Goodwe review

Goodwe - Inverter Reviews

4.8

Based on 255 ratings

Finn's Goodwe Inverters Review & Verdict

Finn Peacock has been a Chartered Electrical Engineer since 1998, and is ex-CSIRO

GoodWe are one of the better budget inverters out there. If you choose a GoodWe, you are likely to save about $1200 compared to a brand such as Fronius or SMA. 

GoodWe inverters do what they promise and are straightforward to commission. Lots of installers like them and they consistently vote GoodWe as one of the top 3 inverter manufacturers selling in Australia.

The GoodWe inverter warranty wasn't always particularly good in terms of duration. There was only 5 years standard coverage, unless you have some particular models that offered a further 5 years parts only. But the company subsequently introduced a promotional 10 year warranty on its grid connect and some hybrid inverters installed in Australia. As with many manufacturers, there are exclusions on some of the ancillaries such as internet dongles, which I think is a sick joke when you're supposed to have internet to maintain the warranty in the first place.

Goodwe Inverters: Pros & Cons

  • The price is right with good local support.
  • In January 2021 GoodWe announced a boost to 10-years full warranty for all grid connect inverters.
  • The range of inverters includes 3-phase models with high and low voltage battery hybrids
  • Compatible solar PV inverters allow further expansion of hybrids.
  • Extra solar capacity can be AC coupled, so 20kWp is possible on single phase
  • Solar Analytics integrated
  • Like anything that doesn't have a fan, GoodWe rely on convection cooling. This means they are prone to de-rate themselves - when they're working hard in summer, the energy yield falls because they go into a self protection mode.
  • Warranty does not allow battery modules to be added after installation.
  • App is a little clunky.
  • "Homekit" consumption meter has some known issues with WiFi connection, which we believe are being addressed.
  • Monitoring and metering issues can be happily resolved with a Catchpower relay. An expense but actually a good upgrade.

About Goodwe

Goodwe Customer Service: 03 9918 3905

GoodWe Technologies Co., Ltd is a Chinese inverter and energy storage solutions manufacturer. The firm is listed as a public limited company on the Shanghai Stock Exchange.

GoodWe specialises in the production of string solar inverters, with power capacities ranging between 0.7kW and 250kW. As well as single-phase and three-phase inverters, the company also manufactures hybrid inverters and battery storage.

More than 52GW of GoodWe solar inverter capacity has been installed in countries throughout the world, including Australia.

Australian customers will be glad to know there is a local GoodWe office in Rowville (Melbourne, Victoria), so, should you have any specific question or issue, you can directly refer to the local team. Furthermore, the company has a pretty strong international profile, thanks to other offices located in countries including Germany, Netherlands and the UK.

GoodWe Inverter Quality And Awards

GoodWe is currently listed as a SolarQuotes approved brand, offering good quality solar inverter products for the budget end of the market.

The company was the recipient of EuPD Research’s Top Brand PV Award in Australia in 2019, 2020 and 2021, which is based on the recommendations of installers. It also achieved joint 3rd place in SQ's Installers Choice Awards 2021 in the budget inverter category, scored 2nd place in 2022 and 3rd in 2023.

As well as producing inverters under their own banner, GoodWe also manufactures for several other companies - Australia's Redback Technologies, General Electric and LG. This is a big vote of confidence.

While a solid product with great features for the price, be warned that some Australian owners have commented very high ambient temperatures cause GoodWe inverters to "derate" significantly, which is the internally controlled reduction of inverter power.

GoodWe Inverter Warranty Notes

GoodWe solar inverters installed in Australia were originally accompanied by a 5 year product warranty, which is fairly standard among manufacturers. However, in January 2021 the company announced a boost to 10-years full warranty across its entire range of grid connect inverters installed in Australia, when registered on GoodWe’s portal.

The warranty extension applies to all GoodWe inverters manufactured after October 1, 2020 and installed in this country after January 1, 2021.

Beyond the standard warranty and depending on the model, the warranty can be extended to as long as 25 years, which is an incredibly long period for an inverter.

Regarding warranty claims, the installer who installed your Goodwe inverter is always the first to contact as it is their responsibility to remediate any warranty related issues.

But in the case of the original installation company no longer being in business or are otherwise uncontactable, GoodWe customers are advised to contact  their customer warranty support department directly on the number listed above. GoodWe will then handle the process of sourcing an installer, and arrange for replacement of the solar inverter.

Reviewers report paying:
$2,199 - $13,000

For a

solar system with a
Goodwe inverter

Depending on hardware choice and installation difficulty

Goodwe has 21 solar inverters in our database

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Phase Type
GW1500-NS
$500
1500 W
97.0%
1
Single phase
GW2000-NS
$600
2000 W
97.0%
1
Single phase
GW2500-NS
$650
2500 W
97.5%
1
Single phase
GW3000-NS
$700
3000 W
97.5%
1
Single phase
GW3000D-NS
$764
3000 W
97.8%
2
Single phase
GW3600D-NS
$800
3680 W
97.8%
2
Single phase
GW4200D-NS
$810
4200 W
97.8%
2
Single phase
GW5000D-NS
$830
5000 W
97.8%
2
Single phase
GW5000-MS
$1100
5000 W
97.7%
3
Single phase
GW6000-MS
$1200
6000 W
97.7%
3
Single phase
GW8500-MS
$1300
8500 W
97.7%
3
Single phase
GW10K-MS
$1430
10000 W
97.7%
3
Single phase
GW5K-DT
$1300
5000 W
98.2%
2
Three phase
GW6K-DT
$1400
6000 W
98.2%
2
Three phase
GW8K-DT
$1500
8000 W
98.2%
2
Three phase
GW10KT-DT
$1800
10000 W
98.3%
2
Three phase
GW12KT-DT
$1900
12000 W
98.3%
2
Three phase
GW15KT-DT
$2100
15000 W
98.3%
2
Three phase
GW3000-DNS-30
$880
3000 W
97.9%
2
Single phase
GW5000-DNS-30
$890
5000 W
97.8%
2
Single phase
GW6000-DNS-30
$990
6000 W
97.8%
2
Single phase

 

Goodwe Reviews (255)

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System Cost

$12,500 to $15,000

System Size

6.6kW

Installed By

The inverter is a Goodwe EH5000.

The advertised functionality is unavailable.

The inverter is unreliable, and Goodwe do not provide support for the inverter.

Prior to this inverter, I recommended Goodwe inverters - now, IO would recommend against them.

System Cost

More than $20,000

System Size

9kW

Installed By

System Cost

$6,000 to $8,000

System Size

13kW

Installed By

An incentive was offered by PSW Energy Perth Solar Warehouse for this review. Learn more here.

System Cost

$6,000 to $8,000

System Size

10kW

Installed By

An incentive was offered by Regen Power for this review. Learn more here.

System Cost

$6,000 to $8,000

System Size

8kW

Installed By

I sourced many quotes and were quoted different types of inverters. From Fronius, sungrove and GoodWe.

While some installers recommended Fronius due to brand factors, after heavy research I settled for the GoodWe, mainly due to warranty, system size, price and less movable components like Fronius.

Panel Brand

Jinko Solar

System Cost

$8,000 to $10,000

System Size

10kW

Installed By

I have used Goodwe since 2019 at another property. It is a good brand from my previous experience.

Panel Brand

Canadian Solar Inc

System Cost

$2,000 to $4,000

System Size

6.6kW

Installed By

System Cost

$4,000 to $6,000

System Size

6.6kW

Installed By

Cam helped us download an app on our iPhones to highlight the performance of the solar panels. He described the lights on the inverter and what to look for if we need to call him. He can also login to the into system, if required.

System Cost

$4,000 to $6,000

System Size

6.6kW

Installed By

System Cost

$4,000 to $6,000

System Size

8kW

Installed By

System Cost

More than $20,000

System Size

13kW

Installed By

I really appreciated the Solar Quotes service and information hub. There is a lot of information to sift through for someone starting from scratch.

System Cost

$8,000 to $10,000

System Size

6.6kW

Installed By

had some teething problems with system shutting down during high loads

System Cost

$15,000 to $20,000

System Size

15kW

Installed By

An incentive was offered by Sungain Solar for this review. Learn more here.

System Cost

$4,000 to $6,000

System Size

6kW

Installed By

System Cost

$8,000 to $10,000

System Size

10kW

Installed By

Panel Brand

Trina

System Cost

$6,000 to $8,000

System Size

7kW

Installed By

The installer uses Goodwe on his own property.

His claim Great product for the price.

Sounds good to me.

Panel Brand

DAS SOLAR CO LTD (Other)

System Cost

$2,000 to $4,000

System Size

6.6kW

Installed By

System Cost

$4,000 to $6,000

System Size

5kW

Installed By

working very well

System Cost

$4,000 to $6,000

System Size

6kW

Installed By

Panel Brand

Jinko Solar

System Cost

$6,000 to $8,000

System Size

9kW

Installed By

System Cost

$4,000 to $6,000

System Size

6.6kW

Installed By

System Cost

$4,000 to $6,000

System Size

5kW

Installed By

Online app works well.

System Cost

$2,000 to $4,000

System Size

6.6kW

Installed By

Panel Brand

LONGi Solar

System Cost

$10,000 to $12,500

System Size

6.6kW

Installed By

System Cost

$8,000 to $10,000

System Size

10kW

Installed By

Had an issue first day the new meter was installed but was fixed immediately.

System Cost

$4,000 to $6,000

System Size

6kW

Installed By

Panel Brand

Canadian Solar Inc

System Cost

$2,000 to $4,000

System Size

6.6kW

Installed By

An incentive was offered by Solar Seed for this review. Learn more here.

They are very knowledgeable and friendly staff..

System Cost

$2,000 to $4,000

System Size

9kW

Installed By

System Cost

$6,000 to $8,000

System Size

6.6kW

Installed By

Simple to download system information to my computer and monitor output of system. Currently returning approx $120 per quarter

System Size

3.3kW

Installed By

I've been using the same brand before at my old house and I'm very happy.

Panel Brand

Jinko Solar

System Cost

$2,000 to $4,000

System Size

6.6kW

Installed By

Panel Brand

Jinko Solar

System Size

6kW

Installed By

Panel Brand

Hyundai Solar

System Cost

$4,000 to $6,000

System Size

6.6kW

Installed By

An incentive was offered by Sunrun Solar for this review. Learn more here.

Far better than Fronius

Panel Brand

Jinko Solar

System Cost

$0 to $2,000

System Size

5kW

Installed By

Panel Brand

LONGi Solar

System Cost

$6,000 to $8,000

System Size

5kW

Installed By

Panel Brand

Jinko Solar

System Cost

$8,000 to $10,000

System Size

13kW

Installed By

Panel Brand

Risen

System Cost

$2,000 to $4,000

System Size

7kW

Installed By

Panel Brand

LONGi Solar

System Cost

$15,000 to $20,000

System Size

10kW

Installed By

Panel Brand

LONGi Solar

System Cost

$2,000 to $4,000

System Size

6kW

Installed By

Daily realtime generation reports sometimes don't show progressive values, but no real issue as daily reports are fine.

Panel Brand

Jinko Solar

System Cost

$4,000 to $6,000

System Size

13kW

Installed By

Panel Brand

Jinko Solar

System Cost

$6,000 to $8,000

System Size

13kW

Installed By

Panel Brand

SolaHart

System Cost

$12,500 to $15,000

System Size

13kW

Installed By

Panel Brand

Jinko Solar

System Cost

$10,000 to $12,500

System Size

13kW

Installed By

Panel Brand

Jinko Solar

System Cost

$6,000 to $8,000

System Size

8kW

Installed By

Panel Brand

Jinko Solar

System Cost

$8,000 to $10,000

System Size

10kW

Installed By

An incentive was offered by Captain Green QLD for this review. Learn more here.

Panel Brand

JA Solar

System Cost

$2,000 to $4,000

System Size

10kW

Installed By

Panel Brand

LONGi Solar

System Cost

$8,000 to $10,000

System Size

6.6kW

Installed By

Easy app to check performance

Panel Brand

Risen

System Cost

$4,000 to $6,000

System Size

6.6kW

Installed By

Panel Brand

Jinko Solar

System Cost

$4,000 to $6,000

System Size

10kW

Installed By

Panel Brand

Jinko Solar

System Cost

$4,000 to $6,000

System Size

6.6kW

Installed By

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