Solar panel and inverter insights

Solar panels

With the ever-increasing electricity prices, there has never been a better time to invest in solar and take control of your power bills. Solar energy is an environmentally friendly way to reduce the amount of electricity you consume and it is the most effective way of cutting your electricity bill and reducing your carbon footprint.

Solar panels are the most critical component of any solar power system. Choosing the best panel brand or module type is just as important as selecting the right installer to ensure smooth and safe operation.

When deciding what panels to use, it is important to consider the following;

At Arctic Energy we only offer Tier 1 panels with a proven track record for operation in the Australian climate. All of the panels that we sell have an office base in Australia. Panel manufacturers having a local office base creates a seamless process for customer support and warranty claims.

We offer a range of panel types and sizes to ensure we have tailor made system to suit your energy needs and budget.

Jinko Solar (NYSE: JKS) is a global leader in the solar industry and the world’s largest solar module manufacturer. Jinko Solar distributes its solar products and sells its solutions and services to diversified international utility, commercial and residential customers. Manufacturing excellence is their highest priority, as underpinned by the 3rd party underwriter of an industry leading warranty. Jinko Solar has built a vertically integrated solar product value chain, with an integrated annual capacity of 5.0GW for silicon ingots and wafers, 4.0GW for solar cells, and 6.5 GW for solar modules.

Jinko currently have bases in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.

JA Solar is a  manufacturer of high-performance photovoltaic products. With 12 manufacturing bases and more than 20 branches around the world, the company’s business covers silicon wafers, cells, modules and photovoltaic power stations. JA Solar products are available in over 120 countries and regions and are used extensively in ground-mounted power plants, commercial & industrial rooftop PV systems and residential rooftop PV systems. With its advantages of continuous technological innovation, sound financial performance, and well-established global sales and service networks, JA Solar has been well received and highly recognized by clients from home and abroad. The company has been listed on Fortune China 500 and Global Top 500 New Energy Enterprises for several consecutive years.

JA currently have an Australian office in Newcastle.

Canadian Solar Inc. is one of the leading solar manufacturers in the world, delivering high efficiency solar cells, solar modules, solar power systems and off grid solar power application solutions. With manufacturing facilities in Canada and China, Canadian Solar has a total module production capacity of 3GW. In the past 13 years, Canadian Solar has been working closely with over 1000 customers in over 90 countries, delivering over 7GW of solar modules. Some of these modules are installed in utility scale power plant that won 2012 Solar Project of the Year award; some are used by tens and thousands of families in their off grid small solar home systems for daily lighting. From far and wide, Canadian Solar stands for QUALITY, RELIABILITY and VALUE.

Canadian Solar currently have offices in Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and Perth.

Hyundai is one of the biggest consumer brand names in the world. As a long established international brand, Hyundai Energy Solutions have been installed in Australia for over 10 years and in 2019, extended their product warranty to 25 years. By purchasing panels from a trusted well know consumer brand, your making a safer investment for the long term.

Hyundai currently have an office in Sydney.

Solar Inverter

Solar inverters convert the DC power produced by the solar panels to AC power that can be used in your home, with the excess power production exported back to the grid for a Feed-in credit. The solar inverter is the most complex component of any solar system. Unfortunately, it is also the part most likely to cause issues. So it is important to ensure that you are selecting the right inverter for you.

When selecting an inverter, it is important to consider the following factors;

As an established Installer for Sungrow, Growatt and Fronius products, we have our own installer portal that allows us to monitor our installed PV systems externally. This function gives us the capability to check the operating patterns and to contact the customer if any actions are required to increase the performance of their system. 

We offer a range of quality inverter brands and models to ensure we have a tailor made system to suit your energy needs and budget.

Growatt

Growatt is a New Energy enterprise dedicated to the R&D and manufacturing of PV inverters including on-grid, off-grid and storage inverters, and user side smart energy management solutions as well. The power capacity of Growatt on-grid inverters ranges from 1 kW to 100 kW, meanwhile its off-grid and storage inverters cover a power range from 1 kW to 630 kW. Growatt inverters are extensively used worldwide for applications in residential, commercial, PV poverty alleviation, utility-scale scenarios as well as other storage power station projects.

Since its foundation in 2010, Growatt has established branch offices one after another in Germany, US, UK, Australia, Brazil, Thailand, India, Netherlands, etc in order to better serve the customers across the globe. Growatt always sticks to the R&D investment and technology innovation, and provides customers with premium products and services through its core inverter technology, rigorous quality control and continuous improvement of customer service. By the end of 2018, Growatt has shipped over 1.33 million inverters to over 100 countries and regions across the globe. Growatt has been recognized as the No.1 Chinese Residential PV Inverter Brand, three years in a row according to PVBL. By 2018 Growatt has become the TOP 3 single-phase inverter brand according to the IHS Markit’s world inverter shipment ranking.

Sungrow Power Supply Co., Ltd. a high-tech enterprise engaged in development of power supply equipment for renewable energy especially solar PV and wind power, provides grid-connected PV inverter, wind power converter, technical consultancy, system design and other relevant services.

Founded in 1997, Sungrow has become one of the leading manufacturers in the world PV inverter industry. They employee 1000 all around the world, of which over 30% are R&D engineers, representative offices and branch companies in France, Italy, Germany, Canada, Australia and other countries.

Identified as one of The most Famous Trademark in China, Sungrow was officially listed (sym:300274) on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange in November 2011, and listed Top 9 of The Most Potential Chinese Public Company by Forbes in 2012. With over 1500MW installation capacity globally, of which 400MW is installed in Europe, Sungrow is the largest PV inverter manufacturer of Asia, and commented as “Chinese Sturdiness” by Photon Magazine.

Austrian inverter manufacturer, Fronius has been developing and innovating power electronics since 1945. Seventy years of experience, progress and continuous innovation has made Fronius a leading provider of welding, battery charging and solar electronics technologies. With over 3,000 employees worldwide and 20 international subsidiaries, Fronius serves the Australian solar market with an office in Melbourne, which includes technical support, repair centre, warehouse and sales.

Leading the way in optimised energy consumption, each Fronius inverter has PV-monitoring and data communication capabilities, which gives a clear overview of power consumption through remote monitoring services. Viewed on a PC, smart phone or tablet, the owner of the PV system is able to manage and optimise energy consumption through easy-to-understand real-time and archive data analysis.

In its collaboration with Tesla and other strong partners, Fronius continues to lay the groundwork for the ’24 hours of sun’ energy supply of the future – a future where we cover our energy needs 100% with renewable energy sources. A world of 24 hours of sun.

Battery Storage

Energy Storage Systems (ESS) capture excess power produced from your solar PV system during the day and store it for use at night, cloudy periods or during a blackout. Storing your excess solar energy means you can power your home and office independent from the grid 24/7.

LG Chem – DC Coupled

LG chem is ranked as one of the world’s largest lithium-ion battery manufacturers with 29,000 employees and manufacturing facilities in South Korea, China and the US. 

The company supplies a diverse range of energy storage products for many industries including electric vehicles, portable electronics (mobile phones) and stationary applications. The large range of stationary lithium battery systems has positioned the company as one of the industry leaders in home solar battery systems and larger commercial storage installations.

Tesla – AC Coupled

The Tesla Powerwall 2 is the next generation of battery product from Tesla with a built-in inverter that would allow it to be retrofitted in any existing PV systems. This product has double the energy capacity of the original Powerwall and the inverter can now support both grid-connected and off-grid/backup applications. The entire solution would provide a higher degree of energy independence and extend the usage opportunity of the energy produced by the PV system.

Some advantages of the Tesla Powerwall 2 include:

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