SOLARWATT: Made in Germany, Available in Australia

Overview:

SOLARWATT is not one of the common names on the market, but it started back in 1993. Dresden-based solar innovators have significantly expanded their vision over 25 years and are home to over 460 people in offices globally, including Germany, Italy, France, Netherlands, Spain, and Australia. The majority of the company’s shares are owned by Stefan Quandt, who also has many shares in BMW. Yes. The B-M-W. Stefan Quandt’s worth is around $18 billion, and he is easily one of the world’s wealthiest people.

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Solarwatt solar panels – Highest quality made

Market Approach:

I used the word innovators for SOLARWATT, and there is a good solid reason for that. SOLARWATT introduced glass-glass panels in 1998. Back in 2016, they also released the first 300W glass on the glass panel. For their innovative approach, SOLARWATT was awarded EES Award in 2015 and 2017 for their state-of-the-art My Reserve battery storage system. And also, the modules are cyclone-tested, so you need not worry about that.

SOLARWATT- the best choice:

With reviewing Solarwatt solar panels, we were blown away. First things first, they have an office in Australia located in Riverwood, NSW. Why is that important? Because many companies upon entering in Australian market setup up their distribution channels and keep the customer services for later part of the play, which led to many unhappy customers who have to contact overseas for their product warranty. They also have a state and Queensland office in North Brisbane. The products are all Made in Germany so you need not worry about the quality of the stuff you’re getting. SOLARWATT modules are cyclone tested as well.

Panel Under- Review:

In Australia, all the panels they currently sell are salt mist corrosion-resistant and suitable for installation in any location. SOLARWATT offers the most popular panels from the collection of Vision 60M in Australia, with one of the highest efficiencies and most prolonged warranty periods in the industry.

Vision 60M Mono 60 cells 315-320W

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Vision 60M style Mono 60 cells 300-375W

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SOLARWATT efficiency:

The efficiency of a Solar panel is the ability of cells to convert solar energy into electricity: the greater the panel’s efficiency, the more power output generated by the solar panel. So, the main feature to rate the quality is higher efficiency.

SOLARWATT product lines in Australia have efficiencies varying from 19% to 20%, matching some of the top-of-the-range solar panel modules available in Australia.

SOLARWATT Industry Leading 30/30 Warranty:

PV modules come with a product and performance warranty. The product warranty is designed to cover manufacturing faults in the panel that leads to damage or malfunction and is typically ten years for most solar panel manufacturers. SOLARWATT product warranty is 30 years and is the longest product warranty currently on offer in Australia.

The warranty length is what makes the Solarwatt solar panels review so high!

The performance warranty guarantees a specific output level for the panel’s lifetime – typically ensuring 80-82% of the nameplate output after 25 years. The SOLARWATT solar panels come with a maximum degradation rate of 3% in the first year and 0.345% per year after that, leading to a 30-year guarantee of 87% of the nameplate Watt rating. This is an impressive lead over most of their competition.

Cost:

SOLARWATT gives you market-beating prices to go with. Don’t take my word for it, feel free to take a look.

System Size

Average Fully Installed Cost

10kW

$12,950

8KW

$10,480

6kW

$7,602

Note: prices may differ given the location, inverter and installer used

Comparison of SOLARWATT Solar Panel Specifications (common modules)

Vision 60M 320W

AZ-TDB-PMS-1707

Vision 60M Style 315W

AZ-TDB-PMS-1581

Cell Number

60 Cells

60 Cells

Cell Type

Monocrystalline

Monocrystalline

Power Output

320

315

Nominal Power Voltage

32.7V

33.0V

Panel Efficiency

19.4%

19.1%

Annual Power Degradation

0.345%

0.345%

Dimensions

1680 × 990 × 40 mm

1680 × 990 × 40 mm

Weight

22.8kg

22.8kg

Product Warranty

30 Years

30 Years

Operational Temperature Range

−40 °C to 85 °C

−40 °C to 85 °C

Made in

Germany

Germany

Solarwatt panel review conclusion:

SOLARWATT is one of the highest quality solar panel installers on the Australian market. They offer the best quality solar panels on Australian soil and are easily one if not the best in the market. Their 30-year product warranty is unbeatable even by some renounced Tier-one solar companies. So, if you are going with SOLARWATT, you are not going wrong.