From 2024, all second-generation Huawei solar technologies entering the Australian market will become iStore. The move comes as political reaction leaves a sour taste for the telecommunications giant whose solar inverter business is less than 1% of the company revenue globally, deeming the Australian market more of a complication towards achieving long-term goals.
Headquartered in Chatswood, NSW (North of Sydney), Huawei will remain in Australia at a reduced capacity, providing support for existing technologies in the field and the upcoming iStore solar suite of Huawei Gen2 solar hardware in an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) capacity. It’s widely known that Solargain PV is a significant investor in the iStore product range, which should provide a level of Australian-owned consumer confidence in the technology.
However, what is confirmed is that iStore-labelled products will operate only with iStore firmware/software and not Huawei FusionSolar. Therefore, devices will not be cross-compatible (for example, iStore battery on a Huawei inverter). Existing Huawei inverter owners must seek a Huawei battery for hybrid inverter compatibility and vice versa.
McKercher Corporation subsidiaries, PSW Energy and Perth Solar Warehouse, have an enduring history with Huawei solar products thanks to a stable reputation since the breakthrough launch in 2018. However, with user experience heavily centred around software in 2023, proof of sufficient form and function is required. We wish iStore all the best in a new chapter, continuing the outstanding reputation Huawei has introduced with its energy technology.