JinkoSolar Retains top Spot in Global Solar PV Module Shipments for 2019: GlobalData

JinkoSolar has emerged as the leading company in terms of global solar photovoltaic (PV) module shipments in 2019, GlobalData has revealed

Chinese solar module manufacturer JinkoSolar has emerged as the leading company in terms of global solar photovoltaic (PV) module shipments in 2019, securing the top position in GlobalData’s 2018 ranking produced last year.

The Chinese manufacturer topped the 2019 ranking with 14.2 gigawatts (GW) of PV modules compared to the second-ranked JA Solar’s 10.3 GW. Most of the companies featured in the table are from Asia-Pacific (APAC).

GlobalData found that there has been no significant change in 2019’s ranking compared to 2018’s. However, the top 10 manufacturers have shown improvement in their shipments over the last year. In 2019, the top 10 manufacturers shipped approximately 80.3 GW modules compared to 63 GW in 2018, an increment of more than 27 percent. The top 10 manufacturers are likely to dictate with more than 75 percent of the module shipments in 2020.

Ankit Mathur, Practice Head of Power at GlobalData, said that the global solar PV market is riding high on account of higher demand, continuous reduction costs, software and technological advancements and improvement in module efficiency. The enhanced solar system efficiency and performance coupled with data analytics for better asset management and commercial monitoring has significantly reduced the LCOE and stands to improve further on greater technological advancements. 

JA Solar in second place held a strong position with a shipment increase of around 17 percent due to high product quality and reliability, and performance and innovation. It reported that the efforts made to expand their presence in the emerging international markets in the Middle East have led to increased module shipments and profitability.

JinkoSolar top PV Module Shipments

Source: GlobalData

Trina Solar and LONGi Solar occupied third and fourth place, with shipments of 9.7 GW and 9 GW, respectively. Canadian Solar came fifth with 8.5 GW; Hanwha Q CELLS was sixth with 7.3 GW; Risen Energy stood in seventh place with 7 GW, and First Solar secured the eighth position with 5.5 GW in shipments.

“Chinese manufacturers will continue to dominate as the overall leader in solar installations in 2020 as newer emerging markets in SE Asia, Latin America and the Middle East mark their presence on the solar map as demand centres. China, the US, Europe and India will continue to remain the major markets for the solar module suppliers,” Mathur said.

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Ayush Verma

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