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In the radiant world of solar innovation, First Solar stands as a beacon of commitment to excellence and sustainability. At First Solar, our mission is twofold: to produce the industry's finest thin film PV modules and to foster a safe and secure environment for our dedicated associates. Our groundbreaking manufacturing process sets us apart, as we seamlessly transform a simple sheet of glass into a fully functional solar panel in a mere 3.5 [...]

  • Solar Panel, Mono, Poly
  • United States
  • Vietnam, United States, Australia

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$ 0.3/watt

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$ 0.3/watt

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$ 0.3/watt

Engineering & Consultancy Renewable Energy is a leading multi-disciplined Engineering Consultancy, servicing the need of wide range of industries throughout the USA. “We believe what makes us different from other engineering firm is our ability to deliver a tailored, value engineered and personal service to each [...]

  • Solar Tracker, PV Cable, PV System Design, Solar Generator, Solar inverter, Solar Panel, BIPV, PV Sunshades, Poly, Solar Roofs
  • United States
  • United States

Creating a world sustained by clean energy requires education, transparency, and trust. At SolarCellz USA, we invest in business solutions to reduce customer risk and the partner education that empowers their decision-making. We’re building smarter customers and a smarter marketplace.

  • MPPT Charge Controller, Solar Battery, Solar inverter, Grid Tie Inverters, Mobile Inverters, Solar Panel
  • United States
  • United States

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x 20 Units

Bangkok/

$ 0.5/watt

x 1000 Units

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$ 0.46/watt

x 6300 Units

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$ 0.45/watt

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Earthtech is the go-to partner for businesses and organizations that want to cut operating costs, reduce reliance on fossil fuels, and support a cleaner, healthier environment. Headquartered in Ontario, CA, the Company is led by a highly-experienced team of engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) experts that have developed over 3,000 commercial and residential solar projects over the last decade. Products and services Earthtech [...]

  • Solar Battery, Solar inverter, Solar Panel
  • United States
  • United States

Solar Sovereign is more than a business; it's a community. We're united by the belief that solar should be simple, accessible, and reliable. Join us in this solar revolution, where your energy choices are empowered and scams are a thing of the past. At Solar Sovereign, we're not just selling solar solutions; we're building a brighter future – one panel at a time. Welcome to a community that puts your solar journey [...]

  • Solar Panel
  • United States
  • United States

LA Solar, established in 2019, stands at the forefront of renewable energy innovation as an Armenian company dedicated to the production of cutting-edge solar modules. Our commitment to excellence is reflected in our strategic partnership with the Swiss Meyer Burger system, widely recognized as one of the finest in the world. This state-of-the-art system is integral to the manufacturing of our modern generator equipment, ensuring that LA Solar [...]

  • Solar Panel, Mono, Poly
  • United States
  • Armenia

Amerisolar, also known as Worldwide Energy and Manufacturing USA Co., Ltd, is a distinguished solar module manufacturer boasting 28 years of industry experience since its establishment in 1993. This company has not only excelled in the production of top-quality solar modules but has also positioned itself as a global provider of technical services for solar power plants, catering to both on-grid and off-grid systems. Amerisolar offers a [...]

  • Solar Panel
  • United States
  • United States

CSE Solar Solutions is a factory dealer/distributor to brand name products of the highest quality. CSE Solar Solutions , located in Nevada, specializes in designing Solar PV Systems and is an authorized dealer/distributor to a diverse range of solar panels, systems, and energy storage solutions from several manufacturers. Their brand portfolio includes prominent names such as Schneider, Outback, SMA, Enphase, SolarEdge, Q-Cells, Canadian Solar, [...]

  • Charge Controllers, Rapid Shutdowns, Ballasted Mounting Solar System, Pole Mount, Solar Battery, Lithium-Ion Battery, Solar Generator, Solar inverter, Grid Tie Inverters, Hybrid Inverters, Inverter Accessories, Microinverter, Mobile Inverters, Off Grid Inverters, Solar Panel
  • United States
  • United States
  • Solar Panel
  • United States
  • United States

Are you searching for a solar company near me? If so, EcoGen America was founded in 2016 to bring renewable clean energy to our community in Greater Philadelphia. After 5+ years in business, we're proud to be known as one of the most reliable solar companies in the area. With our trusted service and industry-leading installations, it's easy to see why more homeowners choose EcoGen for solar. Our mission at EcoGen America is to help you enjoy all [...]

  • Solar Panel, Solar Roofs
  • United States
  • United States

Bleu Solar, a distinguished global solar distributor headquartered in the vibrant state of Florida, stands at the forefront of the industry with a collective expertise spanning over a decade. Our journey is fueled by a profound commitment to environmental betterment and the collective endeavor to make solar adoption more accessible by reducing costs. At Bleu Solar, we are inspired by the transformative potential of solar energy and its positive [...]

  • Solar Battery, Solar inverter, Solar Panel, Mono, Poly
  • United States
  • United States

x 3744 Units

$ 0.24/watt

x 9360 Units

$ 0.235/watt

The best trading company, best value for your money.

WE DELIVER WITHIN THE USA, PUERTO RICO AND MEXICO. ALL OUR PRICES ARE DDP.

  • Solar Battery, Solar inverter, Grid Tie Inverters, Solar Panel, Mono
  • United States
  • United States

Founded in 2008, Sunergy is located in Feidong economic development zone. It is a high-tech enterprise engaged in research and development, production, sales and service of solar modules, photovoltaic power generation systems investment, operation, maintenance, design and procurement of photovoltaic power station. At present, the company has an annual production capacity of 3GW components and an annual installation capacity of 1GW power [...]

  • Mono
  • United States
  • China

Nestled in the heart of the southeast valley of Phoenix, Arizona, where the scorching sun meets the resilient SanTan mountain, SanTan Solar emerges as a beacon of sustainability and innovation. The arid landscapes and relentless sunshine of SanTan mountain have inspired our journey towards a future powered by renewable energy. At SanTan Solar, our vision is clear: we aspire to contribute to a sustainable world where solar energy takes center [...]

  • Charge Controllers, MPPT Charge Controller, Solar Battery, Solar inverter, Grid Tie Inverters, Inverter Remote, Off Grid Inverters, Solar Panel, Mono, Poly
  • United States
  • United States

At CED, our legacy in the Wholesale Solar PV & Electrical supply industry dates back to 1957. From the very beginning, our commitment has been unwavering—to meet the diverse electrical needs of our customers, one customer at a time. Our approach is rooted in the belief that each of our locations should function as an independent profit center, empowered to make decisions that best serve their local clientele. This autonomy, coupled with [...]

  • Solar inverter, Solar Panel, Mono, Poly
  • United States
  • United States

Perfection Architectural Systems is a distinguished leader in the field of engineered, long-term aluminum canopy solutions. Our commitment to excellence is evident in the millions of square feet of aluminum walkway covers that adorn various locations across the United States. With a history rooted in service, quality, and reliability, Perfection has become a trusted name in the industry. Our reputation as a premium manufacturer of aluminum [...]

  • Solar Panel
  • United States
  • United States

Sollega, a pioneering force in the solar energy sector, stands at the forefront of revolutionizing the installation landscape with its commitment to simplicity, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness. Founded in 2009 by Elie Rothschild, a seasoned professional with over two decades of experience in the clean energy sector, Sollega was born out of a passion for creating a more sustainable world for future generations. At the heart of Sollega's [...]

  • Solar Panel
  • United States
  • United States

Introducing Corosolar, a dynamic force in the energy industry committed to redefining the standards of success. With a collective experience of over 150 years, our team of industry experts is dedicated to powering the world through innovative solutions and unwavering service. At Corosolar, we recognize that the energy sector is not just an industry; it's a lifeline for the world. Our global family of thousands, working seamlessly as one, [...]

  • Solar Panel
  • United States
  • United States

Wil-Mar, a company founded in 1990 and led by President Marianne Sumter since July 1995, is a beacon of excellence in the industry. With a steadfast commitment to quality service and reliable products, Wil-Mar has witnessed remarkable growth in its distributor base over the years. At the heart of our success is a dedication to providing our distributors with unique products that set us apart in the market. We take immense pride in our offerings [...]

  • Solar Panel
  • United States
  • United States

Welcome to Alpha Solar, the pioneering arm of Alpha Products, Inc., dedicated to illuminating the future through sustainable energy solutions. Established in 1978 and headquartered in sunny California, Alpha Products, Inc. has been at the forefront of innovation, initially specializing in connectors, switches, potentiometers, microwave products, cable, and turnkey assemblies. Evolving with the dynamic needs of the market, we proudly introduce [...]

  • Solar Panel
  • United States
  • United States

Sun Electronics International Inc. emerged from the visionary drive of its founder, John Kimball, who, in 1989, recognized the escalating need for reliable back-up power systems in response to frequent power outages in South America. Today, the company thrives across three major markets, showcasing its commitment to sustainable energy solutions. Our primary focus lies in solar power applications, catering to both on-grid and off-grid residential [...]

  • MPPT Charge Controller, Solar inverter, Grid Tie Inverters, Off Grid Inverters, Solar Panel, Mono, Poly
  • United States
  • United States

SEPCO, the Solar Electric Power Company, stands at the forefront of revolutionizing the landscape of commercial solar LED lighting and remote power systems. Established in 1994 by the visionary Mr. Steven R. Robbins, who remains actively engaged in the company, SEPCO has been a trailblazer since its inception. Steve's profound understanding of solar technology, dating back to his entry into the industry in 1979, led him to pioneer the first [...]

  • Ground Mount Systems, Pole Mount, Solar Panel, Mono, Poly, Solar Roofs, Solar Street Light
  • United States
  • United States

PowerStore, a pioneer in Solar Power Solutions and Storage, has been illuminating North & Central America and the Caribbean Islands since 2010. Nestled in the heart of Texas, USA, our headquarters have been the epicenter of innovation, providing sustainable energy solutions that go beyond expectations. Expanding our horizons, we proudly inaugurated our second office in Mooresville, NC, on December 1st, 2020, a testament to our commitment to [...]

  • Rail Mounting System, Solar Battery, Battery Chargers, Lead-acid Battery, Lithium-Ion Battery, Microinverter, Off Grid Inverters, Solar Panel, Mono, Poly
  • United States
  • United States

Solar Call is a manufacturer of photovoltaic modules, successfully working on major international markets, offering to its customers high performance solutions in compliance with the most restrictive quality standards required by leading certification bodies worldwide. Solar Call ensures excellent products at competitive prices: From cell’s stringing to panel lamination to test phase, every phase of the process takes place in accordance with [...]

  • Mono
  • United States
  • United States

Welcome to Pines Energy Solutions, where innovation meets sustainability in the dynamic world of solar energy. As a premier solar energy equipment distributor, we stand at the forefront of an industry experiencing exponential demand growth worldwide. With a keen understanding of our clients' needs, we are dedicated to providing not just products, but comprehensive solutions tailored to your unique requirements. With over two decades of expertise [...]

  • Solar Battery, Flooded Lead Acid Battery, Lead-acid Battery, Solar inverter, Grid Tie Inverters, Inverter Accessories, Solar Panel, Mono, Solar Water Pump
  • United States
  • United States

Welcome to NAZ Solar Electric, where we don't just harness the power of the sun; we power your journey towards sustainable energy solutions. With a legacy dating back to 1979, NAZ Solar has been at the forefront of the solar industry, illuminating homes and businesses across the United States and beyond. At the heart of our company is a commitment to our customers. We understand that the transition to solar energy is not just a switch; it's a [...]

  • Mounting System, Ground Mount Systems, Pole Mount, Rail Mounting System, Solar Battery, Battery Cable, Battery Chargers, Solar Panel, Mono, Poly
  • United States
  • United States

Welcome to the next generation of solar technology. Here at SolarTech Universal, we strive to deliver nothing but the best. Optimized with the latest technology in manufacturing, we partnered with industry leaders to establish a unique and exciting production line and deliver consistently efficient premium solar panels.

  • Solar Panel, Solar Roofs
  • United States
  • United States

At ECO Distributing, we take pride in being a premier Wholesale supplier of Solar and Renewable Energy products. Our roots trace back to 2008, driven by a singular mission: to revolutionize the solar industry by delivering top-notch products and services that simplify installations and reduce soft costs. With our headquarters nestled in the vibrant city of Scottsdale, Arizona, and strategically positioned warehouse locations spread across the [...]

  • Solar inverter, Inverter Accessories, Microinverter, Solar Panel, BIPV
  • United States
  • United States

We believe clean energy and storage should be accessible to everybody. That's why SunPower designs all-in-one residential and commercial solutions backed by personal customer service and the industry's most comprehensive warranty. And with over 35 years of dedicated solar experience, we're the only U.S.-based solar company that's been around longer than our 25-year warranty.

  • Solar Panel
  • United States
  • United States

Solar Penny is a distributor and online seller of solar and electrical supplies in Mesa, Arizona providing their customers with high quality products that can be shipped across the [...]

  • Charge Controllers, Mounting System, Rail Mounting System, PV Cable, Solar Battery, Battery Cable, Solar inverter, Solar Panel, Mono, Thin Film
  • United States
  • United States

UMA® Solar stands as the foremost authority in the solar industry, boasting over four decades of unwavering commitment to advancing solar thermal and solar electric solutions. Through a dual role as manufacturer and distributor, UMA Solar has consistently delivered the industry's most high-performing solar products to meet the diverse needs of commercial and residential applications across the nation. Our enduring dedication to research and [...]

  • Solar Panel, Mono, Poly
  • United States
  • United States

In the radiant realm of renewable energy, ACOSolar stands as a beacon of innovation and accessibility. Born from a vision to illuminate the world with sustainable power, our journey began with a commitment to redefine the solar marketplace. As a premier online destination, ACOSolar proudly curates a comprehensive selection of solar panels, inverters, batteries, charge controllers, trackers, and rackings tailored for both residential and [...]

  • Charge Controllers, Mounting System, Ground Mount Systems, Solar Battery, Battery Chargers, Solar inverter, Grid Tie Inverters, Microinverter, Solar Panel
  • United States
  • United States

HQST is a company engaged in solar energy since 2015. We are committed to bringing solar energy to millions of people with affordable and renewable energy products. By continuous innovation and development, we offer the most affordable and reliable energy products includes all types of solar panels, solar starter kits for customers new to solar, charge controllers, batteries, inverters, mounts and accessories. Wish everyone who love clean energy [...]

  • Thin Film
  • United States
  • United States

Futuresolar, FutureSolar Group Co., Ltd, is a professional solar module manufacturer with a experience in production and quality control since 2015. Futuresolar is also a provider of technical services for solar power plant (on-grid and off-grid), including technical design, installation and maintenance,for customers all over the world.   To serve global customers, Futuresolar adjusted its strategy and started to cooperate with the [...]

  • Solar Panel
  • United States
  • United States

Alps Technology Inc designs, manufacturers and makes solar cell and solar module products for commercial, industrial and telecommucation applications worldwide. The Los Angeles- base company has combined twelve years as a leader in compact-disk and personal computer manufacturers with world-calss solar technology to offer unparalleled high-efficient solar cells and solar modules that produce reliable and affordable “green” power and [...]

  • Solar Panel
  • United States
  • United States

PluggedSolar, a flagship brand under the umbrella of Plug Watts Inc., represents a pioneering force in the renewable energy landscape. Established in 2015 and headquartered in the vibrant state of Texas, our company has been at the forefront of revolutionizing how we harness and utilize solar power. As the driving force behind a new era of sustainable energy solutions, PluggedSolar has consistently demonstrated its commitment to innovation, [...]

  • Solar Panel
  • United States
  • United States

FLEXSOLAR, headquartered in the vibrant city of Austin, TX, stands as a pioneering force in the realm of renewable solar energy. As a registered brand in the United States, we take pride in being more than just a solar solution provider – we are architects of a sustainable future. Our commitment lies in the meticulous design, production, and delivery of high-quality solar panel chargers and solar charging systems that epitomize innovation. At [...]

  • Solar Panel, Thin Film
  • United States
  • United States

Solar Wholesale LLC diligently seek out new and more money saving options to offer more solar savings to give everyone the opportunity to make the simple switch to solar regardless of the budget they have. They offer large inventory of new and used solar panels from top rated companies.We diligently seek out new and more money saving options to offer more solar savings to give everyone the opportunity to make the simple switch to solar [...]

  • Solar Battery, Flooded Lead Acid Battery, Solar inverter, Solar Panel, Mono, Poly
  • United States
  • United States

SALT Service Inc. provides alternative energy solutions & reliable, efficient appliances to South Florida & Caribbean residential & motor coach clients. Looking to learn about the latest and greatest in self-sustaining lifestyles and renewable energy technologies? Throughout SALT’s evolution, we have maintained a tradition of providing training seminars at various facilities and at our own shop in Marathon. We also offer webinars [...]

  • Solar Battery, Flooded Lead Acid Battery, Gel Battery, Lead-acid Battery, Solar inverter, Solar Panel
  • United States
  • United States

Established in 1999, e RV Solar stands as a premier distributor specializing in solar panels, wind chargers, and charge controller solutions tailored for the RV, camping, and off-grid markets. Nestled in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, our corporate offices, showroom, and warehouse serve as a hub for innovation in renewable energy. Committed to empowering RV enthusiasts, remote cabin dwellers, and campers, e RV Solar goes beyond product distribution. [...]

  • Mounting System, RV Mount, Roof Mount Systems, Solar Battery, Battery Chargers, Solar Panel, Mono, Solar Roofs
  • United States
  • United States

In the picturesque coastal town of Ventura, California, a visionary named Josh Antelman laid the foundation for WindyNation in 2010. Driven by a passion for environmental sustainability and a commitment to diminishing reliance on fossil fuels, Josh embarked on a mission to make alternative power solutions accessible globally. WindyNation's journey began with the meticulous assembly of wind turbines and solar panels, each product meticulously [...]

  • Charge Controllers, PV Cable, Solar Battery, Solar inverter, Solar Panel, Mono, Poly
  • United States
  • United States

Target Solar Power, based in Staten Island, New York, stands as a beacon of expertise and reliability in the solar energy industry. With a rich legacy spanning over 30 years and a robust portfolio of successful roofing and solar projects, our team brings unparalleled knowledge and skill to every endeavor. At Target Solar Power, we recognize that each property is unique. When you reach out to us at (646) 450-4977, we undertake a thorough [...]

  • Solar Panel, BIPV
  • United States
  • United States

Leading manufacturer of products & accessories for Wi-Fi and wireless networks. A Hubbell company.

  • Mono
  • United States
  • United States

A Classic American Manufacturing Success Story Advanced Power Inc. (API) was built from humble beginnings and thrives in small Oklahoma towns. We got our start in Canton in 1988, and have since grown into a state-of-the-art facility in Weatherford. That growth makes API one of the largest and most trusted companies in the solar pumping industry today. It’s a success story we’ve worked hard to earn, and continue to write every day. Thousands [...]

  • Solar Panel
  • United States
  • United States

Aurinco was started in 2001 to exploit solar energy solutions, both electric, thermal and using LED's. We focused in 2005 on solar panels for leisure use, mainly for boating and RV's. This is now our main business. Since January 2013 our production is based in Anacortes, WA, USA.

  • Mono
  • United States
  • United States

Auxin Solar is a 100 percent U.S.-owned, -operated, and -headquartered CSPV manufacturer in the United States.

Founded in 2008, Auxin Solar has been producing CSPV modules in the United States for over a decade. Its operations include producing own-branded CSPV modules and serving as an OEM for other branded products.

  • Mono
  • United States
  • United States

Boyle Enterprises is a assembler, manufacturer and seller of commercial grade LED lights and solar panels and components. We offer both On and Off Grid solutions for your solar power system needs. Our manufacturing facility is located in Mars Hill, NC. We support veteran training and jobs.

  • Solar Panel
  • United States
  • United States

CA Solar LLC is a turnkey solution provider for PV panels and solar energy systems.

  • Solar Panel
  • United States
  • United States

Giga Solar is a product development company specializing in lightweight, high-power solar photovoltaic systems.

  • Solar Panel
  • United States
  • United States

Solar Electric America, headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, is the only 12V, and one of a very few 24V solar panel manufacturing companies in the USA. The principal of our company started, many years ago, in the solar industry with his local installation company. We know first hand what it is like to need very scarce 12V panels for a project and realize the only options are buying very expensive panels in the United States or buying a container [...]

  • Poly
  • United States
  • United States

United States

The Solar Potential of USA

According to a 1998 report by the United States Department of Energy, it has been discovered that available domestic solar energy, including biomass, was technically accessible regardless of cost amounted to 586,687 Quadrillion BTUs (Quads). Of that number, 95% was biomass. Coal represented the second largest resource, with 38,147 Quads. Predictions of how much solar power was economically possible to collect added up to 352 quads, compared with 5,266 quads from coal.

All the estimations that were used in the report were based on a prediction that the price of a barrel oil would become $38 in 2010. Additionally, they were also based on multiplied annual renewable resources by 30 for comparison with non-renewable resources. In 2007, the total annual energy consumption of the United States was about 100 Quads, which was less than 0.5% of what is theoretically available from sunlight.

Moreover, in 2012, a report from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) described the technically available renewable energy resources for each state. In addition to that, the report estimated that urban utility-scale photovoltaics could supply 2,232 TWh per year, rural utility-scale PV 280,613 TWh per year, rooftop PV 818 TWh per year, and CSP 116,146 TWh per year. All these amounted for a total of almost 400,000 TWh per year, which was 100 times the current consumption of 3,856 TWh in 2011. For comparison, at the time, onshore wind potential was estimated at 32,784 TWh per year, offshore wind at 16,976 TWh per year, and the total available from all renewable resources was estimated at 481,963 TWh per year.

 

United States Government Support

A complete list of incentives can be found at the Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy (DSIRE). A lot of solar power systems are grid-connected and use net metering laws to allow the use of electricity in the evening that was generated during the daytime. New Jersey is the state with the least restrictive net metering law while California is the one that has the most number of homes that have solar panels installed.

Many were installed because of the million solar roofs initiative, which entails a vision introduced back in 2007 where solar PV panels are to be installed on an additional million rooftops of home or businesses in the state of California by 2018.

In some states, like Florida, solar power is subject to legal restrictions that discourage its use.

Federal Tax Credit

The federal tax credit for solar was extended for eight years as part of the financial bailout bill, H.R. 1424, until the end of 2016. It was predicted that this will create about 440,000 jobs and 28 GW of solar power. Additionally, it was also predicted that this will lead to a $300 billion market for solar panels. This prediction did not take into account the removal of the $2,000 cap on residential tax credits at the end of 2008.

Moreover, a 30% tax credit is available for residential and commercial installations. For 2009 through 2011, this was a 30% grant instead of a tax credit, and at the time, it was known as the 1603 grant program.

The federal Residential Energy Efficient Property Credit, an income tax credit on IRS Form 5695, for residential PV and solar thermal was extended in December 2015 to remain at 30% of system cost (parts and installations) for systems that are put into service by the end of 2019, then 26% until the end of 2020, and then 22% until the end of 2021. This applies to a taxpayer’s principal and/or second residences, but this can’t be applied to a property that is rented out. There is no maximum cap on the credit, and the credit can be applied toward the Alternative Minimum Tax. Any excess credit (greater than that year’s tax liability) can be rolled into the following year.

The solar industry and utilities clashed extensively on renewal, but the solar industry won. The renewal is expected to add $38 billion of investment for 20 GW of solar.

Section 1603 Grants

President Barack Obama’s stimulus bill in 2009 created a program known as Section 1603 grants. This program was designed so as to give federal grants to solar companies for 30% of investments into solar energy. Since 2009, the federal government has given solar companies $25 billion in grant money through this program. However, the Section 1603 grant program expired in 2011.

The United States Treasury Department has been investigating solar companies for potential fraud since 2013. The department promised a report by June 2015, but the report had not been released as of 2016.

Solar America Initiative

The United States Department of Energy (DOE) announced on September 29, 2008, that it will invest $17.6 million, subject to annual appropriations, in six company-led, early-stage PV projects under the Solar America Initiative’s “PV Incubator” funding opportunity. The PV Incubator project is designed to fund prototype PV components and systems with the goal of moving them through the commercialization process by 2010. The 2008 award is the second funding opportunity released under the PV Incubator project. With the cost-share from the industry, which is at least 20%, up to $35.4 million would be invested in these projects. These projects would run for 18 months and are subcontracted through DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Most of the projects were to receive up to $3 million in funding, except Solasta and Spire Semiconductor which would receive up to $2.6 million and $2.97 million, respectively. Some of the projects under this initiative include:

  • Massachusetts-based 1366 Technologies developing a new cell architecture for low-cost, multi-crystalline silicon cells, which will enhance cell performance through improved light-trapping texturing and grooves for self-aligned metallization fingers
  • California’s Innovalight using ink-jet printing to transfer their “silicon ink” onto thin-crystalline silicon wafers so as to produce high-efficiency and low-cost solar cells and modules
  • Skyline Solar, also in California, developing an integrated, lightweight, and single-axis tracked system that reflects and concentrates sunlight over 10 times onto silicon cells
  • Solasta, in Massachusetts, working on a novel cell design that increases currents and lowers materials cost
  • Solexel, another California-based company, commercializing a disruptive, 3D high-efficiency monocrystalline silicon cell technology that dramatically reduces manufacturing cost per watt
  • Spire Semiconductor in New Hampshire developing three-junction tandem solar cells that better optimize the optical properties of their device layers. This company is targeting cell efficiencies over 42% using a low-cost manufacturing method.

The PV Incubator project is part of the Solar America Initiative (SAI), which plans to make solar energy cost-competitive with conventional forms of electricity by 2015 (grid parity).

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technology Program (SETP) will achieve the goals of the SAI through partnerships and strategic alliances by focusing mainly on four areas. These are:

  • Market Transformation: activities that address marketplace barriers and offer the chance for market expansion
  • Device and Process Proof of Concept: R&D activities addressing novel devices or processes with a potentially significant performance or cost advantages
  • Component Prototype and Pilot-Scale Production: R&D activities emphasizing the development of prototype PV components or systems that are produced at pilot-scale with demonstrated cost, reliability, or performance advantages
  • System Development and Manufacturing: collaborative R&D activities among industry and university partners to develop and improve solar energy technologies

Another thing that is a part of the Solar America Initiative is the Solar America Showcase. For this activity, preference is given to large-scale, highly visible, and highly replicable installations that involve cutting-edge solar technologies or novel applications of solar.

SunShot Initiative

Announced by the Department of Energy in 2011, the SunShot Initiative aims to reduce the cost of solar power by 75% from 2010 to 2020. In great detail, this initiative’s goals are as follows:

  • Residential system prices reduced from $6/W to $1.50/W
  • Commercial system prices reduced from $5/W to $1.25/W
  • Utility-scale system prices reduced from $4/W to $1/W (CSP, CPV, and PV)

Additionally, the Department of Energy announced a $29 million investment in four projects that would help advance affordable and reliable clean energy for American families and businesses. The $29 million would be separated into two investments:

  • $21 million investment over five years to design plug-and-play PV systems that can be purchased, installed, and operational in one day
  • $8 million investment in two projects to help utilities and grid operators better forecast when, where, and how much solar power will be produced at U.S. solar energy plants

Other projects under the SunShot Initiative are the following:

  • Fraunhofer USA’s Center for Sustainable Energy Systems in Cambridge, Massachusetts developing PV technologies that allow homeowners to easily select the right solar system for their house and install, wire and connect to the grid
  • North Carolina State University leading a project to create standard PV components and system designs that can adapt simply to any residential roof and can be installed and connected to the grid quickly and efficiently
  • IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Armonk, New York leading a new project based on the Watson computer system that uses big data processing and self-adjusting algorithms to integrate different prediction models and learning technologies

All these projects are working with the Department of Energy and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association to improve the accuracy of solar forecasts and share the results of this work with industry and academia.

State and Local

There have been numerous instances throughout the years that showcase the efforts that state and local government officials have undergone to make solar possible. The following are the most well-known of these instances:

  • Governor Jerry Brown has signed legislation requiring California’s utilities to get 50% of their electricity from renewable energy sources by the end of 2030.
  • The San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed solar incentives of up to $6,000 for homeowners and up to $10,000 for businesses. Applications for the program started on July 1, 2008. In April 2016, they passed a law that requires all new buildings below 10 stories to have rooftop solar panels. This made San Francisco the first major U.S. city to do so.
  • In 2008, Berkeley initiated a revolutionary pilot program where homeowners are able to add the cost of solar panels to their property tax assessment and pay for them out of their electricity cost savings. In 2009, over a dozen states passed legislation allowing property tax financing. All in all, 27 states offer loans for solar projects.
  • The California Solar Initiative has set a goal to create 3,000 MW of new, solar-produced electricity by 2016.
  • New Hampshire has a $3,750 residential rebate program for up to 50% of system cost for systems less than 5 kWp ($6,000 from July 1, 2008, until 2010).
  • Louisiana has a 50% tax credit up to $12,500 for the installation of a wind or solar system.
  • New Jersey law provides new solar power installations with exemptions from the 7% state sales tax and from any increase in property assessment (local property tax increases), subject to certain registration requirements.

Feed-in Tariff

According to experience, a feed-in tariff is both the least expensive and the most effective means of developing solar power. This is because investors need certainty, and a feed-in tariff definitely gives them that.

California enacted a feed-in tariff that began on February 14, 2008, while Washington has a feed-in tariff of 15¢/kWh which increases to 54¢/kWh if components are manufactured in the state. Hawaii, Michigan, and Vermont also have feed-in tariffs.

In 2010, the Federal Energy Regulatory (FERC) ruled that states were able to implement above-market feed-in tariffs for specific technologies.

Solar Renewable Energy Certificates

In recent years, states that have passed the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) or the Renewable Electricity Standard (RES) laws have relied on the use of solar renewable energy certificates (SRECs) to meet state requirements. They have achieved this by adding a specific solar carve-out to the state RPS. The first SREC program was implemented in 2005 by New Jersey. Soon enough, this program has expanded to several other states, including Maryland, Delaware, Ohio, Massachusetts, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania.

SREC offers many advantages, but one of its major problems is the lack of certainty for investors. A feed-in tariff provides a known return on investment, but an SREC program provides only a possible return of investment.

Power Purchase Agreement

In 2006, investors started offering free solar panel installation in return for a 25-year contract. They also began offering a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), which is a contract between two parties — one which generates electricity (the seller) and one which is looking to purchase electricity (the buyer).

By 2009, over 90% of commercial PV installed in the United States were installed using a PPA. About 90% of the PV installed in the United States is in states that specifically address PPAs.

New Construction Mandates

In March 2013, Lancaster California became the first U.S. city to mandate the inclusion of solar panels on new homes, requiring that every new housing development must average 1 kW per house.

PACE Financing

The Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Financing is a means of financing energy efficiency upgrades, disaster resiliency improvements, water conservation measures, or renewable energy installations of residential, commercial, and industrial property owners. This innovative financing arrangement lends money to a homeowner for a solar system, to be repaid via an additional tax assessment on the property for 20 years. This kind of financing arrangement allows the installation of the solar system at “relatively little up-front cost to the property owner.”

The principal feature of this program is that the balance of the loan is transferred to the new owners in the event the property is sold, and the loan is paid for entirely through electric bill savings. Unlike a mortgage loan, no funds are transferred when the property is sold — only the repayment obligation is transferred.

PACE programs are currently operating in eight states, California, Colorado, Florida, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, New York, and Wisconsin. Additionally, they are on hold in many other states.

Current Status of Solar Power in the United States

Published on June 2019, the report from the Solar Energy Industries Association and Wood Mackenzie Power and Renewables, a market research group, have discovered that the first quarter of 2019 was the strongest in the U.S. solar industry’s history. A total of 2.7 GW of solar capacity was added to the grid at this time.

Aside from that, new solar installations should grow 25% from 2018, thus amounting to 13.3 GW. This bounceback — after solar installations dipped 2% last year — was driven by larger-scale utility solar projects, which account for 61% of the first quarter’s growth.

This development is a remarkable change from what was expected last year when President Trump announced that he was putting tariffs on imported solar cells and modules. During this time, the industry was worried that the tariffs would hinder solar. However, solar installations shot past the 2-million mark this year instead.

Moreover, the industry expects this growth to continue well past 2019. A number of U.S. utilities have solar projects in the works, and they should be a reality by 2024. And both residential and non-residential solar markets have grown tremendously over the years. Overall, solar power in the United States is currently on an uphill climb.

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Case Study: 250 WM Solar Project in Nevada

The Moapa Southern Paiute Solar Project is a 250 megawatt (MW) alternating current (AC) solar project located on approximately 2,000 acres on the Moapa River Indian Reservation in Clark County, Nevada. Capital Dynamics is the project owner and constructed the

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Project Overview The Moapa Southern Paiute Solar Project is a 250 megawatt (MW) alternating current (AC) solar project located on approximately 2,000 acres on the Moapa River Indian Reservation in Clark County, Nevada. Capital Dynamics is the project owner

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Homeowners and all types of businesses these days are seeking ways to cut down on their power consumption bill and reduce the overall operational cost. For this purpose, solar energy is the best alternative for them to be cost-effective and energy-efficient.  In the upcoming decade, energy costs are estimated to become double. Solar panels offer a smart energy solution for home and business owners and allow them to buy electricity at a set price per unit. This means homes and commercial properties of consumers will never be exposed to increased energy prices again, which will financial forecasting a lot easier.  As a solar installer, it is a lucrative opportunity for your business to convey your message to both residential and commercial consumers that the longer they wait, the more costs they will have to pay for electricity.  In the current scenario, for example, commercial prices for solar have dropped by 58% since 2012. However, the latest policy changes suggest that it will not be the case in the future anymore.  In the US, the federal investment tax credit (ITC) for solar is currently equal to 30% of the amount of an eligible installation. It means if you invest $40,000 in solar, you could receive a $12,000 tax credit.  However, the rate of ITC rate will go down to 26% in 2020, 22% in 2021, and 10% after 2021. Meanwhile, electricity prices will continue to increase year-over-year. So, the sooner consumers adopt solar energy, the more they can save.

The Major Types of Solar Modules

Most solar modules are currently produced from crystalline silicon (c-Si) solar cells that are made of multi-crystalline and monocrystalline silicon. In 2013, crystalline silicon accounted for more than 90% of worldwide PV production. Meanwhile, the rest of the overall market is made up of thin-film technologies that are using cadmium telluride, CIGS, and amorphous silicon. An emerging third generation of solar technologies makes use of advanced thin-film cells. They produce a relatively high-efficiency conversion for the low cost compared to other solar technologies. Additionally, high-cost, high-efficiency, and close-packed rectangular multi-junction (MJ) cells are preferably used in solar panels on spacecraft since they offer the highest ratio of generated power per kilogram lifted into space. MJ cells are compound semiconductors and are made of gallium arsenide (GaAs) and other semiconductor materials. Another emerging PV technology using MJ cells is concentrator photovoltaics (CPV). CPV also generates electricity from sunlight, but unlike conventional photovoltaic systems, it uses lenses or curved mirrors to focus sunlight onto small, highly efficient, MJ solar cells. Additionally, CPV systems often use solar trackers and sometimes a cooling system to further increase their efficiency.

Thin Film

thin-film solar cell is a second-generation solar cell that is made by depositing one or more thin layers or thin-film (TF) of photovoltaic material on a substrate, such as glass, plastic, or metal. Thin-film solar cells are commercially used in several technologies, including cadmium telluride (CdTe), copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS), and amorphous thin-film silicon (a-Si, TF-Si). In rigid thin-film modules, the cell and the module are manufactured in the same production line. The cell is created on a glass substrate or superstate, and the electrical connections are created in situ, a so-called “monolithic integration.” The substrate or superstate is laminated with an encapsulant to a front or back sheet, usually another sheet of glass. The main cell technologies in this category are CdTe, a-Si, a-Si+uc-Si tandem, or CIGS (or variant). Amorphous silicon has a sunlight conversion rate of 6-12%. Flexible thin-film cells and modules are created on the same production line by depositing the photoactive layer and other necessary layers on a flexible substrate. If the substrate is an insulator, like polyester or polyimide film, then monolithic integration can be used. But if it is a conductor, then another technique for electrical connection must be used. The cells are assembled into modules by laminating them to a transparent colorless fluoropolymer on the front side (usually ETFE or FEP) and a polymer suitable for bonding to the final substrate on the other side.

Crystalline Silicon

Crystalline silicon (c-Si) is the crystalline forms of silicon, either multi-crystalline silicon (multi-Si) that consists of small crystals or monocrystalline silicon (mono-Si) which is a continuous crystal. Crystalline silicon is the dominant semiconducting material that is used in photovoltaic technology for the production of solar cells. These cells are then assembled into solar panels as part of a photovoltaic system to generate solar power from sunlight. Solar cells that are made of crystalline silicon are usually called conventional, traditional, or first-generation solar cells. This is because they were developed in the 1950s and remained the most common type up to the present time. Because of the fact that solar cells made of crystalline silicon are produced from 160-190 micrometer thick solar wafers, they are oftentimes called wafer-based solar cells. Furthermore, solar cells that are made from c-Si are single-junction cells and are generally more efficient than their rival technologies, which are the second-generation thin-film solar cells, such as CdTe, CIGS, and amorphous silicon. In particular, amorphous silicon is an allotropic variant of silicon, and amorphous means “without shape” to describe its non-crystalline form.

Organic Solar Cell

An organic solar cell (OSC), also known as a plastic solar cell, is a type of photovoltaic that makes use of organic electronics, which is a branch of electronics that deals with conductive organic polymers or small organic molecules, for light absorption and charge transport to produce electricity from sunlight by the photovoltaic effect. Most organic photovoltaic cells are polymer solar cells. The molecules used in organic solar cells are solution-processable at high throughput and are cheap, thus resulting in low production costs to fabricate a large volume. Combined with the flexibility of organic molecules, organic solar cells are potentially cost-effective for photovoltaic applications. In addition to that, the optical absorption coefficient of organic molecules is high, so a large amount of light can be absorbed with a small number of materials, usually on the order of hundreds of nanometers. The primary disadvantages that are associated with organic photovoltaic cells are low efficiency, low stability, and low strength compared to inorganic photovoltaic cells such as silicon solar cells. Additionally, when compared to silicon-based devices, polymer solar cells are lightweight (which is important for small autonomous sensors), potentially disposable and inexpensive to fabricate, flexible, customizable on the molecular level, and potentially have a less adverse environmental impact. Polymer solar cells also have the potential to exhibit transparency, thus suggesting applications in windows, walls, and flexible electronics. The inefficiency and stability problems that polymer solar cells have, along with their promise low costs, actually made them a popular field in solar cell research. As of 2015, polymer solar cells were able to achieve over 10% efficiency via a tandem structure. In 2018, a record-breaking efficiency for organic photovoltaics of 17.3% was reached via a tandem structure.

Monocrystalline vs. Polycrystalline

As the name suggests, both monocrystalline and polycrystalline are types of solar cells that are made from crystalline silicon. To start with, monocrystalline is the oldest and most developed of the current solar cell technologies. Monocrystalline panels are created from a single continuous crystal structure. As such, they can be identified as the solar cells that all appear as a single flat color. On the other hand, polycrystalline solar panels are made from silicon as well. However, instead of using a single crystal of silicon, manufacturers melt many fragments of silicon together to form the wafers for the panel. Because of this, polycrystalline solar panels are also sometimes referred to as “multi-crystalline” or many-crystal silicon. Additionally, polycrystalline solar panels tend to have a blue hue instead of the black hue of monocrystalline panels. Between the two, monocrystalline solar panels are generally thought of as the premium solar product. This is because the cells are composed of a single crystal, thus allowing the electrons that generate a flow of electricity to have more room to move. In other words, monocrystalline panels have higher efficiencies, and they also have sleeker aesthetics. Meanwhile, since polycrystalline have many crystals in each cell, there is less freedom for the electrons to move. As a result, they have lower efficiency ratings than monocrystalline panels. That said, however, polycrystalline solar panels have the main advantage of a lower price point. That is why they are still popular in the solar industry as of right now.

Transparent Solar Panel

As the name suggests, a transparent solar panel is a solar panel that is either partially or completely transparent. Conventional solar panels absorb sunlight and convert photons into usable energy. The difficulty with making transparent solar panels is that the sunlight passes through the transparent material. This means that the process that generates the electricity in the solar cell cannot be started because no light is absorbed. As of right now, there is still a long way to go before transparent solar panels become a reality. But there have already been innovations that will definitely lead to the progress of this particular technology.

Nanoparticle Solar Panels

Silicon nanoparticles exhibit many useful properties — some of which include an active surface state, low bulk density as well as unique photoluminescent and biocompatible properties. As a result, these nanoparticles are usually incorporated into lithium-ion batteries, solar energy cells, micro, and integrated semiconductors, and luminescent display devices. When applied for solar energy products, the size and microstructure of silicon nanoparticles, including their luminescence and quantum efficiency properties, are highly specific. Nanotechnology offers a lot of benefits for the manufacturing of solar panels. In particular, it reduces manufacturing costs as a result of using a low-temperature process instead of the high-temperature vacuum deposition process that is typically used to produce conventional cells made with crystalline semiconductor materials. Additionally, it also reduces installation costs, achieved by producing flexible rolls instead of rigid crystalline panels. As of right now, available nanotechnology solar cells are not as efficient as traditional ones, but the lower cost offsets this. In the long run, nanotechnology versions should both be lower cost and, using quantum dots, should be able to reach higher efficiency levels than conventional ones.

Infrared Plastic Solar Cell

Researchers at Idaho National Laboratory, along with partners at Lightwave Power Inc. in Cambridge, MA and Patrick Pinhero of the University of Missouri, have devised an inexpensive way to produce plastic sheets containing billions of nanoantennas that collect heat energy generated by the sun and other sources. These nanoantennas target mid-infrared rays, which the Earth continuously radiates as heat after absorbing energy from the sun during the day. Aside from that, double-sided nanoantenna sheets can also harvest energy from different parts of the sun’s spectrum. This is an advantage considering that traditional solar cells can only use visible light, thus rendering them idle after dark. With this, the next generation of solar cells could be produced using a new semiconductor alloy that can capture the near-infrared light on the leading edge of the visible light spectrum. In other words, this infrared plastic solar cell can turn the sun’s power into electric energy even on a cloudy day. Just like the nanoparticle solar cells, infrared plastic solar cells also make use of nanotechnology.

UV Solar Cell

Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) has succeeded in developing a transparent solar cell that utilizes ultraviolet (UV) light to generate electricity but allows visible light to pass through it. This transparent, UV-absorbing system was achieved by using an organic-inorganic heterostructure made of the p-type semiconducting polymer PEDOT: PSS film deposited on a Nb-doped strontium titanate substrate. These solar cells are only activated in the UV region and result in a relatively high quantum yield of 16% electron/photon. Future work in this technology involves replacing the strontium titanate substrate with a strontium titanate film deposited on a glass substrate in order to achieve low-cost, large-area manufacturing.

Main features of Monocrystalline, Polycrystalline, and Thin-Film solar panels:

Monocrystalline Modules

  • Highly efficient in terms of quality of panels and output
  • Has an aesthetic appeal.

Polycrystalline Modules

  • Low cost
  • Less efficient
  • Thin-film Solar
  • Easy to move and flexible
  • Lightweight
  • Aesthetic appeal
  • Features of Quality Wholesale Solar Panels:
  • High silicon mix in the panels
  • Deliver high energy output and durable
  • Consistent performance
  • Best for installing on roofs

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How Supplying Quality Solar Panels Can Expand Your Business?

Solar energy saves money for residential and commercial consumers that they would otherwise spend on electricity bills. In fact, the savings on energy bills are substantial.  According to a survey carried out by SunPower a couple of years back, nearly 87% of businesses said that saving money is one of the major reasons for initiating solar projects. Some of the projects forecasted to save thousands of dollars in electricity costs during the lifespan of their solar system. That kind of saving surely leaves a positive impact on a business’s bottom line. This is why opting for solar is not just a financial decision, it is a major environmental aspect as well. Both residential and commercial consumers look for saving their costs of electricity in the long run. The only difference is businesses that have a focus on sustainability are likely to experience powerful brand effects and customer loyalty. The reason is using solar panel systems and promoting renewable and sustainable energy make a strong statement to customers. 

The Cost Factor of Solar Business

You are required to shell out substantial prices if you are looking to buy solar panels from the retail market and supply them to your customers. Also, the profit margin will be narrow due to the prevalent high prices in the market.  On the other hand, to obtain shipments of wholesale solar panels in bulk quantity, the cost will be significantly lower. If you seek franchise opportunities, for that too, you need to pay a large sum just to gain access to the process. This is why getting into partnerships with one or multiple solar panel manufacturers will provide you more options to obtain panels of various brands.

How to Make Your Solar Business more Profitable?

Your biggest costs to run your solar installation business are purchasing solar panels from the distributor and paying your staff. You can control bring down costs by purchasing panels in bulk and using them for different installation jobs. This way you can lower your per-unit cost and increase profit.

Why Buy Wholesale Solar Cells on SolarFeeds?

Wholesale suppliers supply a wide range of panels, including Rooftop Solar Panels and Utility-Scale Solar Panels. The manufacturers listed on our website supply wholesale solar panels that can help you cut down on your buying cost and provide you with the scope to earn more revenues. You can get the service of bulk shipping solar panels to supply and meet your customers’ needs.  You will find a vast range of solar panels from reputable brands. The range includes Monocrystalline and Polycrystalline silicon panels that are of the best quality. In addition, the costs of products the manufacturers are much lower than available in the market.  All these esteemed solar panel manufacturers have been doing business for years, We and supplying various monocrystalline and polycrystalline silicon solar panels that are acclaimed worldwide. You will find solar panels of various capacities starting from 3 watts to 250 watts. We can help you and show how you can yield long-term benefits from buying wholesale solar panels from our website. Send an email to us with your questions at info@solarfeeds.com In 2010, a total of 15.9 GW of solar PV system installations were completed. During the same year, the solar PV pricing survey and market research company PVinsights reported that there was a growth of 117.8% in solar PV installation on a year-on-year basis.  Because of the over 100% year-on-year growth in PV system installation, PV module manufacturers dramatically increased their shipments of solar modules in 2010. They actively expanded their capacity and turned themselves into GW players. According to PVinsights, five of the top ten PV module companies in 2010 are GW players.  The basis of producing solar panels revolves around the use of silicon cells. These silicon cells are usually 10-20% efficient at converting sunlight into electricity, with newer production models now exceeding 22%. So as to make solar panels more efficient, researchers all over the world have been trying to develop new technologies to make solar panels more effective at turning sunlight into energy.  As of right now, there are thousands of solar panel manufacturers all over the world. The following are only some of them.

Top Solar Panel Manufacturers in China

  • Trina Solar. Founded in 1997, Trina Solar Ltd. delivers PV products, applications, and services to promote global sustainable development.
  • China Sunergy. Founded in 2006, China Sunergy specializes in creating solar cells from silicon wafers, and they both use monocrystalline and multi-crystalline silicon solar cells for this.
  • DelSolar Co., Ltd. is a solar company that engages in the research, design, manufacture, and distribution of solar cells, solar modules, as well as the development of the photovoltaic system.
  • JA Solar Holdings. Founded in 2005, JA Solar Holdings covers the design, development, manufacturing, and sale of silicon wafers, batteries, modules, and photovoltaic power plants.
  • Motech Industries. Founded in 1981, Motech Industries Inc., also known as Motech Solar, is dedicated to the research, development, and manufacture of high-quality solar products and services, ranging from photovoltaic (PV) cells, PV modules, to PV systems. 
  • Suntech Power. Founded in 2001, Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd. is engaged in the research, development, and production of crystalline silicon solar cells and modules.
  • Yingli Solar. Yingli Solar, formerly known as Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited, covers the manufacturing of the photovoltaic value chain from ingot casting and wafering through solar production and solar panel assembly. 
  • Jinko Solar. Jinko Solar is a solar panel manufacturer headquartered in Shanghai. Founded in 2006, the company started out as a wafer manufacturer and went public on the New York Stock Exchange in 2010.
  • Shunfeng International Clean Energy. Shunfeng International Clean Energy Limited, commonly known as SFCE Solar, aims to create a low-carbon environment through its integrated photovoltaic services and solar power stations constructions and operations, and manufacturing of solar power products as well as solar energy storage.
  • Hanwha Q CELLS. Founded in 2012, Hanwha Q CELLS company is known for its high-quality, high-efficiency solar cells and solar modules, and it offers a wide variety of photovoltaic products, applications and solutions, solar modules, solar kits, and also large-scale solar power plants. 

Top Solar Panel Manufacturers in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region

  • A.R.E. Group. The A.R.E. Group was established in October 2014 with the primary goal of bringing state-of-the-art solar solutions and silicon technologies to Egypt.
  • SARL Algerian PV Company. Established in 2010 in Algeria, SARL Algerian PV Company, or ALPV for short, is a company that is engaged primarily in the manufacturing of solar PV panels.
  • Atom Enerji. Since the company’s establishment in 2012, Atom Enerji has manufactured primarily solar panels and off-grid solar system equipment.
  • Aures Solaire. Aures Solaire is a solar panel manufacturer that is based in Algeria.
  • Aurasol. Established in April 2011, Aurasol is a company based in Tunisia that engages primarily in the renewable energy sector.
  • Copex Solar Energy Systems and Trading. Copex Solar Energy Systems and Trading is a renowned manufacturer of power backup and power conditioning systems that was established in 2012 at Dubai, U.A.E.
  • Cleanergy Morocco. Established in 2010, Cleanergy Morocco is a company created by engineers with long experience in the high technology industrial field as well as practical experience for the preservation of the environment.
  • DuSol Industries. DuSol Industries is the first PV module manufacturing company that is based in Dubai, U.A.E.
  • Egyptian German Co. Trading and Supply. Egyptian German Co. Trading and Supply (EGTS) is a company that aims to introduce the solar energy system to the Egyptian market.
  • Emirates Insolaire. Established in 2013 in Dubai, U.A.E., Emirates Insolaire LLC is a joint venture of Dubai Investments PJSC and SwissINSO Inc. that specializes in the manufacturing of solar products.

Top Solar Panel Manufacturers in India

  • Vikram Solar. Formerly known as Vikram Solar Pvt. Ltd. is a company that specializes in high-efficiency PV module manufacturing comprehensive solutions.
  • Waaree Energies. Founded in 1989 in Mumbai, India, Waaree Energies Ltd. is a solar manufacturing company that focuses on providing EPC services, project development, rooftop solutions, solar water pumps, as well as an Independent Power Producer.
  • Goldi Green Technologies. Goldi Green Technologies only began in 2011 with a 10 MW production capacity, but despite its humble beginnings, the company has become one of the fastest-growing solar PV module manufacturers.
  • Tata Power Solar. Tata Group was established by Jamsetji Tata in the second half of the 19th century, thus making it one of the biggest and most respected business organizations in the world.
  • Loom Solar. Loom Solar is an Indian solar brand store that sells solar systems, solar panels, solar inverters, and solar chargers.
  • Moser Baer Solar. Established in 1983 in New Delhi, Moser Baer India Ltd. (MIBL) is one of the leading technology companies in India.
  • XL Energy. Formerly known as XL Telecom and Energy Limited, XL Energy Limited aims to provide end-to-end solutions in the field of solar power with expertise in the field of production of solar PV modules.
  • Emmvee Photovoltaics. Since its founding in 1992, Emmvee Photovoltaics Private Limited has been developing various centers of excellence in solar water heating systems, photovoltaics, and other industrial products.
  • Navitas Green Solutions. Navitas Solar is the latest venture into renewable energy by a group of companies that have a rich history of over four decades in engineering and manufacturing activities.
  • Saatvik Green Energy. Saatvik Green Energy actively supports the global effort to energize the world through alternate and greener sources of energy.

Top Solar Panel Manufacturers in Europe

  • SolarWorld. SolarWorld is a German company that is dedicated to the manufacturing and marketing of photovoltaic products all over the world.
  • REC Group. Based in Norway, REC Group was founded in 1996 and has since become one of the world’s leading providers of solar energy solutions.
  • Kioto Solar. Founded in 2007, Kioto Solar is an Austria-based provider of solar thermal and PV systems.
  • Photowatt. Photowatt is a manufacturer of photovoltaic panels from France.
  • Victron Energy. Victron Energy is a solar manufacturing company that was founded in 1975 in the Netherlands.
  • Lorentz. Founded in Germany in 1993, Lorentz is a company that has pioneered, innovated, and excelled in the engineering and manufacturing of solar-powered water pumping.
  • ATERSA Group. From the company’s establishment, ATERSA has developed, manufactured, and commercialized all the components needed for the configuration of a solar PV system.
  • Megasol Energy. Founded by Markus Gisler when he was only 12, Megasol Energy has transformed from being a garage company to becoming one of the leading solar manufacturing companies in all of Europe. 
  • AE Solar. Founded by Dr. Alexander Maier and his brothers Waldemar Maier and Victor Maier, AE Solar GmbH is a German renewable energy manufacturing company.
  • Luxor Solar. Luxor Solar is a premium manufacturer for solar modules since 2004.

Top Solar Panel Manufacturers in the United States of America

  • SolarTech Universal. SolarTech Universal is an American solar panel manufacturing company that is based in Riviera Beach, Florida.
  • SunSpark Technology. SunSpark Technology is relatively new to the solar panel manufacturing business, but the company is still considered as a globally recognized brand for solar panel manufacturers.
  • SolarWorld Americas. Founded in 1975 as Solar Technology International, SolarWorld Americas is the longest operating solar manufacturer in the Earth’s western hemisphere.
  • Tesla Energy/Panasonic. In 2018, Tesla Energy has partnered with Panasonic to manufacture solar panels in the United States.
  • CertainTeed Solar. Founded in 1904 as General Roofing Manufacturing Company, CertainTeed is one of the leading brands of exterior and interior building products in North America.
  • First Solar. First Solar has developed, financed, engineered, constructed, and operated many of the world’s largest grid-connected PV power plants.
  • Global Solar Energy. Founded in 1996, Global Solar Energy has evolved into a leading manufacturer of thin-film Copper Indium Gallium diSelenide (CIGS) solar solutions.
  • GreenBrilliance. GreenBrilliance is a vertically integrated, end-to-end alternate energy services provider.
  • LG Solar U.S.A. LG manufactures and sells a wide variety of electronic products, and as of right now, they have started to manufacture and sell solar panels as well.
  • Lumos Solar. Founded in 2006, Lumos Solar is committed to facilitating the widespread adoption of solar energy as they believe that this is the way to ensure the future health of our planet. 

Wholesalers

Solar Products Wholesalers 

Wholesaling refers to buying some products or goods directly from its manufacturer usually at a discount and then reselling it to the retailers for a comparatively higher cost than the original. Basically, wholesalers handle products and package them in small quantities and then sell them to retail customers, either for commercial or personal use. 

Many industries have wholesalers, and that will not skip the solar industries. Nowadays, many solar wholesale stores/firms are operating across the globe, making it much easier for retailers to go solar. Sometimes retailers find it hard to reach direct manufacturers of solar products because some companies do not have their solar stores/shops in public, with that they are not also offering solar products per piece. Through wholesale solar stores/shops, these individuals can easily buy the solar products that they need to replace or maintain their solar systems. 

If you are in need of solar product suppliers for an individual purpose, you may visit some solar outsourcing marketplace to get an updated list of solar wholesalers near your location. There are many solar platforms that provide enough information and data about the solar industry in your region, including all the reliable solar wholesalers in town.

United States

The Solar Potential of USA

According to a 1998 report by the United States Department of Energy, it has been discovered that available domestic solar energy, including biomass, was technically accessible regardless of cost amounted to 586,687 Quadrillion BTUs (Quads). Of that number, 95% was biomass. Coal represented the second largest resource, with 38,147 Quads. Predictions of how much solar power was economically possible to collect added up to 352 quads, compared with 5,266 quads from coal.

All the estimations that were used in the report were based on a prediction that the price of a barrel oil would become $38 in 2010. Additionally, they were also based on multiplied annual renewable resources by 30 for comparison with non-renewable resources. In 2007, the total annual energy consumption of the United States was about 100 Quads, which was less than 0.5% of what is theoretically available from sunlight.

Moreover, in 2012, a report from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) described the technically available renewable energy resources for each state. In addition to that, the report estimated that urban utility-scale photovoltaics could supply 2,232 TWh per year, rural utility-scale PV 280,613 TWh per year, rooftop PV 818 TWh per year, and CSP 116,146 TWh per year. All these amounted for a total of almost 400,000 TWh per year, which was 100 times the current consumption of 3,856 TWh in 2011. For comparison, at the time, onshore wind potential was estimated at 32,784 TWh per year, offshore wind at 16,976 TWh per year, and the total available from all renewable resources was estimated at 481,963 TWh per year.

 

United States Government Support

A complete list of incentives can be found at the Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy (DSIRE). A lot of solar power systems are grid-connected and use net metering laws to allow the use of electricity in the evening that was generated during the daytime. New Jersey is the state with the least restrictive net metering law while California is the one that has the most number of homes that have solar panels installed.

Many were installed because of the million solar roofs initiative, which entails a vision introduced back in 2007 where solar PV panels are to be installed on an additional million rooftops of home or businesses in the state of California by 2018.

In some states, like Florida, solar power is subject to legal restrictions that discourage its use.

Federal Tax Credit

The federal tax credit for solar was extended for eight years as part of the financial bailout bill, H.R. 1424, until the end of 2016. It was predicted that this will create about 440,000 jobs and 28 GW of solar power. Additionally, it was also predicted that this will lead to a $300 billion market for solar panels. This prediction did not take into account the removal of the $2,000 cap on residential tax credits at the end of 2008.

Moreover, a 30% tax credit is available for residential and commercial installations. For 2009 through 2011, this was a 30% grant instead of a tax credit, and at the time, it was known as the 1603 grant program.

The federal Residential Energy Efficient Property Credit, an income tax credit on IRS Form 5695, for residential PV and solar thermal was extended in December 2015 to remain at 30% of system cost (parts and installations) for systems that are put into service by the end of 2019, then 26% until the end of 2020, and then 22% until the end of 2021. This applies to a taxpayer’s principal and/or second residences, but this can’t be applied to a property that is rented out. There is no maximum cap on the credit, and the credit can be applied toward the Alternative Minimum Tax. Any excess credit (greater than that year’s tax liability) can be rolled into the following year.

The solar industry and utilities clashed extensively on renewal, but the solar industry won. The renewal is expected to add $38 billion of investment for 20 GW of solar.

Section 1603 Grants

President Barack Obama’s stimulus bill in 2009 created a program known as Section 1603 grants. This program was designed so as to give federal grants to solar companies for 30% of investments into solar energy. Since 2009, the federal government has given solar companies $25 billion in grant money through this program. However, the Section 1603 grant program expired in 2011.

The United States Treasury Department has been investigating solar companies for potential fraud since 2013. The department promised a report by June 2015, but the report had not been released as of 2016.

Solar America Initiative

The United States Department of Energy (DOE) announced on September 29, 2008, that it will invest $17.6 million, subject to annual appropriations, in six company-led, early-stage PV projects under the Solar America Initiative’s “PV Incubator” funding opportunity. The PV Incubator project is designed to fund prototype PV components and systems with the goal of moving them through the commercialization process by 2010. The 2008 award is the second funding opportunity released under the PV Incubator project. With the cost-share from the industry, which is at least 20%, up to $35.4 million would be invested in these projects. These projects would run for 18 months and are subcontracted through DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Most of the projects were to receive up to $3 million in funding, except Solasta and Spire Semiconductor which would receive up to $2.6 million and $2.97 million, respectively. Some of the projects under this initiative include:

  • Massachusetts-based 1366 Technologies developing a new cell architecture for low-cost, multi-crystalline silicon cells, which will enhance cell performance through improved light-trapping texturing and grooves for self-aligned metallization fingers
  • California’s Innovalight using ink-jet printing to transfer their “silicon ink” onto thin-crystalline silicon wafers so as to produce high-efficiency and low-cost solar cells and modules
  • Skyline Solar, also in California, developing an integrated, lightweight, and single-axis tracked system that reflects and concentrates sunlight over 10 times onto silicon cells
  • Solasta, in Massachusetts, working on a novel cell design that increases currents and lowers materials cost
  • Solexel, another California-based company, commercializing a disruptive, 3D high-efficiency monocrystalline silicon cell technology that dramatically reduces manufacturing cost per watt
  • Spire Semiconductor in New Hampshire developing three-junction tandem solar cells that better optimize the optical properties of their device layers. This company is targeting cell efficiencies over 42% using a low-cost manufacturing method.

The PV Incubator project is part of the Solar America Initiative (SAI), which plans to make solar energy cost-competitive with conventional forms of electricity by 2015 (grid parity).

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technology Program (SETP) will achieve the goals of the SAI through partnerships and strategic alliances by focusing mainly on four areas. These are:

  • Market Transformation: activities that address marketplace barriers and offer the chance for market expansion
  • Device and Process Proof of Concept: R&D activities addressing novel devices or processes with a potentially significant performance or cost advantages
  • Component Prototype and Pilot-Scale Production: R&D activities emphasizing the development of prototype PV components or systems that are produced at pilot-scale with demonstrated cost, reliability, or performance advantages
  • System Development and Manufacturing: collaborative R&D activities among industry and university partners to develop and improve solar energy technologies

Another thing that is a part of the Solar America Initiative is the Solar America Showcase. For this activity, preference is given to large-scale, highly visible, and highly replicable installations that involve cutting-edge solar technologies or novel applications of solar.

SunShot Initiative

Announced by the Department of Energy in 2011, the SunShot Initiative aims to reduce the cost of solar power by 75% from 2010 to 2020. In great detail, this initiative’s goals are as follows:

  • Residential system prices reduced from $6/W to $1.50/W
  • Commercial system prices reduced from $5/W to $1.25/W
  • Utility-scale system prices reduced from $4/W to $1/W (CSP, CPV, and PV)

Additionally, the Department of Energy announced a $29 million investment in four projects that would help advance affordable and reliable clean energy for American families and businesses. The $29 million would be separated into two investments:

  • $21 million investment over five years to design plug-and-play PV systems that can be purchased, installed, and operational in one day
  • $8 million investment in two projects to help utilities and grid operators better forecast when, where, and how much solar power will be produced at U.S. solar energy plants

Other projects under the SunShot Initiative are the following:

  • Fraunhofer USA’s Center for Sustainable Energy Systems in Cambridge, Massachusetts developing PV technologies that allow homeowners to easily select the right solar system for their house and install, wire and connect to the grid
  • North Carolina State University leading a project to create standard PV components and system designs that can adapt simply to any residential roof and can be installed and connected to the grid quickly and efficiently
  • IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Armonk, New York leading a new project based on the Watson computer system that uses big data processing and self-adjusting algorithms to integrate different prediction models and learning technologies

All these projects are working with the Department of Energy and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association to improve the accuracy of solar forecasts and share the results of this work with industry and academia.

State and Local

There have been numerous instances throughout the years that showcase the efforts that state and local government officials have undergone to make solar possible. The following are the most well-known of these instances:

  • Governor Jerry Brown has signed legislation requiring California’s utilities to get 50% of their electricity from renewable energy sources by the end of 2030.
  • The San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed solar incentives of up to $6,000 for homeowners and up to $10,000 for businesses. Applications for the program started on July 1, 2008. In April 2016, they passed a law that requires all new buildings below 10 stories to have rooftop solar panels. This made San Francisco the first major U.S. city to do so.
  • In 2008, Berkeley initiated a revolutionary pilot program where homeowners are able to add the cost of solar panels to their property tax assessment and pay for them out of their electricity cost savings. In 2009, over a dozen states passed legislation allowing property tax financing. All in all, 27 states offer loans for solar projects.
  • The California Solar Initiative has set a goal to create 3,000 MW of new, solar-produced electricity by 2016.
  • New Hampshire has a $3,750 residential rebate program for up to 50% of system cost for systems less than 5 kWp ($6,000 from July 1, 2008, until 2010).
  • Louisiana has a 50% tax credit up to $12,500 for the installation of a wind or solar system.
  • New Jersey law provides new solar power installations with exemptions from the 7% state sales tax and from any increase in property assessment (local property tax increases), subject to certain registration requirements.

Feed-in Tariff

According to experience, a feed-in tariff is both the least expensive and the most effective means of developing solar power. This is because investors need certainty, and a feed-in tariff definitely gives them that.

California enacted a feed-in tariff that began on February 14, 2008, while Washington has a feed-in tariff of 15¢/kWh which increases to 54¢/kWh if components are manufactured in the state. Hawaii, Michigan, and Vermont also have feed-in tariffs.

In 2010, the Federal Energy Regulatory (FERC) ruled that states were able to implement above-market feed-in tariffs for specific technologies.

Solar Renewable Energy Certificates

In recent years, states that have passed the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) or the Renewable Electricity Standard (RES) laws have relied on the use of solar renewable energy certificates (SRECs) to meet state requirements. They have achieved this by adding a specific solar carve-out to the state RPS. The first SREC program was implemented in 2005 by New Jersey. Soon enough, this program has expanded to several other states, including Maryland, Delaware, Ohio, Massachusetts, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania.

SREC offers many advantages, but one of its major problems is the lack of certainty for investors. A feed-in tariff provides a known return on investment, but an SREC program provides only a possible return of investment.

Power Purchase Agreement

In 2006, investors started offering free solar panel installation in return for a 25-year contract. They also began offering a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), which is a contract between two parties — one which generates electricity (the seller) and one which is looking to purchase electricity (the buyer).

By 2009, over 90% of commercial PV installed in the United States were installed using a PPA. About 90% of the PV installed in the United States is in states that specifically address PPAs.

New Construction Mandates

In March 2013, Lancaster California became the first U.S. city to mandate the inclusion of solar panels on new homes, requiring that every new housing development must average 1 kW per house.

PACE Financing

The Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Financing is a means of financing energy efficiency upgrades, disaster resiliency improvements, water conservation measures, or renewable energy installations of residential, commercial, and industrial property owners. This innovative financing arrangement lends money to a homeowner for a solar system, to be repaid via an additional tax assessment on the property for 20 years. This kind of financing arrangement allows the installation of the solar system at “relatively little up-front cost to the property owner.”

The principal feature of this program is that the balance of the loan is transferred to the new owners in the event the property is sold, and the loan is paid for entirely through electric bill savings. Unlike a mortgage loan, no funds are transferred when the property is sold — only the repayment obligation is transferred.

PACE programs are currently operating in eight states, California, Colorado, Florida, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, New York, and Wisconsin. Additionally, they are on hold in many other states.

Current Status of Solar Power in the United States

Published on June 2019, the report from the Solar Energy Industries Association and Wood Mackenzie Power and Renewables, a market research group, have discovered that the first quarter of 2019 was the strongest in the U.S. solar industry’s history. A total of 2.7 GW of solar capacity was added to the grid at this time.

Aside from that, new solar installations should grow 25% from 2018, thus amounting to 13.3 GW. This bounceback — after solar installations dipped 2% last year — was driven by larger-scale utility solar projects, which account for 61% of the first quarter’s growth.

This development is a remarkable change from what was expected last year when President Trump announced that he was putting tariffs on imported solar cells and modules. During this time, the industry was worried that the tariffs would hinder solar. However, solar installations shot past the 2-million mark this year instead.

Moreover, the industry expects this growth to continue well past 2019. A number of U.S. utilities have solar projects in the works, and they should be a reality by 2024. And both residential and non-residential solar markets have grown tremendously over the years. Overall, solar power in the United States is currently on an uphill climb.