2012 Crystalline Silicon Module Guide: Page 2 of 7
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Canadian Solar. Founded in Ontario, Canada, in 2001, Canadian Solar is a vertically integrated provider of PV ingots, wafers, cells and modules. The publicly traded corporation was listed on the NASDAQ Exchange in 2006. The company’s US sales office is located in San Ramon, California, with warehousing locations in Pittsburg, California, and Cranford, New Jersey. The firm established PV manufacturing facilities in 2001 and introduced product to the US market in 2009. Canadian Solar modules carry a noncancelable product warranty backed by A.M. Best–rated insurance companies, and the company has taken steps to differentiate its products, including its NewEdge module line, which allows full integration with the railless mounting and auto-grounding solutions offered by Zep Solar.
Centrosolar America. Centrosolar America’s parent company, Centrosolar Group AG, is a publicly traded PV manufacturing firm headquartered in Munich, Germany, with a global PV manufacturing capacity of 350 MW. The firm was formed in 2005 and began offering products in the US market in 2008. Centrosolar’s B Series, C Series and E Series modules are engineered in Germany and manufactured in the US (through contract partners), Germany and Asia, respectively. Centrosolar America operates sales and warehousing facilities in Scottsdale, Arizona; Fremont, California; and Edison, New Jersey. CentroClub, Centrosolar America’s channel program for solar installers, offers sales and technical training, financing products that include a residential lease, and engineering services. The company also offers pre-engineered module and BOS equipment packages.
CNPV Solar Power. Headquartered in Strassen, Luxembourg, with vertically integrated ingot, wafer, cell and module manufacturing in Shandong Province, China, CNPV Solar Power was founded in 2006 as the CNPV Dongying Photovoltaic Power Company. CNPV Solar Power entered the North American market in 2010. The company reports a manufacturing capacity of 600 MW and operates a US sales office in Boulder, Colorado, with warehousing in Denver. To mitigate the financial impact of the current tariffs on Chinesemanufactured modules, CNPV recently announced that it plans to utilize third-country, non–tariff-exposed cells for modules destined for the US. CNPV Solar Power’s modules are backed by third-party insurance.
Colored Solar. Colored Solar is a private PV start-up based in Ventura, California. Colored Solar’s parent company, Gold Coast Solar, is hoping to capture a specific segment of the residential and small commercial market by offering colored modules with improved aesthetics. In 2012, the company launched a line of ETL-listed and CSI-eligible modules available in several colors ranging from forest green to tile red. Colored Solar reports module efficiencies ranging from 13% to 15%. The company conducts R&D and module assembly in the US, and its products are Buy American Act compliant.
Conergy. Conergy AG, a German module manufacturer, equipment wholesaler and project developer, established Conergy North America in 2005. While the company owns and operates module manufacturing facilities in Germany, the PH and PM Series module lines offered by its North American subsidiary are built to spec by non–company-owned first-tier module manufacturers outside the US. Warehousing locations include Sacramento, California, and Carlstadt, New Jersey. The company’s US sales office is headquartered in Denver. In addition to its built-to-spec modules, Conergy North America offers product distribution and financial services, as well as racking solutions manufactured by Conergy in the US.
ecoSolargy. Headquartered in Irvine, California, ecoSolargy is a privately owned module manufacturer and integration firm. The company does not manufacture modules in the US but is American owned. ecoSolargy’s mono and poly c-Si modules were commercialized in 1997 and introduced to the US market in 2009. Product is warehoused in Irvine, California. ecoSolargy offers lead referral and system design services, as well as system BOS equipment through partnerships that include Advanced Energy, KACO new energy and DPW Solar.
ET Solar. ET Solar is the US subsidiary of the privately held ET Solar Group headquartered in Nanjing, China. The company was founded in 2005 and introduced product to the US market in 2007. ET Solar has R&D teams located in Germany and China. In addition to its poly c-Si module line, ET Solar offers EPC services and provides turnkey systems that include inverters and racking for residential through utility-scale applications. ET Solar operates a US sales office in Pleasanton, California. Warehousing locations include Fremont, California, and Branchburg, New Jersey. The company recently partnered with microinverter manufacturer SolarBridge to launch an ac module for the North American market that has been listed to UL 1741 and UL 1703 standards.