Maps available for selected companies using pull-down menus above or hyperlinks below
The most recently published list of leading solar module producers for utility-scale applications is shown below.
This shows the situation at the end of 2014.
Solar module supplier
First Solar [US]
Yingli Solar [CN]
Canadian Solar [CA]
SunPower Corporation [US]
Trina Solar [CN]
Hanwha SolarOne [KR]
Ja Solar [CN]
MEMC Corporation [US]
REC (Renewable Energy Corp) [NO]
Solar Frontier [JP] (part of: Showa Shell)
Changzhou EGing [CN]
Tianwei New Energy [CN]
Astronergy [CN] (part of: Chint Group)
Conergy [DE] (now part of: Kawa Capital)
Sunwell Solar [TW]
We list the supplier of the solar modules because this is the key sub-system - the one that converts light into electricity.
Most flat panel solar modules applied to utility-scale projects are the same as those used for other applications, though a few are tailored for ground mounted or large-scale applications.
A small minority of projects, however, use concentrator panels, which are only suitable for large-scale free-field applications.
The EPC contractor will normally select the supplier and procure the solar modules.
The data used for the analysis and the table on the left is derived from operating projects of 4MWAC+ on the Wiki-Solar Database, according to these criteria.
Solar module suppliers are identified against 49.6% of the operating capacity on the Wiki-Solar Database (of which these top 23 account for 41%). The total capacity for Solar module suppliers listed may therefore be on average up to twice that identified here (though some do confirm details of their portfolio to Wiki-Solar).
Some suppliers in this list also fulfil other roles in utility-scale projects, as developers and/or EPC contractors for example. The figures quoted here apply only to their solar module supplies. Where companies have maps, however, these will show all their projects.
The key component of a solar power station, which converts light to DC electricity