Risen review

Risen - Solar Panel Reviews

4.8

Based on 354 ratings

Finn's Risen Panels Review & Verdict

Finn Peacock has been a Chartered Electrical Engineer since 1998, and is ex-CSIRO

Risen solar panels are cheap but fairly good quality. If you are on a tight budget, they are a relatively safe choice. Personally, I wouldn't go any cheaper though.

But if you want the comfort of a good value Chinese solar panel brand that has a more established presence in Australia, I'd recommend looking at Longi, Jinko or Trina instead.

Risen Panels: Pros & Cons

  • Reasonably priced.
  • Entered the Australian market in 2008.
  • Supply solar PV panels to residential, commercial, and utility developers.
  • Regarded as one of the top five panel suppliers in the Australian rooftop sector by EUPD Research.
  • Local investments include two large 100MW solar farms.
  • A future target of 2GW of utility-scale solar in Australia.
  • Solid warranties. Residential warranties for all panels: 25-Year Product Warranty with 25-year Linear Power Warranty.
  • Commercial warranties for all panels: 15-year Product Warranty with 25-year Linear Power Warranty.
  • Competitive specifications.
  • Local Australian offices.
  • No premium options, generic size, shape, and specification.
  • The narrowest panel is approximately 1100 mm wide, making them difficult to handle.
  • Sometimes used by shonky solar retailers (low price attracts low-quality sales companies).

About Risen

Risen Energy is a Chinese manufacturer of  solar panels that have a 15 - 25 year product warranty (see below) rather than the 10 -12 years some manufacturers catering to the cheaper end of the market still offer. Their panels are certified as corrosion resistant, making them suitable for installation anywhere in Australia.

The company has an Australian presence, with offices located in Melbourne and Brisbane.

Q1 2019 Tier 1 rankings from Bloomberg New Energy Finance placed Risen as the third largest Chinese panel manufacturer, with an output of 8.6 gigawatts.

In 2020, the company's web site stated it had reached a module production capacity of 11.1GW. The same year, Risen Energy again made GlobalData’s top ten list of solar panel manufacturers for global shipments in the previous year. In 2022 it was ranked number 6 for shipments in 2021 by PVInfoLink.

At the beginning of 2023, the company noted it had a total annual module production capacity of 30GW; quite a jump from the 22GW just six months or so before. By mid-2023, the firm stated its production capacity had reached 45GW.

Risen Energy Solar Panels

At the time of updating this page (August 2023), Risen Energy produces solar panels with efficiencies of up to 22.5% (Risen TopCon) among the models we have listed on our panel comparison table.

Previously, Risen panels installed on Australian residential rooftops had a 15 year product warranty that covers the panels if they fail due to a fault in manufacturing, as well as a 25 year performance warranty. However, on March 8, 2022, Risen announced it was extending product warranty on some of its panels for rooftop installations in Australia to 25 years. Both the TopCon and Titan S range boast this quarter-century product warranty.

Company History

Risen Energy was founded in 1986 in Ninghai in eastern Zhejiang Province, around 200km south of Shanghai - but it wasn't until 2002 when it entered solar manufacturing. The company began supplying solar panels to Australia in 2008, before setting up its Melbourne office in 2014. An office in Brisbane was opened in 2018.

While it has not grown as fast as some other Chinese panel manufacturers, Risen Energy has not overextended itself and appears financially solid.

In addition to the company's five Chinese manufacturing facilities, Risen Energy has solar panel manufacturing capacity in Malaysia.

Warranty Procedure For Orphaned Risen Customers

If you have purchased Risen panels from a solar installer who has since gone out of business, the responsibility for warranty claims shifts to Risen. They have an Australian office in Victoria, and their customer service line is 03 9021 7788  - affected customers should contact this line for warranty assistance. 

They will arrange for the panels to be checked, and will handle replacement under warranty through one of their authorised distributors. Risen covers the cost of labor involved in warranty replacement at a rate of $150 for the first panel and $25 for each subsequent panel.

Risen Energy Solar Panels Are A Reliable Brand

Risen are one of the higher quality Chinese manufacturers. Independent testing has shown their panels can perform extremely well, and they back their products with an above average product warranty. Risen solar panels should be a reliable and cost-effective choice. While the company has had some customer service issues in the past, these appear to be resolved.

Reviewers report paying:
$2,450 - $7,900

For a

Risen System

Depending on hardware choice and installation difficulty

Risen has 17 solar panels in our database

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Model number
Series
Wattage
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Approx cost per panel AUD Retail incl GST
Panel technology
Country of manufacture
RSM40-8-390M
Titan S
390 W
20.3%
$0.45
$185
Monocrystalline
China
RSM40-8-395M
Titan S
395 W
20.5%
$0.45
$185
Monocrystalline
China
RSM40-8-400M
Titan S
400 W
20.8%
$0.45
$185
Monocrystalline
China
RSM40-8-405M
Titan S
405 W
21.1%
$0.45
$185
Monocrystalline
China
RSM40-8-410M
Titan S
410 W
21.3%
$0.45
$185
Monocrystalline
China
RSM40-8-415M
Titan S
415 W
21.6%
$0.45
$185
Monocrystalline
China
RSM130-8-430M
Titan S (440W)
430 W
20.7%
$0.45
$198
Monocrystalline
China
RSM130-8-435M
Titan S (440W)
435 W
21.0%
$0.45
$198
Monocrystalline
China
RSM130-8-440M
Titan S (440W)
440 W
21.2%
$0.45
$198
Monocrystalline
China
RSM130-8-445M
Titan S (440W)
445 W
21.4%
$0.45
$198
Monocrystalline
China
RSM130-8-450M
Titan S (440W)
450 W
21.7%
$0.45
$198
Monocrystalline
China
RSM108-9-415N
TOPCon
415 W
21.3%
$0.45
$200
Monocrystalline
China
RSM108-9-420N
TOPCon
420 W
21.5%
$0.45
$200
Monocrystalline
China
RSM108-9-425N
TOPCon
425 W
21.8%
$0.45
$200
Monocrystalline
China
RSM108-9-430N
TOPCon
430 W
22.0%
$0.45
$200
Monocrystalline
China
RSM108-9-435N
TOPCon
435 W
22.3%
$0.45
$200
Monocrystalline
China
RSM108-9-440N
TOPCon
440 W
22.5%
$0.45
$200
Monocrystalline
China

 

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440 Watt x 15

Overall the performance has been OK, although I was surprised that the Winter performance has been relatively low, granted there were extensive cloudy days throughout the Winter in Adelaide.

Inverter Brand

Goodwe

System Cost

$2,000 to $4,000

System Size

6.6kW

Installed By

These panels have been fantastic! They are regularly producing around 20kw power most days on average. They will have paid themselves off within 2 years at this rate. Extremely happy with them.

Inverter Brand

Sungrow

System Cost

$4,000 to $6,000

System Size

6.6kW

Installed By

I found the Risen panels to be a very good panel with a solid performance I like the fact they have a 25 year warranty which beats many others.

Inverter Brand

Goodwe

System Cost

$6,000 to $8,000

System Size

6.6kW

Installed By

Our Risen panels come with a 25 year warranty which is as good as it gets.

Inverter Brand

Goodwe

System Cost

$4,000 to $6,000

System Size

6.6kW

Installed By

The panels seem to be working reliably. I have had them placed flat on my flat roof (no angle) so I was curious to see if they would work well. Daily yield of 0.7kWh

Inverter Brand

Sungrow

System Cost

$6,000 to $8,000

System Size

6.6kW

Installed By

18 x Risen 370W panels with panel optimisers

Inverter Brand

SolarEdge

System Cost

$6,000 to $8,000

System Size

6.6kW

Installed By

$40.00 input over 70 winter days.
Roof tiles broken allowing leakage inside the house, compromising my family safety, health and quality of life. Unsuccessful repairs - more than 3 months of distress and lack of proper response from the company

Inverter Brand

Sungrow

System Cost

$4,000 to $6,000

System Size

5kW

Installed By

I chose Risen Jager Plus due to its 15-year product warranty and attractive price point.

Inverter Brand

Huawei

System Cost

$2,000 to $4,000

System Size

6.6kW

Installed By

I requested the Jinko panels so I had less panels on my roof but they installed risen panels instead.

Inverter Brand

Sungrow

System Cost

$4,000 to $6,000

System Size

6.6kW

Installed By

We have had a hail storm back in Nov 2019 and a new roof installed and the same panels put back after being inspected and told they are not damaged. At the present time we are waiting on our next bill to see the result.

Inverter Brand

Sungrow

System Cost

$4,000 to $6,000

System Size

5kW

Installed By

Risen 330w mono perc

Inverter Brand

Sungrow

System Cost

$2,000 to $4,000

System Size

6.6kW

Installed By

Running excellently since install. 6.6kw of MonoPERC panels (14x330w North, 6x330w West) and performance has followed the bell curve on clear days. 12 year warranty give a little more peace of mind over 10 year comparison warranties of other products. Note: there are black rail variants - make sure you ask for those for extra stealth points.

System Cost

Under $3000

System Size

6.6kW

Installed By

20 risen 315w mono panels

Inverter Brand

Fronius

System Cost

$6,000 to $10,000

System Size

More than 6kW

Installed By

RSM120-6-315M in Perth, WA.
I've just got the system installed few days ago, 21 of these panels, Fronius 5.0.1 and a smart meter.
Installer commented that the panels are of a sturdy construction with nice and thick frame, and the cell pattern "looks really nice compared with some other ones". Surely it's not about the looks, but when everything else is great, why not have the good looks, too?
Although, they also mentioned that cables used to interconnect panels are "too long to not get tucked into their holding clips, but a bit too short (fiddly) when connecting and installing panels".
System topped out at 45.1kWh yesterday (couldn't see a single drop in production due to clouding). As far as i can tell, that's great, right?

System Cost

$3,000 to $6,000

System Size

More than 6kW

Installed By

Inverter Brand

Growatt

System Cost

$2,000 to $4,000

System Size

6.6kW

Installed By

Inverter Brand

Goodwe

System Cost

$4,000 to $6,000

System Size

6.6kW

Installed By

Inverter Brand

Goodwe

System Cost

$10,000 to $12,500

System Size

30kW

Installed By

Inverter Brand

Goodwe

System Cost

$12,500 to $15,000

System Size

13kW

Installed By

An incentive was offered by Regen Power for this review. Learn more here.

Inverter Brand

Goodwe

System Cost

$4,000 to $6,000

System Size

6.6kW

Installed By

Inverter Brand

Sungrow

System Cost

$12,500 to $15,000

System Size

13kW

Installed By

Inverter Brand

Sungrow

System Cost

$10,000 to $12,500

System Size

10kW

Installed By

An incentive was offered by PSW Energy Perth Solar Warehouse for this review. Learn more here.

Inverter Brand

Goodwe

System Cost

$2,000 to $4,000

System Size

6kW

Installed By

Inverter Brand

Fronius

System Cost

$4,000 to $6,000

System Size

6.6kW

Installed By

Inverter Brand

Goodwe

System Cost

$4,000 to $6,000

System Size

6.6kW

Installed By

Inverter Brand

Sungrow

System Cost

$8,000 to $10,000

System Size

7kW

Installed By

Inverter Brand

Fronius

System Cost

$4,000 to $6,000

System Size

5kW

Installed By

Inverter Brand

Huawei

System Cost

More than $20,000

System Size

10kW

Installed By

Inverter Brand

Alpha Technologies

System Size

7kW

Installed By

Not sure

Inverter Brand

Goodwe

System Cost

$4,000 to $6,000

System Size

6.6kW

Installed By

Inverter Brand

Goodwe

System Cost

$6,000 to $8,000

System Size

10kW

Installed By

Inverter Brand

GoodWe (Other)

System Cost

$6,000 to $8,000

System Size

13kW

Installed By

Inverter Brand

Growatt

System Cost

$2,000 to $4,000

System Size

6.6kW

Installed By

Solar system output is beyond my expectations..

Inverter Brand

Goodwe

System Cost

$4,000 to $6,000

System Size

6.6kW

Installed By

Quotation, Finance and install all done with-in 2 weeks...

Customer service A1, Installers service A1...

Solar system output is beyond my expectations..

System Cost

$4,000 to $6,000

System Size

6.6kW

Installed By

So far so good!

Inverter Brand

Goodwe

System Cost

$4,000 to $6,000

System Size

6.6kW

Installed By

Inverter Brand

Sungrow

System Size

6.6kW

Installed By

Inverter Brand

Sungrow

System Cost

$4,000 to $6,000

System Size

6.6kW

Installed By

Inverter Brand

Goodwe

System Cost

$4,000 to $6,000

System Size

6.6kW

Installed By

Inverter Brand

Goodwe

System Cost

$12,500 to $15,000

System Size

5kW

Installed By

Inverter Brand

Goodwe

System Cost

$15,000 to $20,000

System Size

13kW

Installed By

Inverter Brand

Goodwe

System Cost

$4,000 to $6,000

System Size

6.6kW

Installed By

An incentive was offered by PSW Energy Perth Solar Warehouse for this review. Learn more here.

Generating power well above what I expected

Inverter Brand

Goodwe

System Cost

$2,000 to $4,000

System Size

6.6kW

Installed By

Inverter Brand

Sungrow

System Cost

$8,000 to $10,000

System Size

10kW

Installed By

Inverter Brand

Goodwe

System Cost

$2,000 to $4,000

System Size

6kW

Installed By

An incentive was offered by Direct Solar Wholesaler Energy Group for this review. Learn more here.

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Inverter Brand

Goodwe

System Cost

$4,000 to $6,000

System Size

6kW

Installed By

Inverter Brand

Sungrow

System Cost

$12,500 to $15,000

System Size

15kW

Installed By

Early days but good so far.

Inverter Brand

Sungrow

System Cost

$6,000 to $8,000

System Size

10kW

Installed By

An incentive was offered by PSW Energy Perth Solar Warehouse for this review. Learn more here.

Inverter Brand

Goodwe

System Cost

$10,000 to $12,500

System Size

13kW

Installed By

Inverter Brand

Alpha Technologies

System Cost

$15,000 to $20,000

System Size

6.6kW

Installed By

Inverter Brand

Sungrow

System Cost

$10,000 to $12,500

System Size

8kW

Installed By

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