Tier 1 Solar Panels List Australia

You want to know about tier 1 solar panels? Well let’s have a little bit of a look. Tier 1 solar Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Perth – location doesn’t matter – our opinion on tier 1 panels is the same. That’s right, it doesn’t mean much at all. But, having said that, people get pretty excited about numbers. I mean, surely “tier 1” is better than “tier 2” right? Wrong. But here we go…

tier 1 solar panels pyramid
Not everything is about panel “tier”. Many good panels are not tier 1 – and “most” panels in Australia are pretty good in most regards now.

What people think being “tier 1” means:

If you’re like most people, you want the best panels at the lowest price. And naturally a “tier 1” solar panel sound like the perfect fit! Most people think tier 1 is:

  • The best quality solar panels – WRONG
  • The most efficient solar panels – WRONG
  • Better in all respects than tier 2 solar panels – WRONG

Let me explain…

What are tier 1 panels?

Tier 1 solar panels are panels that meet a specific set of criteria. This was made up to help big companies decide on financing major solar power projects. It has almost no bearing on how good a solar panel is.

Tier 1 Solar Panels
Tier 1 solar panels are panels that meet certain criteria according to Bloomberg Finance.

Tier 1 solar panels list

OK enough, show me the list of tier 1 panels! Here it is (in no particular order):

Solar Panel MakerSolar Proof Review?
Phono SolarRead Our Phono Review
Jinko Solar
Read Our Jinko Review
LG Solar
Read Our LG Review
Read Our Yingli Review
First Solar
Read Our WINAICO Review
Read Our RENESOLA Review
TrinaRead Our TRINA Review
Canadian Solar
Read Our Canadian Solar Review
JA Solar
Risen Energy
Read Our Risen Solar Review
ET Solar
Read Our ET Solar Review
Solar Frontier
Hanwha SolarOne
Vikram Solar
Hanwha Q-Cells
REC Solar
Seraphim SolarRead Our Seraphim Solar Review

So that’s it. If you want to know what we think as far as panel ranking goes then click here. Just keep in mind that a tier 1 panel could be the worst performing panel in the world. And what matters most to you? Probably the amount of savings you are going to get year after year from your solar panels. Not some made up tiering system that finance companies developed for their bankability protocols.

Why would you choose one of these panels?

When you get tier 1 solar panels put on your roof you are basically opting for the easy route. They are “tier 1”, therefore they must be better than some other panels. That’s the logic behind it anyway.

tier 1 solar panels on residential roof
Tier 1 solar panels can equal “peace of mind” for buyers.

What does it really mean to be “tier 1”?

So there are lots of different takes floating around about what makes a solar panel “tier 1”. It seems to be that it’s a combination of some (or all) of these:

  1. Invests in R&D (research and development)
  2. Has been in business for at least 5 years
  3. Has minimal human element in manufacture process

The organisation which is often credited with the solar panel tier criteria is Navigant or Pike Research

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2 thoughts on “Tier 1 Solar Panels List Australia”

  1. You forgot to mention tier one companies have control of the resources they use to produce their panels and try to make this as sustainable as possible. They also encourage recycling of panel. I imagine slit of people want solar to try and do their bit for the environment. Tier one is a step in that direction. Perfect, no.

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