IHS has released its global top 10 module rankings based on full-year shipment estimates.
The year's top 10 module suppliers are expected to be almost the same group of companies as last year, although several changes in rank will have occurred.
According to IHS's analysis, Trina Solar is forecast to be the largest module supplier for the year in terms of global shipments. Yingli Green Energy, the previous holder of the top spot, is expected to drop one rank, having adopted a new strategy to prioritize profitability. JA Solar is expected to show the highest shipment growth rate among the top 10. SunPower has entered the top 10 with the same ranking as Kyocera.
Many of the top 10 suppliers have also increased the use of their module manufacturing output for self-developed solar projects, such as Yingli, Jinko Solar, JA Solar and especially Trina Solar. Total module shipments for internal projects will reach 1.4 GW this year for these four companies combined, IHS says.
China, Japan and the U.S. were clearly the biggest markets for all of the top 10 module suppliers this year.