Samil Power SolarRiver 4000TL-D

I have the Samil Power SolarRiver 4000TL-D on a 4Kw home system.( UK)
Recently had an EV home charger fitted and unfortunately the installer cut the solar panel wiring and i am hoping to get someone back to make the wiring safe as was not reconnected properly.The solar guy that did the wiring inspection for me mentioned the inverter i have has issues and that the manufacturer has ceased trading and just wondered if anyone else with same inverter has encountered any problems, i have had the unit 5 years now so i am guessing my warranty is now up especially if manufacturer is no more…I just want a back up plan in place IF it does fail as i may decide to replace the solar river model with a new inverter,I have looked at EV / solar inverters but cannot justify the cost as still very expensive when you have to add the extras (EV cable alone is almost £600) and i had a free pod-point Home EV charger installed recently so happy to stay with that for the next few years.Just looking for inverter recommendations for a bog standard 4kw system ( 16 x 250 w panels).I do think initially the SP 3680TL inverter may have been more than adequate for my system and that is what is listed on my receipt /paperwork but i remember being told something about that model being out of stock so they gave me the next model up at no cost increase.

Hi @TAP

Samil happens to be one of the reasons I started Clean Energy Reviews. The first solar company that I worked for sold Samils, and we installed hundreds of them. I thought they were a good quality, low cost inverter. I even went to their headquarters in China, and got shown around and taken for lunch. But then, unfortunately, after a couple of years they started dropping like flies. That’s when I realised that I didn’t know what a quality panel and inverter was, so I started CER in order to get feedback from installers and try to spread the knowledge about what are quality products, and what don’t make the cut.

It’s been a long time since those problems with Samil, and even some other low cost inverters that were having problems around the same time have really cleaned up their game. For a like for like exchange, I think you could comfortably choose any of these inverters.

I’ve seen the occasional SolarRiver still functioning in Australia, but to be honest, I think it’s most likely going to stop working sooner rather than later. You could preempt it and replace it asap, or keep a close eye on it and just replace it when it gives up.

I hope that helps.

Cheers
Marty