Whenever we get an enquiry about a solar system, we always get asked the same question, ‘well, what are the best solar systems or the best solar panels?’. For this reason, we’ve decided to write a small blog about it.
We’ll also go through the price for solar installations, what the best solar companies are, and what kind of solar system (including solar inverters and panels) you need for your home.
By considering solar energy, you’re considering:
- A cleaner earth
- Cheaper monthly bills
- Added asset value
- another stream of revenue
On top of this, the Australian government offers huge discounts on your installation! But they go down year-by-year. Learn about Solar Incentives here.
This list consists of the brands we personally know are trusted and reliable. We’ll cover inverters; move on to solar panels (or solar cells), and finish on the often over-looked but essential roof-rack.
Additionally, the system you eventually come to choose can be a combination of these components.
THE BEST SOLAR SYSTEM INVERTERS
The solar inverter is one of the most important components of a solar power system. Within a wall-mounted box, the output (DC) of a PV solar panel is converted into a 250V current (AC). This energy can then either be stored in a battery or fed into your home to operate your appliances.
Solaredge’s market share is slowly being undercut by Huawei. They have even gone as far as filing a lawsuit. In brief, this is because Huawei offers inverters at 50% the cost of Solaredge.
If this makes you suspicious of their quality, Huawei inverters are known to have a lower failure rate when compared to Solaredge. The team at Power 4 All Electrical can vouch for that!
Moreover, The warranty process is incredible fast. This is because Huawei is a customer-centric international company.
- Low cost
- High warranty protection
- Low fail rate
- User-friendly / simple
- Ranked Global no.1 in inverter shipments
- 5-year warranty
SMA is a German company found in 1981. They’re known for their bright boxes and their long-lasting brand-mark. You can’t go wrong with SMA. But there is a downside; you tend to pay a premium for their quality and high prestige brand mark.
The fact that performance complaints are rare is a testament to their dedication to solar inverter technology.
- Highly combinable with other brands
- A trusted and prestigious company
- Reviews are majorly positive
- Higher price
- Contacting them is slightly more difficult than the other brands
- 5-year warranty
Sungrow is a Chinese brand established in 1997. Although they haven’t been around as long as SMA, they boast a solid 15% market share in solar inverters.
Sungrow’s known for their competitive prices and are well regarded for their reliability.
- Great for those seeking a budget system
- High quality customer assistance and warranty
- Comparable to the SMA, only cheaper
- 5-year warranty
THE BEST SOLAR SYSTEM PANELS
Choosing a trusted solar company is the difference between your solar system soaring, season by season, and biting the dust early.
This next list will take you through a few solar panel manufacturers we know are high quality and well known.
Found in 1996 as a Norwegian company, REC is a tier one panel manufacturer with 20 years warranty (+5 years with professional installation). Their panels are certified as corrosion resistant. Meaning they’re suitable for installations in coastal areas.
REC is reliable and has been ranked as the panel producer least likely to go bankrupt. On top of this, their product’s failure rate (when new) is boasted to be 1 in 10,000.
- Rated panel producer least likely to go bankrupt
- Certified corrosion resistant
- Boasts 20-year warranty (+5 with professional solar panel installation)
- Tier one solar panel
Trina is one of the biggest solar panel producers in the world. In 2016 they were titled the world’s most bankable panel manufacturer. Being a bankable business basically means having high product quality and financial strength.
They’re also known as a leader in sustainable manufacturing. Being deemed as the most socially and environmentally responsible in 2014.
Trina is a top tier solar panel manufacturer that offers 10-year warranty. While there are top tier companies offering 12 – 25 year warranty, Trina is a lower cost option.
- Corrosion resistant
- 10-year warranty
- A low-cost top tier producer
- Focussed on innovation
- A leader in social and environmental responsible manufacturing
Risen is a quality tier solar panel manufacturer that has, a middle range, 15 years warranty. Their panels are certified as corrosion resistant.
Risen’s solar panels performed well in the 2014 Photon Lab’s Outdoor Module test. One particular model coming 2nd out of 174 panel tests. A very impressive result indeed.
- A 12-year warranty (higher than average)
- Corrosion resistant
- Top tier solar panel manufacturer
- High efficiency, low cost
SOLAR ROOF RACKS
It’s a common occurrence that people tend to overlook Solar Roof racks. But roof racks are an essential component of a solar system. By ensuring your solar panels are mounted using a high-quality and reliable frame, you’re ensuring protection from the harshest conditions. Rain, hail or shine.
To cut to the chase, we will recommend the mounting system we use for most of our solar panel installations.
You may notice that we neglect to mention Solaredge in this blog. Consequently, the reason for this is many of our customers aren’t able to afford the Solaredge premiums. Furthermore, the other systems we mentioned, such as Huawei and SMA, actually have lower fail rates.
If you’re looking for a budget inverter, we recommend either the Sungrow or Huawei. On the other hand, the SMA inverter is recommended to those seeking an established and trusted brand.
In terms of the Solar panels, REC is the brand to go with if you want security and effectiveness. The reason being is its a top tier stable company with a 25-year warranty.
The Trina and Risen solar panel systems are slightly less expensive when compared to the established REC brand.
However, for those very conscious of their carbon footprint, we recommend Trina’s responsible manufacturing. For those wary of Trina’s shorter warranty, Risen’s Jager Plus system has slightly higher warranty than (+2 years).
Neverthless, all the brands we have discussed today we trusted and install on a regular basis. Quality and functionality is assured – as observed by our satisfied customers. The final decision is up to your personal preference. On whether you prefer security, price, or brand mark.