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. "Suntech"
or first few digits of part no. e.g. "ET190"

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Inverter Size To Watt

Manufacturer

Manufacturer Model
Number
Size Efficiency Californian
approved?
Power One Aurora UNO-2.5-I-OUTD-S 2500W UNO-2.5-I-OUTD-S
Power One Aurora
Power One Aurora UNO-2.5-I-OUTD-S 2500 W 96.00 Yes
Power One Aurora UNO-2.0-I-OUTD-S 2000W UNO-2.0-I-OUTD-S
Power One Aurora
Power One Aurora UNO-2.0-I-OUTD-S 2000 W 95.50 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 96.00 Yes
Orion SPG-360-2K0 2000W SPG-360-2K0
Orion
Orion SPG-360-2K0 2000 W 95.00 Yes
OPTI GT-4000 4000W GT-4000
OPTI
OPTI GT-4000 4000 W 96.00 Yes
Ningbo Ginlong Solis 5000-DB 5000W Solis 5000-DB
Ningbo Ginlong
Ningbo Ginlong Solis 5000-DB 5000 W 95.50 Yes
Ningbo Ginlong GCI-2K 2000W GCI-2K
Ningbo Ginlong
Ningbo Ginlong GCI-2K 2000 W 94.00 Yes
KLNE Sunteams 4000 4000W Sunteams 4000
KLNE
KLNE Sunteams 4000 4000 W 97.50 Yes
KLNE Sunteams 5000 4600W Sunteams 5000
KLNE
KLNE Sunteams 5000 4600 W 97.50 Yes
KLNE Sunteams 3000 2800W Sunteams 3000
KLNE
KLNE Sunteams 3000 2800 W 96.00 Yes
KLNE Sunteams 2000 2000W Sunteams 2000
KLNE
KLNE Sunteams 2000 2000 W 96.00 Yes
KLNE Sunteams 1500 1500W Sunteams 1500
KLNE
KLNE Sunteams 1500 1500 W 95.00 Yes
KACO PVI 5300 5300W PVI 5300
KACO
KACO PVI 5300 5300 W 96.00 Yes
KACO SiE 5300 5300W SiE 5300
KACO
KACO SiE 5300 5300 W 96.00 Yes
KACO SLX 5300 5300W SLX 5300
KACO
KACO SLX 5300 5300 W 96.00 Yes
i-Energy Corporation GT260 230W GT260
i-Energy Corporation
i-Energy Corporation GT260 230 W 92.00 Yes
Growatt Growatt4200MTL 4200W Growatt4200MTL
Growatt
Growatt Growatt4200MTL 4200 W 97.00 Yes
Growatt Growatt3600MTL 3600W Growatt3600MTL
Growatt
Growatt Growatt3600MTL 3600 W 97.00 Yes
Growatt Growatt5000MTL 4600W Growatt5000MTL
Growatt
Growatt Growatt5000MTL 4600 W 97.00 Yes
Fronius SPR 12000f 12000W SPR 12000f
Fronius
Fronius SPR 12000f 12000 W 95.50 Yes
Enecsys SMI-480-60 455W SMI-480-60
Enecsys
Enecsys SMI-480-60 455 W 94.50 Yes
Enecsys SMI-240-60 225W SMI-240-60
Enecsys
Enecsys SMI-240-60 225 W 93.50 Yes
Canadian Solar CM-280-EC 280W CM-280-EC
Canadian Solar
Canadian Solar CM-280-EC 280 W 96.00 Yes
Canadian Solar CM-240-EC 240W CM-240-EC
Canadian Solar
Canadian Solar CM-240-EC 240 W 96.00 Yes
Canadian Solar CM-260-EC 260W CM-260-EC
Canadian Solar
Canadian Solar CM-260-EC 260 W 96.00 Yes
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