How many companies actually manufacture solar modules in Germany?

Globally, there aren’t actually many solar modules produced onshore in Germany, despite claims that some make. This “connection” is often boasted as being affiliated with a brand, office or manufacturer in this industry-renowned country, but that’s not necessarily the case.

The fact of the matter is that most panels are made in China or Asian continents, where incentives and cost-effectiveness are highly advantageous. So if this is the case, why do we so often hear about this ‘German link’? If there’s no real contribution from Germany to the finished product, how can it even be attributed to manufacturing there in the first place?

Think carefully about who you trust

As a company, aleo is an open book in terms of transparency in the industry. The brand is known for its trustworthy connections and manufacturing process, and is onshore in Germany. There’s no OEM anywhere else in the world, giving the company complete control through its single factory.

With this in mind, we’re helping you to understand who you can trust, with options like aleo well and truly a recommendation.

A step-by-step guide to quality solar panels

Here is a simple, yet essential, guide for you to follow, allowing you to feel confident in the quality of your solar panels. If you’re looking to buy, it’s important to look out for these defining factors, especially paying attention to where and how they are really made. 

  1. Approved Place of Manufacturing

The “Certification of Origin” (CoO) is a “must” document, but it’s not enough. A manufacturer can provide a CoO by just doing the labeling process in a factory.

aleo offers an “Approved Place of Manufacture” Certificate issued by VDE covering cells stringing, assembly, lamination, and electrical tests, and classification in a specific (one and only, in aleo’s case) factory, onshore in Germany.

  1. The Bill of Materials (BOM) & the Constructional Data Form (CDF) are crucial

Simply put, a BOM is the composition info of a solar panel manufactured out of a specific production run, during a specific point in time, while the CDF is the certified “ingredients” of a solar panel. These are both crucial and fundamental. The keyword here is: certified.

There have been cases of manufacturers altering raw materials, components, or even critical design details during high volume production due to availability, phase-out of technology, a supplier going bust, COVID-19, etc.

If a manufacturer changes the CDF, the panels have to be re-tested and certified. Real life has had some manufacturers omit, forget, ignore or half go through the procedure and essentially offer uncertified solar panels – usually at a discount.

For aleo, there is only one way of doing things and that’s the right way. aleo solar is dedicated to selecting high-quality components that work together and with 100% security manufactures panels that reflect all certifications. 

  1. The production factory matters 

For a specific module type, a company should apply the same BOM at all of the production sites. However, according to DNV GL’s rigorous testing procedures, it has been proven that different production sites, even though using the same Bill of Materials, may present variations in performance. Own production lines, versus OEM, is a factor to consider because the workmanship and technical expertise on a local level can vary.

aleo solar manufactures quality solutions in one and only factory in Prenzlau Germany, thus ensuring consistent and reliable quality performance.

  1. Certificates

When a manufacturer pictures a lovely house by the sea, does it mean the panels are certified for salt mist corrosion and, if so, to what level?

  1. The size of the manufacturer does not guarantee quality

The size of the manufacturer is not the best indicator of performance in reliability testing. A massive manufacturer has several production sites, multiple BOMs, OEM suppliers and generally handles complicated supply chains. Performance testing has shown that large companies produce modules that vary in quality testing results.

The company is also globally recognised as one of the most trustworthy manufacturers of high-efficiency solar panels, with 100% quality control in one and only production plant in Germany. beyond this, a 25-year Product Guarantee means the systems are made to last for at least that period, if not more. 

Visit Alemar Tradings Pty Ltd, the Official Australian Partner of aleo solar GmbH, and learn more on quality solar panels truly manufactured in Germany. 

For more information visit here. To view the latest aleo panels available for installation in the Australian market and to obtain a wholesale quote for aleo solar panels to install on behalf of your customers, click here.