Updated on: 8/06/2016
About Yingli Green Energy
Yingli Green Energy is one of the oldest Chinese companies and is completely integrated from polysilicon. Currently Yingli is amongst the top 10 producers of solar panels globally. One of the world’s first fully vertically integrated photovoltaic manufacturers, the company develops, manufactures, and sells high-quality modules under the brand Yingli Solar to a wide range of markets, including Germany, Spain, Italy, Greece, France, South Korea, China, and the United States. The company is headquartered in Baoding, China with over 11,000 employees worldwide & more than 10 branch offices globally. Yingli Green Energy has been sponsoring Football in Europe and invented a new line of high efficiency “Panda” solar panels. It is publicly listed on the New York Stock Exchange since 2007 (NYSE: YGE). The business model covers the entire PV value chain, from polysilicon production to the assembly of modules. The company is one of the lowest cost producers of solar panels in the world.
Since 1998, the capacity has grown from 3 MW to over 2.45 GW globally. The company has an extensive 15 years of experience in the solar industry, with advanced R&D facilities in the United States, Spain and China.
Hainan Province in China – 400 MW annual production capacity for ingot casting and wafering, solar cell production and module assembly.
Tianjin High-tech zone in China – 300 MW annual production capacity for ingot casting, wafering, solar cell, module assembly and application system.
Hengshui Economic Development Zone in Hebei Province of China – 150 MW annual production capacity for ingot casting and wafering, solar cell production and module assembly.
Fine Silicon Co. Ltd – annual production capacity of 3,000 MT for polysilicon.
Yingli Solar Panels Review – Are they Any Good
Yingli products have the following benefits:
- Consistent high quality because of their vertically-integrated production model
- Comprehensive product and facility certifications.
The vertical integrated production model has the following advantages:
- Strict quality control measures at all stages of the manufacturing process
- Elimination of redundancies
- Reduced carbon emissions
Yingli Solar Panels Types, Dimensions, Warranty
Yingli Green Energy modules can be divided into monocrystalline and multicrystalline modules.
I) Monocrystalline Modules
These modules are the PANDA-series solar panels that use n-doped silicon, instead of p-type silicon generally prevalent in the industry. These modules are thus more efficient, with lower initial degradation rate and using high transmission glass. The conversion efficiency of these panels are 17.2%, with average cell efficiency on commercial production lines exceeding 19.8%. These modules are ideal for residential and commercial purposes. Given below are the different monocrystalline modules:
1) TwinMax 60 Cell Bifacial series – These modules are capable of generating power from the front as well as from the back side and are capable of generating 10-30% more power. They are made up of PANDA n-type crystalline silicon solar cells.
- YL310CG2530L-1, with peak power of 310 W
- YL305CG2530L-1, with peak power of 305 W
- YL300CG2530L-1, with peak power of 300 W
- YL295CG2530L-1, with peak power of 295 W
- YL290CG2530L-1, with peak power of 290 W
- YL285CG2530L-1, with peak power of 285 W
2) PANDA 60 Cell Series – Efficiency of the PANDA series modules is upto 20.1%.
Dimension – 1640 mm / 990 mm / 40 mm
- YL300C-30b, with peak power of 300 W
- YL295C-30b, with peak power of 295 W
- YL290C-30b, with peak power of 290 W
- YL285C-30b, with peak power of 285 W
- YL280C-30b, with peak power of 280 W
- YL275C-30b, with peak power of 275 W
3) YLM 60 Cell Series – 60 celled modules, with efficiency of up to 17.9%. These can also be used for large-scale power plants.
Dimension – 1640mm / 990mm / 40mm
- YL290D-30b, with peak power of 290 W
- YL285D-30b, with peak power of 285 W
- YL280D-30b, with peak power of 280 W
- YL275D-30b, with peak power of 275 W
- YL270D-30b, with peak power of 270 W
4) YLM 72 Cell Series – 72 celled modules, can also be used for large-scale power plants.
Dimension – 1960mm / 990mm / 40mm
- YL340D-36b, with peak power of 340 W
- YL335D-36b, with peak power of 335 W
- YL330D-36b, with peak power of 330 W
- YL325D-36b, with peak power of 325 W
- YL320D-36b, with peak power of 320 W
- YL315D-36b, with peak power of 315 W
II) Multicrystalline Modules
These modules have efficiency level of 16% and are used for homes, businesses, and large-scale power plants. Yingli multicyrstalline modules are capable of reducing installation costs and maximizing the output. These high quality modules are certified by TUV Rheinland.
1) YGE 60 cell Series – These 60 celled modules are the versatile amongst all, capable of a compact fit on residential and commercial rooftops and economical enough to be used for larger, utility-scale projects.
- YL275P-29b, with peak power of 275 W
- YL270P-29b, with peak power of 270 W
- YL265P-29b, with peak power of 265 W
- YL260P-29b, with peak power of 260 W
- YL255P-29b, with peak power of 255 W
- YL250P-29b, with peak power of 250 W
2) YGE 72 Cell Series – Versatile product having been used worldwide. Popularly used for utility scale projects.
Dimension – 1960 mm / 990 mm / 40 mm
- YL325P-35b, with peak power of 325 W
- YL320P-35b, with peak power of 320 W
- YL315P-35b, with peak power of 315 W
- YL310P-35b, with peak power of 310 W
- YL305P-35b, with peak power of 305 W
- YL300P-35b, with peak power of 300 W
Yingli Green Energy provides limited product & limited power warranty to its customers, subject to certain terms and conditions. It provides a lengthy 25 year limited peak power warranty and 10 year limited product warranty, which is standard warranty given by most solar panel manufacturers in the industry.
Yingli Solar Panels Comparison
You can see the Solar Panel Review on other major brands of solar panels below. You can also see a review of the Chinese solar panel manufacturers.
Other Chinese Solar Panel Manufacturers
There are many Chinese Solar Panel Manufacturers as the costs of setting up a Solar Panel Plant is quite low at around $5 million for a basic solar module line.However there are only a few big Solar Panel Companies which have capacities running into hundreds of Megawatts per year.There are also a number of big State Owned (SOE) Chinese conglomerates that are entering the Solar Panel Industry.Here is a list of the Best Chinese manufacturers of Solar Panels
- Suntech – Suntech was the world’s biggest producer of solar panels in 2010 and was one the first companies to set up operations in China.Its example was followed by a host of other Chinese companies.Suntech has been slow to expand compared to the fast growing small companies in China and has lost marketshare to them.It has started to vertically integrate in order to meet the low cost challenge from Trina and Yingli.Suntech makes one of the best quality Solar Panels in China.
- Trina Solar – Trina Solar is one of the lowest cost manufacturers of Solar Panels in the World right now and also sells it at a very low price.This is the reason that the company in a span of few short years has managed to acquire a substantial global marketshare.The prices the solar panels being sold are around $340 per 200 watt module.Trina Solar.Like Yingli and Suntech,Trina Solar Panels are one the best quality in China
- Hanwha Solar One – The Company which was recently acquired by South Korean Chemicals Giant Hanwha also makes one of the cheapest panels and sells it a very low price.The quality is also quite good and with strong parentage behind it,the solar panels made by the company.Again like Trina Solar,it has very low cost Chinese manufacturing capacity.The company was earlier known as Solarfun.
- Canadian Solar – The Company sells a wide variety of solar panels unlike other producers.The Solar Panel Selling Price is also quite cheap.The Company is headquartered in Canada with factories in China and Ontario.Canadian Solar is the 5th biggest producer of Solar Panels in China.
- LDK Solar – This is the biggest producer of solar wafers that are used by crystalline solar panels but is losing its No.1 position to GCL Poly.Is expanding rapidly into other parts of the solar supply chain and could break into top 10 solar panel producer in the next couple of years.LDK Solar is building a huge solar panel and cell production facility.It sells Solar Panels mostly to other Solar Panel Companies.
- Renesola – Very similar to LDK Solar in operations and structure,this Chinese company is the lowest cost producer of solar wafer producer in the world.It is expanding into other parts of the supply chain.Like LDK Solar,Renesola sells most of its Solar Panels under an OEM Contract
- Jinko Solar – Jinko Solar has shown the fastest growth rates in the Chinese Solar Panel Industry.The company is expanding again to become one of the Top 5 Solar Panel Producers in China.Jinko Solar like Trina and Yingli is vertically integrated and has one of the lowest cost solar panel production process.
- Trony Solar – Trony Solar is the largest Solar Thin Film Producer in China and uses a-Si Technology to producer Solar Panels used mostly in Off-Grid Applications.The company uses its own custom made equipment and manages to get decent margins for its products.The company recently listed on the HK Stock Exchange.