Shopping for a solar panel by manufacture alone is quite like shopping for a car by the manufacturer alone. The differences are often enormous between models. Nonetheless, questionable marketing tactics towards end-users would have you believe the term Tier-1 is all you need to know.

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Each year Solar Review publishes the Latest Tier-1 Solar Panels List in a bid to assist end-user education understand the term Tier-1 was not created as a quality guideline.  

Comprised of existing sources already made publicly available on the internet, this Latest Tier-1 Solar Panels List 2020 is available in an easily indexable fashion for your convenience. Not to be confused, the Bloomberg Module Tiering List 2020 is not published by Bloomberg New Energy Finance online.  

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

IMPORTANT. If considering the BNEF PV module tiering system report, Bloomberg New Energy Finance state;

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.

A responsible addition to the documentation end-users should adhere when making a buying decision.

Quarter 1.

Manufacturer Capacity
Jinko
14,400
LONGi
13,500
JA Solar
13,500
Canadian Solar
11,700
Risen
9,900
QCells
9,630
Trina
7,200
GCL
6,480
First Solar
5,580
Talesun
5,400
Seraphim
4,500
Suntech
4,050
Astronergy
3,780
ZNShine
3,150
Jinergy
2,430
BYD
2,160
SunPower/ Maxeon
2,160
LG
1,800
Phono Solar
1,800
Waaree
1,800
Manufacturer Capacity
REC
1,620
Neo Solar
1,620
HT-SAAE
1,350
Adani
1,350
Vietnam Sunergy
1,350
Boviet
900
Lightway
1,080
Vikram Solar
1,080
Jolywood
990
Hendigan
900
Ulica
720
Hansol
540
Hyundai
540
S-Energy
477
Goldi Solar
450
Recom
450
Heliene
351
Shinsung
270
Sharp
189

Capacity figures displaced. Unit of capacity measurement intentionally not nominated. The above list should not be used to determine the bankability of a company. This information is provided only to identify the frequent fluctuations which occur in tiering systems. 

It’s confusing for many that some of the world’s most renowned solar panel manufacturers aren’t on the Latest Tier-1 Solar Panels List 2020, Q1. Notable absentees and manufacturer’s with an outstanding quality reputation missing from Q1 listed at the bottom of this post.

Quarter 2.

Manufacturer Capacity
LONGi
18,000
Jinko
14,400
JA Solar
13,500
Canadian Solar
11,700
Risen
9,990
QCells
9,630
Trina
9,450
First Solar
5,580
Talesun
5,580
Eging
4680
Seraphim
4,500
Suntech
4,050
Astronergy
3,780
ZNShine
3,150
Jolywood
2,700
SunPower/ Maxeon
2,520
Jinergy
2,430
Jetion
2,250
LG
2,160
BYD
2,160
Manufacturer Capacity
Waaree
1,800
Phono
1,620
Neo Solar
1,620
HT-SAAE
1,350
Adani
1,350
Vietnam Sunergy
1,350
Hengdian
900
Boviet
900
Hendigan
900
Ulica
720
Recom
657
Hyundai
540
Leapton
540
S-Energy
450
Goldi Solar
450
Heliene
351
Sharp
189
Swelect
126

Capacity figures displaced. Unit of capacity measurement intentionally not nominated. The above list should not be used to determine the bankability of a company. This information is provided only to identify the frequent fluctuations which occur in tiering systems. 

Quarter 2 sees the omission of arguably one of the the more trusted and innovative brands from the last decade, REC. Additional fluctuations ensure Swelect, Leapton and Jetion are added.

Notable absentees and manufacturer’s with an outstanding quality reputation not on the the Q2 listed at the bottom of this post.

Quarter 3.

Yet to be released.

Quarter 4.

Yet to be released.

Not to discredit tiering systems such as the Bloomberg Module Tiering List, as these have their place in the solar industry for few. Such place, however, is reserved for those seeking selected manufacturer financial qualifications for banks when investing in solar farms. Research criteria deemed a fraction of the overall project feasibility.

Fluctuating quarterly, the term Tier-1 is a manufacturer endorsement which does not stay with the product for life. Certifications and awards by trusted testing institutes do though. 

Fluctuations.

Fluctuations of a rating which doesn’t stay with your product for life.

Manufacturer Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
REC
on
off
-
-
Jetion
off
on
-
-
Eging
off
on
-
-
Swelect
off
on
-
-
Shinsung
on
off
-
-
Leapton
off
on
-
-
GCL
on
off
-
-
Lightway
on
off
-
-
Vikram
on
off
-
-
Hansol
on
off
-
-

Above Tier-1.

Notable manufacturers with an elite product quality rating not included in the Latest Tier-1 Solar Panels List 2020 (within a selected quarter). Many industry experts would suggest above Tier-1 in product quality criteria.

Manufacturer Remark
Global electronics mega corporation and manufacturer of the HIT+ range of ultra-high performance solar modules.
SolarWatt
Leading innovator of durable glass-glass solar modules possessing an elite 30-year product warranty and 30-year performance warranty. Heavily invested is German billionaire Stefan Quandt (major sharholder of BMW).
US based innovator of refined shingled-cell module designs possessing a comprehensive 25-year product and performance warranty.
Winaico
Industry respected module manufacturer with a proven track-record of stable performance over time in real-world conditions.
Aleo
Renowned German based quality solar module manufacturer focusing on long-term energy yields with a comprehensive 25-year product and performance guarantee.
REC
InterSolar Award winning manufacturer and innovator of the now popular half-cell module design. The new REC Alpha series has been developed to be one of the most efficient solar modules available.

History.

Since 2018, Solar Review has been logging the quarterly fluctuations of manufacturers of The Latest Tier-1 Solar Panels Lists. Discover the quarterly changes of a term which should have little to no impact as part of your solar module selection criteria below;

What do you think?

Did we miss any notable omissions from the Latest Tier-1 Solar Panels List 2020? Don’t be shy, tell the world!

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