About Yingli Solar
Yingli is a Chinese PV manufacturer that has been manufacturing solar panels since 1998. Their manufacturing currently encompasses ingots to wafer cells and modules, and in October, they plan to begin manufacturing the silicon used in their PV panels. This will make them the most vertically integrated manufacturer in the world. In addition, manufacturing all these parts will result in more efficient cost control in production, and hence cost savings which can be passed on to the end consumer. Yingli is currently the sixth largest manufacturers of PV panels in the world, and they have plans to increase their current 600 megawatts capacity to 900 – 1400 megawatts by the end of 2010.
Yingli’s manufacturing plant is in China, and they have two branch offices in the United States focusing on customer service and marketing. Yingli is looking into the possibility of moving it module manufacturing plants to the U.S.
As for warranties, Yingli guarantees that their PV panels will function at 80% efficiency after 25 years. And when it comes to corporate sustainability, Yingli offers recycle services for clients that decide they want to dispose of their solar panels. In addition, they have constructed industry parks around their manufacturing plants.
Currently, Yingli has a partnership with one distributor, DC power systems, and as demand rises for their panels in the U.S., the number of distributors will increase. Furthermore, Yingli is currently undertaking research with PANDA cells which is aimed at increasing the efficiency of their monocrystalline and polycrystalline cells.