Stepping into the modern era of solar module design, the 2020 residential variants of Canadian Solar panels certainly present the advanced characteristics one should expect from a globally dominant manufacturer.

.Manufacturer:  Canadian Solar.

Series: BiKu, HiKu, KuPower, HiDM.

Variants: Multicrystalline, Monocrystalline. 

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One of the more interesting product lines by a manufacturer exists with Canadian Solar panels range. Boasting modern characteristics within all models, Canadian Solar is bucking the solar trend and now possess one of the widest varieties of solar panel options available.

How so? In a manner which takes a little time to comprehend the variations (BiKu, Hiku, KuPower etc.), Canadian Solar panels are available in both poly and mono cell structures. A broadening result which almost doubles the range.

Note; Residential 60-cell (or equivalent) solar panels considered only.

Poly options.

Take a moment to become acquainted with the Canadian Solar poly options. In a nutshell; BiKu – Bifacial, HiKu – larger solar panel design facilitates higher power output, KuPower – Canadian Solar’s most efficient single surface module offering.

All polycrystalline Canadian Solar panels present a good solution for the right scenario.

Model Qualities Rank Detail
BiKu
290-310W, glass-glass, bifacial, 120 split-cell, max efficiency 18.43 - 23.95%.
3.8 Superior
HiKu
350-365W, white back sheet, 120 split-cell, max efficiency 18.65%.
3.7 Very Good
KuPower
315-330W, white back sheet, 120 split-cell, max efficiency 19.86%.
4.0 Superior

Overall score at the bottom of this post. 

Polycrystalline Canadian solar panels are best suited for those seeking the Canadian Solar brand with superior value in mind.

Canadian Solar HiKu Panels Image

Mono options.

The Canadian Solar mono module line is the same as the poly range bar one inclusion, the HiDM (High-Density Mono), Canadian Solar’s new release shingle cell design.

As would be expected, all mono variants boast a fraction increase to the overall efficiency of the module with no other specification separating these variants from their polycrystalline counterparts.

Model Qualities Rank Detail
BiKu
290-310W, glass-glass, bifacial, 120 split-cell, max efficiency 19.91 - 25.91%.
3.8 Superior
HiKu
350-370W, white back sheet, 120 split-cell, max efficiency TBC.
3.8 Superior
KuPower
315-335W, white back sheet, 120 split-cell, max efficiency 20.16%.
4.0 Superior
HiDM
320-345W, white back sheet, shingle-cell, max efficiency 20.46%.
3.8 Superior

Overall score at the bottom of this post. 

In a similar fashion as to how the poly range appeals to the right scenario, the Canadian Solar mono range maximises potential by providing a slightly better option where space limiting factors exist.

Canadian Solar HiDM

OVERALL.

Canadian Solar panels continue to take a stance to deliver polycrystalline solar modules as a core product offering. A rare view in the solar manufacturing race. An unsuspecting upside which facilitates greater affordability for a near-identical product sacrificing only efficiency.

Potentially the most interesting specification end-users should consider between the separate Canadian Solar panel offerings is the Durability ratings between models. Most notably, the Loading criteria where all models present a different Load rating. An aspect of consideration for installation in more volatile environments.

With one of the more diverse solar module product lines available in 2020, Canadian Solar panels, in general, are considered an all-round SUPERIOR option given such diversity.

Canadian Solar

Panels Overall; SUPERIOR
  • BiKu (poly) - 3.8
  • HiKu (poly) - 3.7
  • KuPower (poly) - 4.0
  • BiKu (mono) - 3.8
  • HiKu (mono) - 3.8
  • KuPower (mono) - 4.0
  • HiDM - 3.8

Comparison.

Avg references industry average specifications.

Outstanding
[ 4.8 - 5 ] The pinnacle of certified specification.
Elite
[ 4.3 - 4.7 ] A rare calibre of technology produced by the industry elite.
Superior
[ 3.8 - 4.2 ] Specifications which are exceedingly superior to that of the industry average.
Very Good
[ 3.3 - 3.7 ] Advanced technology against the industry average.
Good
[ 2.8 - 3.2 ] Better than the industry average is that of which strives a portion better.
Average
[ 2.3 - 2.7 ] A score within this bracket is considered the industry average specification.
Ordinary
[ 1.8 - 2.2 ] Considered below the industry mainstream average.
Poor
[ 1.3 - 1.7 ] There's better, there's also worse.
Inferior
[ 0.8 - 1.2 ] Far below the modern industry average.
Awful
[ 0.3 - 0.7 ] Possesses specifications which are absent or unverified by a certified testing institute.
Avoid
[ 0 - 0.2 ] Unlikely for technology manufactured in the modern era.
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Insight.

How was the score for the Canadian Solar range of solar panels calculated? By using the Solar Review Module Assessment Criteria V2.4 >

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