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Through the huge amount of data we have collected, we are now able to provide you with some insights.For this research we resorted to our 35,000 outputs from as many plants around the world, isolating only those from the Italian territory. We did not set tilt or orientation, but we made the comparison in absolute terms.

The comparison is based on the historical production data we detected in the year 2014. Therefore at the end of this year it will be a possible amendment of the current ranking.


Who is the best manufacturer in the Italy?


Overview of the Italy PV-Market:

According to Italian renewable energy association Anie Energia, Italy installed 385MW of PV capacity in the last year for a total of 18.325MW. In 2013, solar power accounted for 7% of the electricity generated in Italy. However, 2014 has been a critical year for the Italian photovoltaic investors because the revised incentives of Conto Energia feed-in tariff and the addition of grid fees to projects.


Let's see which have been the best manufacturers of photovoltaic panels in 2014 according to our data:


  1. Hanwha Q-Cells (NASDAQ:HQCL) is headquartered in Seoul, South Korea, and Thalheim, Germany and is the world’s largest solar cell manufacturer and one of the largest photovoltaic module manufacturers. It recently emerged as a new global solar power leader from combining two of the world’s most recognized photovoltaic manufacturers, Hanwha SolarOne and Hanwha Q CELLS.


Based on “Engineered in Germany” technology, innovation, and quality, Hanwha Q CELLS offers the full spectrum of photovoltaic products, applications, and solutions, from modules to kits to systems to large scalar solar power plants. Q CELLS is a flagship company of Hanwha Group, a FORTUNE Global 500 firm and a Top-Ten business enterprise in South Korea.


This producer is placed in first position in the year 2014 with an efficiency of 1560* kWh/kWp.



  1. SANYO Electric Co., Ltd is an electronics company subsidiary of Panasonic (since 2009) whose headquarters is located in Moriguchi City, Osaka, Japan. Through the photovoltaic system business, SANYO Electric contributes to solving environment and energy-related problems with sophisticated technologies to effectively create energy resources from the blessing of the sun. Based on the management philosophy “We are committed to becoming an indispensable element in the lives of people all over the world” SANYO offers also other safe and high-quality products and services through different lines of business: Smart Energy System, Rechargeable Battery, Commercial/Medical Equipment, White Goods/Navigation System, Digital Products, Electronic Component. This producer is placed in second position in the year 2014 with an efficiency of 1555 kWh/kWp,- 5 Kwh/year


  1. Wuxi Suntech Power Co., Ltd, headquartered in Wuxi (China), is recognized worldwide as a best-in-class multinational company. It has been founded in 2011 and has supplied more than 8 GWs photovoltaic panels to more than a thousand customers in more than 80 countries. EuPD Research, solar industry’s research institute, awarded Suntech Top Brand PV, making Suntech the first company in China to win this award. For its contribution to environment protection, Suntech received awards from the UNCCC (United Nations Climate Change Conference), the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, the World Economic Forum and worldwide top media outlets. This producer is placed in third position in the year 2014 with an efficiency of 1534 kWh/kWp, - 26 Kwh/year .



  1. SolarWorld AG is a German company dedicated to the manufacture and marketing photovoltaic products and one of the largest solar companies worldwide, with about 3,400 employees. It has location in all key target markets: this reduces transport costs and facilitates cost-optimised production processes. The bases for meeting the challenge of global competition are uniform quality standards and high-tech manufacturing.


SolarWorld AG rapidly grew from a wholesale company to a solar provider with processes along the entire value chain – from raw materials to solar wagers, solar cells, solar modules right up to high-quality turnkey solar power plants – in a very short period. This producer is placed in fourth position in the year 2014 with an efficiency of 1035 kWh/kWp, - 18 Kwh .



  1. Sharp Corporation has built its credibility upon its long history of solar development: Sharp has put efforts in research and development since 1959. These efforts have led to ground-breaking solar solution. Starting from 1959, when the founder Tokuji Hayakawa started developing solar cells, Sharp has achieved many different successful results: it also contributed to the development of the solar cells that power the satellites in Japan’s national projects. Sharp’s solar business spans across the globe: Europe, US, Middle East, Asia and Oceania. This producer is placed in fifth position in the year 2014 with an efficiency of 1526 kWh/kWp, - 34kWh/year

The first Italian brand in the ranking? Solsonica with 1431 kWh/kWp/year placed at eighth 

Our research is based on absolute-level data, which do not allow a precise and detailed plant comparison. To make comparison among pv plants with similar characteristics (location, tilt and azimuth), we invite you to use our free comparison tool on PV-Compare.



* Production for 2014 , based on all Italian plants, for have a specify comparison please use the comparison Tool