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Published on April 9th, 2014 | by Zachary Shahan

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Yingli Holds Onto #1, Trina Solar Climbs To #2 In Solar

April 9th, 2014 by  

Originally published on Solar Love.

yingli solarWith nearly 10% of the solar module market in 2013, Yingli Green Energy (YGE)* retained the #1 spot in the market.

To be more exact, 9.4% of solar module capacity sold in 2013 came from Yingli. #2 was Trina Solar, which accounted for 8.2%; #3 was Sharp (thanks to a strong solar market in its home country of Japan), with 6% of the global market; #4 was Canadian Solar (after sitting in second back in 2012), 5.4%; and #5 was JinkoSolar (replacing JA Solar).

Such rankings can vary a bit from one market research firm to another. This ranking comes from GlobalData.

*Full disclosure: I hold stock in Yingli Green Energy (YGE). I’m “long” Yingli, as they would say.


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is tryin' to help society help itself (and other species) with the power of the typed word. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor, but he's also the president of Important Media and the director/founder of EV Obsession, Solar Love, and Bikocity. Zach is recognized globally as a solar energy, electric car, and energy storage expert. Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in these particular companies and feels like they are good cleantech companies to invest in.



  • Russell Geisthardt

    Just to be clear, this analysis is for crystalline silicon only, not the total solar module market. It excludes thin-film manufacturers such as First Solar.

  • Will E

    how many solar panels you have on the roof?
    that is by far the best stock.
    I make 500 percent every year for ”going long” on roof Solar.
    invested 12000 over 20 year is 600 a year makes me 3000 a year
    is 500%

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