I have received a quote from Solahart. They have pushed fairly strongly for their own brand panels and inverter. Solahart Black 300W solar panels and Solahart ABB single phase inverter. The quote is $7495. I have the option to use different panels and inverter if I so choose. I have read some dodgy reviews about ABB and I am leaning towards a Fronius Primo inverter, which would be the same price. I think the panels seem okay. What are your thoughts on this deal? Is it a fair price? Are the Solahart products reliable? Any advice would be appreciated.
Hi Solarhart is a large well known company but they may well use contractors to do the installation which may not be an issue if they are local?
The new generation ABB solar inverters are much better than the old PVI series but you really cannot beat the Fronius Primo for quality and reliability. I would definitely go the Fronius Primo inverter if it is the same price.
As for the panels I would ask them who manufacturers the panels for Solarhart and what are the warranty conditions? If you have a specification sheet for the panels feel free to post it up and we can see the details.
Specs look similar to some of the well known manufacturers such as Q cells. 12 year product warranty is good and degradation rates are also good. I’m guessing these are rebranded Q cells panels which is a good sign.
What size system did you get in the quote? Use our solar price calculator to check the price is reasonable…
It says 20 x 300W solahart Black series panels Plus 1 Fronius Primo 5.0k inverter = $7495
So it’s a 6kW system… Not a bad price for good panels and a Fronius inverter. You could also get the additional rebate if you are in Victoria?
Not in Victoria but I think I am happy with the price if these panels are a reliable buy.
Why would you rebrand a good brand like QCells, seems strange. Probably worth confirming with Solahart as to who the actual manufacturer is @hbmeri.
I met with Solahart yesterday and he told me that the panel are Q cells. I’m interested to hear your discussion as I’ve been reading that Fronius seem to be consistently a preferred brand too.
Hi @sandib, QCells is good If you can get Fronius with it, then great. As Jason says, the new ABBs seem to be doing well, so if that’s what they are offering, should be ok.
Our installation begins next week and the owner of the company rang me yesterday and quite aggressively tried to convince me to use the ABB inverter in preference to the Fronius that I had already indicated that I preferred. He was very insistent that the ABB was a better deal. My research indicates that Fronius has a better reputation. My question is, why is he so aggressively pushing for the ABB? Are their incentives for them to use ABB? Anyone know?
Probably because Fronius stock is in short supply and they have booked the install in for next week and may not be able to secure a fonius in time. The new ABB inverters are not bad but I would be wait a bit longer for the fronius