What are the top 10 solar panel brands in Australia?

Published: 2 November 2021

Australia has a great variety of solar panels that meet safety standards. Let take a look at some of the best options on the market.

There are many solar brands in the market, and having so many options can be overwhelming. However, there is a quick way to narrow down your options: look for solar panels that are approved by the Clean Energy Council. These are quality brands that meet Australian safety standards, and are eligible for the government’s solar incentive.

Regardless of the solar panel brand you pick, make sure you get a professional installation. Even the best panels can give you issues if they are not installed properly, and you might void their warranty. A qualified installer like Instyle Solar will make sure your system works properly, offering you a long service life (12 years in-fact) and continuous savings.

Here we will review 10 of the best solar panel brands you can use in Australia, which have a solid track record in the global market. Of course, you can find high-quality brands that are not included on this list. However, these are CEC-approved solar brands that offer quality, local presence and solid warranties.

1) Jinko Solar

Jinko Solar was founded in 2006, and they have become one of the largest solar manufacturers, with 80 GW of capacity delivered in over 160 countries. Jinko is a brand that balances performance and price, and  their solar panels normally come with a 12-year product warranty and a 25-year power output warranty. The rated efficiency of most Jinko panels is around 20%, and the exact value will depend on the specific model used for your installation.

At Instyle Solar we work with the Tiger series from Jinko, which comes with a 25-year product warranty and a 30-year power production warranty. These solar panels use N-type cells, and they achieve an energy conversion efficiency of up to 20.96%.

2) Canadian Solar

Canadian Solar is another major brand that offers a balance between price and performance. Founded in 2001, this company has two decades of experience in the solar industry, and they have provided over 59 GW of capacity.

  • They produce a wide variety of monocrystalline and polycrystalline modules, available in many sizes.
  • Most panels from Canadian Solar operate at around 20% energy conversion efficiency, similar to Jinko.

Instyle Solar works with the Ku and HiKu product lines from Canadian Solar, which have a 12-year product warranty and a 25-year power production warranty. These two product lines include solar panels of various wattages, adapting to the needs of any project.

3) Q CELLS

Q CELLS is an innovative solar brand, and also a major manufacturer globally. Their research and development headquarters are located in Germany, and they also have R&D teams in Malaysia, China and South Korea. Q CELLS offers above-average efficiency, and their leading products are rated above 20%.

  • Q CELLS developed their own PERC cell technology, which is called Q.ANTUM.
  • Their design improves both the productivity and the durability of solar cells.
  • The company has produced over 2.5 billion of their Q.ANTUM cells, which is equivalent to more than 10 GW of capacity.

At Instyle Solar, we use the Q.MAXX-G2 and Q.PEAK DUO-G6+ series from Q CELLS in many of our installations. The Q.MAXX-G2 panels come with a 12-year product warranty, and the Q.PEAK DUO-G6+ panels come with a 25-year product warranty. Both products have a 25-year power output warranty.

4) Risen Energy

Risen Energy is another solar manufacturing giant, with a production capacity of over 19 GW. Their solar panels can achieve up to 21.3% efficiency, while having a 15-year product warranty and a 25-year power output warranty. Founded in 1986, Risen Energy has a long track record in the solar industry.

Risen Energy is also one of the brands we use at Instyle Solar. We install solar panels from their Titan series, which use monocrystalline PERC cells.

5) LG Solar

LG has become a household name, with a wide selection of appliances and electronic gadgets. However, LG is also a major player in the solar industry, and their panels have some of the highest efficiency ratings available.

LG solar panels are considered a premium product, and the Neon R series can convert up up to 22% of sunlight into electricity. They come with a 25-year product warranty and a 25-year power production warranty. Some earlier solar panels from LG have a 15-year product warranty, which is still above the industry standard (10-12 years).

6) REC

REC is another premium brand of solar panels, founded in Norway in 1997, and their Alpha Series offers up to 21.7% efficiency. This brand is also characterised by its excellent performance at high temperature, which makes it suitable for places with hot weather:

  • Many solar panels lose around 0.40% – 0.50% productivity for every degree above 25°C.
  • However, REC panels have a temperature coefficient of only -0.26% per °C.

REC solar panels are very durable, and they come with a 20-year product warranty and a 25-year power output warranty.

7) SunPower

SunPower currently has the most efficient solar panels in the world, achieving up to 22.8% efficiency. This is combined with an excellent temperature coefficient (-0.29% per °C), a 25-year product warranty, and a 25-year power output warranty.

As you might expect from a premium brand, SunPower panels are among the most expensive. However, they compensate for that with their superior efficiency and long warranty. Founded in 1985, SunPower is one of the oldest brands in the industry.

8) Hyundai

Hyundai is an established brand in the automotive sector, but they also have an energy business unit that produces solar panels. Hyundai is considered a value brand in the solar industry, balancing high performance and affordable prices.

Hyundai solar panels come with 25-year warranties, and they achieve a conversion efficiency of up to 21.3%. Their temperature coefficient is -0.34% per °C, surpassed by brands like REC and SunPower, but still considered decent in the solar industry.

9) Trina Solar

Trina Solar is an affordable brand that lives up to industry standards. They are also one of the largest manufacturers in the world, having delivered more than 70 GW of total capacity. Solar panels from Trina operate at around 20% efficiency, and they come with a 10-15 year product warranty and a 25-year power output warranty. 

Like Canadian Solar, Trina offers a broad selection of monocrystalline and polycrystalline panels, which come in multiple sizes. This is another brand that balances performance and price.

10) Panasonic

Panasonic is another popular electronics brand that entered the energy industry, focusing on premium solar panels. Their strongest point is their excellent performance at high temperature, which matches that of REC (-0.26% per °C). Panasonic panels achieve up to 21.2% conversion efficiency,  and they have 25-year product and power output warranties. Thanks to their excellent temperature coefficient, Panasonic solar panels are an excellent option for places with hot weather.

Learn more about solar panels via our Solar Panel Blog category.

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