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Major, multiple factors are at play in the solar energy sector. The demand for high-efficiency solar models is rising. Disruptions are rocking the global PV supply chain. Monocrystalline technology is gaining traction. Energy storage opportunities are increasing. And governmental policy changes are underway.

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Analyst Insights View All (149)

  • Camron Barati, Sam Wilkinson, Edurne Zoco | January 23, 2018
    A period of huge uncertainty in the United States PV market was ended late on Monday 22nd January 2018 when the Trump administration made a final decision on implementing import tariffs on PV cells and modules. Although many stakeholders throughout the industry had campaigned against such a decision - warning that it would reduce domestic demand for PV by raising system prices, as opposed to igniting a domestic manufacturing industry, the tariffs were deemed somewhat inevitable after the ITC (International Trade Commission) ruled in their favour in October 2017.
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  • Maria Chea, Camron Barati | January 22, 2018
    In the second half of 2017, a number of utility-scale PV solar projects were awarded contracts with record low PPA prices for the US market. The decline of PPA prices has been primarily driven by continued technology and manufacturing innovation across the value chain. What is striking about the announced prices for these utility-scale plants is the timeline in which these deals have been made. Despite the strategies developers may have for their projects, success may ultimately depend on how stringent the remedies for the trade case will be.
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  • Camron Barati | January 16, 2018
    IHS Markit recently cut its PV installation forecast for the United States by over 6 GW from 2018 to 2021, primarily due to a weakened environment for utility-scale PV as new import tariffs threaten to negatively impact the economics of such projects. Provided new tariffs are eventually imposed at or around the 30% level proposed by the United States International Trade Commission (US ITC), IHS Markit forecasts the United States will remain a top 3 global market for PV, along with China and India, installing a total of 57 GW from 2018 to 2021.


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  • The utility-scale solar pipeline has reached 27 GW in Australia, with 2.1 GW of co-located energy storage planned.
    Julian Jansen, ​Christine Beadle | January 17, 2018
    This report provides an analysis of the current utility-scale solar and energy storage pipeline in Australia. The opportunity for co-located energy storage with utility-scale solar is rapidly emerging with a large number of developers looking accelerate projects.
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  • Miguel de Jesus | January 05, 2018
    The IHS Markit PV Inverter Supplier Scorecard addresses the market need for vendor evaluation based on objective data and metrics. The IHS Markit methodology produces scores that tell a nuanced story of the vendor landscape, conveying each player’s strengths and challenges.
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  • Jessica Jin, Holly Hu | December 27, 2017
    The PV Market Trend Survey - China is produced monthly and relies upon real shipment and installation data collected from suppliers and installers in the world’s largest PV market, in order to provide customers with a regularly updated and accurate check on its short- and medium-term development.
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  • Edurne Zoco, Jessica Jin, Holly Hu, Karl Melkonyan | January 16, 2018
    The PV Suppliers Tracker contains detailed data on the performance of leading companies in the PV module supply chain. It provides a detailed database of capacity, production, utilization and shipments for polysilicon, wafer, cell and module suppliers.
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  • Josefin Berg | January 08, 2018
    This report reveals who the leading PV system integrators (EPC’s) are worldwide, and presents details of their planned PV installation pipeline over the next 2-3 years. It is updated every quarter and includes...
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  • ​Christine Beadle | January 03, 2018
    IHS is pleased to announce the new online Solar Deal Tracker. We have given the platform a major overhaul to improve usability for subscribers. You will now be able to download your custom set of project data directly from this site.
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  • Icon Senior Analyst, Solar Demand and Supply Chain
    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.
  • Icon Research & Analysis Manager, Solar & Energy Storage
    Josefin Berg is a Research & Analysis Manager for the Solar & Energy Storage research group, where she performs market analysis of trends and strategies in the downstream part of the PV market.
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