Canadian solar panels! (Made in China)… Righto, here’s another one of those panel makers who likes to use the name of a nice-sounding country in their brand. Obviously, in the hope that they can trick some poor nanna into buying their low-grade, poor performance garbage instead of getting a Chinese panel that’s honest about it’s origins. UPDATE October, 2015: We were recently alerted to the fact that Canadian Solar apparently DO produce SOME of their panels in Canada! We were also pleasantly surprised to see that they have a decent sized solar array on their roof (see for yourself here)! They also have an office in Australia which is great. But the truth is (we believe) that the name is still very deceiving since it’s likely that the vast majority of their panel manufacturing happens in China.
Canadian Solar Panels – Background
By all accounts, these guys try to look like they are a Canadian company. In truth, their rubbish panels come out of China just like 90% of panels on the market. There’s no shame in that, but Canadian Solar seem to think they will sell more panels if they seem like they’re from Canada. That’s not good business ethics.
Canadian Solar Panels – The Good
So Canadian solar panels might be deceptive, but they can’t be all bad right? Well here’s a few good points about these panels:
- They are one of the biggest solar panel makers in the world. That’s great – but doesn’t mean much for you.
- They are a “tier 1” company (if that matters to you)
- Their panels are PID free
- It’s a vertically integrated company
They have also got HEAPS of solar power jobs around the world using their panels as you’d expect.
Canadian Solar Panels – The Bad
Well, here it is… This is why I would never buy Canadian Solar Panels:
- Their deceptive business ethics – tricking naive people into thinking they are made in Canada
- Their performance in the 2012 Photon Test (they came #144 out of 151)
- Their performatnce in the 2013 Photon Test (they came #143 out of 151)
- Their warranties are the same as every other solar panel
You can rest assured, if you buy “Canadian Solar Panels” you are certainly not going to get anything special. The main things that are guaranteed here are the fact that a big company is behind them.
Here is a video from QLD Solar & Lighting showing burn marks on Canadian solar panels!!
Here is a video of Canadian Solar Panels