GermanSolar is a brand of solar PV panels that boast German engineering and quality control to ensure the quality of its products. The company manufactures a range of solar panels for residential and commercial purposes.
The importance of selecting the right solar PV panels
A solar PV system’s solar panels are the part of the system that actually converts sunlight into usable electricity. They are of course an indispensable part of any PV system, but they also tend to be more reliable and less prone to failure than solar inverters. Nevertheless, there is a wide range of quality of components on the Australian market, and buyers must be vigilant in ensuring that they get the best deal for the money that they spend on their system.
There are a number of questions that potential solar customers should ask about a panel manufacturer when considering going solar. Not among these, but still a frequently asked question is: ‘Where are these solar panels made?’
GermanSolar panels are manufactured in China. How important is this?
Although the GermanSolar head office is located in Germany, the panels available in Australia are manufactured in China. In Solar Choice’s experience in dealing with tens of thousands of customers nation-wide, it is apparent that there is a tendency for people to automatically think highly of anything that comes out of Germany, automatically (and often unfairly) look down on anything that comes out of China, and fondly consider panels that have the label ‘made in Australia’.
Different countries have varying standards for the import of products produced overseas. In the case of the EU, for example, imports are required to be CE certified. The CE mark lets the purchaser know that the product in question has met the legislated EU requirements for that type of product. The idea is that the legislated standards should be sufficient to protect consumers from sub-standard goods.
In Australia, the Clean Energy Council’s (CEC) is the organisation that certifies solar power system components–solar panels and inverters. All inverters, panels, and other solar system components installed through the Solar Choice Installer Network are CEC-approved. All products–including those that are manufactured in China–are required to meet these standards.
The important thing to remember, therefore, is not necessarily where the product comes from, but what standards it has met, and what makes the component or company unique and distinguishable from others in the same market. This is true for solar panels, solar inverters, and all other balance of system components. Customers are advised to look carefully into the history, and reputability of any component manufacturer on its individual merits.
About GermanSolar brand Solar Panels
GermanSolar panels can be used and have been used in a variety of applications, including large-scale ground-mounted solar installations, residential rooftops, and farms. The company manufactures both monocrystalline and polycrystalline solar panels in its Premium Line series, in 50- and 60-cell units of varying levels of capacity.
Premium Line GSM6 50-cell monocrystalline panels are available in capacities of 185W, 190W, 195W, 200W, 205W, and 210W – Download Spec Sheet (pdf)
Premium Line GSM6 60-cell monocrystalline panels are available in capacities of 220W, 225W, 230W, 235W, 240W, 245W, 250W- Download Spec Sheet (pdf)
Premium Line GSP6 60-cell polycrystalline panels are available in capacities of 210W, 215W, 220W, 225W, 230W, and 235W – Download Spec Sheet (pdf)
GermanSolar Premium Line points of difference
– Thorough testing of solar cells to ensure consistent performance
– Power sorting of panels in increments of 5W to reduce losses due to mismatch in array strings
– Affordable, German-engineered
– Unique, ‘snap-in’ mounting system for easy installation
– Flash data available for each individual panel
Additional Information about GermanSolar
GermanSolar Solar Panel Certifications
-All GermanSolar solar modules are on the list of CEC-approved components.
–CE mark– GermanSolar solar panels are compliant with European Union regulations
-TUV Rheineland performance verification–GermanSolar panels have been tested independently by TUV to verify performance claims by the company
GermanSolar Premium Line panels come with a linear power output warranty: modules are guaranteed to produce at 90% of rated output for the first 12 years of operation, and 80% of rated output for the first 25 years. Panels also come with a 10 year warranty on materials–this covers the frames, glass, and other panel parts.
(Read more about types of solar warranties.)
Headquarters: Cottbus, Germany
GermanSolar is a subsidiary of Danish parent company Photonic Energy A/S, and sister company of Junmao Photonics. Photonic Energy, through its subsidiaries, is involved in the production, marketing, and distribution of solar modules and applications world-wide.
© 2012 Solar Choice Pty Ltd
All images and Spec Sheets via GermanSolar
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I am interested in your products.I am From Zimbabwe ,Africa.I want to enquire if possible I can a price catalogue of your PV LED Street lights,Park lights as well as the mountings.I would also want to know the logistics of delivery of the said products as well as the time frame and the costs associated. We are a registered solar Installation Entity.
Thanks for the comment. We would recommend getting in touch with GermanSolar directly, but unfortunately it seems that they may have gone out of business. This article was published in 2012 for informational purposes only.
Ich suche die Solarpanel GSM6-190 – 2 Stück.
Ich habe 19 Stück diesen Panels und Ich brauche noch 2 Stück, weil Ich möchte sie auf den Familien Haus instalieren .
Ist es möglich diesen Panels bei euch zu kaufen? Oder haben sie die Panels die so gross wie GSM6-190 sind?
Ist es möglich diesen Panels nach Tschechische Republik zu schicken?
Wenn Sie die Ware haben nicht, können Sie mir beraten wo ist möglich diese Panels zu kaufen?
Mit freundlichen Grüssen
tel. 568 899 137
mobil: 737 816 476
674 01 Třebíč
My elementary German skills have allowed me to understand the gist of your request. Unfortunately we do not operate in Germany or the Czech republic. Please contact the local German Solar office directly.
There should be many more homes and businesses connecting up with Solar Systems here in Australia, despite the Government taking away Solar Rebates. Every home and business that gets solar connected is making a huge differance to the reduction of Green House Emmisions – reducing air born pollution.
I have just signed up to have germansolar tm panels installed, and now i find they are made in china, this is a bit misleading to say the least, however as they are owned by a south korean company and are german engineered, i will see how they perform.
You are quite correct, GermanSolar panels are manufactured in China but engineered in Germany. As our article states there is an assumption that any panel manufactured in China will not perform as well as one designed and built in Europe or Australia. The standards the solar products meet is a much better indication of quality and we recommend that all our customers research the producers of their solar panels and inverters before committing to installation.
All the installers on our network have Clean Energy Council (CEC) certification and the products they use are also certified. GermanSolar modules are on the list of CEC-approved components, as well as having the CE mark making them compliant with European Union regulations and the panels have been tested independently by TUV to verify performance claims by the company.
Many installer offer a ‘performance guarantee’, in the unlike situation that your panels are under performing you can contact them for further assistance.
I can’t find your information on our system suggesting that you didn’t take advantage of our FREE Solar Quote Comparison. In addition to getting quotes for up to 7 installers in your local area our Brokers work along side our customers up to and after the point of installation offering impartial advice, if you did use Solar Choice you can contact your personal broker who will be able to help you with any queries you have.
We hope this clear things up for you.
I live in Papua New Guinea (PNG) and am wondering if your company does export German solar panels into PNG.
Solar Choice is a Solar Brokerage service and we do not hold any physical stock, our role is to help our customers make an informed decision about what solar PV system and installer is right for them. All our installers operate inside Australia only.
Our best recommendation is that you contact the solar PV manufacturer directly if you have a particular company in mind, they should be able to advise you if they have a sales representative in your country or how you can get them shipped to you.
Good luck with your search.
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