Solar Inverter Reviews
While selecting a solar inverter isn’t as daunting as choosing the right solar panel, it’s still an extremely crucial step in building a quality solar system that’s built to last. We’ve taken the guess work out of this step by hand picking the worlds best solar inverters for you to choose from. We also dive into the difference between a ‘DC string inverter’ and an ‘AC solar system’ or ‘micro-inverters’.
Sungrow Inverters ★★★★☆
Sungrows Australian HQ are based in Northern Sydney and have been present in our market since 2012. Sungrow inverters claim to have a 15% global market share which makes them a major player in the solar industry.
Sungrow Inverter Warranty ★★★★☆
Sungrow inverters come with a 5 year warranty. Any warranty claim with Sungrow inverters should be dealt with directly by the installer.
Sungrow Inverter Efficiency/Performance ★★★★★
Sungrow inverters are 98% efficient with dual MPPT allowing them to be extremely suitable for technical designs (east/west designs). Sungrow inverters also have Wifi monitoring to allow you to keep an eye on your system from anywhere.
Sungrow Inverter Price & who it’s for – $900
Sungrow inverters are your best bet when on a budget. Safe to say there as good as a cheaper inverter gets!
Fronius Inverters ★★★★★
Fronius inverters are manufactured in Europe and are regarded in the industry as the best DC string inverter in the world! Fronius Australian HQ is based in Melbourne and have amazing customer and technical support.
Fronius Inverter Warranty ★★★★★
Fronius inverters offer a 5 year product warranty with a bonus 5 year extended warranty if your installer registers your inverter correctly. If you have an issue with your fronius inverter and your installer has gone ‘walk abouts’ don’t panic. Fronius advise you to contact a qualified solar installer to diagnose the problem at ‘no cost’. Your installer will then contact Fronius and organise a replacement.
Fronius Inverter Efficiency/Performance ★★★★★
Fronius inverters are 98% efficient and have legendary status for their MPPT’s which can handle up to 3 different solar panel orientations (if two are symmetrical). With a 10 year warranty, amazing warranty service and even better technical support, Fronius inverters have earned a sterling reputation for a reason. Fronius also offer a great device for export limiting called a ‘smart meter’ which also provides comprehensive monitoring. Although, I always recommend installing a device called ‘solar analytics’ to partner with your fronius inverter as this device is far more user friendly and offers more information.
Fronius Inverter Price & who it’s for – 5kW – $1900
Fronius inverters in my opinion have now taken over SMA as the world’s best DC string inverter. They’ve grown so much in popularity over the last couple of years that it’s often tricky to get a hold of one! As always, it’s extremely important to select an experienced solar installer but you can’t go wrong with a Fronius inverter!
SolarEdge Inverters ★★★★☆
SolarEdge are an Israeli company that are most famous for pioneering the concept of matching a DC string inverters with DC solar panel optimisers. This allows for individual panel monitoring, individual panel optimisation and slightly more energy production over the lifetime of the system. SolarEdge have a great monitoring platform that is now renowned as one of the best in the business. Here in Australia SolarEdge have an office in Double Bay, NSW.
SolarEdge Inverter Warranty ★★★★★
SolarEdge inverters have one of the best warranties in the game with a 12 year promise on their inverters and a 25 year guarantee on their DC optimisers.
SolarEdge Inverter Efficiency/Performance ★★★★★
As the name ‘DC optimiser’ suggests, SolarEdge have mastered panel optimisation along with monitoring. This combination allows for maximum energy output of each solar panel on your roof (perfect for shading).
SolarEdge Inverter Price & who it’s for – 5kW (inverter only) – $1200
When purchasing a SolarEdge complete solar system you require the inverter, DC optimisers and solar panels to be SolarEdge. I highly recommend this system when shading may become an issue or you simply love the luxury of monitoring the amount each panel is producing, how much energy your exporting to the grid and importing from the grid.
Enphase Micro-inverters ★★★★★
Enphase are a U.S based company who lead the industry in AC solar systems technology by a long shot! Unlike your traditional DC string inverters above, Enphase AC Micro-inverters sit behind each solar panel to provide individual panel monitoring, individual panel optimisation, easy scalability and an overall safer system (AC electricity- no DC electricity run through your roof space or rooftop DC isolators).
Enphase Micro-inverters Warranty ★★★★★
Enphase provide a 10 year warranty on its micro-inverters, covering defects in workmanship and materials. Their customer support is incredible with majority of problems being solved remotely over the phone through their gateway access.
Enphase Micro-inverters Efficiency/Performance ★★★★★
Enphase Micro-inverters are extremely smart and efficient. Similar to the impact that DC optimisers have, micro-inverters allow each solar panel to work individually as its own little generator resulting in a far more powerful system. As stated above, Enphase AC solar systems are a far safer option with functions like ‘auto shutdown’ and benefits like ‘no DC electricity’.
Enphase Micro-inverters Price & who it’s for – 1 x IQ7 micro-inverter – $140
Unlike traditional DC solar systems where only 1 inverter is required, Enphase AC solar systems require 1 micro-inverter behind each solar panel. I highly recommend Enphase systems where you have future plans to either expand or add battery storage. Enphase monitoring is also amazing for the tech geeks out there who love to check their system daily like me.