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 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.

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.

SMA Solar Inverter Reviews

Bought From: Dan the Solar Man Angle Vale Show additional information
Needs better monitoring system
Bought From: Infinite Energy WA
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Bought From: Expert Electrical Beaudesert to Warwick Show additional information
I had an SMA 3kW inverter for 10 yrs. Never lost a beat, although display died after 8 years. New 5 kW inverter looks much the same (still ugly bright red), although wiring seems more visible and therefore untidy, and there is a downward-pointing wireless antenna nowadays. Doubtless this will become an excellent repository for garden junk and spider webs (and spiders) as mine is outdoors. Main gripe is the fact that the display has been replaced by a rubbish app. Actually, to be exact, there seem to be 3 rubbish apps and a rubbish webpage to choose from. There's also an internal wireless network that you can apparently login to (I think this replaces the bluetooth interface of the old inverter), but the installer didn't supply the user password (which is not the previous 0000), so I'm not sure if this is any use or not. The graphical data from the apps is usually 1-2 hrs old, and only 1 of the apps (SMA Energy) gives a laggy but almost realtime energy readout (to the nearest 100W). I think the bottom line is that SMA is a fail because of poor monitoring capability, which makes energy consumption optimisation a bit more difficult than for inverters with decent apps.
Bought From: Sungain Solar Nthn WA
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Bought From: Expert Electrical Brendale Show additional information
Installed 2013 and still going strong
Bought From: Testar Energy Solutions Adelaide
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Perhaps too early too tell but fantastic so far. The online performance is a very big plus.
Bought From: Expert Electrical Brendale
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Bought From: Town and Country Solar Pty Ltd Show additional information
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Bought From: RK Solar And Consulting NSW Show additional information
Bought From: Sydney Air and Solar Sydney Show additional information
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Bought From: Expert Electrical Beaudesert to Warwick Show additional information
Bought From: Empire Solar Systems Pty Ltd Show additional information
Wifi? has dropped out once and not recorded yield for a day.
Model sb5.0-1av-41
Bought From: Platinum Solar Designs ACT
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Bought From: Expert Electrical Beaudesert to Warwick Show additional information
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Bought From: PTE Solar and Electrical Pty Ltd Show additional information
Bought From: Expert Electrical Nth Brisbane to Kingaroy Show additional information
Bought From: Expert Electrical Beaudesert to Warwick Show additional information
Great online information especially with the smart meter.
Bought From: Now Solar Pty Ltd
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SMA monitoring app first class. Connecting direct to SMA wifi allows detailed overview of inverter performance / file downloads to satisfy technical people.
Bought From: Town and Country Solar Pty Ltd
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Had to be replaced after 3 months. NEW one is 100%
Bought From: Expert Electrical Noosa to Maryborough
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Bought From: Expert Electrical Nth Brisbane to Kingaroy Show additional information
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Bought From: Expert Electrical Brendale Show additional information
Have my system for couple of months now and am very happy with the SMA inverter so far. It is reliable, I had 6 hours switch off by the power company for area network upgrade and the inverter switched off and then on without any problems. In the sunny days it is running at the top of the capacity for around 5-5.5 hours a day and even in the cloudy days has very satisfactory performance with good average production and quickly picking up to the capacity when the sun shows up. The phone/desktop performance monitoring app is great tool and the graphs and stats provide excellent options to analyze the performance of the system.
As a summary I am very happy with this inverter and without any doubt am rating it 5 out of 5.
Bought From: Perth Solar Force
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Bought From: Empire Solar Systems Pty Ltd Show additional information
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Bought From: Kobi Energy Solutions Wodonga Show additional information
Bought From: Empower Solar Perth Show additional information
This Inverter is quite and efficient, Battery Ready for the future and has easy monitoring app which is a plus.
Bought From: RK Solar And Consulting NSW
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Bought From: Platinum Solar Designs NSW Show additional information
This is a 6 kW inverter managing 7.35 kW panels with three phase power. I avoided Fronius due to others' comments on fan noise and the SMA works fine and is quiet. Online performance reports are easy to read and the data is private unless you want to publish. I had no problems setting it up to a guest wi-fi connection so it is isolated from the rest of our network.
Bought From: Green Solar Energy Sydney
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Bought From: Dan the Solar Man Angle Vale Show additional information
Great looking inverter, very quiet and slimline too.
Bought From: AG Solar Pty Ltd
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Bought From: Expert Electrical Townsville Show additional information
Bought From: Expert Electrical Townsville Show additional information
After a couple of months we changed over the originally installed Fronius inverter to a SMA unit. Although the Frounius seemed like an excellent unit, we had it installed inside the attached garage and the fan was annoying when working in the garage (to someone sensitive to noise). The SMA is a fanless unit, and silent.
Bought From: AG Solar Pty Ltd
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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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