The Future of Solar is in Australia!
If you’re looking for solar panels made in Australia, you have two main options: Tindo Solar Panels or MSquare Solar Panels.
Here, we’ll examine the two brands and compare some specific products. We’ll also look at key aspects like warranty and efficiency to help you decide which brand is right for you.
First, let’s discover a bit more about each brand.
MSquare Solar Panels
MSquare’s products are made in Australia and tested to IEC quality standards by independent testers TÜV. The company produces solar panels and other solar products in Girraween, Western Sydney, Australia. MSquare assembles its solar panels using some imported parts, but panels are not from China.
MSquare solar panels are efficient and affordable. They come with a 25-year product and performance warranty. The performance guarantee states that a solar panel will generate a specific amount of energy in typical weather and with a specified degradation rate taken into account.
MSquare’s solar panels degrade at a rate of 0.5% each year after the first year. This degradation rate is slightly better than the market standard of 0.7% per year after the first year. What does this mean in real life? The solar panel will still perform at around 90% of its initial efficiency after 10 years and around 87% after 25 years.
The Clean Energy Council has certified MSquare’s 350W solar panel (MSEA-350W-MH60).
MSquare’s MSEA series is a line of solar panels which features half-cut solar cells, which means that each cell is divided into two parts. The cells are monocrystalline, with a maximum efficiency of 20.50%, better than the industry average.
|Number of cells||120||120|
|Type of cell||Mono (159 × 79 mm)||Mono (182 × 91 mm)|
|Output Power (watt peak)||350 Wp||440 Wp|
|Max Power Voltage||41.4 V||41.2 V|
|Solar Panel Efficiency||20.5 %||20.31 %|
|Power Degradation (per year)||0.5 %||0.5 %|
|Size||1686 × 1002 × 35 mm / (1.68 m²)||1910 × 1134 × 35 mm / (2.17 m²)|
|Weight||19 kg||24 kg|
|Product & Performance Warranty||25 Years||25 Years|
|Operating Temperature Range||Min -40°C Max 85°C||Min -40°C Max 85°C|
Tindo Solar PanelsTindo manufactures its solar panels in Adelaide, South Australia. Tindo solar panels come with a 12-year manufacturer’s product warranty. The warranty is better than some solar panel alternatives available on the market.
All Tindo Solar Energy panels come with a 25-year performance warranty with an assured output of 90% after 10 years and 80% after 25 years; average but nothing exceptional.
The Clean Energy Council currently recognizes 34 of Tindo’s solar panels for the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme. This scheme is commonly known as the solar rebate program in Australia.
Two of Tindo’s most popular solar panels are the Karra 360P and Karra 400P. The panels are monocrystalline, with a maximum efficiency of around 20% – slightly better than average.
Tindo Karra 66 Karra – 360P
Tindo Karra 72 Karra – 400P
|Number of cells||66||72|
|Type of cell||5BB Mono PERC||5BB Mono PERC|
|Output Power (Watts)||360 W||400 W|
|Nominal Power Voltage||36.81 V||40.24 V|
|Solar Panel Efficiency||19.80 %||20.10 %|
|Power Degradation (per year)||0.55 %||0.55 %|
|Size||1838 × 1005 × 40 mm||2000 × 105 × 40 mm|
|Weight||20 kg||22 kg|
|Product & Performance Warranty||12 Years / 25 years @ 80 %||12 Years / 25 Years @ 80 %|
|Operating Temperature Range||Min -40℃ max 85℃||Min -40℃ Max 85℃|
Overall, both of these Australian made solar panels offer good value for money, with MSquare solar panels offering better performance and slower degradation than Tindo panels.
As efficiency and longevity are two key factors when investing in a solar power system, we recommend MSquare solar panels to our customers.
The location of a solar panel company is a key consideration for customers because it dictates the availability of after-sales service and warranty support.
For example, a solar panel company is based in Europe or China but sells its products in Australia. With no local presence in the country, Australian customers can't benefit from local after-sales service and warranty support. A local company also tends to protect its reputation with more vigour.
Yes, both MSquare and Tindo are Australian companies that manufacture solar panels.
MSquare Energy started as a small distributor of solar products but eventually began manufacturing their panels in-house. Today, they are one of the leading solar panel manufacturers in Western Sydney, Australia.
Tindo Solar started operating in 2011 with the goal of making affordable solar energy available to everyone. They achieve this by using high-efficiency monocrystalline silicon cells and keeping their costs low. Tindo makes all its solar panels in Adelaide, South Australia.
It depends on your application and budget. Some good brands of solar panels in Australia include Sunpower, LG, REC and Trina.
Sunpower is one of the most luxurious and expensive brands, but its panels are some of the most efficient on the market. Trina is a Chinese company that offers good quality products at an affordable price.
- Sunpower Maxeon 5
- REC Alpha Pure Series
- LG Neon R
- Jinko Tiger N-Type
- Hyundai VG Series
- Solarwatt Vision Pure
- Q-Cells Q.Peak DUO G9+
- Longi Hi-MO4
MSquare solar panels are an excellent option for those looking for a quality, reliable solar panel at an affordable price.
Depending on the size and type of solar panel you need, prices will vary. However, MSquare panels are typically one of the more affordable options on the market.
If you're interested in learning more about MSquare solar panels or getting a quote for your home or business, contact us today!
There is a lot of variation in Tindo solar panel prices, depending on the size and type of panel. The company has an extensive range of panels. Generally speaking, though, Tindo solar panels are affordable and offer good value for money.
Apart from MSquare and Tindo, both based in Australia, very few solar panel manufacturers are NOT in China.
Some notable examples include Sunpower (based in the USA) and Solarworld (USA). REC manufactures solar panels in Singapore.
However, most solar panels on the market originate from Chinese companies, such as Trina Solar, Jinko Solar, and JA Solar.
Important recent developments
Korean solar panel giant LG, which manufactured solar panels in Central South Korea, announced plans to exit the solar panel manufacturing sector by June this year.
Panasonic (based in Japan and Malaysia) also announced its plan to withdraw from manufacturing solar panels as early as March 2022.
These exits by large manufacturers from the solar market may indicate the future of Australian solar is with companies based in Australia!
Australian solar panels like those manufactured by MSquare may not be the cheapest, but they are good value for money, perform well, and users benefit from better local service and support than offered by many Chinese brands.