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Solar Inverter Comparison Chart


When comparing inverters, one of the most important things to consider is the inverter efficiency.

Unlike solar panel efficiency, which, somewhat counter intuitively, does not directly affect the amount of electricity your solar system will produce (you can read why here), solar inverter efficiency is critical to your solar system performance.

All the power from every solar panel goes through your inverter, so the amount of energy that your solar system generates is totally dependent of your inverters efficiency. The higher the inverter efficiency, the more power you'll get and the more money you'll save.

To help you compare inverters, I've created the tool on this page which uses inverter efficiency data from the California Energy Commission and applies it to inverters that are approved in Australia. The efficiencies listed in this table are known as the "Californian Efficiency" and I use these numbers because they are independently measured, which I think is a lot better than relying on the manufacturers' own measurements, who may be a little optimistic when measuring their own inverters don't ya think?

Please note: not every inverter available in Australia is in this list because I only use inverters that have been tested by our Californian friends!

Note: efficiency isn't everything! Also critical is reliability. The inverter is the item most likely to fail in the first 10 years of your solar system, so my advice is always get a 10 year inverter warranty.

One of the best ways to judge an inverter's reliability is to check out our solar inverter reviews where I've asked thousands of solar system owners who've had their system for more than 12 months how reliable their inverter has been.


Tip: Search For manufacturer e.g. "Aero-Sharp"
or first few digits of part no. e.g. "X01"

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Inverter Size To Watt

Manufacturer

Manufacturer Model Number ↑ Size Efficiency Californian
approved?
Canadian Solar CM-240-EC 240W CM-240-EC
Canadian Solar
Canadian Solar CM-240-EC 240 W 96 Yes
Canadian Solar CM-260-EC 260W CM-260-EC
Canadian Solar
Canadian Solar CM-260-EC 260 W 96 Yes
Canadian Solar CM-280-EC 280W CM-280-EC
Canadian Solar
Canadian Solar CM-280-EC 280 W 96 Yes
Canadian Solar CM-300-EC 300W CM-300-EC
Canadian Solar
Canadian Solar CM-300-EC 300 W 96 Yes
Ablerex Electronics ES5000 4900W ES5000
Ablerex Electronics
Ablerex Electronics ES5000 4900 W 96 Yes
Ningbo Ginlong GCI-2K 2000W GCI-2K
Ningbo Ginlong
Ningbo Ginlong GCI-2K 2000 W 94 Yes
Growatt Growatt3600MTL 3600W Growatt3600MTL
Growatt
Growatt Growatt3600MTL 3600 W 97 Yes
Growatt Growatt4200MTL 4200W Growatt4200MTL
Growatt
Growatt Growatt4200MTL 4200 W 97 Yes
Growatt Growatt5000MTL 4600W Growatt5000MTL
Growatt
Growatt Growatt5000MTL 4600 W 97 Yes
Powerbox Australia GS-1500 1500W GS-1500
Powerbox Australia
Powerbox Australia GS-1500 1500 W 94.5 Yes
Powerbox Australia GS-2000 2000W GS-2000
Powerbox Australia
Powerbox Australia GS-2000 2000 W 95.5 Yes
Powerbox Australia GS-3000 3000W GS-3000
Powerbox Australia
Powerbox Australia GS-3000 3000 W 95.5 Yes
Autarco pty ltd GT 1500 1500W GT 1500
Autarco pty ltd
Autarco pty ltd GT 1500 1500 W 94.5 Yes
Autarco pty ltd GT 2000 2000W GT 2000
Autarco pty ltd
Autarco pty ltd GT 2000 2000 W 95.5 Yes
Steca Elektronik GmbH GT 3000 3000W GT 3000
Steca Elektronik GmbH
Steca Elektronik GmbH GT 3000 3000 W 95.5 Yes
OPTI GT-4000 4000W GT-4000
OPTI
OPTI GT-4000 4000 W 96 Yes
i-Energy Corporation GT260 230W GT260
i-Energy Corporation
i-Energy Corporation GT260 230 W 92 Yes
Autarco pty ltd HiSEL-K 1500 1500W HiSEL-K 1500
Autarco pty ltd
Autarco pty ltd HiSEL-K 1500 1500 W 95 Yes
Autarco pty ltd HiSEL-K 2000 2000W HiSEL-K 2000
Autarco pty ltd
Autarco pty ltd HiSEL-K 2000 2000 W 96 Yes
Steca Elektronik GmbH HiSEL-K 3000 2800W HiSEL-K 3000
Steca Elektronik GmbH
Steca Elektronik GmbH HiSEL-K 3000 2800 W 96 Yes
Steca Elektronik GmbH PVI 3000 2900W PVI 3000
Steca Elektronik GmbH
Steca Elektronik GmbH PVI 3000 2900 W 96 Yes
KACO PVI 5300 5300W PVI 5300
KACO
KACO PVI 5300 5300 W 96 Yes
Power One Aurora PVI-4.2-OUTD-S 4200W PVI-4.2-OUTD-S
Power One Aurora
Power One Aurora PVI-4.2-OUTD-S 4200 W 96 Yes
Renergy RS-5000 5000W RS-5000
Renergy
Renergy RS-5000 5000 W 95.5 Yes
SMA SB2000HFUS-30 2000W SB2000HFUS-30
SMA
SMA SB2000HFUS-30 2000 W 97 Yes