There are two things we should mention regarding our list of solar panel manufacturers based in the United States.
To begin with, many of these firms construct part or all of their solar panels in the United States, but import crucial components from other nations. These components are likewise subject to the solar tariff, however the first 2.5 gigawatts (GW) of solar cells imported each year are exempt. (For comparison, the United States deployed 12 GW of solar in 2017, including an estimated 2.5 GW of solar panels made in the United States.)
Second, not all of the companies on this list are based in the United States. Some, like Heliene, have their own headquarters. SolarWorld Americas, for example, is a subsidiary of a foreign company. They all, however, make some of their panels in the United States.
Continue reading to learn more about some of the companies that manufacture solar panels in the United States.
SolarWorld Americas and Suniva
January 2019 update: Suniva declared bankruptcy in 2018 and is currently undergoing the bankruptcy process.
These two may be the most recognizable of all the U.S. solar panel manufacturers on the list (and no longer on the list). SolarWorld Americas and Suniva have both recently been in the headlines as two companies that have petitioned the government to levy taxes on foreign solar panel manufacturers.
In the solar business, there is debate regarding whether the tariffs will truly stimulate greater manufacturing in the US in the long run. According to certain industry associations, the rising costs will have a negative influence on solar in the United States. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, there will be modest job growth in manufacturing, but job losses in the solar installation industry will be far greater.
SolarWorld has stated that it would expand its solar panel production in the United States in the near future. Suniva hasn’t made any public statements about their plans.
Heliene is headquartered in Sault St. Marie, Ontario, and produces the majority of its solar panels there. Heliene does, however, have a production facility in Minnesota. The Made in Minnesota Solar Incentive Program, which offers a cash payout to Minnesota solar system owners who install solar panels made in the state, accepts the company’s solar panels.
Heliene indicated that it will invest in a new equipment line at its Minnesota facility after the White House’s announcement of the solar tax.
Mission Solar is situated in San Antonio, Texas, and all of their solar panels are designed, engineered, and assembled there. They create solar panels for both small-scale (rooftop) and large-scale (ground) installations.
Mission Solar, like the other companies on this list, announced that output would increase in 2018. Their plans, however, have been in the works since 2017 as a result of increasing output and are unrelated to the trade dispute.
Seraphim Solar USA is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Chinese Seraphim Energy Group. At its factory in Jackson, Mississippi, Seraphim Solar USA manufactures all of its panels in the United States.
Solaria is headquartered in Fremont, California, and its solar panels are made in both the United States and South Korea. Solaria reported in early January 2018 (before to the final tariff ruling) that it had raised $23 million to enhance its production capacity.
SolarTech Universal is a solar panel manufacturer based in the United States. It owns its manufacturing facilities in Riviera Beach, Florida, and is the sole solar panel manufacturer in the state. The corporation believes that the tariff will have a favorable impact on its business in the short term, but that the expenses will outweigh the advantages in the long run.
The parent company of SunSpark Technology is situated in China, and the firm is based in Riverside, California. SunSpark, which has a manufacturing site in Riverside, has been silent about the levy.
The Tesla Gigafactory 2 in Buffalo, New York, has teamed with Panasonic to manufacture solar panels in the United States. Panasonic stated in early January 2018 that it has begun producing solar cells at the factory, both for the Tesla solar roof and for Panasonic solar panels.
Panasonic produces the majority of its panels in other countries, and it has so far been unable to meet all of Tesla Energy’s needs. Panasonic and Tesla, on the other hand, intend to increase output in the coming year. Tesla expressed its opposition to the tariff in the summer of 2017, and after the levy was announced, it reaffirmed its commitment to American manufacturing.
What types of solar panels are made in the United States?
- Hanwha Q CELLS, Jinko Solar, Silfab Solar, Mission Solar Energy, and Solaria are the top five solar panel producers in the United States.
- These businesses manufacture high-efficiency solar panels for household and commercial use.
- LG, a leading solar panel manufacturer in the United States, has declared that it will cease production and quit the sector in 2022. With decreased competition, other producers may be able to gain a larger part of the market.
- Because this is the last year for homeowners to take advantage of the 26 percent federal tax credit, residential solar installations are likely to rise in 2022. In 2023, the federal tax credit will be reduced from 26 percent to 22 percent.
Are there any solar panels built in the United States?
Solar Panels Made in the United States LG Solar is situated in Huntsville, Alabama, and these high-quality panels are produced, transported, and maintained from American manufacturing locations. Dalton, Georgia is where Hanwha QCells are made. SunSpark is headquartered in Riverside, California.
Are LG solar panels manufactured in the United States?
The solar supply chain is complicated. Because of tariffs on solar panels imported into the US, many manufacturers rely on contract manufacturing networks to provide cost-effective scale to meet market demand.
We do not believe in outsourcing the manufacturing of our solar products at LG. All of our solar panels are manufactured in-house at our Gumi, South Korea, and Huntsville, Alabama facilities. Why? We believe it is the best way to oversee and maintain the high quality of our products, which we back with a 25-year limited material, low degradation performance guarantee, and labor reimbursement to serve valid warranty claims (with the warranty covering up to $450 of labor in the rare case that a solar panel needs to be repaired or replaced).
LG is committed to the quality of every solar panel that bears our name and enters the market. We can ensure that every product is made with the materials we pick under strict quality control procedures at our own manufacturing facilities. Our solar panels are also put through their paces in our own testing lab, which is accredited by TV Rheinland and Underwriters Laboratories. Our goal is to deliver the greatest level of service possible in order to maintain our image as a reputable global brand.
Near 2019, LG began construction on a 550 MW solar project in Huntsville, Alabama. Every year, that’s enough solar panels to power almost 91,000 households (assuming a 6kW system average). Our factory in Gumi, South Korea, produces more NeON 2 solar panels as well as our NeON R range.
LG’s best-selling solar panel is the NeON 2, and generating 550MW of NeON 2 panels in the United States has a variety of advantages:
Are there any solar panels that aren’t manufactured in China?
We Ozzy’s are a very patriotic bunch. We feel that we have the best beaches, weather, and overall lifestyle of any country on the planet. I most surely do! As patriotic citizens, we also prefer to help our fellow citizens as much as possible, which includes buying Ozzy merchandise and doing business with Ozzy enterprises whenever possible…as long as it doesn’t hurt too much.
The query “do you install any Australian Made solar panels?” has been much more common since mid-2020. People all over the world are realizing today, more than ever, that we need to protect what we have and help our neighbors as much as possible, thanks in part to Covid-19.
With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of all the pertinent information on Australian-made solar panels, as well as some of the most often asked manufacturer-specific questions:
We also believe in using local labor, and because we install throughout such a broad area, we have teams in every major city in the states we serve. This means that instead of personnel traveling from capital cities all the time, we have local installation and service teams for our customers in the smaller villages we serve.
What solar panels are made in Australia?
Other solar panels have been manufactured in Australia in the past, but Tindo is currently the sole brand that produces solar panels in Australia. We install Tindo solar panels for customers who request them, but we also install solar panels from other countries. There are numerous reasons for this; for more information, see our Tindo Review.
As previously stated, we like to support Australian manufacturers whenever feasible. Tindos, like any other solar panel, are not for everyone, and there are advantages and disadvantages to using them. So, when deciding which solar panel is best for you, make an informed decision.
So, what solar panels are made in Germany?
Historically, this has been the more popular question. The Germans have such a strong reputation for quality that people all over the world want everything to be made in Germany! What are the best automobiles? What are the best electrical appliances made in Germany? What are the best power tools made in Germany? You get the concept. Made in Germany. As a result, here is a list of solar panels made in Germany that have been certified for sale and installation in Australia by the CEC: That’s all there is to Solawatt and Aleo.
We don’t sell many Solawatt panels since we don’t think they’re worth the money. Don’t get me wrong, they’re a fantastic panel, but they’re a tiny manufacturer with few distributors in Australia and not much else to offer in terms of appeal other from the Made in Germany label.
With regards to Aleo, another good German solar panel, we have no direct experience with them and their presence in Australia is pretty limited, so we cannot truly comment on the value they provide.
For many years, Q-Cells was the leading German solar panel producer, but in 2012, Hanwha purchased them and shifted their manufacturing to Korea. In terms of a balance of quality, price, and warranty safety, they are still arguably the greatest solar panel available. For additional information on Q-Cell panels, see our Q-Cell Review.
What solar panels are NOT made in China?
So, I’m glad we phrased this as “what solar panels are NOT created in China,” because if I had to list all the panels made in China, we’d be here for a long time. Except for Tindo Australia, Q-Cell Korea (and some in China), REC Singapore, LG Korea (and some in China), Hyundai Vietnam, Thailand (and some in China), Sunpower Mexico (and some in China), Winaico Taiwan, Aleo Germany, and Solawatt Germany, every solar panel you can buy here is made in China.
Please note that there may be more brands with tiny facilities in other countries, but if their major manufacture is in China, I have excluded them from this list.
Are solar panels from China poor quality?
The short answer is that you may acquire high-quality things from China as well as low-quality products. Rather than deciding on a solar panel based on where it is manufactured, consider the following:
- What is the name of the manufacturer, and will they be able to assist me if I need to file a warranty claim?
If they check all of the above boxes and fit inside your budget, don’t be concerned about where they’re created. Yes, it would be lovely if we could always buy Australian products, and we should do so whenever possible. But the reality is that there is currently only one option for solar panels made in Australia, and it will not fit everyone. If a superior solar panel for your needs is built in Vietnam, China, Mexico, or Timbuktu, it’s probably one of those instances when you should do what’s good for you and then help the Australian economy in other ways. We can’t always buy Australian-made products, and it’s especially tough with solar panels.
Solar panels are presently mostly created in China, with a few made in other nations and only one built in Australia. Make an informed judgment and choose a manufacturer who appears to be in business for the long haul. The most serious problem we’ve seen in this market in the last decade is manufacturers that don’t stand the test of time, leaving customers without warranties or assistance. Phono Solar, LG Solar, Q-Cells, and Hyundai are among the most diverse solar manufacturers. Every solar panel brand, however, has advantages and disadvantages to consider.
Is SunPower based in the United States?
We think that everyone should have access to sustainable energy and storage. SunPower creates all-in-one household solutions that are supported by personalized customer service and the industry’s most extensive guarantee. We’re also the only U.S.-based solar firm that’s been around longer than our 25-year warranty, with over 35 years of dedicated solar experience.
SunPower Maxeon cell technology provides exclusive access to the world’s most efficient solar panels.
SunPower solar panels are made in the United States.
“At its core, Maxeon Solar is a technology innovation company,” stated Jeff Waters, the company’s future CEO. SunPower’s technology business section is now led by Waters.
Maxeon Solar will be in charge of developing the high-efficiency solar panels for which SunPower is recognized. It will have plants in France, Malaysia, Mexico, and the Philippines, as well as a headquarters in Singapore.
Panasonic solar panels are made in Japan.
Since 1975, Panasonic has been a leader in the solar panel business. Initially, the Tokyo-based firm concentrated on producing amorphous solar modules, commonly known as “thin film solar panels.” Panasonic’s focus turned to a new type of solar panel in 1997, which they have subsequently become recognized for: HIT modules.
Panasonic, despite being a well-known solar panel manufacturer, has announced that it will no longer manufacture its own panels and has terminated its manufacturing agreement with Tesla. After 2022, any Panasonic-branded panels will be produced by a third-party company. Their energy storage products and inverters, on the other hand, will continue to be made in their Japanese factory.
Let’s take a look at the Panasonic items that are currently available, as well as what the future holds for them.
How many solar panels are created in the United States?
According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, since 2004, U.S. output of photovoltaic cells used in solar panels has dropped from 13% to less than 1% of world supply, while China’s share has risen from less than 1% to 67 percent (NREL).