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Major, multiple factors are at play in the solar energy sector. The demand for high-efficiency solar modules 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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  • Holly Hu, Susanne von Aichberger | January 18, 2019
    On 7 January 2019, China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and the National Energy Administration (NEA) released a scheme for unsubsidized PV and wind power projects. Under the new scheme, pilot projects will not receive any national subsidies, but they will receive support regarding land and financing. On 8 January, NDRC added that the decline of the PV project costs in China by 45 percent from 2012 to 2017. According to NDRC, the steady increase of the economic efficiency of solar and wind projects creates favorable conditions to bring down state subsidies and to ease pressures on subsidy funds. China aims to further reduce the cost of renewable energy power by using economies of scale and by supporting the improvement of technologies. Taking into account the statement from NDRC and NEA, IHS Markit projects unsubsidized PV will generate only little demand in China before 2020.
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  • Josefin Berg | January 13, 2019
    Decreasing solar photovoltaic (PV) costs, combined with the long-term commitment to reduce countries’ carbon footprint and the need to phase out energy subsidies, have raised the interest of governments in the region to increase renewable investments. In addition to large-scale renewable competitive tenders, small-scale solutions for PV distributed generation are also gaining the attention of both governments and private players. However, relatively low retail tariffs, regulatory uncertainty, and a lack of track record have limited the deployment of solar distributed systems to date, particularly among residential customers. IHS Markit's Middle East energy analyst group has in collaboration with the downstream PV service, prepared an in-depth analysis of the market for distributed solar in the Middle East. The full analysis can be found in the attached pdf once you log in.
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  • Julian Jansen, Camron Barati | December 20, 2018
    On 13 December 2018 the New York Public Service Commission (PSC) approved energy storage targets of 1,500 MW by 2025 and long-term goal of deploying 3,000 MW by 2030, setting the stage for New York’s target to be the highest deployment target in the world. The approved target is to be met by a combination of competitive solicitations for large-scale assets to be issued by utilities and incentive programs for small-scale systems. Days after the approval of the energy storage mandate, the Governor of New York called for achieving 100% clean energy in the state by 2040. If approved, the target would become the most aggressive clean energy mandated in the United States.


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Reports View All (52)

  • Josefin Berg, Susanne von Aichberger, Maria Chea | January 17, 2019
    Each PV Country Profile provides in-depth analysis on the latest PV market development in each country, including incentives, tenders and other drivers or barriers. The study reviews the competitive landscape as a complement to the PV Projects Pipeline Tracker and the Solar Deal Tracker.
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  • Cormac Gilligan, Miguel de Jesus | January 09, 2019
    This report identifies the growing opportunity for PV inverter suppliers to help their customers meet the challenges of having less efficient, under-performing, and out-of-warranty inverters.
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  • Jessica Jin, Holly Hu | January 08, 2019
    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, PhD, Jessica Jin, Holly Hu, Karl Melkonyan | January 15, 2019
    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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  • Christine Beadle | January 04, 2019
    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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  • Christine Beadle | January 04, 2019
    The Solar Deal Tracker North America offers comprehensive database coverage of the region’s downstream project activity. This frequently updated database provides detailed information for both completed and planned projects. ...
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  • Solar & Storage Finance USA Conference, New York
    Cormac Gilligan | November 02, 2018
    Presented at the Solar and Storage Finance USA Conference in New York, this presentation provides an overview of the outlook for solar and energy storage in the United States and globally.
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  • New markets & innovation to continue the PV tracker market boom
    Camron Barati | July 16, 2018
    This presentation provides an overview of the PV tracker market in the United States. Key topics addressed in the presentation include the identification of key US markets for ground-mounted PV, the breakdown of the ground-mounted PV market in the United States by mounting type...
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  • Progress update on the global ESS market
    Julian Jansen | July 10, 2018
    This presentation provided a summary of the IHS Markit global outlook for energy storage. It further evaluated the major trends shaping the energy storage industry including supply chain constraints, emerging applications and the convergence with e-mobility.
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    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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