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Top 10 public solar companies

SolarPlaza compiled a list of the top ten publicly traded solar energy companies and their market capitalization.

July 29, 2011 -- As solar energy technologies gain widespread markets, publicly traded solar energy companies are proving competitive and profitable. SolarPlaza compiled a list of the top ten publicly traded solar energy companies and their market capitalization.

Company Market capitalization ($)
First Solar 10,786,926,395.00
GCL-Poly Energy Holdings Ltd.
SMA Solar Technology AG  3,366,597,470.00
Renewable Energy Corporation (REC)  2,018,125,961.28
Motech Industries Inc.  1,942,051,560.00
GT Solar International Inc.  1,911,070,920.00
Trina Solar Ltd.  1,503,836,000.00
Suntech Power Holdings Co Ltd  1,343,904,080.00
SolarWorld AG  1,328,764,164.00
SunPower Corp.  1,282,664,820.00
SOURCES: Bloomberg and Wikinvest
Share values compiled July 21, 2011
Currency conversion rates from July 22, 2011

Number 1 of the top 10 stock listed companies (based on market capitalization) is First Solar Inc. (FSLR). The solar cell company's record-breaking cadmium telluride (CdTe) thin-film technology and massive module production capacity, which is expected to reach 2.3GW in 2011, has garnered FSLR a steady industry leadership since its foundation in 1999.

Although the top 10 is mainly dominated by module manufacturers -- First Solar, REC, Trina Solar, Suntech and Sunpower -- other parts of the supply chain have created solar giants. Number 2, for example, is GCL-Poly Energy, polysilicon and wafer supplier. Number 3, SMA solar technology, makes balance of system (BOS) inverters.

GT Solar International, number 6, makes polysilicon production technology, crystalline ingot growth systems and related photovoltaic manufacturing services for the solar industry.

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