Established in 1974, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) is the national trade association of the U.S. solar energy industry. Through advocacy and education, SEIA is working to build a strong solar industry to power America. As the voice of the industry, SEIA works with its 1,000 member companies to make solar a mainstream and significant energy source by expanding markets, removing market barriers, strengthening the industry and educating the public on the benefits of solar energy. SEIA is a 501 c (6) non-profit association. A separate 501 c(3) called The Solar Foundation oversees policy-driven research and develops education outreach programs to promote positive policy and further deployment of solar energy in the U.S.
Astronergy, a division of the Chint Group, was founded in 2006 and specializes in the cutting-edge research, development and production of monocrystalline and polycrystalline PV cells and modules. Additionally, it is the first large scale producer of high-efficiency thin film (a-Si /µc-Si tandem junction) PV modules in mainland China. It is headquartered in Hangzhou, and has manufacturing plants in Hangzhou, Shanghai, Wenzhou and Jiuquan.
In collaboration with it’s parent company, the Chint Group, Astronergy provides not only top-of-the-line solar modules, but also racking and complete BOS components including inverters, array combiner boxes, DC protection, AC protection, and transformers. This has enabled the company to become the first in the industry to provide customizable PV solutions all from a single manufacturer source; adding to overall system reliability and lower system implementation costs.
The Chint Group was founded in 1984 and is the 4th largest private company in China with a focus in R&D and production of low-voltage electrical power transmission and distribution products used worldwide in over 80 countries.
Renewable Energy Corporation (REC) is a leading vertically integrated player in the solar energy industry. It is among the world's largest producers of polysilicon and wafers for solar applications, and a rapidly growing manufacturer of solar cells and modules. REC Solar US delivers high performance solar energy solutions to the residential, commercial and utilities segments, and targets project development in selected segments across the U.S. REC strives to improve the technologies, processes, products and production levels to make solar energy competitive in the energy market. This means pioneering advances in technology and focusing on stable and efficient operations. It means committed employees dedicated to lowering production costs and driving the growth of solar energy - profitably. Through innovation, REC is also committed to reducing the environmental impact of generating electricity from solar energy. The company has a light carbon footprint due to the fact that it uses hydropower for its silicon production, and the majority of its wafer and cell operations. Additionally, a Life cycle analyses carried out by Utrecht University and the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands showed that the energy payback time for REC solar systems with its crystalline silicon-based solar modules was lower than any others they had examined. REC has received numerous accolades for its process innovation and product quality including a 2010 Solar Industry Award for module manufacturing innovation, first place among a field of 46 in Photon’s 2011 energy yield test and a 2011 Solar Industry Award for new, innovative production of granular polysilicon.
JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ: JASO) is one of the global market leaders in manufacturing high-performance solar products. With a total shipment of 1.7 GW in 2012, JA Solar consolidated itself as the world’s largest producer of efficient and reliable PV cells and modules. Solarbuzz ranked JA Solar as Top 2 cell supplier and Top 7 module supplier in 2012.
Since 2005, JA Solar has been a preferred cells supplier of many solar-panel manufacturers globally. Most recently, JA Solar has established itself as a major modules supplier. Through technological innovation and continuous performance improvement, JA Solar is committed to provide cost-effective, high-performance PV products for residential, commercial, and utility-scale power generation.
Headquartered in Shanghai, China, JA Solar has a global sales and marketing footprint, with a network of sales offices across key markets. These include the company’s American headquarters in San Jose, California, its European office in Munich, Germany and its Japan office in Tokyo.
Advanced Energy (Nasdaq: AEIS) is a global leader in reliable power conversion solutions used in thin-film plasma manufacturing and solar energy generation. The company’s solar energy business delivers highly reliable inverters, complementary Balance of System (BoS) products, and robust Operations and Maintenance (O&M) services that allow our customers to secure more solar projects and grow their business. AE Solar Energy enables utility scale, commercial, and residential solar project stakeholders to offer system owners a lower Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE) and confidence their PV system will deliver on long-term production goals. With more than 30 years of leadership in delivering innovative energy solutions, combined with a legendary reputation for customer service, AE is a trusted partner to solar project developers, financiers and beneficiaries around the globe. For more information on Advanced Energy’s inverter and solutions, please visit www.advanced-energy.com/solarenergy
Belectric, Inc. is the North American arm of the global Belectric organization, the largest PV systems integrator in the world. Having installed over 220 utility PV power plants globally, generating over 1.2GW of clean power from the Sun, we are transforming the way PV power plants are developed, designed, installed, operated, and maintained. Through a focus on systems integration, streamlined design and installation processes, grid stability technology and services, and strong partnerships, Belectric has established a leadership position in the PV industry. To find out what we are up to, please visit www.belectric.com
As the leading materials supplier to the photovoltaic(PV) industry, DuPont leverages 30 years of experience in PV materials and technology development to provide the broadest portfolio of solar materials, designed to deliver long-term reliability and system performance, and higher financial returns. Materials Matter™. Rely on innovative materials from DuPont for the manufacture of both crystalline silicon and thin film solar cells and modules.
Solaire Generation is the market leader for the design, fabrication and installation of innovative solar carport structures. Solaire has transformed over 2M sq. ft. of parking lots into 27 MWs of beautiful Power Parks™. Our projects include America’s largest solar corporate carport for Dow Jones at 3.6 MW, one of the World’s largest for Rutgers University at 8MW and the USA’s largest EV-PV for GE. Solaire continues to innovate and now offers solar sculptures, their patented Solar American Flag and a PV EV carport kit.
Q.CELLS North America, subsidiary of Q.CELLS SE, designs, builds and manages financially sustainable solar photovoltaic (PV) solutions. The company brings a decade of global leadership in solar PV to North America, combining best-of-world technology, processes and partnerships to deliver utility-grade solar PV solutions customized for local energy markets. Q.CELLS North America offers the full spectrum of PV solutions – from the core technology of cells and modules to power plant development, design, construction, operations and maintenance.
JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. (NYSE: JKS) is a leading solar power product manufacturer with production operations in Jiangxi and Zhejiang Provinces in China and sales and marketing offices in Shanghai, China; Munich, Germany; Bologna, Italy; Montpellier, France; Zug, Switzerland; San Francisco, U.S.; Queensland, Australia; Ontario, Canada and Singapore. JinkoSolar has built a vertically integrated solar product value chain with an integrated annual capacity of approximately 1.2 GW each for silicon wafers, solar cells and solar modules as of June 30, 2012. JinkoSolar distributes its photovoltaic products to a diversified customer base in the global PV market, including in Germany, Italy, Belgium, Spain, the United States, France, Eastern Europe, China and other countries and regions.
SEMI is the global industry association serving the nano- and microelectronics manufacturing supply chains. Our 1860+ member companies are the engine of the future, enabling smarter, faster and more economical products that improve our lives. SEMI serves our solar members through standards development, technology roadmap activities, events, and advocacy. For more information, visit www.semi.org and www.pvgroup.org.
The Solar Foundation is an independent national 501(c)(3) nonprofit working to demonstrate the global benefits of solar energy through research and education. Founded in 1977 and based in Washington, DC, we are increasing the widespread adoption of solar energy and transforming the marketplace through our coordinated public education & outreach efforts, high-level data collection, and innovative research. Learn more at thesolarfoundation.org.
Vote Solar is a non-profit grassroots organization with the mission of fostering economic development and combating global climate change by bringing solar energy into the mainstream across the U.S. Since 2002, Vote Solar has engaged in state, local and federal advocacy campaigns to remove barriers and implement the market-building policies need to bring solar to scale.
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