Risen’s Australian Rooftop Solar Panel Sales Rise Rapidly

Risen Energy solar panels - Australia

Risen Energy (Australia) has stated the last 12 months has seen its biggest boost in rooftop solar panel sales in this country.

The company says it achieved 120MW of sales between August 2018 to the beginning of this month. It’s a huge jump – in 2014, Risen sold just 1MW of modules, and between August 2017 to August 2018, 20MW.

The firm claims:

“Due to Risen (AU)’s growth in solar module sales, they are currently top 3 in the distribution market for rooftops, accounting for approximately 10% of Australia’s rooftop market share.”

Risen Energy, founded in 1986, established a presence in the Australian market in 2008. Risen Energy solar panel reviews from Australian customers who have had the modules installed for at least a year have generally been positive and the brand is currently listed on SolarQuotes’ trusted solar brands chart as offering a reliable entry level (most affordable) module.

In Australia, Risen supplies standard, half-cut, bifacial and double glass panels. The Clean Energy Council notes 114 Risen module models currently approved for use in Australia; although some of these may be discontinued models.

Risen’s Australian Large Scale Solar Activities

Risen is also active in Australia’s large-scale solar sector with its own projects. One is the 121 MWdc/100 MWac Yarranlea Solar Farm near Pittsworth in Queensland. The company’s last update on that project in June noted Yarranlea Solar Farm is scheduled to be completed in October this year.

Its other large-scale PV project is the 132 MW Merredin Solar Farm situated near Merredin in Western Australia’s central wheatbelt. Construction of Merredin kicked off in March this year. At that point the company said commissioning and electricity sales were expected to commence in the final quarter of this year. The most recent update from Risen on Merredin stated delivery of the 360,000 solar panels and trackers was expected last month.

The company says it plans to invest in more than 2GW capacity of renewable energy projects in Australia and will continue to expand in the energy storage sector.

Risen also supplied panels for Clermont Solar Farm in Queensland. The 89MW facility began sending power to the grid in June this year.

Globally, the China-based company has around 6,500 employees. According to a report from GlobalData released early this year, Risen Energy ranked no. 7 for solar panel shipments in 2018, with 4.8GW capacity shipped – up from 2.5GW in 2017.

About Michael Bloch

Michael caught the solar power bug after purchasing components to cobble together a small off-grid PV system in 2008. He's been reporting on Australian and international solar energy news ever since.


  1. David Priol says

    Can someone please answer these questions for me please?
    1. Most people put all their panels on the one side facing the morning sun (I presume) but isn’t an reasonable idea that if you have say 24 panels to put about 4 facing the afternoon sun to catch any extra sunlight if you’re not using batteries?
    2. Is there any reason why a solar powered fan couldn’t be placed strategically to cool the inverter to increase its life span? Particularly as it’s the weakest link in the chain and so expensive?
    3. Are they working on some sort of gel or liquid that could reduce the panels from getting dirty as quickly to maintain the highest percentage yield.
    4. Does each latitude we live in, say Canberra compared to Hervey Bay mean the angle of the panels need to be altered or even more importantly, should the panels on individual roofs be adjusted once or twice a year to maximize energy returns. I mean would a 5 to 10 percent adjustment between the middle of summer compared to the middle of winter make a significant difference to have panels installed with an easily adjustable long metal rod and screw to change the angle, and perhaps do a quick clean of panels at the same time. At least for those people capable of doing it themselves and for friends if it isn’t commercially viable.
    5. Would running a clothes dryer in daylight hours be more economical for busy families than the currently pitiful rates families are now getting from feed in tariffs.
    6. Why can’t state or federal governments set a few for feed in tariffs that is fixed somewhere around 10 to 20 percent below coal rates (or is it expensive to use these small units of power) to encourage more companies to convert their rooftops rather than the meagre rates now on offer.

    Regards David ???????

  2. David Priol says

    Hey guys,

    Love what you’re achieving with your fabulous blogs for folk like me who want to embrace renewables but can’t afford to make a single mistake economically speaking.
    So I was wondering if you could let me know which companies are the best in Hervey Bay, not only for own use, but to maximise any feed in returns from Ergon Energy, which has a monopoly in our region. Having said that they’ve been very good to us in our 20 months renting on the Bay.
    I’d also like to know what 2 or 3 systems you suggest for our region, please?
    The best angles for these panels so I don’t sound too much of an idiot when getting the quotes, and how many panels for each manufacturer do you advise if we have a budget of say 10,000 which would include the 3000 dollars, I believe is on offer from the Qld government at the moment…
    Also, are these interest free loans fair dinkum, as long as we make the proper payments each month? Or should I be favouring one company over another if we choose this option because I very much doubt we could pay it all upfront.

    Thank you in advance for your time and assistance and for your great blogs.

    Best wishes ?????????

    David and Gigi

    • Finn Peacock says

      In Hervey Bay you should be able to get a really good 6.6kW system for about $6,000.

      Face it East/West or North.

      Good combinations include. Fronius/SMA inverters. Q-Cells, Jinko, Canadian, REC panels.

      One great local company is SolarGain Hervey Bay.

      Others here:


      Don’t worry about batteries – even with the rebate they won’t pay for themselves.

    • Des Scahill says

      Hi David,

      I live in Queensland, but a further south .

      I used Solar Gain as my installer a little over 2 years ago and was very pleased with the service I received, their highly professional approach to the installation, and the quality of their work.

      Most pitched house roofs have an approx 20% slope to ensure quick removal of water from the roof into down-pipes, to reduce the risk of leakage into the interior roof space. I’m not sure what the pitch requirements are in the case of large, relatively ‘flat’ roofs.

      The ‘ideal’ slope for the panels is the same as the latitude of your location. (25 degrees approx in your case), But your panel slope can vary downwards from that by quite a bit. If your roof slope was a mere 10 degrees you’d only reduce the overall production of your system by about 5% at the most. Below 10 degree slope, the steady production drop compared to the optimal is more noticeable as the slope decreases further, but even at a 2 degree slope the loss is only about 6.5%

      My panels are split into 2 strings: roughly 60% of them face North, and 40% face West. My roof pitch is around 20 degrees.

      The ‘trade-off’ involved in having panels facing West, rather than a more optimal north is this: the overall total production from your system reduces somewhat, depending on how many westerly facing panels you have. BUT that overall lower production is offset by the fact that you have a greater contribution of Kwh at a later period of the day. This helps reduce late afternoon cooking and water heating costs more than would otherwise be the case.

      The production loss is not as significant in its effects as you might think, because a proportion of it would have been ‘clipped’ in any case due to the limits that apply in QLD to the maximum number of kwh that can be fed to the grid by your system at any one moment.

      Altogether I’ve got 23 panels, 280 Watt Q Panels, with 14 facing north and 9 facing west, which adds up to a nominal 6.44 Kw system. A 55%/45% would have been slightly better, but roof constraints and shading considerations made that a little difficult to achieve. Because I’ve got a solar azimuth of 10 degrees away from true north that helps me get a little more out of my westerly panels, and also means I get a little more in the early morning as well.

      Hope you find the above helpful


      • Des Scahill says

        I’ve got my Fronius inverter located inside, on the wall of my garage, means I don’t have worry about weather effects or theft. The panels have been hailed on more than once, never been a problem. Having panels on a slope helps to reduce impact forces as the hail usually doesn’t hit them ‘head on’ so to speak, is more of a ‘glancing blow’ type of thing.

        Go for 6.66 kw total nominal capacity of panels as Finn suggests, rather than a lower capacity system. There won’t be much to gain by installing (say) a 3.2 Kwh system, as the electrical work involved is much the same, and there won’t be much saved on the physical aspect of attaching them to your roof and running the needed cabling to your switchboard and inverter.

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