If you are wondering where the solar modules you just bought or are about to buy are coming from, there are many advantages that they come from one of the ten largest suppliers in the world who , in 2017 alone, shipped up to 57 GW. In the list, very few changes compared to previous years, in which the stage was clearly marked by the companies that are part of the Select a group from the Super League of Silicon Modules (SMSL, for its acronym in English). A curious fact, and another way to answer the question, is that nine of the industry’s heavyweights are located in China.
The classification has just been published by Solar Media’s head of solar intelligence, Finlay Colville, in the specialist media PV-Tech, in which he unveils the list of the largest suppliers of solar modules in 2017, in addition to forecasting trends for 2018 and analyzing the situation of a market in which, for the time being, changes seem to be simmering .
Proof of the above, several things. The first, that the three leaders of Top ten from the main suppliers (Jinko Solar, Trina Solar and Canadian Solar, in that order) have been on the podium for no more or less than three years. The second, that there is only one addition to the list compared to 2016, that of Risen Energy, which burst into the ranking to go up to the eighth position. Another sign of the lack of news comes with the dominance of SMSL companies, the Super League of Silicon Modules. The seven members of this exclusive group occupy the leading positions in the solar technology movement around the world in 2017. In addition to the three undisputed leaders, JA Solar, Hanwha Q-Cells, GCL-SI and LONGi Solar are part of this league. .
Only the seven companies that occupy the top seven positions in solar module distribution in 2017, those in the big league, are the only ones to have moved goods for more than 4 GW each throughout the year. Although they are lower, the contribution of the suppliers who close the ranking (in addition to Risen Energy, Shunfeng and Yingli Green), enabled these ten industry players move around 6 out of 10 solar modules. The percentage, PV-Tech assures, is also not notable due to its changes in recent years.
What is striking is the dominance of Chinese companies among the strongholds of the industry. In reality, 9 of the 10 companies in this ranking are operated by the Asian giant. The German Hanwha Q CELLS, located in fifth position, is the only one to break a pattern that responds to several things, including the enormous weight that Chinese domestic demand itself is acquiring, which already represents more than 50% of the world market .
This circumstance means that, despite the fact that more and more players are joining photovoltaics, future changes do not appear in the forecasts. Thus, it will be difficult for Jinko, Trina and Canadian to lose ground both because of their advantage in expeditions over the rest and because of their brand recognition around the world. Beyond the first positions in the ranking, Finlay Colville concludes in his analysis that this list has all the ballots to repeat in 2018 in which, on the one hand, the Chinese giants will follow (with the exception of Hanwha Q CELLS) and On the other hand, all the others who, with this huge market dominated by local firms, do not have the easy task of exceeding the 3 GW bar of annual deliveries which gives access to this Top ten of the solar photovoltaic industry.