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  • Susanne von Aichberger | April 07, 2017
    LONDON (April 5, 2017) – IHS Markit (Nasdaq: INFO), a world leader in critical information, analytics and solutions, projects that global demand for photovoltaics (PV) will reach 79 GW in 2017, a slight 2 percent increase over the 78 GW installed in 2016. This compares to annual growth that surpassed30 percent in both 2015 and 2016. An anticipated decline in the world’s three largest markets – China, United States and Japan – will shape the outlook for PV demand through this year. IHS Markit expects these markets to shrink by a combined 9 GW (16 percent year-over-year) in 2017. Similar to previous years, global demand depends highly on policy evolution in China.
  • Camron Barati, Cormac Gilligan | March 30, 2017
    NEXTracker and Array Technologies remain far and away the leading suppliers of PV tracker systems globally, in addition to being leading suppliers of PV structural equipment in general. Vertically integrated suppliers First Solar and SunPower notably lost market share in 2016. This has coincided with First Solar’s announcement to downsize its EPC business and to exit the structures market in 2016. Convert Italia and Arctech have risen into the top five, finding success in emerging tracker markets outside of the United States in Latin America, the EMEA region, and India. In the United States -- the largest market for PV tracker products globally -- Soltec, GameChange Solar, and Sunlink were the winners in terms of growth in the market outside of the big two (NEXTracker and Array Technologies).
  • Camron Barati | March 20, 2017
    The US market installed over 15 gigawatts-dc (GWdc) of photovoltaics (PV) in 2016, a record breaking amount for the market, over 80% of which was accounted for by non-residential installations. The top 5 EPCs captured nearly 50% (~48%) of the total non-residential PV market in 2016. Aside from First Solar, the top 5 EPC companies were primarily characterized as diversified firms that do not have an exclusive focus on solar.
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  • Josefin Berg | April 13, 2017
    Marketbuzz is your single-source reference across the entire value chain: from polysilicon manufacturing to policy development. A digest of the most recent IHS solar market research and insight, the report is the most comprehensive guide available for the global solar industry.
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  • Self-consumption to spur growth
    Susanne von Aichberger, Josefin Berg | April 04, 2017
    Even as the demand for residential solar PV systems in Europe has more than halved since the peak in 2012, the market is far from dead. Thanks to the sharp decline in module prices, and new support schemes across Europe, IHS Markit projects that the region’s residential PV installations will grow in 2017 to exceed 1.5 GW.
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  • A winding road of opportunity
    Dharmendra Kumar | March 29, 2017
    This report takes a closer look at the drivers, opportunities, constraints and the competitive landscape of the Indian market for utility-scale PV plants.
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  • Camron Barati, Maria Chea | April 17, 2017
    The Solar Market Tracker- North America provides forecasts and analysis for installed PV capacity in the United States and Canada at a country level and at a US state level. ...
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  • ​Christine Beadle | April 04, 2017
    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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  • ​Christine Beadle | April 03, 2017
    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 Senior Analyst, Solar Demand
    Josefin Berg is a senior analyst for the IHS solar research group, where she performs market analysis of trends and strategies in the downstream part of the PV market.
  • Icon Senior Analyst, Solar Demand
    Wade Shafer is a senior analyst for the IHS solar research group. He focuses his research on the North American downstream PV industry and policy environment.
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