The discovery of solar energy and the ability to convert this abundant source of energy into usable power has led to a tremendous decrease in the greenhouse emissions across Australia over the recent years. With the developments made in solar technology, the production and manufacturing costs for solar panels have significantly decreased over the years making the installation of solar panels extremely affordable for a larger population.

Homeowners who install solar power systems receive numerous benefits: lower electric bills, lower carbon footprints, and potentially higher home values. Solar PV technology has been around since the 1950s and as a result of declining solar module prices, it has now been considered a financially viable technology for use across Australia. It is very important to choose high quality products or solar brands of reputed companies when choosing a solar system for your home as any lapse in one product can adversely affect the working and returns from the solar system. This article provides information about a few reliable value for money solar panel brands available in the Australian market to help narrow down your choices.

Trina Vertex panels

Trina Solar delivers PV products, applications and services to promote global sustainable development. Trina Solar’s main focus is to provide cost-effective and high performing solar PV panels. One of the most popular panel series from Trina Solar are the Honey range of monocrystalline PERC panels which offer a good combination of quality, performance and value for money. Trina solar has recently introduced some very high-performance panels like the new Vertex range. The first of the new generation Vertex panels from Trina Solar was showcased early in 2020 and achieved an impressive 515.8W. The Vertex series feature Monocrystalline PERC cells with high-density, multi-busbar (MBB) interconnections to achieve efficiencies up to 21.3%.

Trina Solar recently announced the new Vertex S range of panels with the S referring to the smaller size. Unlike the much larger Vertex panels, the lighter, more compact Vertex S panels are designed for residential and commercial rooftops.

Trina solar offers a standard 12-year manufacturer’s product warranty while the next generation Vertex and Vertex S panels will have a longer 15-year product warranty period with options to extend up to 25 years.

Canadian solar 415W Panels

Canadian Solar is one of the leading manufacturers of affordable solar panels for residential and commercial applications. Canadian Solar recently released HiKu6 and HiKu7 series panels which feature the latest PV cell innovations and are some of the most efficient lower-cost panels available in the market.

Canadian Solar has a large service network with six major customer service and support centres around the world including Australia, North America, Germany, Japan, Brazil and China. Like most panel manufacturers, Canadian Solar offer a 12-year product warranty and 25-year performance warranty.

Canadian Solar has now even come up with a 415w solar panel with an impressive 25 years product warranty at a highly competitive rate which has helped this brand regain its popularity.

Jinko Solar

Jinko Solar is one of the most innovative and one of the largest solar module manufacturers in the world. The Jinko Cheetah range of panels were the first in the series of panels manufactured by them. Jinko expanded the Cheetah range in 2020 to include a new slightly larger 66 cell (132 half-cut) panel with increased efficiency and greater power output. Jinko Solar is now pushing the transition from Jinko Cheetah to higher-performance N-type cells with the Jinko Tiger series panels.

The Tiger series of panels are available in two main types; the mid-level panels use the same 9 MBB TR cell design on a conventional P-type silicon base, while the high-end ‘N-type Tiger’ panels are built on a high-purity N-type silicon base which achieve up to 21.3% efficiency in the new 78 cell format. The Jinko Tiger Pro series are manufactured using a high-purity N-type silicon cell base to achieve up to 21.6% efficiency. The product warranty for the lower cost Tiger P-type panels a 12 years while the new Tiger N-type panels are the first from JinkoSolar to be backed by a new 15 or 25 year product warranty and extended 30 year performance warranty.

Jinko Solar panels are a good entry-level, cost-effective brand of panels offering great quality with the variety of panels they provide.


LONGi produces monocrystalline silicon PV modules promoting the development of the global PV industry and driving energy transformation to a more sustainable power source. Longi only makes monosilicon panels which are significantly more difficult to produce and consequently more expensive, but the process results in a single large crystal of silicon, enabling solar cells be more efficient.

LONGi produces a variety of quality, cost-effective solar panels for residential, commercial and utility scale installations. The current models are the Hi-MO 4 and Hi-MO 5 with the new advanced Hi-MO N panels due to be released later in 2021.

Contact SunMate Solar today for a free quote with these of reliable and efficient solar panel brands which are sure to give you an excellent return on your investment!