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Solar Energy Companies Today

Top Solar Manufacturers and Installers

Solar energy is today the main source of power for almost 1 million U.S. homes that are using solar panels to produce clean electricity instead of relying only on the electricity received from their utility company.

If you plan to use solar energy and reduce your energy bills you need to know what are the major solar energy companies in the world today and how can you benefit from their products and services.

Types of Solar Energy Companies

The solar energy sector involves today several types of solar companies involved in manufacturing or assembling panels, solar installers, financing companies for solar, and wholesale companies for solar panels.

1. Solar Panel Manufacturers

These are solar companies that are manufacturing solar cells and solar panels, some of them being involved in R&D (research and development), while others being only assemblers of solar panels.

2. Solar Installers

These are the solar companies that install solar panels on your rooftop.

We can include here the companies that cover the entire country and also small contractors that are offering their services only locally.

3. Financing Companies for Solar

These companies are helping homeowners to install solar PV system and lower their energy bills.

A solar PV system that can produce enough power to cover most of your energy needs is not cheap, but due to these financial companies, homeowners can get a loan to buy the PV system, can lease the system or can sign power purchase agreements.

4. Wholesale Companies for Solar Panels

From the manufacturer that could be located on the other side of the planet, the solar panels get through a pretty complicated distribution network before being installed on your rooftop.

The solar panel manufacturers are sending the solar panels to wholesale companies, which will then distribute the PV panels to the installation companies, and these are the companies that will put the panels on your rooftop.

The financial companies will be involved if a loan, a solar lease or a power purchase agreement is signed.

Top Solar Energy Companies in the World

Solar Manufacturers

Jinko Solar

with the headquarters in Shanghai, China, is today the largest solar manufacturer in the world that shipped in 2017 around 9.81 GW in solar modules.

For 2018, the company plans to produce and ship around 12 GW in solar modules.

Jinko Solar started as a wafer manufacturer in 2006, and was first listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in 2010.

Trina Solar

with the headquarters in Changzhou, China, is today the second largest solar manufacturer in the world.

Trina Solar was founded in 1997 by Jifan Gao, and today is a major producer and developer of silicon ingots, wafers and solar cells and also assembler of solar modules.

Trina Solar shares can’t be trade on NYSE today because the company decided to go private after being delisted from NYSE.

Canadian Solar

with the headquarters in Guelph (Ontario), Canada, is a major solar manufacturer and also a developer of solar energy solutions.

The company was founded in 2001 by Dr. Shawn Qu and today beside being a solar manufacturer it created a large number of utility-scale projects in North America, South America and Europe.

Canadian Solar shares can be traded on NASDAQ as CSIQ.

Hanwha Q CELLS

with the headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, is a large manufacturer and developer of high-quality and high-efficiency solar cells and solar modules.

Q-Cells was founded in 1999, and since 2012 is part of the Hanwha Group.

Hanwha Q CELLS shares are listed on NASDAQ as HQCL.

JA Solar Holdings

is a major designer, developer and manufacturer of solar cells and solar module products with the headquarters in Yangpu district (Shanghai), China.

The company was founded in 2005 under the name of 2005 as JingAo Solar Co. Ltd.

Its shares are no longer listed on NASDAQ.

LONGi Green Energy Technology

is a major solar manufacturer and a developer of solar projects with the headquarters in Xi’an (Shaanxi province), China.

LONGi Green Energy Technology is considered today the world largest manufacturer of monocrystalline silicon wafers.

The company was founded on February 14, 2000 under the name of Xi’an LONGi Silicon Materials Corporation, and changed its name to LONGi Green Energy Technology in February 2017.

LONGi Green Energy Technology shares can be traded on the Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE).

GCL System Integration Technology

with the headquarters in Suzhou, China, is a major provider of solar energy solutions such as solar modules, horizontal single-axis trackers for solar panels and lithium-ion batteries.

The company is part of the GOLDEN CONCORD Group (GCL), which is an international energy conglomerate providing solutions for clean and sustainable energy.

On the Shenzhen Stock Exchange (SZSE), the shares of the GCL System Integration Technology can be found under the code 002506.

Risen Energy

with the headquarters in Ningbo, China, is a major developer, manufacturer and seller of solar cells, solar modules and other solar products.

The company produces high performance solar modules, black and smart PV modules, BIPV modules, small area solar modules, solar backup systems, solar lamps and pumps, home PV systems, and is also providing service for solar panels.

On the Shenzhen Stock Exchange Market (SZSE), you can find the Risen Energy shares under the code 300118.

Yingli Green Energy

is another world manufacturer of solar cells and solar modules with the headquarters in Baoding (Hebei province), China.

The company produces silicon ingots, wafers and solar cells, and also assembles solar modules.

Yingli Solar was founded in 1997 and was considered the world’s largest PV module manufacturer in the world between 2012 and 2013.

In 2018, Yingli Solar shares were de-listed from NYSE, so today you can find them listed under the name of YGEHY only on the OTC Markets Group.

Talesun Solar Technologies

with the headquarters in Changshu,Suzhou (Jiangsu Province), China, is a major manufacturer of solar cells and solar modules and also a developer of solar power plants.

The company was founded in 2010, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Jiangsu Zhongli Group.

Its shares are listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange Market (SZSE) under the code 002309.

Solar Installers

SolarCity Corporation

is headquartered in San Mateo, California, and is a subsidiary of Tesla, Inc.

The company provides solar energy solutions such as manufacturing and installation services for residential and commercial solar PV systems in the U.S.

SolarCity has been founded in 2006 by two brothers Peter and Lyndon Rive, and in 2016 merged with Tesla, Inc.

GRID Alternatives

is a nonprofit organization that brings clean energy technology to the low-income communities and also creates opportunities for jobs in the renewable energy sector.

The company was founded in 2001 (during the California energy crisis) by Erica Mackie, P.E., and Tim Sears, P.E., two engineering professionals who prior worked to implement large-scale renewable energy projects for the private sector.

GRID Alternatives is headquartered in Oakland, California, but also serves families in Colorado and Washington.

Sungevity

is an electricity company working with solar energy and is headquartered in Oakland, California.

The company is specialized in designing residential solar PV systems, provides financial solutions, installs and manages the PV system, and provides maintenance services and an improved performance of the panels.

Sungevity was founded in 2007, and today uses a proprietary Remote Solar Design (RSD) tool to offer a quote and a system design option without visiting the home.

SunPower Corporation

is an American energy company that develops and manufactures crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells and solar modules using an all-back-contact solar cell invented at Stanford University.

In 1985, EOS Electric Power was founded by Richard Swanson and Richard (Dick) Crane (engineers at the Swanson lab), and later in 1988, the company changes its name into SunPower when Robert Lorenzini joined the team.

SunPower shares are listed on NASDAQ with the name SPWR.

Real Goods Solar

is an American solar company with the headquarters in Denver, Colorado that is specialized in residential and commercial solar PV installation.

The company was founded in 1978 by John Schaeffer that started with a general store selling goods for off-grid living at fair prices.

Today, the company operates in California, Connecticut, Colorado, Maryland, Missouri, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Vermont, and also Hawaii (under the name of Sunetric).

RGS Energy stocks are listed on NASDAQ as RGSE.

Vivint Solar

is another American solar energy company with the headquarters in Lehi, Utah that designs, installs and maintains solar PV systems.

This company was founded in 2011 and was launched as a residential solar provider.

Today, Vivint Solar operates in 21 U.S. states, and its shares are on NYSE under the name VSRL.

SunEdison

is one of the leading solar-power companies in the world and its headquarters are located in Maryland Heights, Missouri and Belmont, California.

The company manufactures high purity silicon ingots, wafers, solar modules, solar PV systems, and solar module racking systems.

In addition, SunEdison is a major developer, builder, owner, and operator of solar energy plants and wind power plants.

The company was founded under the name Monsanto Electronic Materials Company (MEMC) on August 6, 1959, as a silicon wafer–manufacturing division of Monsanto (a U. S. -based multinational corporation).

In November 2009, MEMC acquired SunEdison LLC (a privately owned company) that was at that time the largest solar energy services provider in North America.

SunEdison LLC was founded by Jigar Shah (a clean energy entrepreneur) in 2003.

SunEdison shares were delisted in 2016 from the NYSE, and today you can find them only on the over-the-counter (OTC) market under the name SUNQE.

NRG Clean Power

is a solar energy company that is devoted to sustainability and energy efficiency.

NRG Clean Power has today several offices in California (Los Angeles, San Jose and San Diego) and provides multiple services and options (installation, financial services, maintenance, etc.) for its solar customers.

The company is a subsidiary of NRG Energy (NRG Energy shares can be found on NYSE as NRG).

Sunnova

is a solar energy company based in Houston, Texas, that provides several solar services including installation (with national coverage in the U.S.) and maintenance.

The company was founded in 2012 by a team of entrepreneurs that prior worked in the solar energy sector.

Sunrun

is a U.S.-based provider of residential solar energy with the headquartered in San Francisco, California.

Sunrun was founded in January 2007 by Lynn Jurich, Ed Fenster, and Nat Kreamer using a business model based on solar lease and the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).

Today, the company provides services such as installation and maintenance service for solar PV systems, monitoring and also repairs.

Sunrun shares can be found on NASDAQ as RUN.

Solar Wholesale Companies and Solar Financers

Several large solar manufacturers that come from Asia, Europe and America, have their own distribution system that also includes wholesale companies and in some cases even contractors for solar PV systems installation.

At the same time, many of the solar installers mentioned above are providing beside installation and maintenance services for solar PV systems, also several financial solutions for their clean products.

Article written by:

I am a writer and reporter for the clean energy sector, I cover climate change issues, new clean technologies, sustainability and green cars. Danny Ovy

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