What to Look for when Choosing a Solar Power Inverter
In our experience over the years and as thousands of residents across the Gold Coast and the nation can now testify to, a warranty may look good on paper but if the company who are offering that warranty are no longer around when there’s a problem then it’s not worth the paper it’s written on. If that’s the case it’s therefore very important to look at the companies behind the solar power inverter your looking at buying.
Of course we don’t have a crystal ball to see into the future but we can make an educated decision by looking at the company behind the solar power inverter to get a good idea whether they could disappear like the manufacturers of other inverters have. Here are the top inverter manufacturers we recommend and why.
The Solar Power Inverters We Recommend
Fronius – At Gold Coast Solar Power Solutions we recommend Fronius solar power inverters as the very best solar string inverters on the market. As a leader in the solar inverter field Fronius is a highly reputable, established, European company (Austrian) with a history that spans over 70 years.
With industry leading technology and innovation ensuring the highest solar power production and the greatest system up time and convenience for you – the solar power system owner.
Gold Coast Solar Power Solutions have been a service partner with Fronius since 2008 and over that time we have found Fronius to be the very best in the industry when it comes to dealing with warranty issues; in fact if you have a Fronius warranty issue we can usually get your solar power system back in operation within a couple of days, which is a lot better than the couple of weeks or even months with many other solar inverter companies!
10 Year Warranty on Fronius Inverters
Until the 31st of December 2016 all Fronius inverters come with an extended 10 year warranty, that’s 10 years peace of mind.
Click here to learn more about the Fronius Inverter 10 year warranty
If your inverter is a 1.5, 2, 2.5 or 3 kW the Fronius Galvo range is a great replacement model as it is a “transformer” type of inverter whereas most other replacement inverters are transformerless types which may require some extra work to ensure your solar power system is safe. For more info check out our post on earthing transformerless inverter systems here.
Zeversolar – If you are after a cheaper but still good quality product we recommend the Zeversolar range of solar inverters. Zeversolar is a Chinese company which is part owned by SMA (see below), this has allowed Zeversolar to combine the best of two worlds: Chinese efficiency and German quality standards. Zeversolar solar power inverters are available in the following sizes:
- 1.5 kW
- 2.0 kW
- 3.0 kW
- 5.0 kW
Please note – all Zeversolar solar inverters are of a “transformerless topology” and this means that any solar power system that these inverters are connected to should have the solar panels and framing bonded to earth out to eliminate the possibility of electric shocks. If your solar panels and framing system are not earthed they will need to be if you are installing this inverter. For more information please check out our post on the subject here: Earthing transformerless inverter systems
Zeversolar solar power inverters come with a 5 year warranty as standard.
Conclusion: Choosing an Inverter to Avoid Solar Inverter Problems
The solar power inverter is the heart of any solar power system so it is therefore very important to ensure that it’ll provide you with reliable power production over the long term, and in the case where it was to fail you need to have some confidence that the manufacturer will be around to honour their warranty. These companies are a very good place to start, if you’re on the Gold Coast or in the Brisbane area and require a price to replace a cheaper inverter with one of these quality units please contact us here and we will help you out ASAP.
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