In this C-SUN Solar Panels Review we look at what makes China Sunergy a good company to choose when you go solar, and what’s maybe not so great about them.
C-SUN Solar Panels Review – China Sunergy Company Overview
China Sunergy is an enormous Chinese solar manufacturer. They have a huge production facility and 11 offices globally. They even have an office in Australia.
CSUN are a publicly listed company and have done loads of massive projects around the world.
C-SUN Solar Panels Review – What’s Good About Them?
CSUN panels are really good for a Chinese panel in particular. They have a long history in the solar industry, and are also focused on R & D. Back in 2013, CSUN set a solar cell efficiency record! Not that this means much for performance. It just means they convert sunlight pretty well. Also, CSUN just recently (August, 2015) won the contract for a 14.5MW project! That’s 58,000 x 250W panels (assuming that’s what they’re using. Big numbers.
The price is also right with C-SUN solar panels – they are significantly cheaper than many other panels which have poorer performance!
C-SUN Solar Panels Review – What’s Not To Love?
So the C-SUN Solar Panel performance is not as good as some others around. Here are their Photon test results:
- 2012: #46
- 2013: #61
- 2014: #56
So in terms of actual performance, they’re not up there with the best. But they still aren’t too bad. What does this mean in practical terms? CSUNs results in 2014 were 4.1% lower than the top performer (Sopray). If you take the value of your kWhs as $0.26 (on the high side) then here’s what you get:
- 5kW system performance (Sopray): 7,665kWh = $1,990 per year
- 5kW system performance (CSUN solar panels): 7,350 = $1,911 per year
That’s a saving of $79 per year (very best case scenario). Woop! Take this over 30 years and you’re ahead by $2,370. But remember: a. these are “best-case” figures. b. the value of savings declines over time.
C-SUN solar panels aren’t the best there is, but they are still reasonable performers.