Comparing Top Solar Brands

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When researching to install a solar pv system it is important to consider a large number of factors in order to drive the best return on investment and save as much as possible in the long term. Speaking to a number of solar installers is the best way to find out all the information you will need and find answers to any questions you may have.

However, it is important to not simply purchase the first system you are quoted and ensure you compare a wide range of products at different price points to find the system that is best suited to your individual circumstances.

While at first glance solar brands may all seem the same, they can greatly differ in terms of durability, performance, efficiency and price point. There are a lot of uninformed and biased reviews out there, so it is important to consult a wide range of sources when conducting your research. It may also be a good idea to ask a number of reputable solar installers their opinions of a number of solar products and compare their responses. If they all agree a certain product is going to be good for you, it is just about who provides the best deal!

 

At Solar Market, we connect you with 3 local CEC accredited installers who can answer your questions and provide obligation free quotes. This is the best way to find the solar brands and products most suited to your home, as well as compare different solar installers and deals.

But to help get you started – we have a little round up of some popular solar brands below.

 

Top Solar Brands

 

Jinko Solar

Jinko Solar is one of the largest, most innovative solar manufacturers in the world. It produces both monocrystalline and polycrystalline solar panels from China.

Jinko Solar is known for their strong focus on providing quality local service and maintains a reputation for providing mid range, cost-effective solar panels.

Trina Solar

Trina Solar is a global leader in providing solar photovoltaic modules and smart energy solutions. They provide products, applications and services that promote global sustainability development.

In a head-to-head comparison of PV modules made by leading manufacturers, Trina Solar modules recently ranked at the top for most reliable performance under real-world climate conditions.

Suntech Power

Suntech Power are a Chinese producer of solar panels founded by Dr. Shi Zhengrong in 2001. They produce tier 1 solar panels and offer 12 years of product warranties and 25 years of performance warranties.

Suntech Power was awarded as the 2008 Solar Energy Development Company of the Year by Frost & Sullivan.

Tesla Powerall

Tesla, Inc. was founded in 2003, formerly known as Tesla Motors. It’s an American electric automobile company that was formed to prove that electric cars can be better. Today, Tesla is committed to generating clean energy and offering both commercial and home battery energy storage.

Canadian Solar

Canadian Solar is a Chinese based solar panel manufacturer. One of the largest solar pv poroducers in the world, they provide a wide range of high-quality solar panels at cost-effective pricing.

LG

Korea’s LG Electronics started in 1958 and are now considered to be one of the top consumer electronics manufacturers and solar panel brands in the world.

REC

REC Solar Panels are the largest European brand of solar panels. Their panels are sold worldwide and are a popular choice amongst installers. REC provides high-quality panels at reasonable, cost-effective pricing. Many of their models are designed to withstand heavy loads and wind.

Sunpower

SunPower is viewed as a world leader in manufacturing high-efficiency solar panels which is backed by their performance warranty of 92% retained capacity after 25 years. SunPower started in 1985 and have stood strong for years as one of the top-10 solar panel brands in the world. SunPower panels are suitable for locations throughout Australia with their corrosion resistance.

Hanwha Q-Cells

Q Cells is one of the world’s largest solar cell manufacturer as well as one of the largest photovoltaic module manufacturers. They offer a wide range of high-quality mono and poly panels at a mid-range cost.

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Understanding Batteries

Off-Grid Systems

For some households a battery system can be of great benefit and minimise a home’s reliance on the grid. However, it’s important to understand for a battery to be useful your solar system needs to be generating excess energy for the battery to store, which you can then use at night or when the sun is not out.

When selecting a battery, you’ll want to invest in a system that is most suited to your home and can drive the best return on investment (ROI). Despite a larger upfront cost, a higher quality battery may significantly increase your ROI.

    Battery systems start from $6,000 and costs can vary greatly based on the following factors:

  1. Cycle Life-Time

    The number of times a battery can fully charge and discharge.

  2. Battery Power (kW)

    How fast it can be charged or discharged.

  3. Storage Capacity (kWh)

    The maximum amount of energy a battery system can store.

  4. Battery Management System (BMS)

    An electronic ‘smart’ system that gathers data and manages the battery ensuring it does not overload or operate outside of its safe functioning zone..

  5. Inverter

    Battery systems require their own inverter if your solar system does not have a hybrid inverter.

  6. 'All-In-One Unit’

    A system which includes the battery, BMS and an inverter all in one unit.

  7. Warranty

    Length of time or cycles the battery system is under guarantee.

  8. Blackout Protection/Backup

    It’s important to note this is not a common feature of a battery system and could cost thousands of dollars to include. Blackout protection not only requires additional components but also a specialised installation and rewiring. For grid-connected homes, the cost for blackout protection can outweigh the benefit.

Additionally, if your purpose for adding battery is to go Off-Grid and become completely independent from the grid you will need to ensure your solar system can generate enough energy to power your home and your battery system is large enough to store this energy. For homes in metro areas going Off-grid is not cost effective and is only recommended for those in remote areas with limited access to the grid. Off-grid solar systems with battery start at approximately $30,000.
 

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