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  • Sam Wilkinson, Frank Xie, Ash Sharma, Josefin Berg, Jessica Jin, Isabella Ni, Edurne Zoco | October 14, 2016
    The Chinese Government is expected to approve changes to its national solar feed-in tariff (FiT) which have the potential to dramatically reshape the near-term outlook for the market. Given the significance of China to both global and supply demand, the final outcome of this policy will have significant impacts on the entire industry.
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  • September 27, 2016
    On September 21, 2016 UK-based investor Camborne Capital announced that its subsidiary Camborne Energy Storage had received the first Tesla Powerpacks to a site in Somerset, England. The 500 kWh batteries will be paired to a 500 kW ground-mount solar PV farm and will initially provide frequency regulation via National Grid’s existing firm frequency response (FFR) service.
  • Josefin Berg | September 27, 2016
    As of 2 September 2016, the Republic of Ireland’s pipeline of PV projects amounted to 3.5 GW, in anticipation of a new incentive scheme to be published in the coming months. The most active developers have come over from the United Kingdom in the search for new opportunities, as PV opportunities dwindle in the United Kingdom after incentive cuts. The top five developers - Elgin Energy, Highfield Solar, Solas Eireann Renewables, Lightsource-RE, and Amarenco Solar - all have connections to the United Kingdom. Combined they hold 50% of the total current PV pipeline. The big questions are whether Ireland’s policy scheme will offer an attractive enough market, at what volume, and in which time frame.


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Reports View All (19)

  • Cormac Gilligan, Camron Barati | October 21, 2016
    This is the eight edition of IHS’ highly regarded report on microinverters & power optimizers. It was researched over 6 months and provides the only detailed and reliable assessment of the global market. The report has been compiled using IHS’ extensive knowledge and experience in the PV and power electronics industries.
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  • Sam Wilkinson | September 29, 2016
    The IHS PV Inverter Supplier Scorecard addresses the market need for vendor evaluation based on objective data and metrics. The IHS methodology produces scores that tell a nuanced story of the vendor landscape, conveying each player’s strengths and challenges.
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  • Isabella Ni | September 27, 2016
    The growth of the energy storage market offers suppliers of inverters a huge growth opportunity, across a wide range of applications and regions. Many existing providers of solar inverters and industrial power electronics have moved to take a leading position in this growth market.
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  • Edurne Zoco, Jessica Jin, Holly Hu, Karl Melkonyan | October 18, 2016
    Comprising a highly detailed database of the PV module supply chain (from polysilicon through to finished modules), this market tracker provides the first definitive reference point for the solar supply chain. It provides extensive coverage of individual PV module suppliers globally, as well as tracking local module manufacturing.
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  • Susanne von Aichberger | October 13, 2016
    The IHS PV Demand Market Tracker provides forecasts and analysis for installed PV capacity in almost 50 countries. The tracker is updated at least quarterly to provide the most up-to-date projections for each market...
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  • Jessica Jin, Edurne Zoco, Karl Melkonyan, Holly Hu | October 11, 2016
    This tracker focuses on the markets for polysilicon, solar wafers, PV cells and modules, and PV installations. It delivers independent analysis, accurate and fresh market data and informed forecasts.
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Presentations View All (13)

  • The Perfect Storm: The Next Solar Industry Shakeout?
    Edurne Zoco | October 13, 2016
    This webinar was hosted by IHS analysts on 11th and 13th October 2016 and discusses the causes and impacts of the oversupply situation that currently exists in the PV module supply chain, and how pricing, capacity, production and demand are likely to respond in the coming quarters.
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  • Energy Storage Market Outlook and New Business Models
    Marianne Boust | September 21, 2016
    This presentation explores current energy storage market trends globally as well as highlighting some emerging business models enabled by energy storage breakthrough. It also presents IHS Markit's recent review on the outlook for energy storage installations in key regions of the world between 2016 and 2020. The presentation was delivered by Marianne Boust.
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  • Sam Wilkinson | September 19, 2016
    The photovoltaic (PV) market has experienced incredible growth in recent years and solar is now making a meaningful contribution to power generation in many countries. Large-scale solar systems are becoming increasingly common. By 2020, nearly 300 gigawatt (GW) of utility-scale PV systems will have been built around the world, up from less than 5 GW at the end of 2010.
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Analysts View All (18)

  • 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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