Dispel the myth that the Latest Tier-1 Solar Panels List 2018 should be used as a quality guideline. The infamous Bloomberg Tier-1 Solar Panels List 2018 is not published by Bloomberg New Energy Finance online. Not to be confused, this alternative list named the Latest Tier 1 Solar Panels list 2018 is however, and available online.

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Although technically incorrect, as only Tier-1 solar panel manufacturers exist, for the purpose of indexing on the internet, the below lists have evolved to be known as the Latest Tier-1 Solar Panels List 2018. Consider this your most up to date online alternative to other popular Tier-1 solar panel lists available for your research requirements.

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Quarter 1.

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Quarter 2.

Manufacturer

Canadian Solar
Trina Solar 
Jinko Solar
Hanwha QCells
JA Solar 
Risen
Longi
GCL Systems
Suntech 
Seraphim
Astronergy
Znshine Solar
First Solar
Talesun
Renesola
Eging
Phono Solar 

Manufacturer

SunPower
BYD
Almaden
Sunergy
REC
Adani/ Mundra
Akcome
ET Solar
Boviet 
Lightway Solar 
Tata Solar Power 
Waaree
Hansol Technics
Hellene
Sharp 
Shinsun Solar 
Swelect

To assure you the above Latest Tier-1 Solar Panel List 2018 Q2 should not be used as a quality guideline, here are the notable omissions: 

  • LG Solar (Manufacturer of the best performing solar panel).
  • Winaico (The all-round performer).
  • SolarWatt (World’s greatest warranty). 
  • SolarWorld (40+ years of manufacturing excellence).
  • Panasonic (Refined efficiency, trusted producer).
  • Kyocera (pioneering solar for over 40-years).

Quarter 3.

Manufacturer

Jinko Solar 
JA Solar 
Canadian Solar 
Hanwha QCells
Trina Solar
Risen 
GCL Systems 
Talesun 
Suntech
Znshine Solar 
Seraphim 
Astronergy
First Solar 
Eging
BYD 
LG Electronics

Manufacturer

HT-SAAE 
WARREE
China Sunergy 
REC
Kyocera 
Akcome
ET Solar 
Vikram 
Neo Solar Power 
Lightway Solar 
S-Energy
Hansol Technics 
AU Optronics 
Hellene
Sharp 
Shinsung E&G 

Respected absentees from the Latest Tier-1 Solar Panel List 2018 Q3 include: 

  • Sunpower (World’s most efficient cell technology).
  • Winaico (The all-round performer).
  • SolarWatt (World’s greatest warranty). 
  • Panasonic (Refined efficiency, trusted producer).
  • LONGi (TUV Rheinland PV Module Energy Yield Simulation Award Winner 2017).
Note: SolarWorld America’s is now owned by SunPower Corp. An acquisition which now confirms Sunpower as the largest solar panel producer in the U.S.

Quarter 4.

Manufacturer

Jinko Solar
Canadian Solar 
JA Solar
Hanwha QCells
Trina Solar 
Risen Energy 
Longi 
GCL 
Talesun 
Suntech 
ZNShine 
Seraphim 
First Solar
Astronergy 
Phono Solar
Eging 
LG Electronics 
Renesola 

Manufacturer 

BYD
Trunsun 
HT-SAAE
Waaree 
Adani/Mundra 
Akcome 
Kyocera 
Vikram 
ET Solar 
Neo Solar Power 
Boviet
Lightway Solar 
Hansol Technics 
S-Energy
AU Optronics 
Hellene 
Sharp
Shinsung E&G 

How many manufacturers can you spot which have come on again, off again and maybe back on again in 2018? Not a very good product quality indicator. Below are some of the best not listed in Q4.

  • Sunpower (World’s most efficient cell technology).
  • Winaico (The all-round performer).
  • SolarWatt (World’s greatest warranty). 
  • Panasonic (Refined efficiency, trusted producer).
  • REC Solar (Award-winning technology innovator).

Selecting a solar panel for your home or project by a tiering system of manufacturers (not product) which fluctuate quarterly potentially isn’t the best criteria for quality assurance when buying solar. Remember, the above is an endorsement which won’t stay with your chosen solar panel for life, so why use it as a key factor in your selection process?

Testing institutes such as TUV Rheinland or DNV GL present a far greater insight and case toward product quality selection. Want to see what could happen to panels on the Latest Tier 1 Solar Panels 2018 within 5 years based on historical facts? View this: Tier-1 Solar Panels Exposed: 8 points of critical failure >

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