List of photovoltaics companies

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This is a list of notable photovoltaics (PV) companies.

Grid-connected solar photovoltaics (PV) is the fastest growing energy technology in the world, with 50% annual increases in cumulative installed capacity in 2006 and 2007, to an estimated 7.7 GW. This translates into 1.5 million homes with rooftop photovoltaics feeding into the electricity grid worldwide.[1] During 2007, investment in new solar photovoltaic manufacturing facilities was strong in Europe, Japan, China, Taiwan and the United States, with many new operations reported.[2] Since October 2009, the Canadian province of Ontario has had vast success with the implementation of their feed-in tariff incentive for grid-connected solar systems. Ontario is currently leading the way in North America with this comprehensive renewable energy incentive.[3]

Photovoltaics companies include PV capital equipment producers, cell manufacturers, panel manufacturers and installers. The list does not include silicon manufacturing companies.

Photovoltaic manufacturers[edit]

Top ten[edit]

Yearly Ranking

Top 10 solar module players in the world

Solar modules, as the final products to be installed to generate electricity, are regarded as the major components to be selected by customers willing to choose solar PV energy. Solar module manufacturers must be sure that their products can be sustainable for application periods of more than 25 years. As a result, major solar module players have their products be proved by publically recognized testing organizations and guarantee their durable efficiency rate for a certain period of years. The solar PV market has been growing for the past few years. According to solar PV research company, PVinsights, worldwide shipment of solar modules in 2011 was around 25 GW, and the shipment year over year growth was around 40%. The top 5 solar module players in 2011 in turns are Suntech, First Solar, Yingli, Trina, and Canadian. The top 5 solar module companies possessed 51.3% market share of solar modules, according to PVinsights' market intelligence report.

2011 RankingMarketshareSolar Module Company2010 rankingMarketshareCountry
15.8%Suntech18.1%China China
25.7%First Solar27.9%United States USA
34.8%Yingli Solar46.4%China China
44.3%Trina Solar56.1%China China
54.0%Sungen Solar65.3%China China
62.8%Sharp3[4]Japan Japan
72.8%Sunpower8[4]United States USA
82.7%Hanwha Solarone7[4]South Korea South Korea
92.3%Jinko>10[4]China China
101.9%REC10[4]Norway Norway

Top 10 solar cell players

According to an annual market survey by the photovoltaics trade publication Photon International, global production of photovoltaic cells and modules in 2009 was 12.3 GW. The top ten manufacturers accounted for 45% of this total.[7] In 2010, a tremendous growth of solar PV cell shipments doubled the solar PV cell market size. According to the solar PV market research company,PVinsights, Suntech topped the ranking of solar cell production. Most of the top ten solar PV producers doubled their shipment in 2010 and five of them were over one gigawatt shipments.The top ten solar cell producers dominated the market with an even higher market share, say 50~60%, with respect to an assumed twenty gigawatt cell shipments in 2010

Solar Cell CompanyCountry2009 shipment(MW)2010 shipment(MW)
SuntechChina China7041572
JA SolarChina China5201464
First SolarUnited States USA11001411
Yingli SolarChina China525.31062
Trina SolarChina China3991057
Motech SolarTaiwan Taiwan360924
Q-CellsGermany Germany586907
GintechTaiwan Taiwan368827
SharpJapan Japan595774
Sungen SolarChina China193588

Note: 2009 shipments of Motech and Canadian Solar are by PVinsights.

Quarterly ranking

Top 10 Solar Module Companies Quarterly.gif

Although yearly ranking is as listed above, quarterly ranking can indicate that which company can sustain particular conditions such as sever price adjustment, Government Feed-in Tariff change, Weather conditions and etc. In 2Q11, First solar regained Championship of solar module shipment from Suntech.From the 2Q11 results, four phenomena should be noticed. (1) Thin Film leader First Solar still dominates (2) More Centralized in solar module market (3) Chinese companies soared (4) Giga-Watt game is prevailing. (According to Latest Solar Model Shipment report by PVinsigts)[8]

Thin-film ranking Thin films represented 16.8% of total global production, up from 12.5% in 2008. The top ten thin-film producers were:

1 Estimated

Listed by manufacturing capability[edit]

Notable PV Production Lines in 2009, Technology, Capacity & Production[7][9][10]
CompanyCountryTechnologyCapacity (MW)Production (MW)
BP SolarSpainLaser buried grid2-80--1215401-
AustraliaMC Screen print-52--3335401-
Greenshine New EnergyUSA--43--2527301-
Canadian SolarCanada-0100270420040102.8200
China SunergyChina--192320320-80100-120194
E-Ton SolarTaiwan--200320320356297220
Evergreen Solar4USAString ribbon-1758.5145131626.5103.4
GermanyString ribbon-90--1550--
ChinaString ribbon--------
First SolarUSACdTe-119147160601191451143
JA Solar HoldingsChina--22575080030132300520
Mitsubishi ElectricJapan--150220220111121148120
Mitsubishi HeavyJapan--1442681314401421
MX GroupItaly---6090--3767
Neo Solar PowerTaiwan--602102404361351201
Ningbo Solar ElectricChina--100250-270350-1001751260
Photovoltech NVBelgium--80808018298054
Germany (Calyxo)-08251001311
Germany (Solibro)-00303000514
Germany (Sontor)-0825-0113.6-
Renewable Energy CorporationNorway----150--80115
Schott SolarGermany-1181622053558374138218
SolarPark KoreaSouth KoreaCrystalline silicon---170---90
Trina SolarChina--110350600-29210399
United Solar OvonicUSAThin Film Flexible amorphous silicon-118117811502848112.6123.4

1 Estimated production/capacity[7]
2 Plant closed in 2009.[11]
3 Production greater than capacity due to closing of some production lines in mid-year.
4 Filed for bankruptcy on Aug 15, 2011[12] According to EnergyTrend, the 2011 Global Top Ten Polysilicon, Solar Cell and Solar Module Manufacturers by capacity are found in countries including People's Republic of China, United States, Taiwan, Germany, Japan, and Korea.

In 2011, the global top ten polysilicon makers by capacity are as follows, GCL, Hemlock, OCI, Wacker, LDK, REC, MEMC, Tokuyama, LCY and Woongjin, represented by People's Republic of China, United States, Taiwan, Germany, Japan and South Korea.

2011 global top ten polysilicon manufacturers by capacity[edit]

CompanyCapacity (Tons)Country

On the other hand, the 2011 global top ten solar cell makers by capacity are dominated by both Chinese and Taiwanese companies, including Suntech, JA Solar, Trina, Yingli, Motech, Gintech, Canadian Solar, NeoSolarPower, Hanwha Solar One and JinkoSolar.

2011 global top ten solar cell manufacturers by capacity[edit]

CompanyCapacity (MW)Country
JA Solar2,100China
Trina Solar1,900China
Motech Solar1,500Taiwan
Canadian Solar1,300China
Neo Solar Power1,300Taiwan
Hanwha Solar One1,100Korea

In terms of solar module by capacity, the 2011 Global Top Ten are: Suntech, LDK, Canadian Solar, Trina, Yingli, Hanwha Solar One, Solar World, Jinko Solar, Sunneeg and Sunpower, represented by makers in People's Republic of China and Germany.

2011 global top ten solar module manufacturers by capacity[edit]

CompanyCapacity (MW)Country
Canadian Solar2,000China
Trina Solar1,900China
Hanwha Solarone1,500Korea

In terms of wafer and cell capacities, both makers from Taiwan and China have demonstrated significant year over year growth from 2010 to 2011.

China and Taiwan production capacity[edit]

China (MV)Taiwan (MV)
2010 Wafer Capacity15,3002,640
2011 Wafer Capacity26,0005,020
year over year growth70%90%
2010 Cell Capacity11,2005,415
2011 Cell Capacity24,00010,045
year over year growth114%86%

Solar photovoltaic production by country[edit]

China now manufactures almost half of the world’s solar photovoltaics (China and Taiwan together share 60% of the world market). China’s production has been rapidly escalating – in 2001 it had less than 1% of the world market.

Data on the world's largest solar PV producers including China, Taiwan, US, Japan, Germany solar PV production 2001-2010


Other companies[edit]

Other notable companies include:[14][15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ REN21 (2008). Renewables 2007 Global Status Report (PDF) p. 6.
  2. ^ REN21 (2008). Renewables 2007 Global Status Report (PDF) p. 19.
  3. ^ [1] Ontario Power Authority FIT success press release, March 10, 2010
  4. ^ a b c d e 2011 top 10 solar module players by PVinsights Monthly report
  5. ^ PVinsights
  6. ^ Renewables 2012 Global Status Report
  7. ^ a b c Hirshman, W. P., "Surprise, surprise (cell production 2009: survey)," Photon International, (March 2010), pp. 176-199.
  8. ^
  9. ^ Hirshman, W. P., "Little smiles on long faces (cell production 2008: survey)," Photon International, (March 2009), pp. 170-206.
  10. ^ Hirshman, W. P., G. Hering, and M. Schmela, "Gigawatts — the measure of things to come (cell production 2006: survey)," Photon International, (March 2007), pp. 136-166.
  11. ^ BP Solar closes its Spanish factories
  12. ^ Evergreen Solar Seeks Bankruptcy
  13. ^ "US-China Solar Trade Case Background". Retrieved 19 March 2012. 
  14. ^ Land of Giants: PV Players and Prospects Renewable Energy World, 13 March 2008. Retrieved on 18 April 2008.
  15. ^ Land of giants: PV majors making waves Renewable Energy World, 15 March
  16. ^ Sacramento Solar
  17. ^ [2]
  18. ^ SolarEdge Solar Inverters
  19. ^ Zebra Energy Solar Modules
  20. ^ Solar Green Energy

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