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Solar4Ever Pricing Guide - Updated February 2020

Solar Prices (All prices shown include GST)

 

Solar panel prices

6.6kW of panels creates 100 STCs (Government financial incentive)
STCs are currently worth $36 each. (100 x $36 = $3,600)
The 'After STCs' column below is after deducting the value of the STCs.


Panel
Watts/Efficiency
Cost
After STCs
'P' type cells
 
Leapton
20 x 330W / 19.6%
$3,655
$55
Suntech
21 x 315W / 19.0%
$3,880
$280
Jinko Cheetah
20 x 330W / 19.6%
$3,950
$350
Risen
20 x 330W / 19.6%
$4,020
$420
Canadian KuPower
21 x 315W / 19.0%
$4,025
$425
Trina Honey
20 x 330W / 19.4%
$4,100
$500
Longi Hi-Mo-X
19 x 350W / 20.0%
$4,495
$660
Q.Cells Q.Maxx
20 x 330W / 19.6%
$4,425
$825
REC TP2
21 x 315W / 18.9%
$4,975
$1,375
Q.Cells Duo +
20 x 330W / 19.6%
$5,495
$1,895
       
'N' type cells
REC NPeak Black
21 x 315W / 18.9%
$5,495
$2,095
LG Neon2
20 x 330W / 19.6%
$7,015
$3,615
REC Alpha
18 x 365W / 20.9%
$7,984
$4,420


Which panels do we recommend?

Jinko, Longi and Q.Cells in particular, although all of the above are great.

Jinko because they are such a strong brand (the biggest in the World).
Longi because it's a spectacularly good looking panel with ultra high efficiency.
Q.Cells because their German engineering and solid construction has won them

some of the most prestigous International awards.

 

Both cell types lose about 2% of their original rating in the first year.
After that it reduces to about 0.5% a year for "P" type cells, and 0.25% for "N" type cells.

After 25 years, the "P"s are expected to be making 80-85% of their original output, and the 'N's about 90%.

Click the blue panel name to download the brochure/datasheet for that panel

Solar Inverter prices


Brand
Size
Phase
Hybrid (Battery)
Price
Warranty
Huawei 2000L
5kW
Single (SM)
Yes
$1,600
10
Huawei 2000M0
5kW
Three (SM)
Yes
$1,900
10
Fronius Primo
5kW
Single (SM)
No
$2,030
5 + 5
Fronius Symo
5kW
Three (SM)
No
$2,200
5 + 5
Fronius Symo Hybrid
5kW
Three (SM)
Yes
$3,140
5 + 5
SMA SB 5
5kW
Single (SM)
No
$1,675
5
SMA Tripower
5kW
Three (SM)
No
$2,130
5
Growatt TL3
5kW
Three
No
$1,385
5 + 5
Growatt TL-X
5kW
Single (SM)
No
$1,075
5+5
Growatt SPH
5kW
Single (SM)
Yes
$1,960
5 + 5
Sungrow KD
5kW
Single (SM)
No
$1,200
5 + 5
Sungrow KTL
5kW
Three
No
$1,675
5 + 5
Sungrow Hybrid
5kW
Single (SM)
Yes
$2,150
5 + 5
Goodwe DNS
5kW
Single (SM)
No
$1,120
5+5
Goodwe LDT
5kW
Three
No
$1,595
5 + 5
Goodwe EM
5kW
Single (SM)
Yes
$2,199
5
Goodwe ES
5kW
Single (SM)
Yes
$2,750
5
Goodwe ET
5kW
Three (SM)
Yes
$3,300
5



Which inverters do we recommend?

Huawei, Fronius, Sungrow and Growatt in particular

Huawei because it's a battery inverter, stylish, and has the best reporting and support.
Fronius because we like that it's still made in Europe, although we wish they would hurry up with some new products.
Sungrow and Growatt because they are reliable, and perfect for those on a tight budget.
Goodwe have a huge range of products, especially in the battery inverter arena.
We don't like ALL their products, but some are very good indeed.

Phase
If your home has a three phase electricity meter, then you need a three phase inverter.

(or 2 x single phase, e.g. 2 x 2.5kW, or 3kW + 2kW). (SM) indicates this inverter supports a 'Smart Meter' for reporting on consumption as described further down this page

Warranty
5 year parts and labour, plus a bonus 5 years parts only is standard (that's what 5+5 above means). Huawei give 10 years parts AND labour as standard, with an extra 5 years parts and labour warranty for $300 or 20 years parts and labour for $600.

Hybrid (Battery)

Any of the above inverters marked 'No' in the Hybrid column cannot ever directly connect a battery for storage and night time use. They only manage the solar panels. A hybrid inverter does two jobs, managing the solar panels AND storing and releasing battery power. This is what is commonly called 'DC Coupling'.

If you buy a non hybrid inverter then you can buy a second inverter (sometimes hidden away inside the battery cabinet) that connects to your switchboard. This is called 'AC Coupling'.

If you buy a hybrid then you really have the best of both World's. You can choose to 'DC Couple' whichever batteries the hybrid is designed to work with now and in the future (new battery support is all achieved with firmware upgrades) , or else you can choose to 'AC Couple' something different like a Telsa Powerwall if that is a better fit for you, come the time.

Smart meters
In the list above those market with (SM) in the Phase column support an optional smart meter. These meters are installed in your switchboard typical with CTs clamped around your phase cable (s). They report in real-time the flow of electrical current in both directions so that the inverter can then produce a detailed analysis for you in the reporting software.

For example, in the picture below, in this case from a Huawei smart meter, we can see the red line is showing power bought from Synergy. The green line is the solar production and the blue line is self consumption of the solar in the house. The difference between the green and the blue is export. (Power sold back to Synergy for 7.135 cents per kWh FiT)




Battery storage

Battery
Voltage
Capacity
Price
BYD BBox 3.5
48 Vdc
3.5 kWh
$3,220
BYD BBox 7.0
48 Vdc
7.0 kWh
$5,670
BYD BBox 10.5
48 Vdc
10.5 kWh
$8,120
BYD BBox 14.0
48 Vdc
14.0 kWh
$10,570
BYD 5.12
400 Vdc
5.12 kWh
$5,375
BYD 11.52
400 Vdc
11.52 kWh
$9,015
Sungrow SBP4K8
48 Vdc
4.8 kWh
$3,900
Growatt 6.5
48 Vdc
6.5 kWh
$3,635
LG Chem RESU 6
48 Vdc
6.5 kWh
$5,130
LG Chem RESU 10
48 Vdc
10 kWh
$6,595
LG Chem RESU13
48 Vdc
13 kWh
$8,325
LG Chem 7H
400 Vdc
7 kWh
$6,420
LG Chem 10H
400 Vdc
9.8 kWh
$7,980
Tesla Powerwall 2
230 V
14 kWh
$11,700

All prices are excluding installation and consumption (smart) meter, except Goodwe and Growatt who include the smart meter with their hybrids, and Tesla Powerwall 2 which includes their own inverter and smart meter.

Inverter "Smart Meters"

Measure and report on power consumption in the house, and with

hybrid inverters, are what the inverter uses to know when to store

surplus solar power in the batteries, or else release battery power.

They are also needed if 'export limiting' is required.

Brand
Phase
Cost
Installation
Huawei
Single
$220
$165
Huawei
Three
$330
$210
Fronius
Single
$230
$165
Fronius
Three
$460
$210
Growatt
Single
$250
$165
Growatt
Three
$290
$210
Sungrow
Single
$240
$165
Sungrow
Three
$290
$210





 


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