Solar PV means Solar Photovolatiaic. Photovoltaic means turning sunlight into electricity. Truly miraculous stuff. Solar Photovoltaic technology is the most common and successfully deployed solar technology. Of course all technologies use solar power in the final analysis but we call all technologies solar technologies if they get the energy directly from the sun. The other most common solar technology is solar thermal (meaning turning sunlight into heat). We also deliver solar thermal technology for domestic and commercial premises.
A site is defined as a group of eligible installations or accredited FIT installations situated in close geographical proximity to each other, with reference to:
The pyramid below, by Pike Research, lays out its version how it differentiates the 3 tier rankings of solar panels manufacturers from one another. According to Pike, Tier 1 manufacturers represent only a small slice (2%) of the total number of manufacturers on the market, but a number of factors set them clearly apart from their competitors.
Tier 2 solar panel manufacturers
Manufacturers ranked as Tier 2 are the ‘middle ground’ between Tier 1 and Tier 3, comprising about 8% of the market. Although they have been producing panels for longer than Tier 3 manufacturers (2-5 years), they still invest relatively little money in R&D compared to Tier 3 manufacturers. Robotic automation does not always play a major role in their panel production lines. Many Tier 2 manufacturers doubtless have Tier 1 aspirations, but may not have the wherewithal or experience to yet make the cut.
Tier 3 solar panel manufacturers
Tier 3 manufacturers comprise the bulk of the market (90%), according to Pike Research, but have the least experience. Their operations are limited to assembling panels using components manufactured by other companies (i.e. no R&D operations of their own), and their production processes are highly reliant on manual labour. With solar panel manufacturers across the globe facing hard times due to a massive glut of stock, it is not unreasonable to think that many of these companies will not be around in the next few years as the industry consolidates.
If you would like to find out yet more information regarding solar PV renewable energy solutions, simply contact our team by calling 0118 984 1753, or leave your details on our contact us page and we’ll reply as quickly as possible.
We install across Oxfordshire, Berkshire and in parts of Buckinghamshire, Wiltshire, Hampshire and Surrey. We ensure there is an accredited installer near you. get in touch now by entering your postcode below.
Dedicated Sales Team ready to work with you