Well, the first problem is that’s a loaded question because any American would love to have their first choice saying go American made, that’s the best and that’s the best for us and our economy. Well, the problem lies in pricing.
In the last 10 years (since 2008) pricing for overall systems has come way down to the point where it’s even begin to make financial sense for the masses. The big help is thanking our friends out west who have been going Solar extremely heavily since the 2013 terror crisis on the grid which drove rates up and Solar down as the masses jumped on board.
With Solar, let’s face it, it’s not like a car where no matter the price you have an immediate benefit of driving the thing, looking at it and smelling it or maybe a new RV, favorite new gadget or boat, ext…. Whereas with Solar, the benefit is Energy but if the cost is huge compared to when you actually see a benefit of use then that has to be talked about.
Of the U.S.-headquartered solar companies, 90 percent of the manufacturing is done outside of the United States, according to a report by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Here’s a look at some U.S. solar panel manufacturers:
- 1SolTech: Established 2008. Headquarters and manufacturing in Farmers Branch, Texas.
- Auxin Solar: Established 2008. Headquarters and solar panel factory in San Jose, California.
- Itek: Established 2009. Headquarters and manufacturing in Bellingham, Washington. Serves Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Minnesota.
- Suniva: Established 2008. Headquarters in Norcross, Georgia; manufacturing in Georgia and Michigan.
- SunPower: Established 1985. Headquarters in San Jose, California. Manufacturing in both United States and Philippines.
- REC Solar: Established 1996. Headquarters in San Luis Obispos, California. Manufacturing in Singapore.
- Solar World: Established 1988. Headquarters in Germany; Manufacturing in Eugene, Oregon, and Germany.
- Sharp Solar: Established 1959. Headquarters in Japan; manufacturing plant in Memphis, Tennessee.
- Kyocera Solar: Established 1971. Headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona. Manufacturing in California and Mexico.
- Now pricing in the US is coming down and manufacturing up, which is all good and all what we want and support but at the end of the day if we cannot propose you a way to either A. go into savings immediately or B. Go into savings within a nominal timeframe, then your simply not going to do it.
- There are plenty of extremely reputable and high quality companies oversees who we buy from and use everyday. They can be up to 30% less in some cases which can make or break whether you go Solar or not.
- Currently the top 3 solar manufacturers in the world are Trina Solar, JinkoSolar and Canadian Solar (respectively) determined by market share among panel manufacturing companies.
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