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WHAT ARE THE BEST SOLAR PANELS?

Solar panels have evolved and improved significantly over the past 15 years. The evolution has now slowed down somewhat as module efficiency numbers reach 23 and 24%. So the technology you purchase today will still be relevant in 10 years plus. This was not always the case with panels purchased in 2008, which only had 175W output by then. Nowadays we see 420Watt, 440Watts and more per panel unit.

We interact with the largest panel manufacturers and their distributors, and our buying volume ensures we get the most competitive local prices, which we pass onto our customers. We choose the panels we offer for their efficiency, durability, and innovation.

If you’re considering installing solar panels in Australia, here are the top contenders we love to supply.

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AIKO SOLAR PANELS

AIKO Solar has established itself as a trusted name in Australia, offering high-quality solar panels manufactured at their advanced facilities in China. When selecting AIKO Solar, we conducted thorough due diligence, considering factors like raw material sourcing to ensure ethical practices and assessing their environmental policies, particularly around waste management. We plan to visit their factory soon for a personal tour, as we have done with other manufacturers in the past.

AIKO solar panels are renowned for their cutting-edge technology, durability, and impressive energy output. They offer some of the best panels available on the market, backed by strong warranties that ensure long-term performance and reliability.

Our priority is to provide our customers with the best and most reliable solar solutions. AIKO’s commitment to excellence aligns perfectly with our mission. By using AIKO solar panels, we ensure our customers benefit from top-quality solar systems that maximise energy production and longevity, while also contributing to a sustainable and eco-friendly energy future.

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REC SOLAR PANELS

REC has been a trusted name in Australia for over a decade, with their solar panels manufactured in Singapore at a state-of-the-art facility. When choosing REC, we conducted thorough due diligence, considering factors like raw material sourcing to ensure no involvement of slave labour and assessing their environmental policy, particularly around waste management.

REC solar panels are renowned for their cutting-edge technology, durability, and impressive energy output. They offer some of the best panels available on the market, backed by strong 25-year product warranties.

Our priority is to provide our customers with the best and most reliable solar solutions. REC’s commitment to excellence aligns perfectly with our mission. By using REC solar panels, we ensure our customers benefit from top-quality solar systems that maximise energy production and longevity, while also contributing to a sustainable and eco-friendly energy future.

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WINAICO SOLAR PANELS

Winaico’s latest WST series are designed for high performance and reliability.

Peace of Mind is guaranteed with the greatest solar module protection in Australia. The 25 or 30-Year Product and Performance Warranty is the legal assurance that your panels will perform for their lifetime on your home or business.

This is on top of a complimentary 2-year (extendable to 5 years) insurance policy which covers the whole system against damage, loss of power and loss of income.

With an office based in Australia you’ll know if anything goes wrong, Winaico are here for you. their panels stand out because of the following features:

  • High Efficiency: Ideal for maximizing energy output.
  • Durability: Excellent resistance to extreme weather and potential-induced degradation (PID).
  • Warranty: 30-year performance and product warranty.  2 Year System Insurance on top
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TRINA SOLAR PANELS

Trina Solar’s Vertex S+ series is a top choice for both residential and commercial installations.

Trina Solar’s new generation Vertex S+ is based on n type i-TOPCon technology with 210mm advanced platform. It adopts 1.6*1.6mm ultra-slim dual-glass design.

This lightweight product ensures higher power generation, high reliability and safety, and is easy to install. The mono-facial NEG9R.28 comes with a white rear encapsulant for maximum output power, boasting up to 445Wp and reaching a high efficiency. Meanwhile, the transparent NEG9RC.27 is the preferred option for high-end aesthetic applications. This bifacial module features a front side power of 440Wp, at 22.0% efficiency. Both types feature a surface area of just under 2 square meters (1762*1134*30mm) and a black aluminum frame.

  • Efficiency: Up to 23%, offering excellent performance.
  • Durability:** Certified for high reliability under extreme conditions.
  • Design: Sleek and aesthetic, perfect for modern rooftops.
  • Warranty: Up to 30 years power warranty and up to 25 years product warranty.
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LONGI

LONGi continues to lead with its Hi-MO series, known for its innovative and cost-effective panels.

LONGi’s technological and manufacturing leadership in solar wafers, cells and modules underscores our commitment to helping accelerate the clean energy transition. By offering high-quality, reliable products and systems, we provide holistic solutions for the solar and renewables industry.

Customer value is at the core of LONGi’s philosophy, and our life-cycle quality approach can be found in every link of product production and application from component design to mass production and after-sales support, to ensure the highest quality, reliability, and performance for our customers.

LONGi’s innovation is continuously raising the bar, setting conversion efficiency world records, and staying on the leading edge of P-type TOPCON, N-type TOPCON, N-type HJT, P-type HJT and other solar technologies. like ABC cells.

They are popular due to:

  • Superior Efficiency: Over 23%, making them highly effective.
  • Robust Construction: Built to withstand harsh Australian climates.
  • Advanced Technology: Utilises mono-crystalline PERC cells for higher efficiency.
  • Latest technology has all the busbars on the back
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JINKO

Jinko Solar’s latest Tiger Neo panels combine efficiency with affordability.

JinkoSolar (NYSE: JKS) is a global leader in the solar industry. JinkoSolar distributes its solar products and sells its solutions and services to diversified international utility, commercial and residential customers.

Manufacturing excellence is their highest priority, as underpinned by the 3rd party underwriter of their industry leading warranty. Their wholly-owned Australian subsidiary provides JINKOSOLAR products and first-class service locally, from sales, customer service, supply chain management, to technical and warranty support. Jinko panels are popular in Australia because of the following features:

  • Efficiency: Up to 22.27%, providing great value for money.
  • Durability: Designed to withstand harsh Australian weather.
  • Innovative Design: Incorporates multi-busbar technology for improved efficiency.
  • Low failure panel rate
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Factors to Consider When Choosing Solar Panels

Efficiency

Higher efficiency panels convert more sunlight into electricity, essential for homes with limited roof space.

Durability and Warranty

Look for panels with a strong warranty and proven durability to ensure long-term savings. All panels suffer from degradation, longer performance warranties means better performance year on year.

Cost

While high-efficiency panels might be more expensive, they often provide better long-term value. Check our our price information to learn more about pricing.

Local Presence

Ensure the manufacturer has a strong local presence preferably with local offices so you have somewhere to turn if you need support beyond your installer.

Original Manufacturer

The emergence of white labeled or licensed brands is an area of concern. This equipment is often cheap, poor quality and with poor specifications but have been badged with known brands to make them false creditability.

I would absolutely stay away from white labeled/ licensed brands. Once they all start failing the distributor will disappear and so will your warranty.

FAQs

How does the climate in the region from Wollongong to Sutherland impact solar panel / battery performance as well as lifespan?

The Sydney climate plays a significant role in the performance and lifespan of solar panels and batteries. At Eco Ease we believe it’s important for our customers to understand how local weather conditions can affect their solar energy systems.

Solar panel performance in Sydney, Wollongong and the Sutherland Region

Sydney all the way to Wollongong enjoys a temperate climate with abundant sunshine, making it an excellent location for solar energy. The city receives an average of 6-8 hours of sunlight per day, providing ample opportunity for solar panels to generate electricity efficiently. Here’s how the Sydney climate influences solar panel performance:

Sunlight and energy production

The more sunlight your panels receive, the more electricity they can produce. Wollongong’s sunny days, particularly in summer, maximise energy generation. Even during winter, solar panels can perform effectively, although the energy output may be slightly lower due to shorter daylight hours and potentially overcast conditions.

Temperature

While solar panels are designed to withstand high temperatures, their efficiency can decrease slightly when temperatures rise above 25°C. Sutherland’s climate, with summer temperatures often exceeding this threshold, can cause minor efficiency losses. However, the impact is typically minimal and balanced out by the high levels of solar radiation.

Seasonal changes

Seasonal changes in Wollongong affect solar energy production. During the summer months, longer days and more direct sunlight result in higher energy output. On the other hand, in winter, shorter days and lower sun angles reduce production. Proper system design and orientation can help optimise performance year-round.

Battery performance in Wollongong

Solar batteries are crucial for storing excess solar energy, ensuring you have power during cloudy days or at night.

The local climate can also impact battery performance and lifespan:

Temperature: Batteries, especially lithium-ion types, are sensitive to temperature. Extreme heat can accelerate degradation, reducing the lifespan and efficiency of the battery. Sydney’s hot summers require proper installation and ventilation to keep batteries cool and functioning optimally, something that Eco Ease Electrical can help with.

Efficiency: Cooler temperatures in winter can enhance battery efficiency as they can operate more effectively at moderate temperatures. However, extremely cold temperatures, which are rare in Sydney, could affect performance.

Installation: To mitigate temperature effects, batteries should be installed in shaded, well-ventilated areas, or indoors where temperature fluctuations are less extreme. This helps maintain optimal operating conditions and extends the battery’s lifespan.

Maximising performance with Eco Ease

At Eco Ease, we design and install solar and battery systems tailored to Wollongong, Sydney and the Sutherland region’s specific climate conditions. Our approach includes:

Optimal placement

Ensuring solar panels are positioned to receive maximum sunlight while considering potential shading from trees or buildings.

Ventilation

Installing batteries in well-ventilated areas to manage temperature and maintain performance.

High-quality components

Using top-tier solar panels and batteries designed to perform well under varying weather conditions and withstand our local climate.

Wollongong’s climate, with its ample sunshine and moderate seasonal variations, is well-suited for solar energy production. While high temperatures can slightly impact efficiency, proper system design and installation can mitigate these effects. Similarly, battery performance and lifespan can be optimised through strategic placement and ventilation to handle the warm summers and mild winters.

At Eco Ease we are dedicated to helping you harness the full potential of solar energy in Sydney. Our expertise ensures that your system is designed to thrive in the local climate, providing reliable, long-term energy solutions.
For more information and to discuss your solar and battery options, contact us today. Let Eco Ease guide you towards a lower power bill.

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