Solar Energy Companies / The Top Ten
Companies across the globe continuously find better and more efficient ways to produce and distribute solar energy. There are also product companies that strive to develop solar powered technologies. Below are the topten companies in the world that work to produce solar powered materials:
Q-Cell. – A German company that is considered the largest manufacturer of photovoltaic cells in the world. Its total production in 2008 amounted to 574MW and is expected to reach 1.57GW by the end of 2009.
2) Sharp Solar
Sharp-World – A subsidiary of the Japanese electronics company Sharp. In 2004, it produced 342MW which accounted for 25% of that year’s world solar energy production. It is expected to produce 1GW by 2010.
SunTech-Power – A China-based company that works with solar power. It is considered the world’s largest manufacturer of solar modules and is expected to generate up to 2GW by 2010.
Global.Kyocera – A Japanese solar energy company that has production bases not only in Japan but also in China, Mexico, and Europe. It is expected to generate 650MW by 2012.
5) First Solar
FirstSolar – A US-based solar energy company with production facilities in Malaysia and Germany. It is considered the world’s largest producer of thin film cells with an annual production capacity of over 500MW. It is expected to reach 1GW towards the end of 2009.
6) Motech Solar
Motech – A major producer of photovoltaics in Taiwan and China. It has an annual production capacity of 450MW and is expected to reach 600MW towards the end of 2009.
SolarWorld – A German company that works with solar power, with business units in Europe, Africa, North America, and Asia. By 2007, it had an estimated production capacity of 385MW for silicon wafers, 205MW for solar cells, and 185MW for solar modules.
Sanyo – A Japanese electronics company that caters mostly to Germany, Spain, Italy, and the Scandinavian countries. In 2008, its production capacity was at 340MW and it expected to increase to 600MW by the end of 2010.
YingliSolar – A Chinese solar energy company with facilities in Germany, Portugal and Spain. In 2008, its production capacity was at 400MW and is expected to reach 600MW towards the end of 2009.
10) JA Solar Holdings
JA Solar – A China-based solar cell manufacturer that caters to South Korea, Germany, Spain, Sweden, and the United States. In 2007, it produced 277MW and is expected to increase its production capacity to 550MW towards the end of 2009.
There are many other notable solar energy companies in the world such as Solar Systems (http://www.solarsystems.com.au) which is building a large heliostat concentrator photovoltaic solar power station in Victoria, Australia. This plant is expected to have the capacity to generate 11MW of solar power.
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