Top Rated Solar Panel Brands To Install In 2020

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Browsing the market of solar panel manufacturers, brands and models can be an overwhelming experience when deciding to install or upgrade a solar system. To the naked eye, all solar panels look pretty much the same with slight variations of colour, size and make. Not only that there is a lot of bias recommendations and reviews out there which can leave you questioning what brands are worth your money.

So how do you select a brand and model of quality that will be sufficient for your energy needs as well as reliable throughout its lifetime without breaking the bank?

Back in January 2019, we brought you the Top 4 Brands available in Australia and it’s no surprise that those four brands are still highly regarded for quality, value and reliability. However thanks to Clean Energy Reviews and customer testimonials we’ve been able to provide an updated list of the 9 Top Rated Solar Panel Brands To Install In 2020. All these brands are currently available in Australia.

Once you’ve gone through the list request quotes to start comparing prices. Whether you’re looking to install solar before the Federal Government Solar Rebate decreases on January 1st or you’re doing your research to install in 2020 we can assist in connecting you to local solar providers for obligation-free quotes.

Top Rated Solar Panel Brands To Install In 2020

Reviews were based on quality, customer testimonials, performance, value and feedback by solar industry professionals.

Canadian Solar Inc

Canadian Solar is one of the largest solar panel manufacturers in the world and produces a wide range of high-quality solar panels at cost-effective pricing.

What to expect when investing in Canadian Solar Panels?

  • Power rating* (W): 270W – 340W
  • Efficiency (%): 16 – 20.1%
  • Price range: low to medium
  • Standard 10-year warranty for any solar panel defects
  • 25-year performance warranty

Jinko Solar

JinkoSolar was founded in 2006 in China and are now considered to be a global leader in the solar industry. They have global production facilities and sales offices worldwide.

What to expect when investing in Jinko Solar Panels?

  • Power rating* (W): 280W – 340W
  • Efficiency (%): 16 – 19.4%
  • Price range: low to medium
  • Tier 1 panels
  • Standard 10-year warranty for any solar panel defects
  • 25-year performance warranty

LG

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.

LG also had one of their models rated as one of the most efficient solar panels of 2018 with their LG energy Neon R (up to 21.4% efficiency).

What to expect when investing in LG Panels?

  • Power rating* (W): 320W – 375W
  • Efficiency (%): 3 – 21.7%
  • Price range: medium to high
  • 12-year warranty for any solar panel defects
  • 25-year performance warranty

Trina Solar

Trina Solar specialises in the manufacture of photovoltaic modules and system integration. Trina Solar is not only a pioneer of China’s PV industry but has become an influential shaper of the global solar industry and a leader in solar modules, solutions and services. Trina Solar panels are considered high quality and good value for money. Trina Solar has offices worldwide and is considered a ‘Tier 1’ solar manufacturer.

What to expect when investing in Trina Solar Panels?

  • Power rating* (W): 280W – 340W
  • Efficiency (%): 16 – 19.4%
  • Price range: low to medium
  • Tier 1 panels
  • Standard 10-year warranty for any solar panel defects
  • 25-year performance warranty

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.

What to expect when investing in Hanwha Q-Cells Solar Panels?

  • Power rating* (W): 270W – 335W
  • Efficiency (%): 17 – 20.2%
  • Price range: Medium
  • 12-25-year warranty for any solar panel defects
  • 25-year performance warranty

Suntech

Suntech Power is a Chinese producer of Tier 1 solar panels and supplies solar panels to customers in over 80 different countries. Suntech Power has customer service, engineering, and warranty support available locally in Australia.

What to expect when investing in Suntech Solar Panels?

  • Efficiency (%): up to 18.4%
  • Price range: Medium
  • Tier 1 panels
  • 12-year warranty for any solar panel defects
  • 25-year performance warranty

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.

 What to expect when investing in REC Solar Panels?

  • Power rating* (W): 290W – 355W
  • Efficiency (%): 18 – 21.7%
  • Price range: medium to high
  • Up to 20-year product warranty on some models
  • 25-year performance warranty

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.

What to expect when investing in SunPower Solar Panels?

  • Power rating* (W): 340W – 400W
  • Efficiency (%): 19 – 22.6%
  • Price range: medium to very high
  • 25-year product warranty
  • 25-year performance warranty

Seraphim

Seraphim Solar is a Chinese manufacturer of tier 1 panels producing solar panels of both quality and value.

What to expect when investing in Seraphim Solar Panels?

*Power rating (W) listed – Residential (60 cell) panels only.

Whether you’re looking into installing solar before the Federal Government Solar Rebate decreases on January 1st or you’re doing your research to install in the New Year, we can help connect you to local accredited solar suppliers who can quote you for Clean Energy Council Approved solar panels and products.

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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.