hroughout its 30-year history, SolarWorld went a long way, filled with successes and failures. However, SolarWorld solar modules have always been renowned for their high quality and excellent guarantee. Keep reading to discover more about SolarWorld panels.
The rise of SolarWorld: SolarWorld PV panel as Tier 1 brand on the solar market
Founded in 1988 by German engineer and chief executive officer Frank Asbeck, later known as the “Sun King” of the German solar industry, SolarWorld AG was one of the largest producers of high-quality mono- and polycrystalline panels. From the raw material silicon to solar wafers, solar cells, and solar panels, SolarWorld managed all stages of SolarWorld solar modules production.
With its headquarters in Bonn and sales offices all over the world, particularly in Europe and the USA, the company employed thousands of people, mainly producing SolarWorld panels in Freiberg, Germany. SolarWorld also had a manufacturing facility in Hillsboro, Oregon, USA, purchased in 2007 from Japan’s Komatsu and production in Arnstadt, Germany, which it took over from Bosch in 2013.
Insolvency of SolarWorld AG: the German solar panel producer faced bankruptcy
In 2017, SolarWorld announced that it’s forced to file for insolvency. The company couldn’t win a battle against rapidly sinking prices for solar panels on global markets especially caused by overcapacities in China. Later that year, all the company’s assets were acquired by Asbeck along with Qatar Solar Technologies to form a new and completely debt-free SolarWorld Industries GmbH.
However, the investment from Qatar didn’t manage to save the business. In 2018, the newly created unit filed for bankruptcy, citing a fall in revenues due to sinking prices in the solar industry. Several years later, the factory in Freiberg, where SolarWorld panels were mainly produced, was sold to Meyer Burger Technology, which now intends to produce photovoltaic cells based on Freiberg’s facility.
A new U.S. page for a SolarWorld solar panel: SunPower’s acquisition of SolarWorld
While subsidiary SolarWorld America was not itself insolvent, it was decided to sell it to help resolve the debts of the German parent company. In October 2018, a renowned U.S. solar panel manufacturer SunPower completed its acquisition of SolarWorld Americas’ assets, including a SolarWorld solar panel factory in Hillsboro, Oregon, and became the U.S. biggest PV panel producer.
Going solar with SolarWorld panels – solar panels of high quality
The solar panel manufacturer SolarWorld always had high-quality standards for the production of a SolarWorld solar module. This was demonstrated by the step-by-step approach during the entire manufacturing process of a SolarWorld solar panel. Remarkably, a SolarWorld solar panel was one of the first panels to come with a 25-year linear performance guarantee. Solar World crystalline panels were guaranteed to continuously generate a minimum of 90% of the original cited power.
SolarWorld produced not only solar panels: other SolarWorld solar products
SolarWorld solar products were not limited to Solar World panels. For example, SolarWorld solar product line also included solar cars – the SolarWorld company was the main sponsor of the SolarWorld No. 1 solar car developed by the FH Bochum Solar Car Team.