Solar Inverter Comparison Chart

Note: this table is out of date – see our shiny new inverter comparison table here.

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 Model
Size Efficiency Californian
Growatt Growatt5000MTL 4600W Growatt5000MTL
Growatt Growatt5000MTL 4600 W 97.00 Yes
Ablerex Electronics ES5000 4900W ES5000
Ablerex Electronics
Ablerex Electronics ES5000 4900 W 96.00 Yes
Renergy RS-5000 5000W RS-5000
Renergy RS-5000 5000 W 95.50 Yes
Solaredge SE5000 5000W SE5000
Solaredge SE5000 5000 W 98.00 Yes
Solis (Ningbo Ginlong) Solis 5000-DB 5000W Solis 5000-DB
Solis (Ningbo Ginlong)
Solis (Ningbo Ginlong) Solis 5000-DB 5000 W 95.50 Yes
KACO SLX 5300 5300W SLX 5300
KACO SLX 5300 5300 W 96.00 Yes
KACO SiE 5300 5300W SiE 5300
KACO SiE 5300 5300 W 96.00 Yes
KACO PVI 5300 5300W PVI 5300
KACO PVI 5300 5300 W 96.00 Yes
Solaredge SE6000 6000W SE6000
Solaredge SE6000 6000 W 98.00 Yes
Solaredge SE9K 9000W SE9K
Solaredge SE9K 9000 W 96.50 Yes
Solaredge SE10K 10000W SE10K
Solaredge SE10K 10000 W 98.00 Yes
Fronius SPR 12000f 12000W SPR 12000f
Fronius SPR 12000f 12000 W 95.50 Yes
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