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Worldwide markets for solar panels are growing as units become more efficient and less costly for generating electricity. Rapid adoption of solar panels worldwide is occurring as systems provide peak power efficiently. The ability to remain competitive depends upon the ability to develop technologically advanced products and processes. What better investment in infrastructure on the part of a government than solar power? Cheap energy promises to provide water, cheap manufacturing, electric vehicles, all sorts of things more useful than a war that the government might alternatively spend its money on.

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Solar Panels:  Market Shares, Strategies, and Forecasts, Worldwide, 2015 to 2021
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SOLAR PANEL MARKET EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 34
Solar Panels Use Inexpensive, Lasting Energy From The Sun 34
China Achieves Grid Parity For Solar 35
PV Market Impacted By Huge Investment China Made In Solar Panel Manufacturing Capacity 35
In US Aim Is For Solar To Offer A Customer 10 Percent Net
Savings In Year One 36
European Utilities Struggle with Solar 36
Solar Market Driving Forces 37
Drop In Solar Installation Costs 41
Solar Panel Market Shares 42
Solar Panel Market Forecasts 44
1. SOLAR PANEL MARKET DESCRIPTION AND MARKET DYNAMICS 46
1.1 Solar Power Plants 46
1.1.1 Sun Is The Earth's Most Abundant And Primary Source Of Energy 47
1.1.2 Sunlight Intensity in Various Regions 47
1.1.3 Average Solar Irradiance 49
1.1.4 Global Solar Resources for PV Photovoltaic Technologies 50
1.1.5 Economics of PV 51
1.1.6 Sunshine Index 53
1.1.7 Map of Solar Electricity Potential in Europe 54
1.1.8 Solar Energy Large-Scale Production 57
1.1.9 World's Largest PV Installation German Solar 58
1.2 Solar and Climate Change 60
1.3 Solar Panel Technological Innovation 63
1.3.1 PV Cell Device Made From Polysilicon Wafers 63
1.4 Installing Solar 67
1.5 Solar Production Equipment and Technologies 68
2. SOLAR PANEL MARKET SHARES AND MARKET FORECASTS 69
2.1 Solar Panels Use Inexpensive, Lasting Energy From The Sun 69
2.1.1 China Achieves Grid Parity For Solar 70
2.1.2 PV Market Impacted By Huge Investment China Made In Solar Panel Manufacturing Capacity 70
2.1.3 In US Aim Is For Solar To Offer A Customer 10 Percent Net Savings In Year One 71
2.1.4 European Utilities Struggle with Solar 71
2.1.5 Solar Market Driving Forces 72
2.1.6 Drop In Solar Installation Costs 76
2.2 Solar Panel Market Shares 77
2.2.1 First Solar 80
2.2.2 Shunfeng Wuxi Suntech STP260-20/Wd 81
2.2.3 Trina Solar 82
2.2.4 Yingli Solar 82
2.2.5 Canadian Solar Standard Modules 83
2.2.6 Sharp 83
2.2.7 SunPower Highest Efficiency Solar 84
2.2.8 Panasonic / Sanyo HIT Solar Modules 84
2.3 Solar Panel Market Forecasts 84
2.4 Solar Panel Pricing 89
2.5 Solar Panel Regional Market Segments 91
5.1.1 Annually Installed Solar Power Capacity Reaches 10%
Annual Use In Some Places 92
2.5.1 Chinese economy 93
2.5.2 China Achieves Grid Parity For Solar 94
2.5.3 PV Market Impacted By Investment In Manufacturing Capacity 95
3. SOLAR PANELS PRODUCT DESCRIPTION 96
3.1 First Solar 96
3.1.1 First Solar Energy Solutions 97
3.1.2 First Solar Delivering A Favorable Levelized Cost Of Electricity 100
3.1.3 First Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Energy Solutions Model 104
3.1.4 First Solar Advanced Thin Film Modules 106
3.1.5 First Solar TetraSunâ„¢ Module 107
3.1.6 First Solar Operations and Maintenance 109
3.1.7 First Solar Strong Industry Vendor Relationships 112
3.1.8 First Solar Module Collection and Recycling Program 112
3.1.9 First Solar Energy Farm Model 113
3.2 Yingli Solar 114
3.2.1 Yingli Works With Top Utilities Across the United States 115
3.2.2 Yingli Utility Market Presence 117
3.2.3 YingliQueen Creek Solar Farm 127
3.2.4 Yingli Huerto Solar Villar de Cañas II 128
3.2.5 Yingli Poggiorsini Power Plant 129
3.2.6 Yingli Green Energy Polysilicon Ingots and Blocks 129
3.2.7 Yingli Green Energy Polysilicon Wafers 130
3.2.8 Yingli Green Energy PV Cells 130
3.2.9 Yingli Green Energy PV Modules 131
3.2.10 Yingli Green Energy Integrated PV Systems 132
3.2.11 Yingli Solar 133
3.2.12 Yingli Solar for Homes 134
3.2.13 Yingli Green Energy Residential 135
3.2.14 Yingli Solar for Businesses 137
3.2.15 Yingli Green Energy Commercial Installation 138
3.2.16 Yingli Power Plants 139
3.2.17 Yingli Green Energy Monocrystalline Solar Panels 140
3.2.18 Yingli Green Energy Panda 60 Series 143
3.2.19 Yingli Green Energy Multicrystalline Solar Panels 146
3.2.20 Yingli Green Energy YGE 60 Series 146
3.3 Wuxi Suntech Solar Panel 152
3.3.1 Wuxi Suntech STP260-20/Wd 153
3.3.2 SunTech PV Panel Strategic Positioning 155
3.3.3 SunTech Strategic Product Positioning 156

3.4 Trina Solar Product Portfolio 157
3.4.1 Trina Solar Leading Quality, Superior Yield, Smarter
Energy Solutions 160
3.4.2 Trina Solar Multicrystalline Solar Panels 161
3.4.3 Trina PA05 Solar Solutions 163
3.4.4 Trina Solar Ingots 167
3.4.5 Trina Solar Wafers 167
3.4.6 Trina Solar Cells 168
3.4.7 Trina Solar PV Modules 169
3.4.8 Trina Solar Utility Scale PV Systems 170
3.4.9 Trina Solar Power Projects 175
3.5 Sharp Solar Residential Products 178
3.5.1 Sharp Solar Electricity 178
3.5.2 Sharp Solar Panels Cover The Walls Of A Skyscraper in Manchester 182
3.5.3 Sharp Solar Residential Products 183
3.5.4 Sharp Solar 185
3.5.5 Sharp Commercial Solar Panels 185
3.5.6 Sharp Industrial Solar Panels 186
3.5.7 Sharp Solar Panels Target Market 188
3.5.8 Sharp Solar Utility-Scale Products 190
3.6 Canadian Solar Standard Modules 190
3.6.1 Canadian Solar Standard Solar Module 191
3.6.2 Canadian Solar Quartech Solar Module 193
3.6.3 Canadian Solar ELPS Solar Module, Next Generation MWT Technology 193
3.6.4 Canadian Solar System 193
3.6.5 Canadian Solar String Inverter 194
3.6.6 Canadian Solar Andes Solar Home System (SHS) 194
3.6.7 Canadian Solar Maple Solar System 196
3.6.8 Canadian Solar Standard Modules 198
3.6.9 Canadian Solar e-Modules 198
3.6.10 Proliferation of Canadian Solar Projects 200
3.6.11 Canadian Solar Specialty Products 208
3.6.12 Canadian Solar BIPV Products 208
3.7 Hanwha.com/ 210
3.8 SunPower® Solar Solution Home Energy Systems 211
3.8.1 SunPower® Residential Solar Panels 212
3.8.2 SunPower Solar Elegance 212
3.8.3 SunPower Highest Efficiency Solar 212
3.8.4 SunPower E19 Series Solar Panels 213
3.8.5 SunPower Solar Power Home Monitoring Systems 213
3.8.6 SunPower Utility Scale Solar 213
3.9 Panasonic / Sanyo HIT Solar Modules 214
3.9.1 Panasonic Core Technologies Behind The Record
Conversion Efficiency 214
3.9.2 Panasonic Group HIT Solar Panel 216
3.10 SolarWorld Sunkits Solar System 220
3.10.1 SolarWorld Sunmodule Solar Panels 222
3.10.2 SolarWorld Long-Term Performance 222
3.11 Kyocera Solar 224
3.11.1 Kyocera MyGen Residential Systems 224
3.11.2 Kyocera Commercial Solutions 225
3.12 Mitsubishi Electric PV Modules 226
3.12.1 Mitsubishi Electric Residential Solar 226
3.12.2 Mitsubishi Electric Commercial Solar 226
3.12.3 Mitsubishi Electric PV Modules 227
3.13 RRS - Magaldi Group 241
3.14 Tata Solar 242
3.15 Petra Solar Utility Pole Applications for Solar Energy 244
3.15.1 Petra Solar Commercial Systems 247
3.15.2 Petra Solar Residential 248
3.16 Scatec Solar Project Development 249
3.16.1 Scatec Solar $157 Million Financing from Google and Prudential 249
3.17 SunFields PV Modules 251
5.1.2 SunFields PV Solar Home Lighting 252
3.17.1 SunFields PV Solar Street Lights 253
3.17.2 SunFields PV Solar Lanterns 254
3.17.3 SunFields PV Integrated Manufacturing Facility 254
3.18 Suniva 255
3.18.1 Suniva OPTimus® Series Monocrystalline Modules 256
3.19 Daqo New Energy Solar Module 257
3.20 Dyesol DSC Applications Designs In BIPV 258
3.21 JinkoSolar Value Chain 260
3.21.1 JinkoSolar Product Traceability Control 261
3.21.2 JinkoSolar High Efficiency Modules 263
3.21.3 JinkoSolar High Efficiency Cells 263
3.21.4 JinkoSolar High Quality Wafers 263
3.21.5 JinkoSolar Advanced Technology 263

3.22 Masdar PV 266
3.22.1 Masdar PV Modules Amorphous Modules 269
3.22.2 Masdar PV Micromorph Modules 270
3.23 Ascent Solar Technologies, Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) Modules 272
3.24 LDK Solar 276
3.24.1 LDK Solar Cell 277
4 SOLAR TECHNOLOGY 279
4.1 Solar Technology Polycrystalline cells 279
4.1.1 Solar Panel Technologies 279
4.2 Thin Film Solar Cells 280
4.2.1 First Solar Technology 281
4.2.2 First Solar10GW Installed Worldwide 282
4.2.3 First Solar Advanced Thin Film Module Features 282
4.3 Suntech Technology 286
5 SOLAR COMPANY PROFILES 294
5.2 A Power Energy 294
5.2.1 A Power Positioning 295
5.3 Abengoa Solar 295
5.3.1 Abengoa Solana: The World's Largest Solar Plant 297
5.3.2 Abengoa Solar 300
5.3.3 Abengoa Solar Concentrating Solar Power 303
5.3.4 Abengoa Solar Photovoltaic 303
5.3.5 Abengoa Solar Customized Industrial and Commercial Applications 307
5.3.6 Abengoa Research and Development of Solar Technology 307
5.3.7 Abengoa Solar Commercializes High-Concentration Photovoltaic System 310
5.3.8 Joint Venture Between Masdar (60%), Total (20%)
and Abengoa (20%) Shams-1 Solar Project 311
5.4 Akeena Solar 313
5.5 Anwell Group / SunGen 313
5.6 Applied Materials (NASDAQ: AMAT) 315
5.6.1 Applied Materials Silicon Systems Group 316
5.6.2 Applied Materials Revenue 318
5.6.3 Applied Materials Fiscal Second Quarter Reportable
Segment Results 319
5.6.4 Applied Materials Quarterly Financial Information 320
5.6.5 Applied Materials Acquisition of Varian Semiconductor 320
5.6.6 Applied Materials' HCT B5 Wire Saws Selected by GCL-
Poly for Solar Manufacturing 321
5.7 Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc. 322
5.7.1 Ascent Solar Technologies Technology 324
5.7.2 Ascent Solar Company Positioning 326
5.7.3 Ascent Solar Distributor Agreement with
Sunload Mobile Solutions GmbH 328
5.8 ATS 328
5.8.1 ATS Innovation/R and D 331
5.9 Canadian Solar 334
5.9.1 Canadian Solar Utility Scale Project Pipeline Update 335
5.9.2 Canadian Solar Projects in Ontario, Canada 336
5.9.3 Canadian Solar in the US 338
5.9.4 Canadian Solar in Japan 339
5.9.5 Canadian Solar In China 340
5.9.6 Canadian Solar In Brazil 340
5.9.7 Canadian Solar Capacity Expansion Plans 340
5.9.8 Canadian Solar New Powerful Solar Cell 342
5.9.9 Canadian Solar 600 MW PV Cell Plant Joint Venture 342
5.10 China South Industries Group Corporation (CSGC) /
TIANWEI New Energy Holdings Co., Ltd. (TWNE) 343
5.10.1 Tianwei New Energy German Solar Exhibition 345
5.10.2 Tianwei New Energy Resource Component Products 348
5.11 Conergy AG 349
5.11.1 Conergy for Grimmway Enterprises, Grower Of
Carrots Implements 230 Kilowatts Of Solar 350
5.11.2 Conergy Powerplus Solar Plant At Fujifilm In Hawaii 350
5.11.3 Conergy 1.7 million PowerPlus Modules Installed 351
5.11.4 Conergy 12.4 MW Solar Park in Thailand 352
5.11.5 Conergy Is Building The Second Solar Park 352
5.11.6 Conergy PowerPlus Premium 56,000 Modules On
Over 56 Kilometers 353
5.12 Daqo New Energy 353
5.12.1 Daqo New Energy / JNE Solar Module Joint Venture in Canada 355
5.13 Dyesol 355
5.13.1 Dyesol Major Research Expansion in Japan 357
5.14 ET Solar 359
5.14.1 ET Solar Corporate Vision 359
5.14.2 ET Solar Modules Adopted in a UK Commercial Rooftop Project 360
5.14.3 ET Solar / Zep Compatible Modules for Rooftop PV Systems 361
5.14.4 ET Solar Grid Connection of a 2.9MW Power Plant in Germany 361
5.15 First Solar 362
5.15.1 First Solar Sales 367
5.15.2 First Solar 4 Gigawatt Manufacturing 372
5.15.3 First Solar PV Modules UK MCS Certification 372
5.15.4 First Solar and China Power International New
Energy International Cooperation Framework Agreement 373
5.16 Gintech 374
5.17 Global PVQ SE, created to take over the assets of Q-Cells SE 375
5.18 Hanwha Q Cells 375
5.19 Hoku Scientific 375
5.20 JA Solar 380
5.21 JinkoSolar 380
5.21.1 JinkoSolar Launch of Research and Development Center 382
5.21.2 JinkoSolar Powers Solar Tunnel 383
5.21.3 Jinko Solar Revenues 385
5.21.4 Jinko Solar Module Manufacturing 388
5.22 Juwi 389
5.22.1 Juwi Positioning 392
5.22.2 Juwi Financing 392
5.22.3 Juwi Construction 392
5.22.4 Juwi 393
5.22.5 Juwi Germany's Largest Rooftop Solar Power
Plant in Philippsburg 394
5.22.6 Juwi Leads the Way to an Energy Transition 395
5.23 Kyocera 397
5.23.1 Kyocera Revenue 398
5.23.2 Kyocera Solar Energy Business 403
5.24 Magaldi 403
5.24.1 RRS - Magaldi Group Solar 404
5.25 Mubadala / Masdar 404
5.25.1 Masdar Operates Through Five Integrated Units 407
5.25.2 Masdar PV 409
5.25.3 Masdar Initiative 411
5.25.4 Masdar PV Production Capacity at Ichtershausen 415
5.25.5 Masdar PV and Raabvill Kft. Build Solar Parks With
Full Size Modules 416
5.25.6 Masdar PV and Beck Energy Open-Space Solar Park In Germany 417
5.26 MEMC 418
5.26.1 MEMC Global Sales And Manufacturing 421
5.26.2 MEMC Strategic Positioning Driving Sustained Achievement 423
5.26.3 MEMC Wafer Manufacturing Process 423
5.26.4 Selected MEMC Sun Edison Customers 424
5.26.5 MEMC Solar Energy ROI Advantages 426
5.27 Motech 427
5.27.1 Motech Revenue 431
5.27.2 Motech 432
5.28 Panasonic / Sanyo Solar 436
5.28.1 Sanyo 436
5.28.2 SANYO 2011 Sales Of Solar Photovoltaic Systems 437
5.28.3 Panasonic / Sanyo Solar Ark 440
5.28.4 Panasonic /Sanyo Solar Stone Brewing Company
Reference Account 442
5.28.5 Panasonic / Sanyo Solar lumenHAUS Reference Account 443
5.28.6 InSpec / SANYO 444
5.28.7 SANYO and InSpec Group Partnership Generates
Multiple Solar Installations in Oregon 444
5.29 Petra Solar 444
5.29.1 Petra Solar Utility Pole Solar 446
5.29.2 Petra Solar Remote Monitoring And Control 447
5.29.3 Petra Solar Wins Smart Grid and Clean Tech
chamerica American Technology Awards 448
5.29.4 Petra Solar National Smart Solar Energy Plan at Jordan -
U.S. Business Forum in Middle East 449
5.30 Scatec Solar 451
5.30.1 Scatec Solar ASA: Fourth quarter 2014 results - 54%
Increase in power production 452
5.30.2 Scatec Solar 453
5.30.3 Scatec Solar Corporate Structure 454
5.30.4 Scatec Solar Offers One-Stop-Shopping 455
5.30.5 Scatec Solar Role in Scatec Group 455
5.30.6 Scatec Solar 4 MW Solar PV Plant in Puglia, Italy 456
5.30.7 Scatec Solar builds 6 MW Solar PV Plant In A
Former Mine In Emilia 457
3.5.1 Scatec Solar Generates Electricity from Roof 462
3.5.2 Scatec Solar Carports 463
5.31 SENER 465
5.32 Sharp Solar 466
5.32.1 Sharp Revenue by Region 470
5.32.2 Sharp Electronics Corporation 472
5.33 SMA Solar Technology AG 475
5.33.1 SMA Solar Technology Acquisition of dtw Sp.z o.o. 476
5.34 SolarWorld 477
5.34.1 SolarWorld Core Business Is Photovoltaics 477
5.34.2 SolarWorld Acquired Manufacturing Base of Shell Solar 478
5.34.3 SolarWorld Improved Storage Facilities 480
5.35 Suniva Inc. 481
5.35.1 Suniva Powers 250 kW Rooftop Solar Array at
UPS Center in Lakewood, New Jersey 482
5.35.2 Suniva Optimusâ„¢ Solar Modules 482
5.36 SunPower 483
5.36.1 Sun Power Revenue 485
5.37 Tata Solar 492
5.37.1 Tata BP Solar Manpacks 498
5.37.2 Tata BP Solar Expands Manufacturing Capacity by 62% to Serve Growing Solar Market in India 499
5.38 6.15 Torresol Energy 500
5.39 Trina Solar 501
5.39.1 Trina Solar 23MW Modules to Linuo Solar
Distributed Generation (DG) Project in China 503
5.39.2 Trina Solar Partners 504
5.39.3 Trina Solar Products 504
5.39.4 Trina Solar Manufacturing 505
5.39.5 Trina Solar International Projects 506
5.39.6 Trina Solar 2014 Manufacturing Capacity 507
5.39.7 Trina Solar Cell and Module Technology 508
5.40 VDE 512
5.41 Yingli Green Energy 512
5.41.1 Yingli Green Energy Third Quarter 2014 Financial Results 515
5.41.2 Yingli Green Solar Energy Vertical Integration 518
5.41.3 Yingli Green Solar Energy Power Controlled 520
5.41.4 Yingli Green Solar Energy Projects 521
5.42 Shunfeng Wuxi Suntech Power SunTech 521
5.42.1 SunTech Local Sales Offices 527
5.42.2 SunTech Strategic Positioning 528
5.42.3 SunTech Sales 529
5.42.4 SunTech Innovation 530
5.42.5 SunTech Worldwide Presence 530

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