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: 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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Bought From: Expert Electrical Beaudesert to Warwick Show additional information
The old SMA inverter had never failed and it had a display so I could monitor the electricity generation on a regular basis and check that I was being credited correctly by the energy supplier. The new additional SMA inverter does not have a digital display which is disappointing, but I believe there is an app to interrogate the unit. In any case, the Tesla Gateway should give me all the information I need.
After 12 months I have become used to the online results from the SMA inverter. The app that shows the results is easy to use and gives total daily, monthly, yearly and total performance of the panels. The inverter has performed faultlessly since installation.
Bought From: Australia Wide Solar
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Bought From: Expert Electrical Beaudesert to Warwick Show additional information
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Opted for the SMA 'Sunny Boy' 10Kw Inverter with the ten year warranty by SMA.
This was based on friends who have such an installation and spoke highly of it.
Almost four years on and no issues whatsever.
Bought From: SolarGain Newcastle
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Bought From: Expert Electrical Beaudesert to Warwick Show additional information
The inverter runs much cooler that what I expected which is good. Also, it seems to pump out the max of 5kW in even low light conditions so I’m very happy with the inverter performance.
Bought From: Aus Solar Energy Group
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Bought From: Perth Solar Warehouse Show additional information
Quality inverter, second SMA I have owned (previous property)
Bought From: Expert Electrical Beaudesert to Warwick
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Bought From: Kobi Energy Solutions Wodonga Show additional information
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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No problems so far. 3yrs .
Bought From: Captain Green Solar Sydney
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I love the SMA Energy App! You must make sure that you ask your installers to include and wire up the E-Meter so that you can also track the consumption of your energy, not just the generation. If you do this the app is brilliant, in real-time and accessible on any device. I would highly recommend SMA.
Bought From: Expert Electrical Townsville
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Would prefer a digital screen
Bought From: AC Electrical - Bundaberg/Fraser Coast/Gladstone Solar
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Bought From: Expert Electrical Nth Brisbane to Kingaroy Show additional information
The inverter has been functioning well since it was installed.
Bought From: Solaire Connect
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Bought From: Halcol Energy Show additional information
It is small and easy to put on the wall. It is performing well according the monitoring app/website I am looking at.
Bought From: Ahlec Pty Ltd
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Reliable inverter with decent features, including hourly monitoring.
Bought From: Green Solar Energy Sydney
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Bought From: My Energy Group Sydney Show additional information
SMA are great but it needed to connect by WiFi to obtain operational info. It will not connect and company offers no back up help. Had an SMA before and never missed a beat but that had manual info display
Bought From: Solaire Connect
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Bought From: Expert Electrical Nth Brisbane to Kingaroy Show additional information
The SMA inverter is working perfectly and looks excellent on the side of the house. Very happy with it and will be recommending them to family and friends.
Bought From: Perth Solar Warehouse
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Bought From: Sunwise Energy Show additional information
I have been getting over 20kw each day.
Do far more than happy
Bought From: Progress Electrical Newcastle
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Bought From: Beyond Solar Sydney Show additional information
The best on the market! Although the app is sometimes abit slow
Bought From: Skylight Energy
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Bought From: Infinite Energy WA Show additional information
Like the SMA portal, allows system monitoring
Bought From: Infinite Energy WA
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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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