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Affordable and Reliable Solar Inverters

This blog details the performance and reliability of some of the best value for money solar inverters currently available in the Australian market. Although Sungrow is a “premium” inverter brand, its price in relation to its performance and quality have given it an attractive reputation amongst the Australian population as a value for money solar inverter brand. Growatt and Goodwe additionally also have proven to be extremely reliable and high performing value for money inverter brands that provide long warranties.

About Sungrow

Sungrow is a well reputed solar inverter brand that was founded in 1997 by a university professor. Sungrow is one of the largest suppliers of solar inverters globally and is known as one of the leading Chinese premium inverter manufacturers. The residential SG range of inverters have become very popular among installers due to the competitive price and great reliability record. Sungrow is a very large player internationally and has a good reputation for service and quality. Sungrow has excellent technical support in Australia from their Sydney based office which has played a huge role is making buyers comfortable with this brand and has improved their reputation.

Sungrow not only is known for their premium solar inverters, but this company also manufactures one of the best value hybrid solar inverters in the market. The Sungrow Hybrid inverter model is the third generation SHK5-30 which is a very affordable hybrid inverter for home energy storage systems and now comes with integrated back-up solar battery for powering basic essential loads during a blackout or during those hours when solar production is low.

The premium SG series solar inverters and SH5K-30 hybrid inverters have received very good feedback from customers, are considered great value for money solar inverter brand options, and are now backed by a 10 year warranty on labour and parts which further aids their favourable reputation in the Australian market as an affordable premium inverter brand.

The Sungrow inverters come with Wifi monitoring as standard on all models and use the new modern cloud based monitoring portal iSolarCloud which is a huge improvement. The free smart phone App is also very simple and works well. One small issue is the consumption monitoring has been noted to be problematic.

About Goodwe Inverter

GoodWe is a large, well known Chinese inverter manufacturer established in 2010 and the new generation Goodwe DNS series inverters have had great feedback from the Australian population and the solar installers as well. In a surprise announcement, Global electronics Giant, GE has partnered with Goodwe to produce a new premium range of high-performance solar inverters.

In regards to energy storage, Goodwe now offer a wide range of hybrid inverters. The GW5048D-ES hybrid inverter is a standout product from Goodwe and well regarded in the industry with many manufacturers incorporating this powerful hybrid inverter into various battery energy storage systems (ESS). All Goodwe inverters include Wifi monitoring as standard. The Warranty on the DNS series is 5 years with options to extend the warranty up to 25 years. The new Goodwe SEMS system monitoring portal is a great, detailed platform for monitoring both PV and energy storage systems.

About Growatt

Growatt entered the solar inverter market back in 2010 and has grown rapidly to become one of the world’s largest inverters manufacturers. Based in Shenzhen China, Growatt’s first-generation entry-level solar inverters were known to have some quality and reliability issues, but to their credit, the company pushed through and backed its product by servicing many of the warranty claims. Growatt has since released a vast array of updated inverters which have had very good feedback so far and now offers a wide range of solar and energy storage inverter solutions for residential and commercial applications. Still focused on the entry-level market segment, many of the new models have been available for less than 2 years so are yet to prove themselves in the long term. Growatt seems very keen to improve their position and have established local support centres in many countries offering good service in the event of a failure or warranty claim.

The new generation TL-X inverter range is modern looking and available in a range of sizes from 2.5kW to 6.0kW, with dual MPP trackers and a standard 5 year warranty, 10 year warranty options are also available. The monitoring platform, known as ShineServer and ShinePhone (app), is also greatly improved and now offers a good user interface, remote parameter settings, and remote firmware upgrades.

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