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

Great online information especially with the smart meter.
Bought From: Now Solar Group
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I have had problems with the digital signal. I sometimes get email messages from Germany saying they can’t connect and monitor the system performance. This is probably down to the fact that I love in a semi rural area and the WiFi signal is not very strong.
Bought From: Solar4Life
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It only has been in use for two days, but I can already see it is producing a lot on=f power, even on cloudy day.
Bought From: Perth Solar Warehouse
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Originally quoted Fronius inverter but not available for 3 months so opted for SMA which was available.

Actual cost also included a couple of other requirements beyond basic system install. Actual Solar install without extras not defined, closer to $10,000.
Bought From: Eco Tech Electrical Pty Ltd
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It has not caused any issues at all. I had a problem getting onto to phone app, but Formula Sun spent a bit
of time at my place (twice) to sort it out.
They even had trouble getting it sorted, but worked through it with SMA. I'm glad it was them and not me sorting it out, because I would have been a bit stressed. It was also good for Formula Sun for future reference anyway regarding the SMA invertor
The SMA invertor has not missed a beat so far
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Great system and can see how much we’re producing straight from the app
Bought From: Horan and Bird Electrical
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My research led me to believe this is the best inverter brand on the market.
Bought From: Australis Solar
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I know this inverter is very good.
Bought From: Target Solar Sydney
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SMA 5kW rating is a true production rating that is often misrepresented by other manufacturers.
SMA also provide a free very handy Sunny Portal for monitoring your system performance.
Bought From: Perth Solar Warehouse
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Opted to have the Solar Analytics installed for comprehensive monitoring, which works really well. The installer, on the day, additionally added the SMA monitor for free. It shows only production of solar, - nothing much else, and hasn't worked the last couple of weeks. I wouldn't bother with it, but highly recommend the Solar Analytics as it sends data via a sim card; not WiFi reliant like the SMA monitor!
Bought From: Platinum Solar Designs NSW
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Looks very nice on the wall
Bought From: Perth Solar Warehouse
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Same as existing system Allready installed.
Bought From: Dan the Solar Man Angle Vale
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Not quite 1 year for our new solar system, but after 3 quarterly electricity bills we couldn't be happier! The SMA inverter has been flawless along with the panels.
Bought From: Solaray Energy Z2
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Why don't they just get one that works
Bought From: Green and Gold Solar Australia
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The SMA app can be a bit too hard to set up and we have not been successful with this.
Bought From: Arise Solar
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Need to have some understanding of wireless network connections to get the monitoring up and running, but the supplier did help with this.
Bought From: Exceed Solar
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It was the best inverter for the budget that we had to spend
Bought From: Expert Electrical Beaudesert to Warwick
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Would prefer a digital screen, but the app is good
Bought From: AC Electrical - Bundaberg/Fraser Coast/Gladstone Solar
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I started with a 10kw SMA inverter for my 3 phase home. But, at system commissioning a design problem was identified. The issue was as designed the solar and battery system could not work when the electricity grid is down. To fix this problem an agreement was reached that meant the replacement of the 10kw SMA inverter with a single 5kw plus two 2.5kw SMA inverters. This change ultimately cost me more money but MLEC and I negotiated to share the additional cost. This required 2 additional site visits to sort out a few wiring issues. From commencement to completion was almost 3 months. The positive thing during this time was that this new solar and battery system was working during this entire time. The changes as negotiated now permits limited solar and battery function in the case of power grid failure.
Bought From: MLEC Solar Perth
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I chose this inverter after researching it on the web and felt it was more user friendly and had a very good reputation.
Bought From: GEMEnergy Brisbane
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We have had a fair amount 9f inclement weather kn the previous 12 months.
More than happy with solar output.
Bought From: Progress Electrical Newcastle
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The inverter has no information screen and all data is accessed via an App. The App is somewhat limited in the information it provides.
Bought From: Halcol Energy
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SMA Inverter is the best as it has no moving parts and is silent it pumps the excess solar power back to the grid very happy with the unit
Bought From: Platinum Solar Designs NSW
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No Issues to date. Seems to be functioning OK.
Price includes new meter board and individual optimisers on the panels
Bought From: Platinum Solar Designs NSW
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I had over 12 years reliable service on my last system so there was no hesitation in purchasing SMA again.
Bought From: SEM Darwin
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not sure - am about to learn how to use it. its just been installed

Update Aug 2021. Going well no issues.
Bought From: Solaray Energy Z2
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Inverter is very quiet.
Bought From: Expert Electrical Beaudesert to Warwick
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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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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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