A new year and another 4 quarters of fluctuating manufacturers depending on who chooses to pay to be on the Latest Tier 1 Solar Panels List 2019 or not. A reinforcement that the Latest Tier-1 Solar Panels List 2019 shouldn’t be used as a quality guideline when selecting the ideal solar panel for your home or project. 

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As per last years release, the Bloomberg Module Tiering List 2019 is not published by Bloomberg New Energy Finance online. Not to be confused, this list named the Latest Tier 1 Solar Panels list 2019 is available online.  As always, consider this your most up to date online alternative to other popular Tier-1 solar panel lists available for your research requirements.

If you would like a copy of the latest Bloomberg New Energy Finance PV Module Tiering System report, download this PDF >

Quarter 1.

Manufacturer – Annual Capacity

Jinko Solar – 10,000.
Canadian Solar – 8,700.
Risen Energy – 8,600.
JA Solar – 8,500.
Hanwha QCells – 8,000.
Trina Solar -8,000.
Longi – 7,500.
GCL Systems – 5,400.
Talesun – 4,800.
Seraphim – 4,000.
Suntech – 3,900.
Renesola – 3,500.
Znshine Solar – 3,200.
First Solar – 2,900.
Chint/Astronergy – 2,500.
LG Electronics – 2,500.
BYD – 2,400.
Eging – 2,100.

Manufacturer – Annual Capacity

Sumec/ Phono Solar – 2,000.
Jinneng – 2,000.
REC Group – 1,500.
Waaree – 1,500.
HT-SAAE – 1,500.
Adani/Mundra 1,200.
Vikram Solar – 1,100.
ET Solar – 1,000.
Neo Solar Power – 1,000.
Lightway – 1,000.
Boviet – 800.
Hansol Technics – 600.
S-Energy – 530.
AU Optronics – 500.
Shinsung – 300.
Helience – 250.
Sharp – 210.

Would you consider the below module manufacturers inferior to the above because they are not on the Latest Tier-1 Solar Panel List 2019 Q1?  

  • Sunpower (World’s most efficient cell technology).
  • Winaico (The all-round performer).
  • SolarWatt (World’s greatest warranty). 
  • Panasonic (Refined efficiency, trusted producer).
  • Kyocera (pioneering solar for over 40-years).

Quarter 2.

Manufacturer – Annual Capacity

Jinko Solar – 10,800.
Hanwha QCells – 10,700.
JA Solar – 10,500.
Canadian Solar – 8,880.
Longi – 8,800.
Risen Energy – 8,600.
Trina Solar – 8,000.
Chint/Astronergy – 5,500.
GCL Systems – 5,400.
Talesun – 5,000.
Seraphim – 5,000.
First Solar – 5,000.
Suntech – 3,900.
Renesola – 3,650.
Znshine Solar – 3,500.
LG Electronics – 2,500.
BYD – 2,400.
Akcome – 2,400.
Eging – 2,100.
Sumec / Phono Solar – 2,000.

Manufacturer – Annual Capacity

Jinneng – 2,000.
REC Group – 1,500.
Waaree – 1,500.
HT-SAAE – 1,500.
Adani/Mundra – 1,200.
Neo Solar Power / URE – 1,110.
Vikram Solar – 1,100.
Hengdian DMEGC – 1,000.
Jolywood – 1,000.
ET Solar – 1,000.
Lightway – 1,000.
Boviet – 800.
Hansol Technics – 600.
S-Energy – 530.
AU Optronics -500.
Shinsung – 300.
Helience – 250.
Sharp – 210.
Winaico – 200.

Not a very good quality guideline if the below leading solar panel manufacturers failed to make the Latest Tier-1 Solar Panel List 2019 Q2. 

  • Sunpower (World’s most efficient cell technology).
  • SolarWatt (World’s greatest warranty). 
  • Panasonic (Refined efficiency, trusted producer).
  • Kyocera (Pioneering solar for over 40-years).
  • AE Solar (Intersolar 2019 runner-up for innovation).
  • Hyundai (Top 100, Forbes 2019 World’s Most Valuable Brands).

Quarter 3.

Manufacturer – Annual Capacity

LONGi Solar – 15,000.
Jinko Solar – 10,800.
Hanwha QCells – 10,700.
JA Solar – 10,500.
Canadian Solar – 9,400.
Risen Energy – 9,100.
Trina Solar – 8,000.
First Solar – 6,200.
GCL Systems – 6,000.
Talesun – 5,800.
Seraphim – 5,000.
Renesola – 3,650.
Chint/Astronergy – 3,500.
Znshine Solar – 3,500.
Akcome – 2,600.
LG Electronics – 2,500.
BYD – 2,400.
Sunpower – 2,400.
Eging – 2,100.
Sumec / Phono Solar – 2,000.

Manufacturer – Annual Capacity

Jinneng – 2,000.
REC Group – 1,500.
Waaree – 1,500.
HT-SAAE – 1,500.
Adani/Mundra – 1,200.
Neo Solar/URE – 1,110.
Vikram Solar – 1,100.
Hengdian DMEGC – 1,000.
Jolywood – 1,000.
ET Solar – 1,000.
Lightway – 1,000.
Boviet – 800.
Hansol Technics – 600.
Vietnam Sunergy – 600.
S-Energy – 530.
AU Optronics – 500.
Shinsung – 300.
Hellene – 250.
Sharp – 210.
Winiaco – 200.

Would you consider the below module manufacturers inferior to the above because they are not on the Latest Tier-1 Solar Panel List 2019 Q3?  

  • SolarWatt (World’s greatest warranty). 
  • Panasonic (Refined efficiency, trusted producer).
  • Kyocera (pioneering solar for over 40-years).
  • AE Solar (InterSolar 2019 runner-up for innovation).
  • Hyundai (Top 100, Forbes 2019 World’s Most Valuable Brands).

Quarter 4.

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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 2019 within 5 years based on historical facts? View this: Tier-1 Solar Panels Exposed: 8 points of critical failure >

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What do you think?

Did we miss any notable omissions from the Latest Tier-1 Solar Panels List 2019? Don’t be shy, tell the world!

19 COMMENTS

    • Your insight is more than welcome Jenny. Quite simply, this is a list comprised of multiple sources already publically available on the internet brought together in an easily accessible and indexable fashion for what people are searching for. This content isn’t written to disagree with the BNEF tiering system. It is about transparency towards individual product quality against certain marketing tactics presented by deceiving sales companies which exploit tiering systems as a product quality guideline. Greater perspective needed to be offered around the term “Tier 1 solar panels” and this is all which is being conveyed here.

    • This PDF dated March 2019 is the most responsible publication released by BloombergNEF to address global concerns, that of which this article is aimed to address: Section 1 paragraph 2. We strongly recommend that module purchasers and banks do not use this list as a measure of quality, but instead consult a technical due diligence firm such as Edif ERA (formerly OST Energy), ATA Renewables, Sgurr Energy, DNV GL, Black & Veatch, TUV, E3, STS Certified, Clean Energy Associates, Solarbuyer, Pvbuyer, Enertis, Oravia, Leidos Engineering or Phoventus. These would usually consider what factory the module comes from, as well as the brand, and give an informed opinion on whether the modules will perform as expected. – Brilliant, for social responsibilty, do more to ensure this is conveyed and better publicised. Until then, there must be a publically available point for sellers and buyers to reference identifying tiering systems with limited definition are not exploited as a product quality guideline.

  1. If the BNEF tiering system cannot be used reliably as a guide for solar panel quality… Is there a rating source/system that can be used to reliably determine manufacture’s product quality?

  2. WHY HAVE YOU MISSED BHEL, A GOVT. OF INDIA, CENTRAL PUBLIC SECTOR ENTERPRISE, WHICH IN BUSINESS OF SOLAR FROM DECADES AND HAS MODULE MANUFACTURING CAPACITY OF 210 MW WITH CELL LINE OF 110 MW IN BANGALORE.

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