Not made in China - Updated Feb 2022

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Not made in China or owned by a Chinese company

 

Solar inverters
Fronius inverters are made in Austria
Fimer (formerly ABB and Aurora) inverters are made in Italy
SMA 3 phase inverters are made in Germany (single phase models in China)
Q.Cells inverters are made in South Korea.
Sungrow, SolarEdge, Enphase, Goodwe, Growatt, Huawei, Alpha, SolarEdge, Solis, SolaX, Delta are all made in China.
There may be some small brands I've missed, but it's a certainty they are made in China too.

Solar panels
Aleo and Solarwatt panels are still, to the best of my knowledge, made in Germany.
Q.Cells Duo panels are made in South Korea, Q.Cells Maxx panels are made in China.
Korean giant, LG, announced in Feb 2022 that they were pulling out of solar panel manufacturing.
REC panels are made in Singapore with an Indian owner.
SunPower recently stopped making panels and a new entity called Maxeon, part Chinese owned took over.
Leapton are a Japanese company, but make their panels in their own factory in China.
Canadian Solar have an HQ in Canada but all the panels we get in Australia are made in China.
Everything else is a Chinese company and Chinese made.

98% of the World's silicon wafers are made in China. Wafers are made into cells which is what makes electricity.
So even if you do buy a panel not made in China, its a sure thing that the main component inside is made in China.
It is also equally likely that many of the components inside non Chinese made inverters are also made in China.
A very interesting piece of information passed my way recently.
Huge new solar panel factories are rapidly being assembled in Vietnam.
So even the huge Chinese companies are taking some of their manufacturing out of their own country.
I wonder why?

Is Chinese made lower quality?
Some Chinese solar products are lower quality. Yes.
This was especially true 5-10 years ago but much of that rubbish has gone now.
Some Chinese made solar products are of the very highest quality.
Huawei, SolarEdge, Enphase and SMA inverters for example.

 

 


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These reviews were written by Andrew MacKeith, Solar4Ever service manager since 2011.
Most recent update April 2021






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