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Leading suppliers of modules for utility-scale solar power plant

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.

Rank

Solar module supplier

Projects number

Capacity MWp

1

First Solar [US]

143

4,618

2

Yingli Solar [CN]

77

1,246

3

Suntech [CN]

77

1,024

4

Canadian Solar [CA]

80

969

5

SunPower Corporation [US]

46

867

6

Trina Solar [CN]

68

833

7

JinkoSolar [CN]

44

827

8

Hanwha SolarOne [KR]

39

580

9

Ja Solar [CN]

26

551

10

Hanwha Q.Cells [KR]

45

502

11

Kyocera [JP]

13

436

12

ReneSola [CN]

30

296

13

MEMC Corporation [US]

12

277

14

REC (Renewable Energy Corp) [NO]

22

270

15

Solar Frontier [JP] (part of: Showa Shell)

18

238

16

Changzhou EGing [CN]

10

210

17

Tianwei New Energy [CN]

17

172

18

Astronergy [CN] (part of: Chint Group)

12

170

19

Conergy [DE] (now part of: Kawa Capital)

13

144

20

Sharp [JP]

12

142

21

LDK [CN]

17

137

22

SolarWorld [DE]

13

120

23

Sunwell Solar [TW]

3

109

The primary generating units

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.

Basis of the data used

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.

Solar modules

The key component of a solar power station, which converts light to DC electricity

First Solar modules march across the desert as construction of the Agua Caliente Solar Project progresses