REC solar panels reviews

Based on 489 ratings Aus Ranking

  • 5 star 372
  • 4 star 110
  • 3 star 4
  • 2 star 2
  • 1 star 1

Show ratings from:

Timeline

The views expressed by reviewers are theirs' alone, and do not necessarily reflect those of Peacock Media Group, which makes no representations as to the accuracy of the reviews. For our full disclaimer and further information, see our Terms of Use and our Review Guidelines.

About REC, Solar Panels

REC solar panels review

REC is short for Renewable Energy Corporation. The company was founded in Norway but now carries out all production in Singapore and the company is owned by the giant Chinese chemical corporation Bluestar that is also known as ChemChina. 

They produce tier one panels with 20 year product warranty (or 25 years, depending on whether they're installed by a REC certified installer) and a 25 year performance warranty. They are certified as corrosion resistant.   REC has an Australian office in Melbourne.

A US Company Has A Similar Name

There is a company in the United States called REC Solar that installs commercial scale solar for businesses. They do not make their own solar panels. It is easy to confuse the two when looking for information on REC.

REC Solar Manufacturing Capacity

REC is medium sized producer of solar panels. They shipped 1.34 gigawatts of panels in 2017.  This was more than what was installed in all of Australia that year.  They claim their Australian sales in 2017 were the highest they have ever been. To the end of 2019, the company says it had shipped 10 gigawatts of REC solar panels (cumulative total).

Company History

REC was founded in Norway in 1996 under the name Fornybar Energi AS and produced its first silicon wafer in 1997. It became REC after merging with another company in 2000. By taking advantage of Norway’s comparatively cheap hydroelectric power, for a period at the start of the century they become the world’s largest producer of multicrystaline silicon wafers used to make solar cells.

In 2008 and 2009 REC opened two new multicrystalline wafer factories in Norway. Then the company ran into financial difficulties and shut them down permanently a few years later in 2011 and 2012. In retrospect it doesn't appear to be a very bright move, but these are the sort of mistakes companies make when they decide for some reason not to predict the future with 100% accuracy.

In 2010 they started production of solar panels in Singapore and REC expanded capacity at this facility.  This is currently their only manufacturing site. 

In 2015 REC Solar was bought by the Norwegian company Elkem which is owned by the Chinese corporation Bluestar.  This makes REC Solar a Chinese owned company that manufactures in Singapore, but for some reason it is still often referred to as a European company.  I guess old habits die hard. 

They Are Big In Germany

REC started as a European company and they have been able to hold onto market share there.  They state that in 2016 they were the number one panel supplier in Germany and in in 2017 they also did well with 15% of the market share.  Punitive tariffs on Chinese panels in Europe that don't affect REC were part of this success. 

REC Solar Panels

REC produces three series of panels that are of standard size and likely to be used on residential roofs in Australia.

REC N-Peak Energy Panels

REC N-Peak solar panels are available in 305 - 330 watts. The efficiency these panels ranges from 18.3% to 19.8%. They are certified as corrosion resistant, making them suitable for installation in coastal areas.

REC TwinPeak 2 Panels

REC also produces TwinPeak 2 series panels.  They are an interesting design because they are divided into top and bottom halves and if one half is shaded it won’t affect the output of the other. This makes them more tolerant to partial shade and soiling than many other panels. But if they are installed where there is no shade it is of little benefit. And like all solar panels they perform terribly when fully shaded.

TwinPeak 2 panels come in both polycrystalline and monocrystalline versions.

Polycrystalline TwinPeak 2 panels have an efficiency of 16.5% - 18.0%, while the monocrystalline version has an efficiency range of 18.0% - 19.2%.

Because TwinPeak 2 panels are made with silicon and aluminium that is produced mostly with hydroelectric power rather than fossil fuels, they are certified in Europe as having a low carbon footprint.

TwinPeaks Packaging

If you go to this page here and download their packaging specifications, you'll see that TwinPeak panels come wrapped in plastic.  This fact makes me as happy as that gum I like coming back in style.

REC Alpha Solar Panels

In 2019, the company unveiled its Alpha Series solar panels. REC said it was the highest power 60-cell module in the world at that point in time. The Alpha offers a panel efficiency of up to 21.7%.

REC Solar Panel Failure Rate

On the REC site they state:

“...out of 4 million panels manufactured each year, just 400 might come back as product claims.”

In other words their failure rate is around 1 in 10,000.  While those seem like good odds, they don’t say this is the predicted failure rate over the panel’s lifespan. It instead appears to be their failure rate when they are new, which isn’t quite as impressive as if it was over 25 years, but it is still pretty good.

REC Is Ranked As A Financially Secure Solar Panel Manufacturer

Solar panel manufacture is a very competitive business and many companies have gone bust, leaving customers without warranty support.

But the clouds over REC are extremely tenuous. They’re more of a light mist, really. Because of the company’s financial stability, REC was ranked as the panel producer least likely to go belly up  back in 2016.

Warranty Claim Procedure For Orphaned REC Customers

If your original installer is no longer operating and you need to make a warranty claim, you should contact REC on 03 9020 2056. They have a network of REC certified installers that they can dispatch to diagnose any issues and handle replacement under warranty. If your original installer was REC certified, labor costs involved with warranty replacement are covered. If they were not - labor costs are not covered.

My Recommendation

REC produce quality tier one solar panels and I would have no problem installing them on my roof.

REC Solar Panel Reviews

It is really exciting to see how much energy can be absorbed by these panels. We’re very happy so far.
Bought From: Liberated Energy
Show additional information
Bought From: Kobi Energy Solutions Wodonga Show additional information
Bought From: Progress Electrical Newcastle Show additional information
Bought From: Solaire Connect Show additional information
Bought From: Solaire Connect Show additional information
Bought From: Proven Energy Show additional information
Bought From: Formosa Electrics Pty Ltd Show additional information
Bought From: Specialized Solar Show additional information
I've had no issues with the panels and have been working well since they were installed.
Bought From: Solaire Connect
Show additional information
Bought From: Signature Solar Pty Ltd Show additional information
Bought From: MC Electrical Show additional information
Bought From: Solaire Connect Show additional information
So far my panels have been producing up to 5 kWh per day above the modelled estimate, but not having anything to directly compare this with I can't know what other panels might deliver in the same situation.
I wanted a top tier panel with leading edge technology manufactured to the highest standards to give me some reassurance that the performance I'm getting now I should get in 15-20 years' time, and I was prepared to pay a bit more for that.
I have absolutely no regrets with my choice of REC Alpha.
Bought From: Solaire Connect
Show additional information
I would highly recommend REC as the panels of choice to anyone contemplating solar. They perform really well, are of pleasing appearance on our roof and have never malfunctioned. I realise they are more expensive than cheaper options but the service guarantee from the manufacturer and the installer if a problem was to occur is 100%. Also our installer - I Want Energy - remotely monitor our system and will advise us if they see any problems. The panels can be replaced immediately if there is a problem and one panel being faulty will not impact on the rest which will continue to generate power.
Bought From: I Want Energy
Show additional information
Bought From: RK Solar And Consulting NSW Show additional information
Bought From: Sunworks Show additional information
Bought From: Surge It Solar and Electrical Show additional information
Bought From: Sungain Solar Show additional information
Bought From: Goliath Solar and Electrical Show additional information
Bought From: Sunlogics Show additional information
Bought From: Goliath Solar and Electrical Show additional information
Bought From: EISS Show additional information
Bought From: Essential Energy Solutions Pty Ltd Show additional information
Bought From: Solaire Connect Show additional information
Bought From: Kobi Energy Solutions Wodonga Show additional information
Bought From: Sungold Solar Show additional information
Bought From: Liberated Energy Show additional information
Bought From: Surge It Solar and Electrical Show additional information
Great quality, great performance no issues at all.
Bought From: Sun Gods Solar Air Conditioning and Electrical
Show additional information
Bought From: Daniel Shea Electrical and Solar Show additional information
Not an expert on these things, but certainly seem to be working well whenever I check their output on inverter readout.
Bought From: Sunrun Solar VIC
Show additional information
Bought From: Green Solar Show additional information
Bought From: Adelaide SolarSafe Show additional information
The panels have exceeded our performance expectations to date.
Bought From: Expert Electrical Beaudesert to Warwick
Show additional information
Bought From: Sunlogics Show additional information
Bought From: Thoroughtec Pty Ltd Show additional information
Bought From: Sunlogics Show additional information
Bought From: JFK Electrical Solar and Air Show additional information
Bought From: JFK Electrical Solar and Air Show additional information
Bought From: JFK Electrical Solar and Air Show additional information
Bought From: Sunlogics Show additional information
These are great panels. Have industry leading loss due to excess heat which for me being in western sydney is important. As i went with a certified installed my performance is warrantry are at 20 yrs for the panels which is great. As its environmentally friendly to have panel work well for a longer period before replacement.
Bought From: RK Solar And Consulting NSW
Show additional information
Bought From: Kobi Energy Solutions Wodonga Show additional information
Had no issues with these panels
Bought From: Adam Solar
Show additional information
Bought From: Sky Power Energy Show additional information
Bought From: Power 4 All Electrical Show additional information
Bought From: Ayka Technologies Show additional information
Bought From: RK Solar And Consulting NSW Show additional information
Bought From: Solaire Connect Show additional information
Bought From: Dan the Solar Man Off Grid Show additional information

REC has 32 solar panels in our database

Model Type Size PTC Performance Ratio Californian Approved
REC205PE (60 poly cells)Polycrystalline20518288.78Yes
REC205PE(BLK) (60 poly cells)Polycrystalline20518288.78Yes
REC210PE (60 poly cells)Polycrystalline21018688.57Yes
REC210PE(BLK) (60 poly cells)Polycrystalline21018688.57Yes
REC215PE (60 poly cells)Polycrystalline21519188.84Yes
REC215PE(BLK) (60 poly cells)Polycrystalline21519188.84Yes
REC220PE (60 poly cells)Polycrystalline22019588.64Yes
REC220PE(BLK) (60 poly cells)Polycrystalline22019588.64Yes
REC225PE (60 poly cells)Polycrystalline22520088.89Yes
REC225PE(BLK) (60 poly cells)Polycrystalline22520088.89Yes
REC230PE (60 poly cells)Polycrystalline23020488.70Yes
REC230PE(BLK) (60 poly cells)Polycrystalline23020488.70Yes
REC235PE (60 poly cells)Polycrystalline23521390.64Yes
REC235PE ECO (60 poly cells)Polycrystalline23521189.79Yes
REC235PE(BLK) (60 poly cells)Polycrystalline23521390.64Yes
REC240PE (60 poly cells)Polycrystalline24021890.83Yes
REC240PE ECO (60 poly cells)Polycrystalline24021589.58Yes
REC240PE(BLK) (60 poly cells)Polycrystalline24021890.83Yes
REC245PE (60 poly cells)Polycrystalline24522391.02Yes
REC245PE ECO (60 poly cells)Polycrystalline24522089.80Yes
REC245PE(BLK) (60 poly cells)Polycrystalline24522391.02Yes
REC250PE (60 poly cells)Polycrystalline25022790.80Yes
REC250PE ECO (60 poly cells)Polycrystalline25022590.00Yes
REC250PE(BLK) (60 poly cells)Polycrystalline25022790.80Yes
REC255PE (60 poly cells)Polycrystalline25523090.20Yes
REC255PE(BLK) (60 poly cells)Polycrystalline25523090.20Yes
REC260PE (60 poly cells)Polycrystalline26023490.00Yes
REC260PE(BLK) (60 poly cells)Polycrystalline26023490.00Yes
REC265PE (60 poly cells)Polycrystalline26524190.94Yes
REC265PE(BLK) (60 poly cells)Polycrystalline26524190.94Yes
REC270PE (60 poly cells)Polycrystalline27024691.11Yes
REC270PE(BLK) (60 poly cells)Polycrystalline27024691.11Yes
 To get your quotes, please enter your postcode: