Top Solar Panel Manufacturers in the World

The Top Solar Panel Manufacturers

The Top Solar Panel Manufacturers

Welcome to this informative article.

In this page we will list you which are the top solar panel manufacturers in the world so that you can easily find the best solar panels for your needs.

From a thorough research and organization of information, a complete and easy-to-consult list of the most important manufacturing companies of solar panels was born. In this list you will find many useful information, technical data sheets and curiosities, that will guide you in choosing the best solar panels for your system.

You will have a brief schematic presentation of the manufacturing companies. In fact, there will be information on the country where they were founded, on their website and on the year when they started producing and are on the market. In addition to this information, you will find a brief description on each of their "top" panels, so that you can make a quick comparison between the different construction characteristics and the different quality performances.

Finally, you can also compare the guarantees that each manufacturer offers in order to make a long-lasting and safe investment over time. The best solar panels actually are those that meet the individual and different needs of each of us; needs that vary according to many parameters such as the place of installation, the available space, the temperature and so on. Considering these parameters we can choose our best solar panel. Here is the list of the 10 most important solar panel manufacturers in the world, sorted by the year in which they started mass production of their solar panels.

Manufacturer Headquarters Starting year
Panasonic-Sanyo Japan and Malaysia 1975
Kyocera Solar Japan and Arizona (USA) 1978
SunPower California (USA) 1985
Trina Solar China 1997
Yingli Solar China 1998
First Solar Arizona (USA) 1999
Canadian Solar Canada 2001
Suntech China 2001
LG Solar South Korea 2010

The Trina Solar group was elected by the IHS Markit as the world's best solar panel manufacturer of the year 2016. In 2017 it maintained the title of second largest manufacturer of PV modules in the world, with a production of 6.5 GW . The first one was Jinko Solar.

List of the best solar panels in the world

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Comparative table

The best solar panels for... Brand
Efficiency •   Sunpower (21,5%)
•   LG Solar (19,5%)
•   Panasonic-Sanyo (19,1%)
Power tolerance •   Panasonic-Sanyo (0/+10%)
•   Sunpower (0/+5%)
•   LG Solar (0/+3%)
NOCT •   Sunpower (41,5°C)
•   Panasonic-Sanyo (44°C)
•   Trina Solar (44°C ± 2ºC)
Temperature coefficient •   First Solar (-0,28% / °C)
•   Panasonic-Sanyo (-0,29% / °C)
•   Sunpower (-0,30% / °C)
Product warranty •   Sunpower (25 years)
•   Panasonic-Sanyo (15 years)
•   LG Solar (12 years)
Snow and wind load •   LG Solar (5400 and 6000 Pa)
•   Canadian Solar (4000 and 6000 Pa)
•   Suntech (3800 and 5400 Pa)
Drainage system •   Panasonic-Sanyo
•   SolarWorld
Junction box waterproofing •   Suntech (IP68)
•   Canadian Solar (IP67)
•   LG Solar (IP67)
Compatibility with 1500V systems •   First Solar
•   Canadian Solar (Dymond panel)

Are there other important world manufacturers?

Of course! Among the world manufacturers of solar panels that deserve attention, there are also Jinko Solar, Sharp Solar, Motech Solar, Solsonica, Microsun, Schueco, Hanwha Q CELLS, Neo Solar Power, LDK Solar, Deutsche Cell, Bosch Solar Energy, JA Solar, Bp Solar, Risen Energy, SFCE, ReneSola, Rec Sun and Siliken.