SunPower Maxeon 5 AC Module Available In Australia

Sunpower Maxeon 5 AC with Enphase microinverter

Some good news for Australian AC solar panel fans – the SunPower Maxeon 5 AC Module is now available here.

When Maxeon Solar Technologies announced its new SunPower Maxeon 5 AC solar panel was available in selected European countries in December last year, it wasn’t clear if and when it would be available in Australia.

It is now –  the SunPower spinoff1 announced yesterday the modules are immediately available through Maxeon’s authorised partners in Australia.

What’s So Interesting About The SunPower Maxeon 5 AC?

First, this is a big panel in terms of power/capacity – the Maxeon 5 AC is available in 400-watt, 410-watt and 415-watt models, which makes it the most powerful solar panel manufactured specifically for residential rooftops currently available in Australia. While big on power, it’s comparatively small on physical size – 1835mm x 1017mm x 40mm. Just as a comparison, another high-end panel, the LG Neon 2 415W, is 2024mm x 1024mm x 40 mm.

Second, this is an AC solar panel, meaning it has a factory-integrated microinverter on the back – the Enphase IQ7A. Instead of the Direct Current (DC) power generated by conventional modules, these panels output Alternating Current (AC).  You can find out more about the pros and cons of AC solar panels and microinverters here.

Various manufacturers have been producing AC modules that have been available overseas for some years, but few have appeared in Australia. The locally-produced original Tindo Karra was one.

The SunPower Maxeon 5 AC also has a very good temperature coefficient:  −0.29%/°C. This refers to how much a solar panel’s efficiency is reduced by for each degree increase in the panel’s (not air) temperature above STC (standard testing conditions), which is 25°C. You can learn more about how heat affects solar panel output here.

Weight-wise, the Maxeon 5 AC is heavier than the LG Neon 2 – 21.1kg vs. 20.3 kg. That difference would be due to the integrated Enphase microinverter that weighs a bit over a kilogram, which is significantly heavier than the PV junction box on conventional panels that it replaces.

Maxeon is providing a 25 year product warranty, covering both the panel and microinverter, and a year 25 warranted power output of 92%.

I still don’t have pricing at this point but as mentioned previously, the Maxeon 5 will no doubt be very pricey as anything branded SunPower tends to be. But buyers aren’t just paying for a name and SunPower solar panel reviews from Australians have generally been very positive.

The full SunPower Maxeon AC 5 Module datasheet can be viewed here.

Footnotes

  1. Just a quick explainer – in November 2019, SunPower announced its intentions to spin off much of its solar panel manufacturing to a new company – Maxeon Solar Technologies. Maxeon was a name already in use by the company for a panel line, so familiarity was already established. The process was completed in August 2020 and now the company’s panels are marketed under the name “SunPower Maxeon”. As for SunPower, it’s now focusing on product innovation, solar system installations, energy storage and related services. SunPower was going to continuing manufacturing Performance Series (P-Series) in the USA, but announced in January 2021 it would be closing its Oregon plant.
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.

Comments

  1. stefano Vignudelli says

    Hi,
    Maxeon 5 Ac arrived in italy too an is intriguing me as I am going to install a new photovoltic system on my house in Pisa, the fameous town with leading tower.

    It ther eis no battery installed, I feel the solution is the best for me that I have some shadow and i like installing panels on four roofs with different azimuth.

    But adding a battery, I am questioning if the gain we get on panel side we lose on the various energy conversione before arriving to home.

    What do you think about it? Any recommendation about battery ? We need a battery charging AC. I know only Powerwll 2 from tesla.

    thanks for your feedback and nice web site

    Stefano

    • Ronald Brakels says

      Hi Stefano

      I can’t really give advice for solar and batteries in Italy but if it’s like here, unless batteries are heavily subsidized they are unlikely to pay for themselves. It’s only worth getting one if you happen to like batteries. If you want the freedom to face panels in whatever direction suits your roof, you may want the flexibility microinverters provide. They’re not cheap, but since you’re getting a premium panel I figure you may not mind.

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