier model, Vertex S. It has power output up to 425W with maximum efficiency of 21.9 per cent, provides power bins for optimal residential systems, and uses 210mm diameter wafers.

Vertex S+ is designed for residential and commercial and industrial rooftops.

“We chose Australia for the launch of Vertex S+ to reinforce our position as Australia’s number-one solar module brand, and to capitalise on the tremendous growth in the commercial, industrial and residential solar market here,” says Trina Solar Asia Pacific president Todd Li.

“Australian households are turning to higher power, efficiency modules to meet their needs, and because they want to help society mitigate climate change.

“Some people also need more solar power so they can recharge an electric vehicle.”

The Vertex S+ is the first 425W module in Australia that comes with double glass rather than a backsheet. It also comes with a 25-year product warranty and 30-year power warranty.

“Double-glass is more durable, allowing the module to perform in very hot and humid environments,” says Li.

“Vertex S+ is the latest addition to Trina Solar’s 210 module family, and is further testimony to Trina Solar’s innovation leadership. The cutting-edge 210 technology platform combines several innovative technologies such as Trina Solar’s exclusive N-type PACO Cell technology; 210mm diameter wafers, multi-busbar technology; non-destructive cutting; and high-density packing.”

The Vertex S+ module is a lightweight 21.5kg.

“The module has been designed for easy-to-handle installation and is compatible with existing mainstream mounting systems, optimisers and inverters for residential and commercial and industrial applications,” says Li.