How to Clean Solar Panels on A Roof-DIY Solar Panel Cleaning

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Did you know you could increase your solar panel’s efficiency without spending even a dollar? Researchers found that cleaning your solar panels could increase their efficiency by 15% to 20%! So, cleaning your rooftop PV will significantly boost your energy production and let you enjoy the power of the sun to the maximum of your panel’s abilities. The best part is you can do it by yourself!
How often should you clean your panels? The answer to this question depends on a lot of external factors. Such as where you are located, at which angle you have your solar panels mounted, the positioning of your house, how often does it rain in your area, etc.
If you take the route of getting your solar panels professionally cleaned, it will certainly spare you the time and effort of cleaning them by yourself. However, this job is significantly easier, so calling the professionals is not really necessary.
Personally, I recommend DIY solar panel cleaning. So, in this article, I am going to teach you how to clean solar panels on a roof.
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Checklist- Things You Need for Cleaning Solar Panels

I am sure you have all the items lying around the house, or you might not. So, here is a list of things you will need before you start the cleaning process.
  • Fresh water supply hose (not a pressure washer)
  • A clean, non-abrasive brush with a long pole
  • Squeegee with a long pole
  • Mild soap (or an Alternative to that)
That is, it! That’s all the things you will need to clean your solar panels on the rooftop.
Yes, there is a crucial yet obvious factor I have not mentioned yet. In order to clean the panels, you might need to get on the roof. In that case, I cannot stress enough how important it is to make sure you are safe. Please do not go up the roof without a safety harness and double-check that somebody is there to assist you in case of an emergency.
It is not obligatory, but there are a few swaps for the mentioned items you could make for an even more effective cleaning routine. For example, you could swap the regular fresh tap water with ‘de-ionized water.’ Since all of the pollutants and minerals are removed from the de-ionized water through numerous filters, utilizing it will scarcely leave any stains. But tap water works just fine.
You could choose a special glass cleaning product that is specifically made for PV cleaning. But you can also use mild dish soap diluted with water. Keep in mind that using strong chemicals or scratchy brushes might permanently damage and discolor your solar panels, decreasing their effectiveness and conversion rate in the process.

Step-by-step DIY Solar Panel Cleaning

Here are the steps to clean your rooftop solar panels. Follow them and enjoy the power of the sun!

Shut Down the Entire System

Some may argue that it is not necessary to shut off the system, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. Technically speaking, solar panels cannot be turned off. If they are exposed to sunlight, they will convert it into energy.
However, the safest course of action is to shut down the entire system, which entails isolating the panels for the time being. This will prevent even the minute chances of short circuit, eventually setting the house on fire- or worse yourself.

Fasten Your Safety Harness

Please make sure you are safe when you go up the roof. It is a very important step in the process.

Choose a Cooler Day or Early Morning

As you might already know that solar panels have a layer of glass protecting them from dirt, grime, scratches, etc. A hot sunny day may make the glass layer very hot to the point that a splash of colder water could crack them. Also, a scorching hot day is not very ideal as you will be on the roof, closer to the sun.
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Start with Plain Water

Solar panels are typically found covered in dust, debris, bird feces, pollen, etc. With time they dry out on the surface and get stuck. So, spray a generous amount of water on the panels with the hose to soften the dirt. No pressure washer is required for this step; in fact, if used pressure, it can permanently damage the solar panels.

Use a Soft Bristle Brush

Gently scrub with a soft bristle brush to loosen up the dirt and spray it down with water. Do not use too much pressure while scrubbing; keep in mind that solar panels are sensitive. There are many types of brushes in the market dedicated to cleaning solar panels. Some have rotating heads with an integrated water supply channel, and some are plain brushes. You can choose any brush; just make sure they have soft bristles.

Use a Mild Cleaning Agent

Not always, the cleaning process will require a cleaning agent. Depending on how dirty your panels are, you can use them or skip entirely. In most cases, only the brush and water seem sufficient, but in some cases, a cleaning agent is required.
It is advised by professionals to use a very mild and diluted cleaning agent like dish soap diluted in water. But you can use special glass cleaners that are formulated to clean the solar panels.
You can also use white vinegar to clean the panels but water it down beforehand. With every 100ml of clean water, use no more than 5ml of vinegar. This natural substance contains acetic acid, which is powerful enough to dissolve tenacious muck without damaging your solar panels.
After you are done using the cleaning agent, thoroughly rinse it down with clean water once again.

Use a Squeegee

Lastly, you will need to get rid of the water on the surface of the panels. To do that, use a good quality squeegee. This step is important because if you let the water dry on the surface, there would be water marks all over the panel, eventually dragging down the efficiency of your solar array. Yes, watermarks can affect your panel’s efficiency rate.
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And that is how it is done!
Follow these simple steps for a clean and efficient solar array and enjoy your solar panels to their fullest. If you have frequent rain and less pollution in your area, your solar array might not get that dirty and hence require less cleaning. However, a comparatively drier area will have more dust. So, if you clean your panels in that case, you will reap a higher benefit for your investment which is your solar panels.
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*Please note the content in this article is for your general information and use only. It is subjected to change without notice.

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What is a Solar Inverter | Solar Inverter 101

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If you are looking forward to getting your own solar PV system, I’m sure you know by now that a solar system consists of at least two crucial pieces of mechanism. The first is the solar panel itself, and the second is a solar inverter. Solar panels are essentially silicon plates that can generate electricity if exposed to sunlight. (Read more on that- here)
So, what is a solar inverter? Simply put, solar inverters make it possible for us to use the solar power generated by the panels. Otherwise, solar panels only can provide us with DC (Direct Current) electricity which is not consumable by regular appliances. What solar inverters do is convert that DC electricity into AC (Alternating Current) electricity, which is a usable form of energy.
In-essence it converts DC to AC by rapidly shifting the direction of a DC input. A DC input becomes an AC output as a result. Filters and other electronics can also be used to provide a voltage that fluctuates as a clean, repeating sine wave and can be fed into the power grid.

A Little History of Solar Inverters

Solar inverters were around back in the 19th century, and it wasn’t popularized until the 20th century. Most of its major modifications and improvements were introduced later on. But if we were to credit someone for gifting this incredible technological piece of wonder to mankind, that would be Nikola Tesla. He was a famous scientist back in the day and still is a legend in scientific history.
Previously, rotational motors were used to alternate between connecting the DC source forward and backward. Today, transistors are used to construct electrical switches, which are solid-state devices with no moving components. Thus, a smoother operation with cooperatively less hassle.
If you have a home solar system, your inverter most likely serves multiple purposes. It can monitor the system and provide a portal for connection with computer networks (WIFI, ethernet) in addition to converting solar energy into AC electricity. If the system allows, solar-plus battery storage systems rely on modern inverters to run without any grid backup during outages.

Types of Solar Inverter

There are many types of solar inverters performing one core task while differing in their ways of achieving the goal and some additional benefits. Here is a brief discussion on several types of solar inverters –

String Inverter

String inverters are the most popular and oldest form of solar inverter. It is a simple type of solar inverter that connects all the solar panels in a single string to the inverter. In this category, ‘N’ numbers of solar panels are linked together in a series, with a single string connected to a single string inverter.
They are the most affordable type of solar inverter. With a system so straightforward, it is extremely easy to install and maintain the entire system.
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However, they have a drawback. Since all the solar panels are linked to the inverter via the same chord, the entire PV system’s performance deteriorates if a single panel faces shading issues. Also, your options for future expansion are limited with string inverters unless you buy a whole another inverter. In this case, upsizing the system and going for a larger capacity inverter is the smartest move.
Nevertheless, string inverters are tried, tested, and trusted by the majority of Australians.

Microinverter

This is a comparatively new-gen inverter that overcomes the hindrance of string inverters. Microinverters are small inverters that are installed at the back of each solar panel. This removes the threat of the entire string suffering from shading issues for a single panel and lets each solar panel work individually.
Like the regular inverter, it also performs the core task of converting DC to AC for us to use. Rather than converting the entire solar system, a microinverter converts DC to AC for a single panel. This ensures maximum power generation and elevated efficiency for the entire system combined.
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Please note that microinverters are comparatively expensive. Because of their high efficiency and complicated mechanism, they are priced higher than other types of solar inverters. However, if you are a homeowner who is looking for the best outcome without worrying about the budget, you can give microinverters some serious consideration.

Hybrid Inverter

This is an extremely popular type of inverter among solar enthusiasts. If you live in an area that is notorious for frequent power outages or the sun exposure isn’t quite as reliable in your exact solar space, this one would be an ideal choice.
Hybrid inverters do connect in a series like your regular string inverter, but it works smartly. To paint a clearer picture, let us suppose you are generating about 600 watts of energy from your solar array but your load, or your need for the time being, is about 1000 watts. Your regular inverter would seek power from the external battery bank, and if that doesn’t suffice, it will take in electricity straight from the grid. However, that isn’t the most efficient choice.
What a hybrid inverter does is it takes in all it can from the panels and the battery bank, which is within the inverter itself, and then it goes out to seek power from the grid. Nothing is wasted; you only take however much you need. This way, you are less dependent on the grid, thus reducing your overall power bill.
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Pro Tips

  • It is essential to go with a CEC-approved solar installer in order to enjoy the government schemes provided to you. The entire system must be on the CEC list of approval. Check for more information- here.
  • All of the solar inverts, no matter which brand, come with a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 15 years of guarantee. Some brands give you additional years with the help of external companies. Make sure to double-check your options.
Many popular solar inverters are available in the Australian market as we speak, such as – Fronius, Growatt, SolaX, Sungrow, ABB, SMA, GoodWe, SolarEdge, etc.
Before you go on and make the purchasing decision for any of these, make sure you have talked with a solar expert. There are many underlying factors that aren’t generic but specific to your house. With proper inspection, those factors can be determined and catered for.
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How Many Solar Panels Do I Need?

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Solar panels are a scientific marvel that allows us to cut down on our ever-increasing electricity bills while becoming self-sufficient in all of our energy needs. It also contributes to a reduction in fossil fuel consumption, which is notoriously known for contributing to GHG (Greenhouse Gas) emissions.
All that sounds amazing; now it’s time to make some decisions before getting solar panels for your rooftop. How many solar panels do I need, you might be wondering this right about now. Don’t worry I am here to help.
Please know that there is no one set number of solar panels that will suffice for every household. One might need more, and someone else might need only a few solar panels.
Also, the dimension of the panels isn’t exactly the determining factor of how much energy they will generate; rather, it’s the unit watt. Each panel is capable of generating a set watt of energy, and together, a whole solar system is able to generate energy in kilowatts. Your solar panel system will create between 3 and 5 kWh (kilowatt hour) of clean, renewable energy per day for each kilowatt.
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Solar Panel Size Determining Factors- How Many Panels Do I Need?

What size solar panel system you need will depend on the below factors –

Your Usual Energy Consumption

Suppose you are someone who has a lot of power-hungry appliances and uses them fairly regularly; it’s apparent that you will need a lot of electricity. Air conditioners, hot water systems, washing machines, and ovens to name a fewer considered power-hungry appliances.
The question is, how often and for how long do you use them? Also, different capacities and sizes of devices require more or less energy. A mini-fridge certainly won’t use as much electricity as a double-door one, so that’s something to keep in mind.
Now, rather than going into bits and pieces like calculating how much energy each thing in your house requires, I suggest you look at your electricity bill. If you look carefully, you will see there is a tab for ‘average daily energy use’ in your monthly bill where your consumption is stated in kilowatt hours (kWh). Note down this number and make a yearly average to know how many kWh of energy you consume to determine your solar system size.
The whole process is not as simple as it sounds; that’s why we suggest you seek help from a solar expert to figure out the exact numbers.
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Future Proofing – Should I Upsize my System?

If you have plans to expand your household, you must plan accordingly. Solar panels are such technology that lasts about 25 to 30 years. You have to look past your current situation and think about where you see yourself in 5 to 10 years from now. If there is a chance for you to extend your family, for sure your energy needs will increase too. So, future proofing is indeed necessary to be able to make the most out of your investment.
Does that mean there is no way to add more solar panels in the future if needed? That is certainly not the case; however, the newly added solar panels may come with a new set of issues that were not accounted for at the time of initial installation.
Allow me to elaborate.
When I say solar panels generate energy, I mean solar panels generate one form of energy that later needs to be converted into another for us to use it practically.
Solar panels generate DC (direct current) current, whereas our appliances run on AC (alternating current) current. This conversion is done by a solar inverter that has a capacity for conversion. A solar inverter can only convert a certain kW amount of energy beyond which you cannot get AC current no matter how large of a solar panel system you have. (More on the topic – Click here)
Of course, a larger solar PV system will require an inverter of equal power, but adding more solar panels, later on will mean you’ll need to get another inverter to cater to a smaller array of systems. Ultimately you lose money. So, that means if you see that you might be needing extra energy in the future, upsize your solar at the time of installation.
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Would You Need Solar Batteries?

An average Australian household consumes the most amount of energy in the early morning and at night. The irony is solar panels work at their maximum capacity between 12 to 3 pm, during which most people are not at home. But you will still manage by importing electricity from the grid at peak hours.

Depending on what is your expectation from your solar PV system, you’ll decide how many solar panels you would need on your rooftop. If you want to lower your electricity bill, not having a storage system isn’t a terrible choice (assuming you live in a place with fewer power outage issues and a grid nearby and your power needs are moderate).

However, if you want to be self-reliant at all times, a storage unit is the way to go. In that case, you would need to upsize your rooftop solar system so that you can store a substantial amount of energy to use at will.
Including these aspects, there are a lot more other things to figure out and factor in. Figuring all these out by yourself is a challenging task. If you have any further questions or need some help, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are CEC (Clean Energy Council) approved solar installers with more than 10 years of experience in the field. Get in touch with us today to take advantage of a FREE consultation session with one of our experienced solar experts.

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Are Solar Batteries Worth it in 2022?

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Are Solar Batteries Worth it in 2022?

To paint a clearer picture, it is estimated that in NSW, per kilowatt of energy generated by solar panels saves you about $400 per annum. Let’s suppose you have a standard 6.6kW solar system on your rooftop, your savings for the said year will be about $2640, which is $660 in a quarter!
There is a way in which you could get even more out of your solar panel system; wondering what might that be? Adding a solar battery system is the answer. However, as we might all know, solar batteries are by no means a small investment, so the question remains, are solar batteries worth it in 2022 as a homeowner? Let’s find out.
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Reasons Why You Should Get Solar Batteries

There is no denying that solar batteries are pricey, but the payback period goes down with the price hike of energy in Australia every day and in my opinion, due to the current economic environment, I can only see energy prices to rise.
According to the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), the wholesale cost of power in the National Electricity Market (NEM) jumped by a whopping 141 per cent in the first three months of 2022 compared to the same quarter last year. That said, storing the surplus of energy generated by your solar panels sounds like a sound investment, doesn’t it?
Here are some more reasons-

End of Net Metering in Australia

Net metering is a system that allows you to send the excess power generated by your solar panels to the grid and get a portion or the exact amount back on demand. People were utilizing the grid practically as a storage facility when the net metering system was still in place, but that luxury is no longer available.
Net metering was available until April 2020 in the Northern Territory; however, the benefit is no longer at one’s disposal for solar systems constructed after that date. Essentially with the end of net metering, you no longer have the freedom to get a one-to-one net metering service (a kW received for per kW given).
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That doesn’t mean you don’t have other means to store the energy in the grid; you do; however, that is not as beneficial as net metering and not certainly as profitable as having your own solar battery.
Solar panels don’t have the ability to generate the same amount of energy all day long as the sun doesn’t shine just as bright from sunrise to sunset. The maximum amount of electricity generated by the solar panels is between 12 to 3 pm. An average Australian household does not consume a lot of electricity during that time since they are the majority at work.
Studies have shown that, with the surge of electric prices off the grid, it doesn’t make any financial sense to store the excess energy in the grid; rather, having your own solar battery and using it on demand is much more profitable in 2022.

Electricity Prices are Higher at Night

As a storage unit does require significant investment, you decided to export the surplus of electricity to the grid. But, keeping in mind that an average household requires more energy at night than in the day, you will be paying more to buy back that exact amount of electricity you exported at night.
So, it’s obvious that storing the surplus in a solar battery makes more sense than buying it back at a higher price point.
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Grid Outages

There are occasions in which people suffer from grid outages. It can be during a scheduled check-up of the grid, or a devastating storm or just about any other reason. It’s more common than you would think. In those cases, a solar battery can be your resolve.

I am positive you would not like to come home to a fridge full of rotten food. To have an uninterrupted supply of energy that you have all the control over, having a battery storage unit makes perfect sense.
Yes, of course, you could opt for a backup generator, but they are noisy, and it defeats the purpose of having installed solar on your rooftop in the first place. It runs on diesel, a non-renewable source of energy that definitely contributes to carbon emissions.
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Solar Battery Price – Are Solar Batteries for You?

It’s tough to give you a figure for solar battery price because it depends on a lot of variables. For example, it will depend on your power needs, if you have any power-hungry appliances, the size of your household, geographic location etc. Depending on these variables, you can determine how big of a storage unit you would need; thus, the price of solar batteries will be estimated.
But to give you a rough idea, a kWh of residential solar battery storage price can hover over the $1000 mark. This includes the cost of installation and GST. Remember that the brand of the battery, along with all the other factors mentioned, does matter in the end, and prices vary depending on those factors.
To conclude, with the rising price of electricity nowadays, it makes complete financial sense to get solar batteries. The payback period of batteries has shortened in recent days, and with the end of net metering, solar batteries are worth it in 2022.

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How Long do Solar Panels Last

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Solar panels are the ideal vessel for harnessing the power of our solar system’s solitary star, the sun. This ‘magical’ silicon plate catches the sunlight and turns it into usable energy, allowing us to light up our home and power all of our electric appliances.

 Just like a good investment, you receive a payback in the long run, and that is exactly the case with a good PV system.

In order to receive a strong ROI (Return on Investment), the solar panels have to last for a long period of time. If you are wondering how long solar panels last on average, the answer is about 25 to 30 years. Some last even longer!
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Why Solar is Considered an 'Investment'

Let me give you an example that you may relate to without getting into too much detail. I’m going to compare your solar investments to the average savings bank account to give you a quick rundown on how excellent of an investment a solar PV system is.

A typical household solar panel system which is around 6.6kW would cost approximately $7000 to install, assuming government rebates are available at the time. Consider putting the same amount of money into a personal savings account.
According to mozo, a typical savings account will pay you a maximum rate of interest of roughly 1.60 percent per annum. At the same time, the solar system stated above would save you at least $1,000 per year on your energy bills. (This minimum estimation came from a previously commissioned project of solar emporium)
Let’s suppose your well-designed solar system has a lifespan of around 20 years. So, against your savings of $7000 at a 1.60% interest p.a rate, you get an annual return of $112, which accumulates to $9240 in 20 years. (Includes initial Investment without compounding).
In contrast, you get to save a whopping $1000 on energy bills per annum with solar that accumulates to $20,000 in 20 years. That’s a difference of $10,760!

With this extra amount of savings, think of things you could do. You can enjoy a nice family holiday or get that shed finally fixed or renovate your house and so much more! Regardless, it’s always a treat to have savings no matter what you choose to do with them. With solar power you will be generating guaranteed savings in the coming years, so indeed it is an investment.

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Know This Before You Expect the Solar Panels to Last 25 Years

Not just any and every solar panel on the face of the earth would serve you for 25 years. There are some factors that you need to keep in mind before investing in solar. By sticking to these rules, you can ensure 25 years of service out of your rooftop solar. These are-

Make Sure You Choose a Good Brand

That is to say, prior to installation, research the brand of solar panels you intend to install on your rooftop. There are several alternatives available, each with equally tempting price points and packages. In the end, however, the quality of the panels and their efficiency are the most important factors. A good brand has obviously gained that reputation over the years by providing good service; that’s a rule of thumb.
Also, please make sure the PV panel itself is approved by the CEC (Clean Energy Council) because without CEC-approved products, you cannot claim any available government rebates.

Installation & Installers Matter

Not just the panels you install but also who installs them and how they’re mounted on your roof have a big effect on how long your PV system lasts. A good installation job will ensure that you get the desired return on investment.
Without a good installation job, your panels might not yield as much energy as they have the potential to. They may also sustain permanent damage, which will cost you money in the long term. For that reason, you should choose a CEC-approved, competent solar installer like yours truly.

Some Tips and Tricks to a Longer Lasting Solar life

It’s the small things in life that account for the biggest changes. For your PV panels to last a long time, you can follow these tips & tricks and yield the most out of them.

Keep Your Panels Clean

You don’t have to clean your solar panels on a regular basis, although it certainly helps. Make sure there isn’t a lot of dust or dirt on your panels because this might create shading issues. And it’s pretty easy for the panels to get dirty; however, it’s even easier to get them clean. You can do it yourself once every couple of months or call for expert help.
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Monitor and Maintain

Keep a close eye on your solar system. There are many applications and EMS (energy monitoring system) that keeps track of the whole ordeal. All you have to do is keep track of any sudden and unexpected changes so that you can respond promptly. Solar panels last longer when you remain alert and informed of their present situation.
Remember, we should make a concerted effort to transition to solar power in order to lessen our carbon footprint. At the end of the day, it’s all about survival, and these modest efforts are what will save us from almost certain self-destruction.
That brings us to the end of today’s discussion! Please feel free to reach out if you would like to book a free consultation session with one of our solar experts and discuss your options. All you have to do is just fill out the form below-

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Solar Panels are the Future of Energy

Solar Panels are the Future of Energy
The assertion that as time passes, the world’s population demands more and more energy to meet their daily requirements is without argument. The increasing energy demands mean more electricity production (from mostly coal), and that results in greater carbon emissions, which ultimately poses a threat to our very existence in the long run.
To be more specific renewable energy is the answer and the most attainable option that we can implement at the moment. There are many sources of renewable energy, among which we are going to focus on solar energy for today’s topic.
Solar panels are the future of energy, let’s explain below.

Why Solar?

The sun, the center of our solar system, is a 4.6 billion year old star filled with helium and hydrogen gas that burns and emits light while generating energy. So much energy that, if captured correctly, an hour’s worth of sunlight can power the entire earth for a whole year! This source of energy is free, does not pollute the environment and is not going to run out anytime soon. All we need to harness the power of the sun are solar panels.
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Solar Panels- the Future of Energy

The first commercial solar panel was constructed in 1881 by American inventor Charles Fritts, who described it as “continuous, consistent, and of enormous force not only through exposure to sunshine but also to faint, dispersed daylight.” However, when compared to coal-fired power facilities, these solar panels were inefficient.
At the present date, we have commercial solar panels, which are efficient to the point they are able to yield 23% of the received sunlight into usable energy at maximum. Twenty three percent might not seem like a lot, but trust me, it is, as I have already mentioned how just an hour worth of sunlight can power the world for a year!
Here are some more reasons why solar panels are the future of energy

Solar Panels are Usable Everywhere

Solar panels are thin, comparatively lightweight, and easy to install, they can be used anywhere by anyone in any situation. No matter where you live, an electric grid connection may not reach you, but solar will. Solar panels are versatile, and in an off the grid household, people choose solar to power their household because that gives the user the power to self-sustain.
Not only it’s beneficial for those who choose to go off the grid, but also for those who live in an area away from any grid connection that makes financial sense.
Don’t forget that the installation of a source of clean energy is also a point that should be noted. PV systems can be easily installed on the rooftop, whereas that’s not the case for hydropower or wind power. Granted that hydropower is a massive source of energy, but these shortcomings make solar panels a lot more desirable.

One of our recently installed off grid solar projects.

Solar Panel Prices are Dropping

Installing solar on your rooftop is an investment that takes years to pay for itself. However, the prices for solar panels, ultimately the solar system, are falling because of the invention of newer technologies and a better grasp of the process.
Scientists from the University of New South Wales have predicted that by the year 2023, the cents-per-watt price of solar modules will be down by fifty percent of what it is at the moment. To put it into perspective, in 2021-22, the average wholesale price of energy in NSW was $72/MWh, with solar PPAs (Power Purchase Agreements) it will be averaging around $40-$50/MWh. For more information – Click here.
On top of the actual price drop, there are many government initiatives that make solar energy a whole lot more desirable. Such as government rebates and interest-free loans.
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Carbon Emission Free Energy Production

Around 90% of the world’s carbon emissions come from the burning of fossil fuels, and energy production accounts for most of Australia’s emissions, followed by transportation, agriculture, and industrial operations. Australia released 499 million tonnes of carbon dioxide, according to the December 2020 report. The main culprit behind such immense pollution is coal energy, and to aid the situation; solar energy comes to the rescue.
Solar panels convert the sunlight into DC (direct current) current, which gets used by the household in another form. The entire process does not emit any greenhouse gasses. This doesn’t require any additional maintenance if installed correctly. If you are interested, here’s a detailed article on how solar panels work- click here.
By adapting to the greener alternatives for power generation, Australia managed to lower the total carbon emission by 5.3% in 2021. (Source)
To conclude, there is no doubt that solar energy is a blessing for the human race, that has the potential to help us self-sustain in the long run, without producing any greenhouse gasses. The future of solar energy is bright, but we still have a long way to go.
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How Solar Panels Work Step by Step

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The science of solar panels is a bit confusing for the most part. However, understanding how a piece of glass can generate enough electricity to power a whole community is an achievement.
Let’s look at how do solar panels work.
Solar panels are essentially strategically designed silicon plates that can generate electricity when exposed to sunlight. Well, this may not be an accurate illustration, but this is how solar panels work from a broader point of view.
It’s okay if you have not quite gotten the idea yet. In the below article, I will explain how solar panels work, step by step. Stay tuned.
Before I get into the details, it’s essential for you to first understand how solar panels are made.
Otherwise, the rest won’t make sense. So, on that note, here is a short explanation-

The Science Behind Solar Panels

Solar panels are made of silicone, the most abundant semiconductor on the entire planet. Silicon is perfect for manufacturing solar cells because of its remarkable electrical, optical, thermal, and environmental properties. Along with its accessibility and competitive price point, it’s a wise choice for solar panels.
Also, in order for the solar panels to work, the semiconductor used in the panels has to be the one that has the most light-absorbing nature, as well as must be able to withstand different weather.
Silicone ticks all the boxes in this department.
How solar panels work
You might have noticed that I called silicone a semiconductor. In case you are not familiar with what a semiconductor is, let me explain. In broader terms, it’s a type of material that has the ability to easily conduct and keep a steady flow of electricity. The semiconductors are made of two separate regions (p-type and n-type), which together make a p-n junction to keep that steady flow of electricity.
Now that you understand the material and its ability, I will now explain how solar panels work.

Step-by-step How Solar Panels Work

Step 1: Sunlight Hits the Solar Panels – Generates Electricity

You already know that PV panels are made of silicone which is a semiconductor. So, when the sunlight hits the silicon panels, it triggers a photovoltaic effect. Sunlight is a form of energy, and photons (light particles) are powerful enough to break an intracellular bond between electrons and the nucleus. When such a powerful source of energy comes in contact with a semiconductor, in this case, silicone made solar panels, the electrons within are set in motion.
Within the p-n junction area in a semiconductor, the electrons residing in the n-type region start their journey to the p-type region, which is one-directional. This flow of electrons is what we popularly known as electricity.
So, in step one, the solar panels generate electricity.

Step 2: Inverter Converts the Electricity into a Usable Energy

The electricity generated by the panels in the first step is DC (Direct Current) current. It’s not a form of energy that can be consumed by household appliances because it’s one-directional. That’s where the inverter comes into action. It converts DC to AC (Alternating Current) current, which is a usable form of energy for the house.
It’s an essential step in the process without which solar panels wouldn’t be usable.

Step 3: Distribution Through the Switchboard

After the conversion from DC to AC, the entire flow gets connected to a switchboard. It’s like a control panel of the solar ship that routes electricity to where it needs to be. There is no direct routing of energy from the inverter to all the individual appliances of the house; that’s not how solar energy works. In the electrical panel, the energy gets distributed into separate circuits.

Step 4: Utility Meter Rundown

Now that all the installation process is done, you are required to install a bi-directional utility meter that will keep records of your energy consumption. In case you are connected to the grid, the utility meter will keep track of how much electricity you are importing or exporting to and from the grid.
how solar panels work step-by-step

Step 5: Your Own Tracking System

Just like it’s important to track the grid consumption, it’s as equally if not more important to keep track of how much electricity your solar panels generate. For that, there are many EMS (Energy Monitoring System) available in the market. Through them, you can understand the pattern of your energy consumption and tweak changes here and there for a better outcome.

Step 6: Energy Storage- Solar Batteries

In case your solar system generates more electricity than you need, you have two options. One- is to export the surplus of energy back into the grid and two, is to store it in storage units, solar batteries.
If you decide to keep the surplus in batteries, you can use it at any time during the night without any ifs or buts. In my opinion, it’s a convenience that seems more desirable in the current situation of rising energy prices.

Points to be Noted

  • The amount of electricity generated by the solar panels depends on the positioning of the panels, the type of the panels, the number of panels, and so much more.
  • Depending on how much electricity is generated, you will have to choose an inverter accordingly.
  • Only CEC (Clean Energy Council) approved installers and products will make you an eligible candidate for government-provided rebates. (We are CEC approved)
I have explained to you how solar panels work. Although, there is so much more to know about the process and to understand it at its core. If you are interested in knowing more about the process, we can set you up with one of our CEC approved solar experts for a free consultation session.
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How Solar Panels Are Installed?

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As a homeowner in a rising energy market, making the decision to embrace green energy can be an effective way to not only manage your electricity pricing but also do your part for the environment, lets take a deep dive into how solar panels are installed.
Another key benefit of choosing green energy is the current renewable energy rebates and financing options our government now provides to both VIC and NSW residents.
The Australian government wants to ensure that it is doing its part for the environment and intern assisting in making the switch to renewable energy sources or green energy.
Now that you have made the decision to install solar panels, let’s look at how solar panels are installed.
how are solar panels installed

We have put together a step-by-step guide on how solar panels are installed below:

Step 1: Inspecting the Site and Conducting a Survey

Before the installers even begin with anything, they need to inspect the space first and ask some questions. These are some of the questions an experienced solar installer would ask:
  • What roof is on your house?
  • What direction does the roof face?
  • Is the roof the only space that has the potential for maximum power generation upon installation?
  • What are your power consumption needs?
  • How many solar panels are needed to generate the expected amount of energy?
  • How many PV panels can the roof successfully hold on to?
  • What is the best angle for space taking the geographical position into consideration?
  • What are you prepared to spend?
This process of getting to know the space gets done well before the solar panels’ installation day. A thorough examination of the site helps the solar installers to come up with an appropriate plan of action.

Step 2: Marking Out the Territory

In this next step, the installers mark out the roof to know exactly where to install the mounting brackets as well as the solar panels. Getting to know the roof and its holding capacity is the key here. Typically, it is the roof where the panels get installed; however, a separate mounting space can also be chosen if the demand arises and the space accommodates. Process-wise, it’s not that far off from a typical roof-mounted solar system.
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Step 3: Drilling the Holes or Not & Getting it All Ready

The installer will drill all the necessary holes to get the power cords in the house. These will connect the solar panels to the solar inverters that need to be tucked away in a space that is away from direct sunlight.
Note that different types of roofs require a different mounting system. If you have hired a highly qualified and experienced installer, they will know what’s your best bet. In order to always be on the safe side, hire people who are approved by the CEC (Clean Energy Council), such as yours truly.
Most installers will install a racking system instead of a direct mount. The racking system leaves much more room for later adjustment as the rails mounted provide installers the freedom to slide the panels down the rails. Once the most effective position is found, they get locked down to their perfect placement for a more secure installation job.
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Step 4: The Installation of Solar Panels

This is the step where all the solar panels finally get mounted onto the roof. All the wires are set to be in their positions and connected. Some houses do not allow for the panels to get directly connected to the main switchboard where the metering process occurs. In those situations, a separate sub-board is needed.
Please note that some installers do not offer a consumption meter with the package, which is technically not within the commitment. Without a consumption meter, there is unlikely a way for you to know how much solar power you are using and when you are using it.
To make the whole system work in sync, you would also need a CT coil wrapped around the cables so that you know the amount of energy flowing in all directions.

Step 5: Don't Forget the Inverter

Till step 4, it is pretty much about how solar panels are installed. However, we can’t really forget about the inverter, which is the key to all the magic.
The type of energy generated by the panels cannot be consumed by the appliances directly; they need to go through an inverter that makes the energy consumable for your house.
To tell you more accurately, the DC power generated by the panels gets converted to AC by the inverter, which is a usable form of energy.
Do you want to know more about different brands of solar inverters? Simply follow the link to our detailed review of famous brands that you can choose from – Click here.
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There is a lot of information you need to keep in mind when purchasing solar; if you’re unsure about the process, please reach out to an experienced solar provider to assist you with the correct information.
The Solar Emporium team is a qualified, experienced, and loyal group of individuals who have made it a priority from day one to serve nothing but the best to our customers. We do everything in our power to make the best cost-effective choices for our clients, and not only that, we try to stay connected throughout their solar journey for a smoother experience.
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SMA Inverter Review| Perfect Pick for Off-grid Solar System

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Back in 1981, when solar systems were still a new thing to many, SMA started taking baby steps. What about their origin? They are a proud German company, and I’m sure I don’t have to tell you twice that Germans created some of the most exemplary pieces of tech throughout history, and SMA inverters surely hold up that legacy.
Particularly in Australia, there used to be a time when SMA stole all the hype when anyone brought up the topic of residential string inverters. Despite the seemingly high price, people put their faith in SMA because of the high return on investment that other customers experienced. So, SMA is and was the tried and tested trusted solar inverters brand.
SMA has invested a lot in their research and development, which is why they are considered a solar icon within the industry. You may wonder, every other company does R&D, so what sets them apart? Along with winning countless awards for their fascinating solar inventions, they have been awarded the ‘Top employer for engineers’ award a lot of times in consecutive years! Which says a lot about their passion and dedication toward R&D. Wouldn’t you agree?
SMA inverters
A quick glimpse of the SMA inverter:
Most Popular Model (Residential)Sunny boy
Most Popular Model (Commercial)Sunny Tripower Core1
Tier 1 StatusYes
OriginGermany
Price Range$$$$

Where are SMA Inverters Manufactured?

SMA’s manufacturing plants exist in both Germany and China. They are a German brand, so it’s a no-brainer. Also, having a Chinese manufacturing plant makes perfect sense, though it has a little backstory to it.
SMA did not always manufacture in China; in fact, they were almost avoiding it all together. However, the idea was not completely off the table. After they acquired the Chinese inverter manufacturing company ‘Zeversolar’ in 2012, they oversaw the manufacturing process and got to know the true potential of a Chinese manufacturing plant in the span of 5 long years.
After which, they made the decision to make SMA branded inverters in China too. But only the single-phase inverters are being produced there; the 3 phase inverters are still all made in Germany.
Keep in mind that ALL of their inverters are designed in Germany, but only some are manufactured in China.
Wondering if they have an office near you? Yes, they do. The SMA Australia office is located at 213 Miller Street, North Sydney, NSW 2060, Australia.

SMA ShadeFix- A Patented Piece of Tech to Tackle Shading Issues

ShadeFix is an absolutely FREE optimization technique that SMA developed over the years to provide a hassle-free solar experience. Cloud free day with clear skies all throughout the years is an impossible phenomenon; that’s why SMA inverter found a way to work around the issues and developed ShadeFix as a fix for the shading issues.
SMA ShadeFix has been determining the operating point with the maximum output during shading situations for many years using a clever and proven MPP tracking technology. To maximize yield in shaded systems, SMA solar inverters utilise the greatest possible energy supply from the PV modules at all times using SMA ShadeFix.

Available Models of SMA Inverters in the Australian Market

SMA has some phenomenal inverters to offer; here are some of them in brief. If you want to know about their performance and ROI in detail, follow this link to their website and learn all about them.

Sunny Tripower 8.0/10.0 kW

This is a string inverter that offers incredible yields even in partial shading conditions. If you are looking to power your house or a small office, Tripower can suffice those needs and even surpass them at times. Here are some of the traits of it at a glance-
  • As the inverter is incredibly lightweight, 20.5kgs to be exact, it’s a one-person job to install it with ease.
  • Thanks to the patented ‘ShadeFix’ function present in Sunny Tripower, minor shading issues can no longer affect your total yield of energy, which is a common story for others.
  • Maximum efficiency is as high as 98.3%
SMA Sunny Tripower 8kW solar inverter
  • This tiny little dude will cram into a comfortable place, as it’s small in size.
  • You have the option to expand at any given moment as the addition of intelligent energy management, and storage solutions can be anytime.
  • The inverter will take charge and inform you in case of any failure in the shortest time, saving you diagnosis downtime.
  • It emits only 30db of noise which is equivalent to whispering.
  • Initially comes with 5 years of warranty but is easily expandable to 10/15 years.
  • Comes with an IP65 rated protection, meaning if you accidentally splash the inverter, it won’t be ruined (probably).
  • It’s either transformerless or employs opticool technology to cool the heating source and decrease energy waste.
Sunny Tripower 8.0/10.0 kW: Specifications

Sunny Boy

The sunny boy is the most famous inverter that SMA has. We will not say that this is necessarily the best that SMA has to offer, but customers have praised its amazing performance. Here is a list of facts about the Sunny boy-
  • Maximum efficiency is 97%
  • Maximum transparency ensured thanks to visualization in the Sunny Portal / SMA Energy App.
  • Comes with a 5-year warranty; however, its expandable to 10.
  • Weighing about 17.5kgs, Sunny boy can be installed by a single person with ease .
  • The installation process is pretty easy, and plug & play.
  • With an IP65 rating, your inverter will be saved from water splashes.
  • Transformerless topology.
  • Convection cooling method to ensure high yield.
  • SMA ShadeFix’s integrated shade control system increases yield without requiring additional installation time.
  • A compact design that requires minimum space.
Sunny Boy: Specifications

Sunny Tripower Core 1

This inverter is great for a commercial setting as well as an off-grid project because this beast of an inverter stands alone to tackle all your PV needs. With its excellent features and award-wining capabilities that are well talked about, it’s a market leader. Let’s get to know it a little better.
  • The Sunny Tripower CORE1 is the world’s first free-standing string inverter for rooftop and ground-based photovoltaic installations.
  • 6 MPPTs with two strings per MPPT for better optimisation.
SMA Sunny Tripower Core 1 solar inverters
  • Even under difficult conditions, SMA’s sophisticated “OptiCool” cooling technology is dependable and provides optimal energy output. It’s also cheap to maintain.
  • The smart inverter screen allows for quick commissioning, saving both time and money.
  • Fixes the shade issue with their patented tech ShadeFix.
  • The capacity ranges from 50kW to 1000kW.
  • It’s 60 percent faster to install because it doesn’t require any wall mounting.
  • Maximum efficiency is 98.1%
  • IP65 rated protection provided.
  • AC/DC overvoltage protection.
  • Integrated Wi-Fi access with any mobile device.
  • 2017 solar award winner
Sunny Tripower Core 1: Specifications

Sunny Island- Battery Inverter

SMA inverters are one of the best choices you can make for your off-grid solar system project, and the sunny island battery inverter is one of those models that do justice to the cause. Here are its features
  • The Sunny Island can be quickly and easily configured and monitored using Smartphones or tablets thanks to its integrated user interface and standard WLAN and Ethernet connections.
  • It stores some self-generated power to be used at a later time.
  • Maximum efficiency rate is 95.8%
  • The operating temperature range is −25°C to +60°C, meaning the energy generation won’t be harmed in extreme weather conditions.
  • 10 years of warranty provided.
  • High-quality li-on and lead-acid batteries are used in different variations of the SMA inverter.
  • For off-grid operation, it takes less than 20ms to switch to the battery backup on a bad day and about 0ms any other day.
Sunny Island- Battery Inverter: Specifications
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Side by Side Comparison of SMA Inverter (Table)

CategorySunny TripowerSunny boySunny Tripower Core1Sunny Island
Max apparent power10000 VA6000 VA50000 VA6720 VA
Efficiency98.30%97%98.10%95.80%
Weight20.5kg17.5kg84kg63kg
Noise emission30dB25dB<65db-
TopologyTransformerlessTransformerlessTransformerless-
MPPT226-
EthernetYesYesYesYes
Degree of protectionIP65IP65IP65IP54
Warranty5-15 years5-10years5-20 years (guarantee)10years
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Advantages and Disadvantages of SMA Inverter

Let’s take a look at SMA inverters to judge the big picture at a glance

Pros

  • The ShadeFix technology of SMA that they developed and improving as we speak is something exceptional that only SMA offers. With this, they can tackle the shading issues, which is a huge factor that affects ROI directly.
  • Off-grid projects are one of the specialty fields as SMA inverters (selected models) are built that way.
  • Their Opticool technology lowers the temperature significantly to keep the mechanism going at its full capacity. Yes, it’s exclusive to them.
  • Most of the inverters come with a minimum of 5 to a maximum of 15 years of warranty. And the tripower core1 even guarantees a 20-year service which is a huge claim.
  • Having an Australian office to connect to offline is a massive advantage.
  • Most of all, they have been reviewed positively by many customers, which makes their words weigh more than others.

Cons

  • SMA inverters are not cheap by any means. Only if budget isn’t an issue for you, I would highly suggest you give SMA a go.
  • Without a screen on some models, it’s harder to take a look on the go.

SMA Inverter Monitoring System

Here are the different ways you can keep track of the performance of your solar system-

Sunny Portal

SMA Sunny Portal is a one-of-a-kind monitoring solution that works with any Wi-Fi network. Following the installation of the system, you as a customer may wish to keep track of your daily use, including domestic energy consumption, to see how much electricity you are saving at the end of the day. The Sunny site may display a series of graphs depicting normal use as well as the solar system’s performance.
SMA Sunny Portal
Sunny Boy and Sunny Tripower inverters are examples of inverters that do not have a digital screen thus cannot show you a stat of energy usage. As a result, the necessity for this program that uses the inverter’s firmware is critical.

SMA Energy App

Starting from optimizing your energy sources to charging your electric vehicle, the brand-new energy app can do it all. The SMA energy app is a one-stop solution to keep track of everything through the phone screen.

Warranty of SMA Inverter

Roughly all of the models of SMA inverters come with a minimum warranty period of 5 years, which can be extended to 10,15 or 20 years depending on the model of the inverter. With the extended warranty comes many benefits starting from replacing the faulty unit to 24/7 support from professionals.

Conclusion

SMA inverters are a one-of-a-kind piece of tech that is excellent at any setting let it be residential, commercial, or off-grid solar. If you do not have any budget concerns, then SMA inverters can be an excellent choice. As a solar installer ourselves, we have many happy clients who have been getting excellent ROI using SMA. On that note, if you want to know in detail about the inverter or want to get a customised quote, don’t hesitate to reach out.

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Fronius Inverter Review 2022 | Is The Hype Real?

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In the quest for a perfect solar inverter, you may have come across way too many names to even remember. We understand your frustration, and to aid that decisional dysphoria we bring you Fronius inverter review. In this piece of content, you will find all the authentic information about Fronius inverter coming from an unbiased perspective, all the pros as well as the limitations of Fronius. So, without further ado, lets hop right in to the review.

Where are Fronius Inverters Manufactured?

One of the most talked about fact of Fronius is probably this, where are these one-of-a-kind inverters manufactured? You would be delighted to know that this is an all European ‘born and raised’ inverter. Fronius is extremely proud of their roots in Austria (not Australia) which is where it all began, and till this date they are manufacturing their extremely popular inverters there.
Also, their inverters are CE Certified. Is it mandatory to be CE marked in Australia? Not really, but the CE certification proves that those products have gone an extra mile for their consumers and proved their claim of being premium quality. Being CE marked means that the certified product meets the EU environment, health and safety precautions. That’s always a plus.
Fronius inverter manufacturer
In addition, they have been carefully assessed by the manufacturer to meet all the requirements to be CE marked. To keep it concise, to be CE marked means the product checks all the boxes to be marketed within European Union, it means the product passed a certain quality check that is not a mandatory box to check off, but it gives the consumer- meaning YOU, assurance.
Did you know they have an office in Australia too? Yup! They do, and it’s situated in 3043 VIC Tullamarine, Melbourne. Having an office within the country means you will be sure to have a solution ready for you, that too in a short period, in case anything goes wrong, which is very unlikely with Fronius.

What is PV Evolution Labs Top Performer?

PV Evolution Labs (PVEL) is the leading independent test lab for the global downstream solar industry, and it works in partnership with DNV GL. Solar panels, solar inverters and other solar products are eligible to get tested and they have to meet a certain set of strict criteria to be called one of the top performers.

PVEL top performer
Fronius has also gone through the same procedure and emerged victorious. Afterwards they were rightfully crowned as one of the PV evolution labs top performers. Let me remind you that it is no easy task to be recognized in this list, only those who prove their superior quality and are able to withstand the harsh environment get called the top performer.

Available Models of Fronius Inverter in The Australian Market

Here’s a list of available models of Fronius inverter in Australia, ready to be picked up by you.

Fronius GEN24 Plus- The Versatile Inverter

The Fronius GEN24 Plus is a comparatively new addition to the product line. Within this line they have some excellent inverters which are mostly similar, only distinguishable in size and connectivity. The GEN24 Plus complies perfectly with their vision of 24 hours of sun – a world with 100% renewables, which is one of Fronius’s noble missions.

The GEN24 Plus line offers you-

  • PV Pont- Integrated basic backup power supply up to 3kW in an event of power outage. It’s a low-cost backup power solution.
  • The power with which the storage system can be charged and discharged is one of the most critical selection factors for a hybrid inverter. The GEN24 Plus’s battery input has a large current carrying capability, allowing charging and discharging power of up to 9 kW depending on the storage system attached.
  • An integrated active cooling system that results into higher yield, also makes the installation process fairly easier. Additionally, the active cooling allows you to spend less on maintenance eventually saving you money in the long run.
  • The specialty of this model is its ability to be mounted easily. Thanks to its quick release screw and well sought-after mounting system, the cost of installation is very low.
  • Upgrade system without any hassle as it’s easy to open and close back down in one piece.
  • Different roof orientations and shading of strings do not pose any problems, thanks to its Superflex Design.
  • Sophisticated backup power solution works in combination with an energy storage system.
There are essentially two different versions of the GEN24 plus inverter, differentiating in the following factors –
Symo GEN24 Plus (6-10 kW)
  • Three-phased.
  • Hybrid inverter, meaning it comes with backup facilities.
Symo GEN24 Plus (6-10 kW): Specifications
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Primo GEN24 Plus (3-6 kW)
  • Single-phased
  • Hybrid inverter, with full battery backup.
Primo GEN24 Plus (3-6 kW): Specifications

Fronius SnapINverters

  • The key feature in the name, it’s a snap-in-inverter. Which means, the installation is as easy and quick as snapping your fingers.
  • The installation process is safer than ever in comparison to other brands.
  • The inverters contain a number of built-in open interfaces that allow third-party components to be easily connected.
  • Integrated energy management function
  • Would generate maximum yield even in the events of partial shading
  • MPP trackers
  • Easy connection of the inverter to the internet via LAN/WLAN
  • Selected loads, such as a heat pump, an electric car, or an air conditioning system, could be efficiently regulated using spare PV energy thanks to integrated energy management system.
There are essentially two different versions of the SnapINverters inverter, primarily differentiating in the following factors –
Primo SnapINverters (3.0-8.2 kW)
  • Single-phased
  • Transformer less
Primo SnapINverters (3.0-8.2 kW): Specifications
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Symo SnapINverters (3.0-20.0 kW)
  • Single-phased
  • WLAN ethernet connection
Symo SnapINverters (3.0-20.0 kW): Specifications

Fronius Symo Hybrid – Flexible Hybrid Inverter

  • Integrated multi flow technology ensures intelligent management of the various energy flows such as solar, wind, power plant etc.
  • Enables DC or AC coupling of battery storage.
  • Offers numerous open interfaces
  • Fully integrated backup feature, enables your house to stay lit up in the event of a power failure (possible with BYD)
  • MPP tracking algorithm with tolerance for shading.
  • Easy connection to internet via LAN or WLAN
  • Easy to install and maintain
symo-hybrid
Fronius Symo Hybrid – Flexible Hybrid Inverter : Specifications
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Side by Side Comparison of Fronius Inverter

ModelsFRONIUS PRIMO GEN24 PLUSFRONIUS SYMO GEN24 PLUSFRONIUS PRIMOFRONIUS SYMO
Inverter TypeStringStringStringString
Battery Ready Optionyesyesyesyes
MPP Trackers2221
Rated AC Power Output3000 Watt6000 Watt5000 Watt3000 Watt
Maximum PV input power22 / 12 A25 / 12,5 A18 / 18 A1 x 16 A
Maximum Inverter Efficiency97.60%98.20%98.10%97.70%
Dimensions(W’H’D)474*530*165 mm595*529*180 mm431*645*204 mm430*654*204 mm
Weight (KG)1928.521.519.9
Water and Dust Proof CertificationIP66IP66IP65IP65
Ethernetyesyesyesyes
Appyesyesyesyes
WarrantyUp to 10 YearsUp to 10 YearsUp to 10 YearsUp to 10 Years

Advantage and Disadvantage of Fronius Inverter

Now that you know about all the individual models, let us take a look at the entire Fronius inverter arrangement and see their pros and cons at a glance for a better understanding.

Advantages

  • Fronius inverters are known for their ease of installation and repairing methods to make your life easier.
  • They have a variety of options for you to pick out from.
  • To yield the most out of the inverters all of them have integrated MPP trackers.
  • Integrated LAN/WLAN for easy connection to the internet, to be able to monitor the activities from anywhere you want.
  • Active cooling system for your inverters to stay cool to give you a higher yield.
  • An Austrian brand, this info is for those who are skeptical of the quality.
  • Maintains EU standards.

Disadvantages

  • The fan noise can be something where Fronius has room for improvement.
fronius system monitoring

Fronius Inverter Monitoring System

In order to monitor the inverter, Fronius has an app that gives you excellent insight of the inverter on a real time basis. Starting from the PV energy consumption to daily energy yield everything will be there presented to you in the Solar web app.
Fronius Solar.web makes it possible to address service cases swiftly and despite of location: Solar web’s automatic service notifications notify you of system faults quickly. The online tool can do the initial mistake analysis right away. SOS could well be utilized for further in-depth mistake investigation as well as requesting replacement parts.
  • The current energy flows are displayed in a user-friendly manner.
  • Regular reports and automatic reminders
  • Over the life of the PV system, production and consumption are displayed on a daily, monthly, and yearly basis.
  • The latest three days’ daily production and consumption graphs are displayed.
  • All Fronius system components receive automatic upgrades.

Warranty of Fronius Inverter

Fronius has rarely failed to impress its customers with their excellent customer service. Usually their fail-proof mechanism doesn’t require much attention, however, if an incident occurred where the inverter fails, Fronius has promised its consumers to arrange a replacement within 3 to 5 business days. Of course, we have to take the current situation into consideration in this case.
You as an Australian customer have access to an additional 5 years of warranty on top of the standard 5-year warranty that Fronius offers. All you have to do is just register here- www.solarweb.com.
fronius inverter warranty

Are Fronius Inverters Any Good?

If you want a short answer to the question then yes, a big yes from us. They are not just good but excellent in our opinion. Their Austrian origin and EU check mark makes them all that more attractive for those who are genuinely looking for good options to make a switch to the renewable energy.
Please note that, while Fronius is a quality option for everybody but they can be on expensive side of the spread. Don’t forget that, a solar system is an investment so, a little splurge now can save you a lot in the longer run. My duty as a reviewer is to tell you both sides of the stories so that you can make an informed decision. So, are they good? Indeed, but are they good for you specifically? that you have to find out by yourself.
Fronius

Conclusion

With that we have reached to the end of the Fronius inverter review blog. We have tried to give you an honest insight of the inverter from an unbiased point of view. If you want to know in greater details about the product or the process itself, we can arrange a free consultation session for you with one of our solar experts at your convenience. What do you have to do? Just reach out to our email or leave a comment down below!

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