And the top 10 solar module makers of 2011 are . . .

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Research firm Lux Research has named the top ten global makers of solar modules — which make up solar panels — by production for 2011. According to the group, the top ten solar companies produced 12.5 GW of modules, or 44 percent of the total modules made in 2011.

As you can see, the list is dominated by Chinese companies, though U.S. firm First Solar is now the largest. Lux Research also says that Japanese solar thin-film maker Solar Frontier is within the top 25, and the researchers “expect to see a major rise in market share from Japanese and Korean suppliers.”

And the results:

Company Rank Country Module Production 2011, MW Percent of production
First Solar 1 U.S. 2,001 7%
Suntech Power 2 China 1,866 6.5%
Yingli Green Energy 3 China 1,554 5.5%
Trina Solar 4 China 1,395 4.9%
Canadian Solar 5 Canada 1,363 4.8%
Sharp 6 Japan 1,155 4.1%
Hanwha Solar One 7 Korea 825 2.9%
Jinko Solar 8 China 782 2.8%
LDK Solar 9 China 774 2.8%
SolarWorld 10 U.S. 767 2.7%
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