10 Best Solar Panels in Australia 2024

sunpower, rec & lg solar panels

We often get asked, what are the best quality solar panels in Australia? It’s not a straightforward question to answer, however in the below table is our attempt to provide a justifiable review of the best solar panels you can buy in Australia.

Please read our methodology below – we have attempted to be as transparent as possible. Importantly, we do not sell any of these products and have not received any compensation from any product manufacturers. Please email us if you have any concerns about this article.

LG has been removed from the below list as they have exited the solar panel market.

A Review of the Best Solar Panels in Australia for 2024

 
Brand Image Criterion 1: Warranty Criterion 2: Efficiency Criterion 3: Bloomberg Tier 1 Criterion 4: Degradation Rate
Sunpower Maxeon 6 sunpower maxeon 3 Product 40 years

 

Performance 40 years

Up to 23% Yes Guaranteed 88% after 40 years
REC Alpha Pure Series rec alpha series Product 25 years

 

Performance 25 years

Up to 22.2% Yes Guaranteed 92% after 25 years
Longi Hi-MO 6 Longi Hi-MO4 Product 25 years max

 

Performance 25 years

Up to 23% Yes Guaranteed 88.9% after 25 years
Canadian Solar HiHero Canadian Solar HiKu CS3L Product 25 years

 

Performance 30 years

Up to 22.8% Yes Guaranteed 89% after 30 years
Jinko Tiger Neo (N-Type) jinko tiger 66 cell Product 25 years

 

Performance 30 years

Up to 22.5% Yes  Guaranteed 87% after 30 years

Winaico WST-NGX-D3

Product 30 Years

 

Performance 30 Years

Up to 22.3% No Guaranteed 87.4% after 30 years
Solarwatt Vision Pure Solarwatt Vision 60M Product 30 years

 

Performance 30 years

Up to 20.7% No Guaranteed 87% after 30 years
Q-Cells Q.Peak Q.MAXX G5+ Q-Cells Q.Peak DUO G8 Product 25 years

 

Performance 25 years

Up to 21.3% Yes Guaranteed 86% after 25 years
Trina Vertex S Phono Twin Plus Product 25 years

 

Performance 25 years

Up to 21.8% Yes Guaranteed 84.8% after 25 years.
Hyundai UF Series Hyundai VG Series Product 25 years

 

Performance 25 years

Up to 21.3% Yes Guaranteed 84.8% after 25 years

Important note: This ranking reflects the opinion of Solar Choice only and we encourage readers to do their own research and come to their own conclusions. 

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Our Methodology: How we review the best solar panels in Australia

Primarily, this analysis is focused on residential, mono-facial solar panel options, specifically examining each brand’s best-performing 60-cell / 120-half-cell solar panel. However, to keep things simple, we have narrowed it down to four of the most important criteria when assessing a solar panel.

1. Solar Panel Performance and Product Warranty

Trina duomax warranty 30 years

One of the most important criteria to consider is the warranty that is provided by the manufacturer. As with most products, the length of the included warranty is a very good indicator of quality and durability. 

Solar panels come with a performance warranty and a product warranty. The performance warranty guarantees the solar panel will still produce a minimum percentage of its nameplate output at the end of its expected life (typically 25 years). Solar panels’ output always gradually degrades over time, but the rate at which they do so depends on the solar panel quality.

A solar panel product warranty covers defects in the manufacturing process. Thus, we typically we see a minimum of 12-15 years provided as a product warranty with the premium options offering 25 years. 

All of the companies in our top 10 list have an office in Australia that you can contact to claim a warranty. Therefore, it is important to ensure you have some options if your installer goes out of business.

2. Max Efficiency

UNSW Mark Keevis solar cell efficiency record

Manufacturers of solar panels have been competing for many years to produce the highest possible output from a single solar panel. While 100-watt solar panels were the norm 10 years ago we are now looking at 300 to 400-watt solar panels for residential projects.

The max efficiency is a standardised measure that rates a solar panel’s efficiency in converting sunlight into DC electricity. As a result, the higher the efficiency the fewer solar panels you’ll need on the roof and the more advanced the technology is.

3. Bloomberg Tier 1

bloomberg tier 1 logo

The infamous Bloomberg Tier 1 ranking is commonly referred to as a bellwether in the solar industry for identifying the better solar panel brands. It is important to note that this ranking only looks at each manufacturer’s bankability. This is important because the business will need to be around for 25-30 years if you expect them to honour their lengthy warranty terms.

While this ranking does not assess the quality of solar panels, it adds a lot of weight to the warranty they are providing.

4. Degradation Rate

As discussed in the warranty section the degradation rate is usually backed up by a performance warranty. As a result, advancements in the durability and strength of solar cells and solar panel components, solar manufacturers have been able to guarantee larger percentages of the output by the end of their lifetime.

While in the short-run this won’t equate to a huge saving, over the life of a solar project this can amount to significant additional savings.

It’s essential to remember that the current ranking is exclusively grounded in Solar Choice’s independent opinion, as detailed by the criteria mentioned earlier. Solar Choice is not compensated by any product manufacturers.

Limitations of our Best Solar Panel Review

Ultimately there are many other factors that you could use to assess and rank solar panels – we’ve picked those that are most important. Some of the other factors are listed below. 

Cost

As this article focuses on the best quality solar panels we’ve left cost to the side for now. When looking at best-value solar panels and factoring in the costs it would be a much more difficult task and a much longer list.

Specific solar panel technologies

If you have a specific desire for N-type silicon cells or PERC technology which was developed in UNSW then you may need to form a separate list of panels that include these technologies. We have also left out dual glass panels and bifacial panels in this assessment as they are not commonly used in residential projects.

Warranty specifics

As with all warranties, the devil can be in the detail. If you are looking for a warranty that will provide the most cover for a specific event like salt corrosion or extreme heat then you will need to look at the warranty documents individually.

Temperature coefficient

If you are in an area that gets extreme heat (such as the northern and central parts of Australia) you may want to take a closer look at the temperature coefficient of each of the panel options. The temperature coefficient indicates how much a panel will reduce its output once the temperature goes above or below the optimal range.

Country of manufacture

If this is important to you then you can usually identify the country of origin on the product datasheet or head over to our product reviews page to search for a particular brand. If you’re looking for an Australian-made solar panel the only option is Tindo Solar who are only producing in small quantities.

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