SMA solar inverters reviews

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SMA solar inverters review

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SMA are the big granddaddy of inverter manufacturers; with more than 90GW of installed capacity under its belt. Founded way back in 1981, the company is based in Germany, turns over billions and employs around 5000 people.

SMA solar inverters were originally only produced in German factories, but the firm went through a period in 2017-2018 where they manufactured their single-phase "Sunny boy" inverters, which are used in home solar solar installations, in China.

Then in December 2018, the company announced it intended to move manufacturing out of China. However, in May 2020 we were informed that SMA will continue to partly manufacture their Sunnyboy inverters in China and partly in Germany for the foreseeable future. What is manufactured where isn't clear.

Regardless of country of manufacture, if you want a safe bet, you can't go wrong with an SMA inverter. The only downside is that you tend to pay a premium for them.

The company has faced its share of challenges over the years in light of increasing competition and thinning margins, but seemed to be in a good spot in 2020, reporting sales increased 42% in the first half of the year - an impressive result given the extra challenges that 2020 brought to everyone. Preliminary figures for the full year released in early 2021 indicated 14.4 GW of sales, 26% higher year-on-year

According to the company, more than 750,000 SMA inverters had been installed across Australia by the end of 2020. Overall, the company has shipped more than 100 GW of solar inverter capacity globally to date.

SMA Inverter Warranty Notes

SMA inverters have a strong local presence in Australia in the rare event you experience an issue requiring warranty support.

However, you may find it difficult to be connected to the right person to help, as SMA's phone support system is quite opaque. At the time of checking (April 2019), calling SMA's phone line connects you with an automated voice-message that is directed at solar installers, with no prompts for inverter owners to be connected to a relevant department. 

If you ignore what the automated voice recordings tell you until you are connected to a human being, you will find the SMA team to be very helpful in answering warranty related questions.

If you're looking to find an SMA-certified installer to assist you with an existing SMA installation, you can use SMA's "Power Up" online service here.

As you will see from the SMA inverter reviews below, complaints about their performance or reliability pretty rare, which is why the brand is one of the most popular in Australia. If you're an owner of one of these inverters, feel free to contribute your review.

SMA Solar Inverter Reviews

replaced older 5kw SMA with 3 phase 20kw SMA.
Bought From: Expert Electrical Townsville
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Performance can be monitored but it only seems to show how much energy is generated. Usage and the amount put back into the grid would be useful.
Bought From: Expert Electrical Tasmania
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See above
Paying top price and then the inverter breaks just after warranty ran out!!

No customer service, no discount for a replacement
Just nothing

Stay away from SMA!!!
Bought From: Solargain Perth
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Bought From: Target Solar (Princy-Sydney) Show additional information
Bought From: Expert Electrical Nth Brisbane to Kingaroy Show additional information
This inverter is in addition to an existing SMA 4.6 KW system. Also included was the SMA Sunny Home Manager to limit max out put to 5 Kw - the max allowed by the wholesaler.
This system also provides actual time indication of the system: Generation, Home use and export to the grid.
Bought From: Yarra Solar
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Bought From: Just Energy Show additional information
Very disappointed with SMA.
Was in touch with their head office... they asked for details which were supplied. They replied it was 4 months past warranty "unfortunately" and were not even interested to find out why their heritage broke.
5years it worked fine then 4 months past warranty SMA abandoned a $4000 3phase 5KW owner.
Told by installer it was the best at the time.
I ended up with expensive junk and a setup not saving me at all.
Never again SMA
Buyer be warned.
SMA is over valued.
Bought From: Arkana Energy Group
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Existing inverter was SMA, added a newer inverter for additional panels.
Bought From: Sunwise Energy PV
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No news is good news....everything running well !
Bought From: Partners in Energy Pty Ltd
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So far the company Infinite Energy has done a fantastic job with post-sales customer service.

I highly recommend this organisation.
Bought From: Infinite Energy WA
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Bought From: Expert Electrical Townsville Show additional information
There have been no issues with the inverter to report.
Bought From: Sungen
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It’s been maintenance free - except for two manual restarts due to electrical work in the house and a bad storm so that’s entirely reasonable.
Bought From: Halcol Energy
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Replaced an existing smaller system.
Bought From: Perth Solar Warehouse
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Bought From: Beyond Solar Show additional information
We are extremely pleased with the performance of our SMA Iinverter it has met all of our expectations and preformed as predicted.
Bought From: Expert Electrical Nth Brisbane to Kingaroy
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The dedicated device only reports basic performance. There is no indication of the efficiency of the panels. It reports only average vs expected by the manufacurer.
Bought From: Platinum Solar Designs NSW
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Bought From: Expert Electrical Beaudesert to Warwick Show additional information
We have never had an issue or fault code received as far as the inverter is concerned!
Bought From: Skyline Solar
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The app to track the generated power could be better.
Bought From: Solaire Connect
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The Inverter works extremely well, And I can look at the usage of the system through my iphone and the inverter is monitored by the installer for any issues with the system
Bought From: Sungain Solar Perth
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My old solar system had an SMA Sunny Boy inverter and the new one is the same brand but is physically larger. I am confident the new inverter will perform reliably and well and have great faith in German made.

Update: The inverter has been good however I had a lot of internet stability issues for the first 6 months it was up and running which necessitated on a few occasions for my home WiFi network name to change. Of course, that meant the inverter didn't recognise the network. Updating the network name in the inverter is not an easy process and I had to rely on my installer and SMA to fix this. As a consequence, my inverter was disconnected from my WiFi for some weeks and therefore I could not get any data on system performance. I felt quite let down by my installer and SMA at the time although my installer has somewhat redeemed themselves.
Bought From: Halcol Energy
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People stated to me that SMA were noisy. When up close it has a slight humm. It is a three phase inverter.
Bought From: Nextgen Solar Energy
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You can monitor usage via your phone app and a website
Bought From: Sydney Air and Solar Sydney
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Havnt had any problems
Bought From: Halcol Energy
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We already have an SMA inverter on a small system installed 11years ago and it is still going well, so were confident to install the same brand this time.
Bought From: HCB Solar
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Inverter seems to be highly efficient
Bought From: Australis Solar
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SMA has 133 solar inverters in our database

Model DC Voltage AC Power Efficiency
1100LV400 V1000 W93.00
2000HF700 V200096.30
2500HF700 V250096.30
3000HF700 V300096.30
3600TL750 V360097.00
5000TL750 V460097.00
7000HV800V700096.20
SB 2000HF-30700 V200096.30
SB 2100TL600 V195096.00
SB 240-US-10240 V24096.00
SB 2500HF-30700 V250096.30
SB 3000HF-30700 V 300096.30
SB10000TL-US 208 V1000097.50
SB10000TL-US-12240 V1000098.00
SB11000TL-US240 V1100098.00
SB1100U240 V110091.00
SB1300TL-10600 V1300 96.00
SB1600TL-10600 V160096.00
SB2000HFUS-30 208 V200097.00
SB2000HFUS-30 240 V200097.00
SB2500HFUS-30208 V250096.50
SB2500HFUS-30240 V250096.50
SB2500TLST-21750250097.00
SB3000HFUS-30208 V300096.50
SB3000HFUS-30240 V300096.50
SB3000TL-21750300097.00
SB3000TL-US-22208 V305096.50
SB3000TL-US-22240 V305096.50
SB3000TLST-21300075097.00
SB3000US208 V300095.00
SB3000US240 V300095.50
SB3300U240 V330094.50
SB3600TL-21750368097.00
SB3800TL-US-22208 V385096.50
SB3800TL-US-22240 V385097.00
SB3800U208 V350094.00
SB3800U240 V380094.50
SB3800US240 V380096.00
SB3800US-12208 V380094.50
SB4000TL-21750 V400097.00
SB4000TL-US-22208 V405096.50
SB4000TL-US-22240 V405097.00
SB4000US208 V350095.50
SB4000US240 V400096.00
SB4000US (CL)208 V330095.50
SB4000US (CL)240 V380096.00
SB5000TL-21750 500097.00
SB5000TL-US-22208 V457696.50
SB5000TL-US-22240 V505197.00
SB5000US208 V500095.50
SB5000US240 V500095.50
SB5000US277 V500095.50
SB6000TL-US208 V600098.00
SB6000TL-US240 V600098.50
SB6000TL-US-22208 V520096.50
SB6000TL-US-22240 V600097.00
SB6000U208 V520094.50
SB6000U240 V600094.50
SB6000U277 V600094.50
SB6000US208 V600095.50
SB6000US240 V600095.50
SB6000US277 V600096.00
SB7000TL-US208 V700098.00
SB7000TL-US240 V700098.50
SB7000TL-US-22208 V600796.50
SB7000TL-US-22240 V700796.50
SB7000US208 V700095.50
SB7000US 240 V700096.00
SB7000US277 V700096.00
SB700U120 V69691.50
SB7700TL-US-22208 V673296.50
SB7700TL-US-22240 V770096.50
SB8000TL-US240 V8000 W98.00
SB9000TL-US240 V9000 W98.00
SC 1850-US1000 V1661000 W98.00
SC 2200-US1000 V2079000 W98.00
SC125U208 V125000 W93.50
SC250U480 V250000 W97.00
SC500CP-US600 V500000 W97.00
SC500HE-US-MV (w/ Cooper xfmr)600 V500000 W97.00
SC500U480 V500000 W97.00
SC630CP-US1000 V630000 W97.50
SC720CP-US1000 V720000 W97.50
SC750CP-US1000 V750000 W97.50
SC800CP-US1000 V800000 W97.50
SC850CP-US (w/ ABB xfmr)1000 V887914 W97.50
SC900CP-US (w/ ABB xfmr)1000 V942040 W97.50
SI 3.0M-11230 V2300 W95.30
SI 4.4M-11230 V3300 W95.30
SI201215200093.60
SI222431220093.60
SI332432 330094.50
SI424863420095.00
SI4548120 V2300 W94.50
SI504863500095.00
SI6.0H63460095.00
SI6048120 V5000 W94.00
SI6048240 V42000 W96.00
SI8.0H63600095.00
ST36240 V36000 W95.50
ST48240 V48000 W96.00
STP 10000TL-101000 V10000 98.10
STP 10000TL-201000 V10000 W98.00
STP 12000TL-101000 V1200098.10
STP 15000TL-101000 V1500098.20
STP 15000TLEE-101 000 V1500098.50
STP 15000TLHE-101 000 V1500099.00
STP 17000TL-10400-800V 17000 98.20
STP 20000TL-301000 V20440 W98.40
STP 20000TLEE-10580-800V 20000 98.50
STP 20000TLHE-10580-800V 20000 98.50
STP 25000TL-301000 V25550 W98.40
STP 5000TL-201000500098.00
STP 60-US-10400 V59859 W98.00
STP 6000TL-201000600098.10
STP 7000TL-201000700098.00
STP 8000TL-201000V800098.00
STP 9000TL-201000900098.00
STP10000TL1000 V1000098.10
STP12000TL1000 V1200098.10
STP15000TL1000 V1500098.10
STP17000TL1000 V1700098.10
STP20000TL-US-10277 V20000 W98.50
STP8000TL1000V800098.10
STP8000TL-101000 V800098.10
SWR1800U120 V1800 W91.50
SWR2100U240 V2100 W93.00
SWR2500U208 V2100 W92.50
WTP 5000TL-201000V500098.00
WTP 6000TL-201000V600098.10
WTP 7000TL-201000 V700098.00
WTP 8000TL-201000V800098.00
WTP 9000TL-201000V900098.20
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