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.
What to expect when investing in SunPower Panels?
More Power / Same Space
SunPower holds the record for the highest efficiency silicon solar panel, which means you can create more power, on smaller roof spaces, with fewer panels (or leave more roof space free for future expansion).
Industry Leading Warranty
SunPower pioneered the solar industry with the first 25-year combined Power and Product Warranty. Unlike most solar warranties that cover just the panels, SunPower’s warranty also covers transport and labour costs to uninstall and re-install the panels. This makes Sunpower one of the safest, long-term solar power investments.
Power rating* (W): 340W – 400W
Efficiency (%): 19 – 22.6%
Price range: medium to very high
25-year product & 25-year performance warranty
SunPower also had two models rated as the most efficient solar panel models of 2018 with their SunPower X series (up to 21.5% efficiency) & SunPower E series (up to 20.4% efficiency).
LG has a long history in solar photovoltaics beginning over 30 years ago when they first began research into silicon crystalline cells. LG panels can vary from competitive pricing to premium pricing, covering a range of modules which are highly regarded and widely available, putting them at the top of the list when it comes to both quality and value for money. LG panels are highly rated by customers and professionals within the solar industry with their impressive black anodised aluminium frames, construction quality and detail.
What to expect when investing in LG Panels?
Similar to SunPower, LG also offers a 25-year warranty which covers transport and labour costs to uninstall and re-install the panels.
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.
What to expect when investing in REC Panels?
Power rating* (W): 290W – 355W
Efficiency (%): 18 – 21.7%
Price range: medium to high
Up to 20-year product warranty & 25 performance warranty
Based on reviews from industry professionals and customers, here are some highly regarded inverters available in Australia. These inverters have been reviewed favourably due to their quality, warranty, features, monitoring, reliability and value.
5-10-year warranty for inverters with the option to extend
Award winning service and support
Highly regarded by professionals and customers
Compatible with retrofit batteries
Australian presence with an office based in Melbourne
High price range
Fronius inverters average maximum efficiencies of 97 to 98%
All Fronius Inverters are WiFi enabled for easy monitoring, commissioning and warranty.
Cost-effective and reliable
12-year standard warranty which is extendable to 25 years
Unique use of power optimisers to maximise power generation at the individual panel level
Wide range available inclusive of residential, commercial and small utility-scale solar installations
Australian presence with an office is located in Victoria
SolarEdge inverters have a weighted max efficiency of greater than 97%, independent of string length and temperature
SolarEdge’s high quality results in a high price for their inverters
All SolarEdge inverters can be monitored by a web-based portal
Highly reliable technology requiring less service than competing models, saving time and money over the long-term
Australian presence with an office in Sydney, NSW
One of the most popular inverters in Australia
SMA Sunny Boy Inverters have average maximum efficiencies of 97%.
Renowned for their high quality
Premium cost for their superior technology
5-year warranty with option to extend up to 20 years (dependent on model).
Warranty includes all costs in the unlikely event of an issue/failure, including shipping and on-site replacement
Offer a number of different internet-based monitoring solutions
Reliability – these guys deliver unparalleled power output all year round
Australian presence with an office located in Sydney, NSW
Max efficiencies of up to 97%
All ABB inverters come with a 5-year warranty that can be extended to 10, 15 and 20 years for a fee.
ABB solar inverters offer remote monitoring via the Aurora Vision Plant Management Platform
Highly regarded customer service and reliability
Australian Presence with an Australian office located in Victoria
Average maximum efficiencies of 96-97%, depending on model
Manufactured exclusively in China, they are less expensive than the inverters
Delta inverters come with a 10-year product warranty as standard
Delta string inverters can be monitored wirelessly with the SOLIVIA Monitor 2.0. Also compatible with third party monitoring systems Web’log and Solar-lo.
Popular Battery Brands
Battery storage is becoming increasingly popular with more brands and options becoming available. Once you’ve determined what battery storage setup you require for your solar system (retrofit, hybrid/battery ready, plugin and play or standalone) you can then discuss with installers what may be the best brand and model to make the most out of your excess energy. Here are some popular brands you’ll see around the Australian market.
Global leader in technology innovation
Life expectancy of 15 years and comes with a 10-year performance warranty
Doesn’t include a solar inverter or an in-built energy management system
Simple installation and low maintenance
Modular lithium-ion phosphate battery
Expected life expectancy of 10 years
Built in monitoring option
One of the lowest costing systems ($1,900-$3000)
Compatible with most solar systems meaning no need to upgrade to a hybrid inverter
Hybrid Energy Storage System
Output efficiency of 97%
All in one unit
Compatible with most solar systems due to inbuilt hybrid inverter
10-year performance warranty
Mobile app monitoring option
15 to 20-year life expectancy
Large range of sizes
Low-voltage and high-voltage options
Lithium-ion battery technology
Last updated November 2019
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