Top Solar Energy Companies

By Clint Ouma

The energy game has changed dramatically over recent years and has seen the emergence of some major, fast growing, and innovative solar energy companies.

As solar and other renewables become the major piece of the energy puzzle, these companies will play an unprecedented role in changing the global energy system with clean power, bringing electricity to developing nations, and innovating energy-generating applications that fit a diverse range of functions and needs.

Below we look at some of the top solar energy companies today.

Suntech

Top Solar Companies - Suntech Solar
Solar panels on China’s Bird’s Nest Olympic stadium were supplied by one of the world’s top solar companies, Suntech.

Suntech was one of China’s first solar energy companies and is now the world’s largest silicon solar panel producer.

The company has grown quickly since its establishment in September 2001 and now has a presence in 80 countries worldwide and a dynamic research and development team spread across five countries.

One of the company’s key milestones was winning a contract to supply the solar panels for the revolutionary Bird’s Nest 2008 Olympics Arena in Beijing – a 130 kW solar installation.

The business has also successfully penetrated the western market by establishing its first U.S. factory in Arizona on January 2010.

Suntech’s technology now ranks among the best in the world after attaining a photovoltaic conversion efficiency of 19% for mono crystalline solar cells and 17% for polycrystalline photovoltaic cells in 2009 and attained the 2 GW (gigawatt) mark in 2011.

First Solar

Since its inception in 1999, First Solar has grown such that now powers 2,864,816 homes and displaced nearly 4 million Metric Tons of CO2 (as of April 2012) [2].

Through continuous research and development, the company has won several awards for ground breaking work in the solar energy industry.

They’ve balanced efficiency and cost to develop the lowest cost solar panels per watt – with the price of less than 1$/watt.

Although First Solar uses cadmium tellurium (Cd-Te) panels, which are less efficient than the crystalline panels, they have been able to consistently set world records for efficiency of the Cd-Te panels, first at 13.4% and now at 14.4% [2].

The First Solar power systems are particularly attractive because they have the fastest energy payback time when compared to all other photovoltaic PV systems in the market.

Sharp Solar

Sharp Solar is a subsidiary business of the Japanese electronics giant, Sharp.

The company has been developing solar power solutions for more than 50 years and has secured a large consumer base and is well trusted in the industry.


Sharp Solar was the first of all solar energy companies to achieve 2 GW of solar cells.

They have repeatedly broken world records for solar cell conversion efficiency achieving 14.4% for polycrystalline photovoltaic module in 2008 and 35.8% for triple junction compound solar cells.

The company’s development has been greatly supported by the fast growth of the local Japanese solar market.

Yingli Green Energy

Cheap production costs are a common characteristic of most Chinese manufacturing companies.

Yingli Green Energy Company has taken advantage of these cheaper labor and material costs to focus on innovation in order to maintain a competitive edge.

The company develops products across the entire photovoltaic value chain.

These products include poly silicon material, ingots, wafers, solar cells and photovoltaic modules. In this way, the company has been able to serve a wide range of clients and offer a variety of solutions to each.

Global Solar Energy Company Trends

Significant growth in the Chinese solar energy Industry has caused the prices of solar panels to drop worldwide and the latest reviews have it that seven out of the ten top solar energy companies in the world are Chinese [6].

Recent trends show that whereas Chinese solar companies are growing exponentially, some major American companies have exhibited the opposite result.

In the USA, two major solar companies which in 2009 had been among the top in the world, Solyndra in California and Evergreen Solar in Massachusetts [7] [9], filed for bankruptcy in 2011 [8].

Solyndra was a champion of the innovative Copper Indium Gallium Selenium (CIGS) solar panels, with a focus on rooftop modules. Solyndra was able to attract investors and governmental support, with sales contracts reportedly worth over $1 billion [7].

With the drastic drop in costs of solar panels over the last 3 years, Solyndra’s business model became unfeasible and the company could no longer compete, despite further government support through the US Energy Department’s loan guarantee program [9].

Article References

[1] Green World Investor – List of World’s Major Solar Energy Companies (February 2011): http://www.greenworldinvestor.com/2011/02/18/list-of-worlds-major-solar-energy-companies/

[2] First Solar – About: http://www.firstsolar.com/Corporate/About

[3] Sharp – Sharp Solar: http://www.sharp-solar.com/en/

[4] Suntech – About: http://am.suntech-power.com/about.html

[5] Yingli Solar – About Us: http://www.yinglisolar.com/us/about-us/

[6] Financial Times – China’s Rush Into Renewables: The Way The World Turns (28 November 2011): http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/0502a28a-15c9-11e1-a691-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1nmZeqJQF

[7] Green Tech Media – Top Ten Solar (April 2009): http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/top-ten-solar-companies-3794/N4/

[8] Financial Times – Energy; Sun Sets on Solar Power Group Solyndra: http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/0ee052e8-d3f7-11e0-b7eb-00144feab49a.html#axzz1p7ZX6YEL

[9] Bloomberg – Clean-Energy Advocates Urge Overhaul as Aid Shrinks 75% by 2014 (April 2012): http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-04-18/clean-energy-advocates-urge-overhaul-as-aid-shrinks-75-by-2014.html


60 Comments

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    September 24, 2014, 1:56 am

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  7. ahmed
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  11. R.S.RAWAT
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  14. Dahiru Isa
    May 31, 2014, 9:51 pm

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  15. Siraj Khan
    May 22, 2014, 6:29 pm

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  16. Edson
    May 20, 2014, 2:09 am

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    • Jackson
      July 4, 2014, 7:47 pm

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      July 15, 2014, 12:03 pm

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  17. Dr.C.Janakiram
    March 25, 2014, 5:16 am

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    • Kamlesh Tulsian
      July 14, 2014, 5:40 am

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  18. edris
    March 16, 2014, 5:06 am

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    thank
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  19. Mervin
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      July 23, 2014, 1:22 pm

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  21. shivakumar
    February 19, 2014, 1:27 pm

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  22. Larry Jing
    January 28, 2014, 3:21 pm

    Hello,

    We would like to inquire if you have in stock or can special order any of the item described below,

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    2: Grundfos SQ Flex 11 SQF -2 Submersible pump (part no 95027335)

    3: 100watt to 250watt solar panel.

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  23. mohamed firdause
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    September 15, 2013, 10:04 am

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  25. R. Krishnaraj
    July 19, 2013, 4:43 pm

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  26. Wasiq
    June 16, 2013, 8:30 pm

    Hello i am living in spain and i have a solar energy degree. Now i am in vider, texas and i want to study more about solar energy and then work for a solar energy company. I find it very interested. I know a little bit of englidh but i dominate perfectly spanish. I am 18 and have pakistani nationality. Can you help me please?
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    • mohammed
      July 29, 2013, 11:05 pm

      our company in Pakistan want to install 24 mw to sell to the grid ,do yu know any k k company bestin this field , which can generate 24 m w from just3- 6 m w array of solar panels .
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      my skype mjamal101
      thanks

      • Andrew su-kam
        April 14, 2014, 11:25 am

        Dear Mohammed,
        We are the top Solar Solutions company in India. We our the only company with our manufacturing unit and have set up more than 5000MW of solar plants. We have recently expanded our service to other countries. Do let us know if we can be of any help to you.

        Regards,

    • Navid
      July 17, 2014, 10:31 am

      Wasiq…..how you doing now….did you find the energy co….and r you still with the solar and studying….plz let me know…thanks

  27. salah el din mahmoud radwan
    March 29, 2013, 3:02 pm

    I am achairman of an electrical distribution company in north egypt (North delta electricity distribution company) .we are supplying electricity to about three million customers .we are suffering now from increasing the annual rate of consumption which reach 13% ,majority of our loads are domestic loads .
    we want to offer us some modules of solar cells which can be used for domestic installation and also for street lighing ,please the offer must be with prices arriving Egypt many thanks

    • leo de vries
      May 7, 2013, 1:46 pm

      Dear Sir,
      Please let me know the KWP you require and I will give you the best price possible. We can do turnkey projects.
      I work for one of the biggest Chinese manufacturers, and report to the CEO
      With best regards Leo de Vries

      • edris
        March 16, 2014, 5:08 am

        hello,

        do you have solar water pumps in your company, or producing?

        thanks
        edris

      • Jacqueline
        May 28, 2014, 3:24 am

        Dear Leo de varies, I’m writing to you from Sri Lanka. I would be very interested to learn more about your company as there is a large scale prj I’m trying to promote to the right partner. We require the technology + financing. It is a PPP prj. There’s a lot of interest about solar in my country. Please reply,

    • Muhammad Waseem
      February 26, 2014, 2:07 pm

      Dear Mr. Salah,

      Please share your contact details so as I can contact you with our solutions.

      Waseem

    • Michael Wallinger
      August 7, 2014, 12:20 am

      I am a german student who now wants to build up solar panel business with egypt. Please give me some details of your company, your market researches and I will find the best german product for the egyptian market.

  28. madhan kumar
    March 27, 2013, 2:09 am

    Good Morning to All,

    I need Best Solar Company details for home purpose. Iam in chennai. So that best dealers about the same. Please send the details as early.

  29. emmanuel tangale
    March 26, 2013, 12:25 pm

    i would like to order solar power for 100w with dry bettry

  30. Happison
    February 25, 2013, 9:10 am

    Am a trained pv solar installer,my aim was to start own solar installation in my country Zimbabwe.But due to economical hardships and poor background am failing to achieve it.
    so out there my good friends and solar companies i appeal for pv solar products help.
    Thanks

  31. Takhir
    February 25, 2013, 5:50 am

    I am from Kazakhstan,but right now living in California.Kazakhstan has more source of copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) spacial in my town,if some one interesting a marketing,please email,me.

  32. naresh chawara
    February 24, 2013, 5:53 am

    the solar energy hub BAP RAJASTHAN, any requirment for land or else pls contact me . 08696945205

  33. Gajendra
    December 19, 2012, 5:14 pm

    Want to inquire regarding leasing of land suitable for solar power generation in the State of Rajasthan(India).

  34. chimezie enyinnaya
    December 12, 2012, 7:15 am

    i would like to work with with your organisation.please contact me.thank you

  35. reynolds
    November 19, 2012, 2:45 pm

    hie.i am resident in Zimbabwe, and have this vision of starting a power/energy generating company using solar energy.in Zimbabwe we have abundant solar energy waiting to be taped into electricity. the project i want it to be able to produce between 5-10 megawatts of electricity. is this possible and if it is, how, who can i approach. who can give me the approximate cost of establishing such a solar power plant.i really need to know this. if there is anyone out there with knowledge of the companies that i can approach would be grateful.

  36. Nahed hammouda
    November 1, 2012, 5:56 pm

    I am very interested in residential application of Solar Energy, primarily for generating electricity for domestic use. The country is Egypt, along Red Sea(Resort Villages’ area).
    I know that many of my neighbors will join in that quest, once they see my installation start.
    I want to find contacts(Phone/email/Net) for Sharp Solar, Suntech, yingli Solar, and Siemens. Can I be provided with these contacts. Thanks

  37. Ahmad
    September 25, 2012, 6:53 am

    wd like to know more info about doing bizness in India

  38. Anthony
    September 20, 2012, 1:29 pm

    i want to know how and what iam required to partner or be your sole distributor in Kenya and east Africa region.i am a Kenyan very much interested in green energy.

    • chandra sekar thangaraj
      October 9, 2012, 6:36 pm

      hi, i am indian .i interseted in distributers in tamilnadu.i want many more details and cost

    • Karan Vijan
      October 29, 2012, 10:28 am

      Hi Anthony,

      Please email me your working details.

  39. Johnny
    September 12, 2012, 5:04 am

    Im really interested in pursueing a career in this field were would i get more information ?

    • Fama George
      December 13, 2012, 10:04 pm

      Please, how to start by doing this trade in my country, Africa. Thanks a lot. F G.

  40. mohamad
    September 1, 2012, 9:01 pm

    dear sir , madam

    would you be kind enough to send me info on the solar plates of your cmpany as
    well as the rates you charge for them

    further , may i enquire whether you facilitate shipment of solar plates overseas

    moreover my interest involves household purposes…

    thank you

    with best wishes …

  41. James
    August 15, 2012, 2:47 pm

    I’m starting a company however i want everything to be eco friendly which means solar. it will be a marketing company that improves technology to its full potential using solar energy. How can i find good solar companies with reasonable price to partner with? and what would be the cost to install these solar equipment?

    • Temujin
      September 13, 2012, 2:36 pm

      Good investment, the only problem with solar energy right now is that the cost of it is too high for the average person vs fuel. The thing is that solar energy efficiency is getting better, and the price is dropping 30% every year. So if you can stay afloat or wait for the price to drop to a reasonable amount, it will pay off.

    • andrew
      September 21, 2012, 6:57 am

      Try sunpower.

  42. PRABHAS RANJAN BARAL
    July 25, 2012, 3:32 pm

    I WANT TO WORK WITH YOUR ORGANIZATION. MY WORK OPERATIONAL AREA WILL BE FOR INDIA COUNTRY.

  43. TAZ Anthony Ganderton
    April 29, 2012, 9:55 pm

    Since 2002 many of us forward thinking Greeny “Nurds” bought “Sharp Technology”, engineered, built and supplied PhotoVoltaic panels, at about $10NZ per Watt, as they were and still are perhaps the best on the Domestic Market. With hinsight many newer converts think that they paid too much, as PV Panel prices have plummeted since “China” ( The mighty Dragon ) has “tooled up” and is now able to flood the International Market with cheaper products. “No worries”, as we say in New Zealand, as the cost of installing PV Panels and systems ( including Evacuated hot water Tube systems ), is “Relative” to the time you live in. With the Finacial down turn which has and will continue to affect all budgets, a cheaper and perhaps less efficient set of panels is now actually more expensive than it was then !!! > TAZman

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