TRUSTED SOLAR INVERTERS
Trusted solar inverter
A solar inverter is responsible for turning the DC power your solar panels produce, into the AC power your home and appliances run on. It’s important to choose a good quality inverter that will last a minimum of 10 years. While you might be tempted to purchase a cheaper inverter in the beginning, the cost of replacing it further down the line will negate any original savings.
A common grid-connected solar system – DC power from a string of solar panels is converted to AC power by the solar inverter which can be used either by the home appliances or fed into the electricity grid.
(Diagram is from the Clean Energy reviews site)
Some of the Inverters the quoting companies use
We have found that
Fronius, SMA and SolarEdge have ranked on top of the list for many years due to the low failure rates and great service as they usually ship replacement units in 3-5 business days. Fronius and SMA are available with 10 year warranties while SolarEdge offer a leading 12 year manufacturers’ warranty. Many of the lesser known ‘value’ brands will only repair a faulty unit if it is shipped to them (at the owner costs) and returned which often takes weeks and sometimes months.
Top 5 Solar inverters – Residential
We recommend the following solar inverter brands:
- Solar Edge
Most inverters come with a life-expectancy of ten years. Although the estimated lifespan of solar inverters is ten years, there are cases where inverters have lasted for 20 years or more.
We recommend you always get a 10 year warranty on a solar inverter and spend a bit more to get one with a good reliability record. As it will be a critical component of your system, doing so may save you some headaches and money in the years ahead. Tier ranking doesn’t exist for solar inverters, only panels. Stay away from anyone who tries to sell you a “tier 1” inverter.
Need more help
Browse the Clean Energy Council’s list of compliant inverters and power conversion equipment (PCE) suitable for installation under the Renewable Energy Certificate scheme.