How Do I Know What’s High Quality and What’s Not?
There’s huge variation in the quality of solar power systems in Australia, so it makes sense to know what to look for when buying a system.
The trick is to buy equipment (panels and inverter) that’s made by major companies that have been manufacturing solar panel components and inverters for at least 10 years.
The general rule of thumb is ‘you get what you pay for’.
There are some incredibly cheap systems available, but be mindful that what’s far more important than the upfront cost is the amount of electricity your system will generate over its lifetime – and as a result, how much it will save you. You’re better off paying a bit more for a high-performance system, than not paying enough for an inferior one
More than 90% of solar panels these days are made in China. SunTech, Risen, Trina and Jinko are reputable Chinese brands, but many others are best avoided.
The Energy Experts’ preferred panels are the LG NeON2 modules, which have been independently ranked by CHOICE magazine as the most efficient solar panels in Australia.