Solar panel options

We recommend and supply PV panels from the below manufacturers for our custom designed and package solar systems, they are trusted brands that perform well in Australian conditions. We can supply a large range of other CEC approved PV panel brands.

BENQ

BenQ Solar is a division of Taiwan’s AU Optronics, one of the world’s leading makers of LCD displays. The company manufactures monocrystalline, polycrystalline & back-contact solar panels for residential, commercial and large-scale applications.

A vertically integrated manufacturer, AU Optronics controls all aspects of BenQ Solar panels’ construction–from silicon ingot & wafer creation to solar cell fabrication and module assembly. In addition to conventional DC solar modules, the company also offers its own range of microinverter-integrated AC solar modules. On the project side, BenQ Solar develops large-scale solar farms throughout the world.

With their back-contact technologies, SunForte PM096B00 delivers the top high efficiency, at up to 20.3%, with power output up to 330W. It offers better temperature coefficients and better energy yield performance than conventional c-Si modules. In addition, the SunForte PM096B00 has a 34% higher rated power output than conventional modules with the same area, and saves 24% in area with the same power output.

BENQ / AU Optronics partnered with another solar giant, SunPower, in 2010 to invest in a solar cell manufacturing facility in Malaysia. AUO SunPower solar cells attain conversion efficiencies exceeding 22.5%.

BenQ Solar modules are being used in an expansion of Alice Springs Airport’s solar facilities – chosen for their performance in extreme heat conditions and low reflectivity characteristics.


REC

REC is a pioneer in the solar industry, Renewable Energy Corporation (REC) is a highly respected Norwegian company with production facilities worldwide including the USA, Sweden and Singapore.

REC was established in 1996 and has since grown rapidly. Today REC is one of the world’s leaders in the solar energy industry and has become one of the largest producers of solar panels. REC manufactures its own silicon, wafers, cells and modules and does extensive quality control throughout the complete production process.

Ongoing field testing of 46 solar module brands during all seasons and light conditions by Photon Magazine during 2011 determined REC solar panels to be the best performing panel; generating 6 percent more electricity on average than the other polycrystalline, monocrystalline and thin film panels tested.

REC Peak Energy modules recently underwent potential-induced degradation (PID) resistance testing (designed to damage panels) – with impressive results! The potential-induced degradation (PID) resistance test, certified by the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS), subjected the solar panels to a negative voltage of 1,000 volts in an ambient temperature of 60°C and a relative humidity of 85% for 96 hours. After the gruelling test, the panels demonstrated less than two percent power degradation. REC’s solar panels are already certified to the TÜV Rheinland standards, in which a negative voltage of 1,000 Volts is applied to the panels at 25°C for a period of 168 hours.

REC Solar panels deliver more power per square meter thanks to a number of design improvements, including the introduction of three bus bars and superior contact between the cell and metal fingers, boosting the electrical flow. Special glass etching and anti-reflective coating used by REC also improves the power output of the Peak Energy Series in all sunlight conditions.

REC solar panels display temperature ratings that are best-in-class. In typical polycrystalline solar modules, the rate of degradation is approximately 0.5% per degree Celsius for temperatures above 25C. REC have decreased this to 0.4%/C – ahead of the biggest names in the industry. This feature is one of the many stand-out benefits of REC solar panels in a country such as Australia where temperatures are often above 25C.

REC also features positive watt class rating, meaning the nameplate wattage is the absolute minimum. REC modules can be up to 5 watts more than the rated power.


LG SOLAR MONO X

275W Black and 300W NeON

LG are a world leader in solar panel manufacturing with over 20 years experience. LG’s Mono X modules are proven to perform in Sydney’s hot summer, as well as in harsh conditions such as rain, snow and sea wind. Our installers and technical team recommend the LG Mono range when you are looking to buy a top of the range panel to maximise power output, for the peace of mind that comes with buying quality and for their looks – LG panels look fantastic with their black rims and thin profile.

LG solar products are rigorously tested beyond industry standards, and those standards apply equally when selecting materials for their solar modules. When you choose LG Solar, you’ll have peace of mind that you are buying the best.

Long Lasting Warranties
LG panels come with a 10 year product warranty and a linear 25 year power output warranty guaranteeing a minimum power output of 80.2% after 25 years. Because it is LG, your warranty is in safe hands.

Positive Power Tolerance
LG provides rigorous quality testing to all solar modules to ensure the rated power output. The Mono X NeoN 290W modules have a positive nominal tolerance starting at 290Ws and going as high as 293W.

LG Sign-Off on Every Cell
Driven by LG’s own N-Type cell technology, the Mono X NeoN 290W panel offers high efficiency to create solar systems with higher efficiency to create solar systems with higher electricity generation than standard systems. LG signs off on every module with the LG brand, with the logo reflecting the cutting edge technology and durability of LG products.

Designed for Durability
LG solar modules are designed with durable glass to be light in weight (17.3kg) while also being able to stand heavy wind loads and even hail.

Highest Testing Standards
After a rigorous process, LG’s product testing lab has earned certification from both TÜV Rheinland and UL, a first in the solar industry.


CANADIAN SOLAR

Canadian Solar’s leading cell and module technology guarantees the world class stability and reliability backed by 25 years linear performance warranty. All series of regular modules are manufactured to the strictest engineering guidelines, ensuring each module meets the international standards of quality and safety.

Key Features

  • 10 years product warranty (materials and workmanship); 25 years linear module power output warranty Industry leading plus only power tolerance: 0W~5W
  • Top ranked PVUSA (PTC) rating in California for higher energy production
  • Ultra reliable in corrosive atmosphere, verified by IEC61701 “Salt Mist Corrosion Testing”
  • Strong framed module, passing mechanical load test of 5400Pa to withstand heavier snow load
  • The 1st manufacturer in PV industry to apply ISO:TS16949 (The automotive quality management system) in module production since 2003
  • ISO17025 for qualified manufacturer owned testing lab, fully complying to IEC, TUV, UL testing standards

Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: CSIQ) is one of the world’s largest solar companies. As a leading vertically integrated provider of ingots, wafers, solar cells, solar modules and other solar applications, Canadian Solar designed, manufactured and delivered over 5GW of solar system solutions for on-grid and off-grid use.

Canadian Solar was founded in Ontario, Canada in 2001 and listed on NASDAQ Exchange in 2006. Today, they operate across six continents, supplying solar modules to customers in over 70 countries.

They have operations and offices in North & South America, Europe & Middle East, Africa, Australia and Asia, to provide premium quality, cost-effective and environmentally-friendly solar solutions that deliver the best value to support global sustainable development.

They have 8 wholly-owned manufacturing subsidiaries with a total combined facility space of over 260,000sqm and a module capacity of over 2.4GW. Shipments in 2012 were over 1.5GW.

Their products adhere to the strictest international quality standards, backed by IEC, TUV, UL, certifications. In fact, they were the first solar PV manufacturer to achieve registration with ISO: TS16949, an automotive quality management system much stricter than ISO 9001. Canadian Solar also operates its own ISO 17025 accredited testing lab.

CS6P is a robust solar module with 60 solar cells. These modules can be used for on-grid solar applications. Our meticulous design and production techniques ensure a high-yield, long-term performance for every module produced. Our rigorous quality control and in-house testing facilities guarantee Canadian Solar’s modules meet the highest quality standards possible.

QUARTECH SOLAR MODULE – A New Generation Module
Canadian Solar’s Quartech modules raise the module efficiency to new heights in the solar industry, making 3 busbar cell technology a thing of past. With the latest 4 busbar cell technology, Quartech modules demonstrated significant superiority over current 3 busbar cell modules in the solar market in terms of power output and solar system reliability. Our worldwide customers have embraced this next generation modules for their excellent performance, superior reliability and enhanced value.

Quartech Technology

  • Reduces cell series resistance
  • Reduces stress between cell interconnectors
  • Improves modules conversion efficiency
  • Improves product reliability

Best Quality

  • 235 quality control points in module production
  • EL screening to eliminate product defects
  • Current binning to improve system performance
  • High PID Resistance
  • Accredited Salt mist/Ammonia resistance
  • Top performance by PVUSA Test Conditions
  • (PTC) rating

Best Warranty Insurance

  • 25 years worldwide coverage
  • 100% warranty term coverage
  • Providing third party bankruptcy rights
  • Non-cancellable
  • Immediate coverage
  • Insured by 2 world top insurance companies

Comprehensive Certificates

  • IEC 61215, IEC 61730, IEC61701 ED2, UL1703
  • EC 62716, KEMCO, CEC Listed, CE, JET and MCS
  • ISO9001: 2008: Quality Management System
  • ISO/TS16949:2009: The automotive quality management system
  • ISO14001:2004: Standards for Environmental management system
  • QC080000 HSPM: The Certification for Hazardous Substances Regulations
  • OHSAS 18001:2007 International standards for occupational health and safety

Q CELLS

Q.Pro G3 255W
Q.Cells is one of the leading brands in Europe with a passion for research and development of their technology. Since the company was established in 1999 there has been a strong focus on quality as this is the best warranty possible.

This industry leading commitment to quality means higher output of power in all weather conditions, safety and an increased reliability and strength in extreme weather conditions.

As an installer, we are proud to offer the 3rd generation 255W Qpro panel from Q.Cell, backed by our industry leading installation standards and customer service. There is no substitute for quality.

Q.Cells Q.Pro-G3 255W
The Q.Pro panel was tested to be the best polycrystalline panel in the world by industry magazine Photon. This high performance 255W panel is extremely well priced and a top of the range module.

– Maximum yields whatever the weather with excellent low-light and temperature behaviour.
– Increased cell efficiency due to world record-holding cell concept Q.ANTUM.
– Long-term Yield Security due to Anti PID Technology1, Hot-Spot Protect, and Traceable Quality Tra.QTM as well as VDE Quality Tested – the strictest test program.

The new 255W G3 solar modules are the gold medallists in the toughest competition in the solar industry. With the best performance, state-of-the-art technology, outstanding design and the most rigorous testing, you are betting on a winner. Q Cells guarantee this by offering you an extended 12-year product warranty and one of the best linear performance warranties on the market.


TRINA

Trina Solar founded in 1997, is a vertically integrated PV manufacturer; producing ingots, wafers, cells and modules for home solar power and commercial scale solar energy systems. Selecting Trina Solar modules isn’t just a quality purchase; it’s a rock-solid investment. In 2011, Trina Solar was ranked second for environmental responsibility in solar manufacturing by Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition.

Trina Solar’s proprietary texturing increases surface area, which results in the cells capturing more light. The enhanced texturing realises a reduction of surface reflectivity from 23% to under 4%, increasing cell efficiency by 0.3~0.5%.

Trina Solar is proud to be the number one choice of solar panel in the Australian market*. Industry-leading products such as our “Honey” cells deliver higher efficiencies and excellent value for money. Combined with our standard 10-year workmanship and 25-year linear power output warranties, Trina Solar is an investment that delivers great returns and offers complete peace of mind.


HAREON

Hareon Solar advocates and is committed to the development of green clean renewable energy. As one of China’s largest crystalline silicon solar cell and component manufacturers, it provides vertically integrated solar photovoltaic production and services worldwide. The company specialises in the high-end research and development, production and sales of silicon rods, wafers, cells and components, as well as the investment and operations of solar power plants. Being no2 on the Photon test for its class, Hareon modules have proven to achieve the high performance standard demanded and expected within the solar industry. With innovations such as 4 busbar, 3 junction box designed modules as well as integrated Hareon TrueAC modules, Hareon has the right product to achieve maximum yield.

RENESOLA

Virtus II 250W Module
The premium 250W Virtus II solar panel from ReneSola is an ingenious combination of the high quality and efficiency of Monocrystalline modules, with the lower cost of Multicrystalline modules.

ReneSola’s innovative ingot technology improves the uniformity of the grain size and preferred orientation, resulting in higher minor-carrier lifetime and lower dislocation density. The outcome is significantly increased cell efficiency and a panel that will continue to output high levels of solar power over the life of the panel.

ReneSola has an innovative, controlled, DDS production process for the Virtus wafers, which are rated A ++. This ensures far fewer defects than conventional multicrystalline silicon wafers. This enables Virtus II solar modules to achieve a 4% higher power output, yet maintain the same LID and CTM loss.

  • High Module Conversion Efficiencies
  • Easy Installation and Handling for Various Applications
  • Mechanical Load Capability of up to 5400 Pa
  • Conforms with IEC 61215:2005,IEC 61730: 2004, UL 1703 PV Standards
  • ISO9001, OHSAS18001, ISO14001 Certified
  • Application Class A, Safety Class II, Fire Rating C

General Specifications

  • Virtus II Polycrystalline Module-156 x156 mm, 60 (6×10) cells per panel.
  • 10 year material and workmanship warranty.
  • 25 year power output warranty.
  • Power tolerance: 250-255W panels (positive sorting up to 5W)
  • Panel efficiency: 15.4%
  • Weight: 18.5 Kg
  • Nominal Operating Cell Temperature (NOCT): 45 (-+2) degrees C