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SolarWorld: bankruptcy status, trade case, and warranties

SolarWorld Industries GmbH (formerly SolarWorld AG) is a major player in the solar panel manufacturing space, and the company has had a year full of change. After it declared insolvency earlier this year and went through a reorganization and acquisition process, the company joined manufacturer Suniva to petition the government for tariffs against imported solar panels. Now, you may be wondering how SolarWorld’s financial standing impacts the coverage on their solar modules. In this article, we will look back at SolarWorld’s turbulent year and where they stand now, and we’ll examine their updated warranty offerings and consumer protections.

Which SolarWorld are we talking about?

“SolarWorld” can refer to a few different organizations. To understand how SolarWorld’s financial issues impact you, is important to recognize the difference between the different parts of the SolarWorld business:

SolarWorld Industries GmbH is a new name for the original SolarWorld parent company, SolarWorld AG. When the company declared insolvency, Qatar Solar Technologies (QSTec) and the original founder of SolarWorld AG, Frank Asbeck, acquired most of the company’s assets and reorganized under the new name SolarWorld Industries GmbH.

An important omission from the reorganization of SolarWorld AG is SolarWorld Americas, which is based in Hillsboro, Oregon, where it operates the largest crystalline silicon solar factory in the Western Hemisphere. SolarWorld Americas is currently for sale as part of efforts to resolve its parent company’s debts.

SolarWorld Americas is also acting as a separate entity from SolarWorld Industries GmbH. SolarWorld Americas – not the German SolarWorld entity – is the company that is aligned with Suniva and First Solar in the current solar panel trade case, which asks President Trump to levy trade tariffs on foreign-made solar panels. For all intents and purposes, SolarWorld Americas is currently operating separately from SolarWorld Industries GmbH. As of November 2017 it has not been sold.

What is SolarWorld’s current company status?

SolarWorld Americas is in a stable position. As of November, the company is beginning to increase hiring and production as a response to the recent decision by the U.S. International Trade Commission to recommend tariffs against imported solar panels.

How did SolarWorld get to this point? Here’s a brief overview of the events that brought the company to where they are now.

SolarWrold bankruptcy trade case timeline

With renewed confidence in the American solar panel industry, SolarWorld Americas has reinvested in their Oregon headquarters and looks to continue to support their manufacturing efforts.

SolarWorld warranties offer third-party protection

Many EnergySage solar shoppers have asked how everything SolarWorld has been going through could impact their solar warranty coverage. Simply put, you don’t need to worry about not having coverage for your SolarWorld panels if something were to go wrong. Additionally, installing a new system with SolarWorld panels has no extra risk attached to it.

The reason that SolarWorld solar panels remain a low-risk investment is due to their new warranty policies that offer long-term coverage. SolarWorld’s updated Assurance Warranty Protection Program offers two types of protection depending on when you installed your solar panels. If you installed SolarWorld solar panels between 2012 and 2016, you are covered by the Extend Warranty plan, which extends the standard product workmanship warranty to 25 years for a low, one-time fee. For new solar customers who install SolarWorld solar panels in 2017 or later, you are automatically covered by the Dual Warranty plan, which also offers 25 years of coverage.

Both warranty models are third-party backed, which means that even if SolarWorld cannot support your original coverage, your panels will still be under warranty. This third-party backing makes purchasing SolarWorld solar panels a low-risk option, even considering the up-and-down year SolarWorld has seen.

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About Jacob Marsh

Jacob is a researcher and content writer at EnergySage, where he's an expert on current issues–and new technology!–in the solar industry. With a background in environmental and geological science, Jacob brings an analytical perspective and passion for conservation to help solar shoppers make the right energy choices for their wallet and the environment. Outside of EnergySage, you can find him playing Ultimate Frisbee or learning a new, obscure board game.

13 thoughts on “SolarWorld: bankruptcy status, trade case, and warranties

  1. JD

    Who do we contact about SolarWorld warranty claims? Who is this 3rd party that is suppose to handle the claims? SunPower is less than helpful, telling people to call 503-844-3400 and leave a msg. The VM box is full.

    I’m ready to open a dispute with the CA and OR Dept of Consumer Affairs.

  2. Robert Zanotti

    I purchased the panels in 9/2015 and now I’m having problems with them. I live in Los Lunas NM and purchased them through DPW SOLAR in Albuq. To NM. If some one could get in touch with me I would very much appreciate it. Thank you

  3. Bill Schmidt

    Also in same boat here. I called company that purchased Solar World. It is SolarWorld Americas, Inc. in Hillsboro, Oregon. They put me in touch with

    Does anyone know about this? They sent a form to fill out, asking you to send photos and readouts of panels and requested banking info to provide refund. Sounds a bit fishy to me. Any help appreciated.

    San Jose, CA

  4. Robin Keller

    Who is the 3rd Party that SoilarWorld stated was backing up its warranty for all customers after 2016 ? Here is what SolarWrold claimed in its promotional material presented by my installer:

    “„ 3rd-party-backed and guaranteed
    SolarWorld Assurance programs are backed by an “A”-rated company from a U.S. nationally recognized statistical rating organization

    For SolarWorld systems up to 50 kW the Dual² and
    Extend Warranty³ plans offers an industry-best 25
    years of coverage. Rest assured knowing your solar
    panels are backed by up to 15 years of coverage if
    the original warranty can no longer be supported. ”

    So who is going to replace my defective panels under the DUAL 3rd party warranty, noe that SolarWorld is out of business?

  5. Robin Keller

    What bankruptsy court is handeling the receivership of the Solar World assets? Solar residential customers need to make their warranty claims to the court who should have withheld assets to cover warranty claims.


    We are having issues with our Solar Panels also from SolarWorld and we can not find anywhere who to contact about the extended warranty. Can you please point us in the right direction as no one we have called knows any answers.

    1. Alejandra

      Did you ever get an answer for this?
      We are having issues too. Sun power says no warranty.
      The phones numbers given to me are disconnected.
      How can customers be left hanging like this!

  7. Marsha

    A few years ago I purchased a house that came with solar panels. I’m having issues with thy system and the contractor that installed them is no longer in business. With solar world going bankrupt what are my options to get the issue taken care of.

    1. Salvador Pinedo

      Did anyone respond to you or have you found help for your solar panel problems? I’m in the same boat except we were the purchasers and the company is out of business. Solar World is who the panels are warrantied through, but I don’t know what to do? Thank you!

  8. Delbert J.E Shier II

    Hello, I’m planning on moving to Michigan and buying a good amount of land and wanted to get some information from your company about cost setup time in multiple locations in the same property. Thank you for your time.

  9. James

    A=l+she. this feels like an inflation on assets if solarworld America’s is sold after it becomes profitable- if worth more than the before unknown price of property plus the $6mil.
    Also the market cap is 14 mil apparently but probably half that if volume causes misleadings.this is when my questions come in if anyone can answer. 1. sence 2016 was their any stock buybacks. if so how much. I think that is a million dollar question which answer alludes me.
    2. how much was the American property worth in 2016 minus depr. and sold machinery?
    I think their will be a large payout but will it be from the purchase or the end payout bankruptcy finalization.



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