With many solar panels on the market today it can be difficult to tell which panel is right for you. We are always researching and keeping informed with new trends, models and what manufacturers are doing. We believe we are able to offer a good range of panels that have an Australian office presence, have been around for a period of time and are planning on being around for a long time.
Since 2001 Suntech has produced industry-leading solar modules for residential, commercial and utility applications. Suntech has delivered over 30 million panels or over 14 GWs of installed capacity in more than 80 countries. In Australia, from 2001 to 2017, Suntech shipped over 2.3 million high-quality PV modules.
The Suntech connection with Australia is still strong, our founder studied his Ph.D. at the UNSW and we still have extensive R&D projects underway with the UNSW, ANU and Monash University. With an Australian office presence it means we can provide better warranty support. Suntech panels have a 15yr product warranty and a 25yr performance warranty which is better than the majority of other solar manufacturers.
Risen were founded in 1986 with production of solar panels starting in 2002. Risen have frequently featured in top 10 panel brand options and have ranked 2nd and 6th in Photon PV magazines which is a huge accomplishment. Risen are also one of the largest manufacturers of panels within China.
With an Australian office also providing support they are a good mid range panel option. Similar to Suntech they come with a 15yr product warranty and 25yr performance warranty.
Jinko is one of the largest solar panel manufacturers in the world. Established in 2006, they have gone on to be a fierce competitor. With an Australian office, they can offer extensive support. The new Jinko Tiger boasts a 25yr product warranty and 30yr performance warranty without the excessive price hikes. With an 87.4% output rating after 30yrs it is one of the best on the market.
REC Twin Peak solar panels feature an innovative design with high panel efficiency and power output, enabling you to get the most out of the space on your roof – helping to lower your energy bills and shorten the payback time through increased yield and lower costs. The advanced technologies packed into REC Twin Peak panels provide you with more power output for every square meter of panels installed, compared to standard 60-cell panels on a multi-crystalline (poly) platform. The REC Twin Peak 2 Series delivers at least 20 Wp more per panel. Panels with REC Twin Peak technologies have a unique “twin” design, which enables them to generate electricity even when they are partially shaded. Over time, you get a higher yield from your installation. Solar Central is an REC partner and we can offer a full 25yr manufacturing and performance warranty.
Sunpower have been industry leaders for renewable energy and manufacturing warranties. Since 1985 Sunpower they have invested into new Technology and innovative design. Sunpower are one of the top brands in the world with a full 25 product and performance warranty.
With an Australian office this allows for better warranty support as well. Here at Solar Central we are Sunpower Authorised Partners and have a strong ongoing relationship with Sunpower. The P series panels are an affordable high end option with black framing and a black panel. This is a good option for those who want to move away from the traditional Solar panel look. In exciting news Sunpower are launching their new P Series 370w panels in March 2021.
In an industry first Sunpower have also released the Maxeon 5 panel. This panel is the first in the market with an integrated Enphase microinverter. If you are looking for the Rolls Royce of solar this panel is for you!