Samil Solar Inverters

Samil Power Inverters in Australia

by James Martin II on October 28, 2011

in Inverters,Solar System Products



Samil Power is a solar inverter manufacturer with production plants in China and sales offices in Australia, Germany, UK, Italy, France, USA and China. The company specialises in all aspects of design, innovation, manufacture, promotion and service of photovoltaic grid-tied inverters. Samil makes a range of high-tech solar inverters for residential and commercial solar applications and has been producing inverters since 2008 (available overseas since 2009). The company currently offers three series of grid-tied inverters: the 1-5kW SolarRiver, the 10-17kW SolarLake, and the 100-500kW SolarOcean for large-scale solar photovoltaic (solar PV) installations. Also available are a number of solar PV system accessories: power managers, system performance monitors, and solar array string combiners.

(A number of accredited installers in the Solar Choice installer network use Samil inverters. Get a free comparison of solar quotes of the installers who operate in your area!)

The range of Samil solar inverters

Samil SolarRiver Solar Inverters: 1100TL 1600TL 1700TL 2300TL 3000TL

Samil SolarRiver Solar Inverter

SolarRiver: For residences and small businesses

-Transformerless inverters for nominal solar PV system sizes: 1.1kW, 1.6kW, 1.7kW, 2.3kW, 3.0kW, 3.3kW, 4.4 kW, and 5.2kW (single phase grid infrastructure)

SolarLake: For medium-sized installations and solar farms

-Transformerless inverters for nominal solar PV system sizes: 10.0kW, 12.0kW, 15.0kW, 17.0kW (three phase grid infrastructure)

SolarOcean: For large-scale and commercial applications

-Transformerless inverters for nominal solar PV system sizes: 100kW, 250kW, 500kW

-Transformer-based inverters for solar PV system sizes: 100kW, 250kW

Samil Solar Inverters: Points of Difference

-Rated ‘best Asian inverter’ (pdf) by Photon Magazine.

-Price competitive: one of the most affordable quality inverters on the Australian market

-Broad range of transformerless (TL) inverters means high-efficiency using the the most modern inverter technology available–it also means that inverters are light and easy to install. (What is a transformerless inverter?

-Peak Efficiencies of up to 97.6%, Euro efficiencies of up to 97.1%, depending on the model. (Read about types of inverter efficiency.)

-Wide Maximum Power Point (MPP) range allows for flexibility in PV array design–important for getting the most out of your solar PV panels where irradiation on solar panels is uneven or where shading is a problem. (What is MPP?)

-Can be installed indoors or out

-Wide range of inverter sizes for flexibility in system design.

-Over 30,000 inverters installed in Australia since 2009

-Low failure rate at <1.5% (as of 18 Sept 2011)

-Up to 25 year extended warranty

-Customer service support: Samil Power Service Centre fields technical inquiries free of charge (1300 134 793)

-Remote monitoring possible with installation of Samil’s PowerManager. An RS232 cable may also be connected directly from the inverter to a computer for monitoring from your home PC.

Component standards met/awards

-All models of Samil SolarRiver and SolarLake inverters are on the list of CEC-approved components

-CE mark– Samil inverters are compliant with European Union regulations

-TUV Certification means that claims made by Samil about their inverter specifications have been independently verified by TUVRhineland

-Photon magazine review of Samil (pdf)


-5 year standard warranty for short circuit, overload and under-voltage, underloading issues. Warranties can be extended to a maximum of 25 years.

Other products by Samil

Samil also manufactures a SolarPower Manager to keep track of inverter performance via a WiFi connection so that real-time diagnostics and system monitoring are possible on any computer with an internet connection.

About Samil

-Headquarters and factory-

Marketing and Sales Centre: Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, China

Australian head office: Lidcombe, NSW

Manufacturing plant: Jiangsu, China

-History in the industry

Samil has been manufacturing inverters since 2008.

Written by James Martin

Solar Choice Analyst

© 2011 Solar Choice Pty Ltd

Resources and link:

Samil SolarRiver Series spec sheet (pdf)

Samil SolarLake Series spec sheet (pdf)

James Martin II

James has been working as analyst and online development manager for Solar Choice since 2011 and has contributed hundreds of articles to the Solar Choice website during this time.

He holds a master's degree in Environmental Management from UNSW, and a bachelor's degree in Philosophy from Bridgewater State University in his native Massachusetts.

He currently works remotely for Solar Choice from New York City.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

michael tournier November 14, 2011 at 1:35 pm

Hi We have been using Samil Inverters for some time now with good results and no failures so far. Trying to read as much information as possible on the inverter. Some claim it to be German technology and design and that the company is actually Australian owned are any of these claims true or is it just sales talk? They do seem to be a very good inverter but I would like to sell the truth in the sales pitch.


admin February 23, 2012 at 4:10 pm

Hi Michael,

Samil is apparently Australian-owned, but the CEO keeps a low public profile for personal reasons. We will update this post as appropriate when this information becomes clearer. I have not heard any claims that Samil inverters are German technology or German-designed, however. Glad to hear you’ve had good luck with their products!


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