SMA solar inverters reviews

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SMA solar inverters review

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SMA are the big granddaddy of inverter manufacturers. Founded way back in 1981, the company is based in Germany, turns over billions annually and employs around 3,500 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 (hence its China fling), but appeared to be turning things around as evidenced by its inverter shipments in recent years.

  • 2021: 13,584 MW
  • 2020: 14,415 MW
  • 2019: 11,409 MW
  • 2018: 8,449 MW
  • 2017: 8,538 MW

The 2021 result was a little disappointing, attributed in part to a shortage of electronic components that restricted the company's delivery capacity - and SMA expects this challenge to persist during 2022. But SMA sees sunnier days ahead and is planning to double production capacity at its headquarters in Germany from 21 GW currently to almost 40 GW by 2024.

According to the company, more than 750,000 SMA inverters had been installed across Australia by the end of 2020; so they've certainly been popular here and remain so.

Overall, SMA has shipped more than 110 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

The SMA 5000TL inverter has now been working for 12 years without a major failure. There is only one issue with this inverter, that is: The LED read-Out does not work. However I have a SMA Sunny Beam with bluetooth that feeds live information in real time with is great.
Bought From: Energy Matters
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Great to be able to see generation on sony postal on computer.I get a daily report from SMA
Bought From: AG Solar Pty Ltd
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The monitoring app is great and easy to use.
Bought From: Expert Electrical TAS
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Very efficient quiet when running and runs cool perfect
Bought From: Expert Electrical Dalby to Roma
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The SMA 6.0 was recommended ahead of the Fronius due to the location of the house next to the sea. The SMA has no moving parts. The Fronius has a fan, that might be subject to the affects of salt build up.
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We were offered a 10 year warranty on the inverter and it came with an app to see how the system was performing.
Bought From: Expert Electrical Beaudesert to Warwick
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Consumption monitor is very expensive option for SMA.
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The inverter was not part of this sale. This sale was about the upgrade of the panels and the DC side of the system.
Bought From: Green Solar Energy NSW
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We now get daily reports of what we are putting into the grid.
Bought From: MLEC Solar Perth
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The SMA inverter failed twice in a span of 6 months. This is surprising as SMA is known for its quality. I guess moving production to increase profit is not the best approach as it is evident that quality takes a hit.

Also, the SMA Energy App is not stable and needs to be updated.

The team at Expert Electrical helped resolve issues with the inverter and the SMA Energy App.
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It is quiet.
Bought From: Expert Electrical Mackay
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constantly goes into protect mode due to power fluctuations, even though the fluctuations are apparently within spec for our area(rural SEWR line)
Their customer app is very buggy, cant access ours due to not recognizing our email address after their last app update, we can only directly log into our invertor only.
Bought From: Town and Country Solar Pty Ltd
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Works well as a inverter.
Installation guy told me the WiFi connect for get performance data was a bit flakey...he was right. Stops work during summer and needs to power down the inverter to get it working again.. 50% success.
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Compact and efficient 3 phase unit.
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We had this inverter at a previous property, it performed reliably day in and day out, with no problems at all.
So we had no reservations about using the same brand again.
Bought From: Dan the Solar Man Angle Vale
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Possibly a bit early to give this rating. Only in use for 6 weeks.
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Mobile app is a bit clunky
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Top notch inverter, especially with energy monitoring equipment.
Bought From: Primero Electric and Solar
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We have 2 phase so required 2 inverters there was an additional cost
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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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