Frank Xie

Frank Xie

As the senior solar research analyst with IHS Solar in China, Frank Xie focuses on areas such as PV inverters, energy storage, system integration and PV demand. He is a well-known PV industry expert and has spoken at many high level events including SNEC, SolarCon, Intersolar China and Renewable Energy India, sharing perspectives about the global PV industry outlook.

As an important member of IHS Solar team in Asia, Frank publishes annual reports on China's PV inverter market and Japan's PV market. He is also contributing to ad-hoc IHS Solar annual reports on global PV inverters, PV EPC/integrators, and quarterly PV installations. Since 2013, Frank also started to cover grid-connected energy storage devices. 

Frank started his career as an industry analyst in 2005, when he was a chemical and energy industry research manager at Frost & Sullivan.

Frank holds a BA degree in English from Sichuan University. He is based in the IHS Shanghai office.


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PV Market Trend Survey - China - January 2017

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Q1 2017 weakens on confirmation of grace period, but 100% growth predicted for Q2 2017

After a long wait, the details of China’s new FiT for 2017 were finally confirmed in late December 2016, and were largely in line with expectations. With the 6 month grace period for the 2016 FiT now confirmed, some pressure has been taken off projects to quickly complete, weakening the outlook for the first quarter slightly.

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China confirms 2017 PV FiT rates - Growing concerns over 2016 PV installations

On 27 December 2016, China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) published the new feed-in tariffs (FiT) for PV systems to be installed in 2017. The 13% to 19% reduction compared to 2016 tariff rates are in line with the IHS assumptions for the China PV demand forecast published in the PV Demand Market Tracker on 9 December 2016. As anticipated, the reduction of the FiT is accompanied by a grace period for PV systems that were approved before the end of 2016, but not installed. Such projects have until 30 June 2017 to be installed and connected in order to benefit from the 2016 FiT. As developers rush to install projects under the grace period, IHS forecasts that China will add 15 GW of PV installations in the first half of 2017. At the end of 2016, the National Energy Administration (NEA) announced an increase in the quota allocated for the 2016 FiT by 5 GW. This adds on to the 23 GW quota previously allocated (including poverty alleviation projects). Provinces that gain more than 500 MW of additional 2016 quota will not have any quota allocated for 2017.

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