Hyundai Solar Panels Review

Updated: January 25, 2022

Hyundai solar panels have a solid standing in the solar market. When compared to top-rated brands like LG and Q Cells, the panels were able to keep up well regarding their quality, performance, cost, efficiency, warranty, and value for money. That is why we gave them an overall rating of 8.3/10.

Keep reading this Hyundai solar panels review to get more information about the panels.

How much do Hyundai Solar Panels cost?

Hyundai offers high-quality, reliable, and durable solar panels that have undergone rigorous industrial engineering. On average, the panels cost between $0.50 to $1.00 per watt. The cost for a fully installed system includes:

  • Complete turnkey solar system installation with the Hyundai solar modules
  • Installation by a pre-vetted solar installer from gosolarquotes.com network
  • STC solar rebate and GST
System Size (kW)Average cost (fully installed)
6kW$7,500
8kW$9,300
10kW$12,000

Note: The actual prices vary depending on location, the solar installer you choose, and the preferred inverter brand.

How are Hyundai Solar modules better or worse than their competitors

Cost: 8

Quality: 8

Warranty: 9

Efficiency: 8.5

Performance: 8

Value for money: 8.5

Overall Rating: 8.3/10

Although Hyundai has been manufacturing solar panels for a little over 10 years, their panels are among the best in the solar markets. Their panels have an excellent efficiency rating and performance, and their relatively low cost makes them a top choice in the Australian market.

Hyundai VS. LG VS. Q Cells solar panels

Here is how Hyundai solar panels compare to its competitors.

Product nameHyundai SG SeriesLG NeON R SeriesQ Cells Q. PEAK Series
Manufacturer Logo
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Cell Number340 cells60 cells60 solar cells
Cell TypePerc Monocrystalline shingled silicon cellMonocrystalline/ N-typeMonocrystalline Q.ANTUM half cells
Power Output350W350W - 380W390W
Solar Panel Efficiency20.2%22.0%20.8%
Company average turnover (USD)$39 billion$47.91 billion$2.42 billion
Annual Power Degradation0.55%0.3%0.54%
Number of busbarsN/A912
Approximate cost per watt (AUD retail incl GST)$0.62$1.25$1.00
Approximate cost per module (AUD retail incl GST)$217$468$375
Dimensions1,622 × 1,068 × 35mm (L × W × H)1,700mm x 1,016mm x 40 mm1840 x 1030 x 32mm
Weight19.8kg17.5kg19.5kg
Product Warranty25 years25 years25 years
Performance Warranty25 years25 years25 years
Operational Temperature Range-40 ~ 85°C−40° C to +90° C-40°C – 85°C
Made inSouth KoreaSouth KoreaSouth Korea
Datasheet supplied?YesYesYes

Are Hyundai panels perfect for rooftop solar?

Yes, Hyundai solar panels are suitable for rooftop solar because of their impressive module efficiencies and high power output. The panels can also withstand heavy snow and wind loads, making them ideal for harsh weather conditions.

Range of Hyundai panels

All Hyundai panels have been approved by the Clean Energy Council. They also meet the standards for the Australian Government rebate system. The models available in Australia include:

  • RG Series
  • SG Series
  • VG Series
  • UF Series

RG Series

The Hyundai RG series boasts a high efficiency of 18.9%, placing them among the best solar panels in the market.

Features

  • Monocrystalline silicon type
  • PERC cell technology
  • 18.0% to 18.9% module efficiency
  • 12-year product warranty on materials and workmanship
  • 30-year performance warranty with 80.2% power output
  • 0.6% annual degradation
  • Anti Light Induced Degradation and Potential Induced Degradation
  • Salt mist corrosion-resistant material

Cell technology

These panels utilise the PERC technology that provides ultra-high efficiency with better performance in low irradiation. This maximises their installation in limited space.

PERC cell technology improves the efficiency of standard cells. It maximises energy output due to the higher energy conversion, making it a more cost-effective technology.

Efficiency

The efficiency of RG Series panels is incredibly high. In the initial year, the panels exhibited an efficiency of 97.6%, which is seen in other top brands such as LG and SunPower. By the end of 30 years, the panels’ efficiency stands at 80.2%.

Warranty/ Guarantee

Hyundai RG Series solar panels come with a 12-year product warranty covering materials and workmanship. This warranty meets the industry standard. Most high-end solar panels come with a 25-year product warranty, but this does not mean that Hyundai panels are less effective.

The panels also offer a 30-year performance warranty, which compensates for the short material warranty. This warranty offers peace of mind due to the power output guarantee for your home for 30 years.

Peak Performance

Under optimum conditions, the maximum output of these panels is 310W with a module efficiency of 18.9%.

These panels also perform excellently with a low -0.40% temperature coefficient of Pmax and a nominal operating cell temperature of 46 degrees Celsius.

Datasheet: RG Series

hyundai R series

SG Series

The SG Series is one of Hyundai’s Perc Shingled cell series with a maximum power output of 350W and a module efficiency of 20.2%. This series is designed for both commercial and residential applications.

Features

  • Monocrystalline silicon solar cell
  • Perc shingled cell technology
  • 25-year product warranty
  • 30-year performance warranty with 84.8% power output guarantee
  • 0.55% annual degradation rate
  • 2400 Pa wind load and 5400 Pa snow load capacity
  • corrosion-resistant

Cell technology

The Hyundai SG series uses PERC shingled technology that provides ultra-high efficiency of over 20% with improved performance under low irradiation. This technology maximises the installation capacity of the panels in limited space.

Efficiency

This series boasts a high efficiency of 98.0% in the initial year. With a slow annual degradation rate of 0.55%, you are guaranteed efficiency of 84.8% by the 25th year.

Warranty/ Guarantee

Hyundai solar backs its panels with a warranty of 25 years for their products. This warranty covers materials and labour. The panels also come with a performance warranty of 25 years, which exceeds the industry standard.

Peak Performance

Under the right conditions, the maximum output of these panels is 350W with a module efficiency of 20.2%. Their low temperature coefficient of Pmax of -0.34% makes them ideal for any weather.

Datasheet: SG Series

hyundai SG series

VG Series

The Hyundai VG Series is another highly efficient module balancing flexibility, high output, and aesthetics. It is designed for both residential and commercial applications.

Features

  • Monocrystalline silicon solar cell
  • Perc shingled cell technology
  • 25-year product warranty
  • 30-year performance warranty with 84.8% power output guarantee
  • Up to 20.7% module efficiency
  • 0.55% annual degradation ratesalt
  • 2400 Pa wind load and 5400 Pa snow load capacity
  • corrosion-resistant

Cell technology

The VG Series also utilises Perc Shingled cell technology. The panel is based on the 166mm cell format, resulting in fewer cells per string and a lower voltage. With a lower voltage, more panels can be used per string.

Efficiency

The VG series is among the top-rated Hyundai solar modules. Their initial power output stands at 98.0%. After the first year, the efficiency drops and maintains at about 94% for the next ten years. The panels reach an efficiency of 84.8% by the 25th year when their performance warranty expires.

Warranty/ Guarantee

These panels come with a 25-year product warranty on both materials and workmanship and a linear power warranty of 25-years.

Peak Performance

The maximum performance of the Hyundai VG Series solar panels is 405W for a 340-cell module with high efficiency of 20.7%. This series is one of Hyundai’s top performers.

Datasheet: VG Series

VG series

UF Series

The UF Series is Hyundai’s most efficient panel, boasting a maximum module efficiency of 21.3% and a power rating of up to 400W.

Features

  • M3+ shingled cells (360 cells)
  • Perc shingled cell technology
  • 25-year product warranty
  • 25-year performance warranty with 84.8% power output guarantee
  • 0.55% annual degradation ratesalt
  • 2400 Pa wind load and 5400 Pa snow load capacity
  • Corrosion-resistant
  • Anti light induced degradation and potential induced degradation

Cell technology

While most solar panel manufacturers use larger cells (166mm/182mm) to design their solar panels, the UF Series uses the smaller, older M3/158.75mm cell size that uses 10 strings of 36 cells. The shingled panels have several layers of solar cells that link each other. The cells are electrically connected using an electrically conductive adhesive.

Efficiency

The UF Series comes with an initial efficiency of 98.0%. After 25 years, when the warranty expires, the panels exhibit an efficiency of 84.8%, which is still high compared to most solar panels.

Warranty/ Guarantee

Hyundai offers a 25-year product warranty on materials and workmanship (Australia and EU only) and a linear power warranty of 25 years as well on their UF Series. With such a strong backing, you are assured that your investment will be safe for the entirety of the panel’s lifetime.

Peak Performance

Under optimal conditions, the UF series produces up to 400W. Also, they have a high module efficiency of 21.3% and a temperature coefficient of Pmax of -0.340%.

Datasheet: UF Series

VG series

Latest leap forwards for Hyundai panels

Since its founding, Hyundai has produced quality solar panels with a high-efficiency rating. Their panels are affordable, durable, and can withstand rigorous weather conditions. Some of their panels include the Hyundai RI Series, RG Series, HG Series, SG Series, VG Series, and UF Series, with module efficiencies ranging from18% to 21%.

The Shingle Perc Module, the VI Series, is Hyundai’s most recent creation. The module is available in Australian and European markets and will soon be available in the global solar market.

This series features three panels with power outputs of 470W, 475W, and 480W. Their module efficiency ranges from 20.1% to 20.5%. This series is among the best panels in the market.

Hyundai continues to shock the global market with its breath-taking innovations. Currently, the company is among the top-rated PV solar manufacturers in the industry.

Latest leap forwards for Hyundai panel

Why Hyundai solar panels?

Hyundai Heavy Industries Green Energy, a subsidiary of Hyundai Heavy Industries, has been manufacturing solar energy since 2005 and produces Tier 1 solar modules. This company has been in business for a long time, giving you security and confidence that they will still be operating when the panels’ lifetime ends.

Each Hyundai solar panel comes with a 10-year product warranty and a 25-year performance warranty (30-year performance warranty for the RG series). Hyundai’s performance warranty is higher than the average market offer.

Hyundai solar provides panels with a high module efficiency of 19.0%. The per-square-foot power generation of the panels is much higher than most brands in the industry.

All the Hyundai solar panels meet the Australian Government Initiative standards. The panels have gone through and passed all UL/VDE lab tests at the Hyundai Research and Development Centre, an accredited test laboratory for the UL and VDE global safety certifications.

Hyundai solar panels are tough enough to withstand the harsh conditions in Australia. Their mechanical strength is unmatched as they can withstand strong winds and heavy snow. Therefore, these panels have been approved to be installed in the Northern territory.

Cell technology

Hyundai solar panels feature PERL (Passivated Emitter Rear Locally-Diffused solar cell), PERC (Passive Emitter and Rear Cell), and shingled cell technologies.

PERL cell technology

The monocrystalline PERL cells adopt the Local Black Surface Field technology on their backside. PERL combines both PERC and PERT technologies to produce higher efficiency cells. PERL monocrystalline cells’ front and rear surfaces are passivated like PERC cells.

What sets these two technologies apart is that for PERL cells, the rear surface is locally diffused at the metal contacts only to decrease the recombination rate and maintain a good electrical contact at the same time.

At the module level, a higher open-circuit voltage can be reached for the N-type PERL solar cells featuring a low doped boron emitter and SiO2 passivated rear. Besides, the high conversion efficiency of about 22% or more can be achieved by PERL solar cells featuring a high surface concentration boron emitter and a passivated PECVD SiN x rear.

PERL cells have a high life expectancy and can achieve an efficiency of up to 25%.

PERC cell technology

PERC technology cells feature an additional dielectric passivation layer on the rear surface. This aims to increase the energy conversion of the cells for high energy output. The dielectric passivation layer also reduces electric recombination that may block electrons’ free flow through the cell. This increases the efficiency of the module.

The light capturing ability of the cell is also increased, producing more energy that makes the cells efficient.

Shingled Cell Technology

Typically, conventional solar panels consist of 60 to 72 solar cells that are electrically connected using metallic busbars. The solar cells have gaps around them, allowing busbars to cross over, linking them together.

Shingled solar panels are quite different from conventional half-cut solar panels. A shingled solar panel is split 5 times. Therefore, if 1/5th of the panels are shaded, the standard half-cell only pumps 50% of electricity. In comparison, shingled solar panel pumps up to 80%, feeding an additional 30% of electricity into your solar inverter.

Hyundai solar panel specification/ datasheet

 RGSGVGUF
Cell Number60 cells340 cells 340 cells 360 cells
Cell TypeMonocrystallinePerc Monocrystalline Shingled silicon cellPerc Monocrystalline Shingled cellM3+ shingled cells
Power Output295W – 310W350W405W400W
Panel Efficiency18.9%20.2%20.7%21.3%
Annual Power Degradation0.6%0.55%0.55%0.55%
Dimensions998mmW x 1,640mm Lx 35mmH1,622 × 1,068 × 35mm (L × W × H)1,719 × 1,140 × 35mm (L × W × H)1,646×1,140×35 mm (L×W×H)
Weight17.5kg19.8kg22.0kg20.5kg
Product Warranty12 year25 years25 years25 years
Performance Warranty30 year25 year25 year25 years
Operational Temperature Range46°C ± 2-40 ~ 85°C-40 ~ 85°C-40 ~ 85°C
Made inSouth KoreaSouth KoreaSouth KoreaSouth Korea

Hyundai company history

Hyundai is one of the largest companies in the world, widely known for its car manufacturing business. This company was founded in 1947, and it currently holds the third position in auto manufacturing globally.

Hyundai Heavy Industries Group, a division of the Hyundai Group, was formed in 1972 and is a global leader and innovator in renewable energy. HHI employs over 48,000 employees and is a worldwide leader with over $30 billion in revenue. The company entered the solar industry in 2005 as Hyundai Green Energy but was later renamed Hyundai Energy Solutions in 2019.

Hyundai Solar set foot in the Australian solar Market in 2009 and has an office in Martin Place, Sidney. In 2011, the company exited the Australian market leaving many unhappy customers, but it began resupplying solar modules in Australia in 2018. Currently, they have signed up distribution agreements with several supply partners, including Solar Juice.

With an Australian office, homeowners can be assured that their warranty claims will be addressed immediately. Also, it will be much easier and faster to contact the company in case of any quality and performance issues with the panels.

Conclusion

From the above review, Hyundai solar panels seem to be an excellent choice for residential and commercial installations. The panels are priced competitively, and their quality and warranties are impressive. If you are looking for top-notch panels on a budget, Hyundai panels are an excellent choice.