JinkoSolar was the leading company for global solar PV module shipments in 2017, according to a report released by GlobalData, a data and analytics company. The company had shipments of 9.7 GW of PV modules compared to Trina Solar’s 9.1 GW, keeping its rival in second place.
The global solar PV module market was valued at $36.71 billion in 2017 and is estimated to reach $26.4 billion in 2021, registering a negative compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8% between 2017 and 2021. The fall in the market value was mainly due to the fall in module prices.
JinkoSolar reached the milestone of receiving the first Cradle-to-Cradle (C2C) certificate in China from SGS. This certification highlights JinkoSolar’s commitment to high environmental, health, and safety standards.
Ankit Mathur, practice head of power at GlobalData, commented: “JinkoSolar has broken a number of world records for its silicon solar cell and module technology, displaying its technological prowess. The company has maintained its top position in terms of solar PV research and development through its advanced manufacturing process, higher mass production speeds, and enhanced quality control compared to its counterparts.”
Trina Solar is also in a strong position in the areas of product quality and reliability, performance, innovation, as well as robust financial management. The company has achieved a number of breakthroughs with its innovative research and development, and its large-area interdigitated back contact silicon solar cell hit a record efficiency of 24.13% in May 2017.
Regarding the other companies which made the top rankings, Canadian Solar and JA Solar occupied third and fourth place, with shipments of 6.9 GW and 6.7 GW, respectively. Hanwha Q Cells came fifth with 5.6 GW, GCL System Integration Technology was sixth with 4.6 GW, Lerri Solar Technology stood in seventh place with 4.4 GW, and Yingli lay in eighth spot with 2.9 GW.
“Lerri Solar Technology, a subsidiary of LONGi Green Energy Technology, gained substantial ground by entering into the top solar manufacturer ranking in 2017. The company is planning to raise its stakes in the growing market through rapid expansion in domestic and overseas manufacturing facilities. Recently the company announced its plan to increase its production base with a set up 1-GW mono cell and 1-GW mono module manufacturing facility in India,” added Mathur.
“Risen Energy has entered the 2017 top 10 listing of the solar module manufacturers after gaining competitive edge in technology, automation and cost control in the photovoltaic sector. From the past few years the company has been company expanding its presence in markets such as Italy, Germany, Romania and India.”