Yingli Leads The Solar Panel Pack Again

2013 was another great year for Chinese solar manufacturer Yingli Green Energy, with the company again the largest supplier of solar modules in the world.

According to research firm IHS, Yingli had a “dazzling” year.

“Shipping more than 3 gigawatts (GW) of solar modules last year, the Chinese maker expanded its share of the market to 8.3 percent, up from 7.4 percent in 2012 when it was already the world’s brightest solar player,” says the company.

Over 30 million Yingli solar panels have been shipped since the company commenced manufacturing operations in 1998.

“A strong footprint in each of the world’s leading PV markets was the basis for the phenomenal growth behind Yingli,” said Stefan de Haan, principal analyst for photovoltaics at IHS.

Yingli shipped 625.3 megawatts in China from the first to the third quarter in 2013. It was also the leader in Germany, shipping an estimated 583.9 MW of solar modules –  more than double the capacity of closest competitor Trina.

Yingli came in second in the USA with shipments of 479.8 MW, just 70 megawatts short of the leader. In Japan, Yingli was ranked ninth.

The four countries accounted for two-thirds of worldwide PV demand last year says  IHS.

Australians can also expect to hear and see more of Yingli’s solar products. The company officially launched its presence in Australia with the opening of its Sydney office in last year.

Yingli Solar modules feature positive power tolerance – which means each panel exceeds its nameplate rating. The panels have also been top ranked performer in Photon and TÜV Rheinland year-long energy yield testing in real-world conditions. Built  for tough conditions such as experienced in Australia, the panels surpass the IEC standard by up to six times.

Local provider Energy Matters is currently offering special system package deals based on Yingli’s popular YGE series panels.