Which are the best solar brands in Australia?
When you’re investing in a 25-year solar power system, it pays over the long term to have top-quality system components.
There are two major components of a solar power system:
- The solar panels; and
- The inverter
Each quarter, Bloomberg New Energy Finance produces a list of the tier 1 panel manufacturers.
While tier 1 might sound prestigious, this is simply a measurement of which manufacturers have supplied the highest number of panels this year.
Unfortunately, no comment is made on panel quality, manufacturing sustainability practices, or after-sales support.
The thesis of the Bloomberg tier 1 list is that the majority panels around the world are used in large-scale solar projects, and that as part of the funding process for such projects, financiers will undertake extensive diligence on the panel manufacturer for the project.
As a result of the financier’s diligence inquiries, only the best panels will be used in the projects, so top-line sales numbers are a leading indicator of quality.
In our opinion, and now that the industry has been around for over a decade in Australia, there are a number of settled brands which can be considered of commercial quality and could be considered for your project.
Those brands are:
- Trina Solar
- Sun Power
Incidentally, most of these brands feature on a recent Bloomberg list of tier 1 manufacturers:
- Canadian Solar
- GCL Systems Integration Tech
- Hansol Technics
- Hanwha Q-Cells
- LG Electronics
- Neo Solar Power
- Risen Energy
- Trina Solar
- VSUN Solar
For inverters, unfortunately there isn’t a tier 1 list. Though, the four-front running brands are:
- Solar Edge
All inverters on this list have a minimum 10-year warranty.
We prefer Fronius for their excellent track record in Australia and after-sale service.
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