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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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  • 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.
  • Camron Barati, Cormac Gilligan | December 29, 2017
    IHS Markit analysts highlight some of the key trends shaping the market for ground-mounted solar PV technology in the United States heading into 2018: 1) Demand for ground-mounted PV has been the primary driver of growth in the United States 2) Single-axis tracking has become the dominant technology choice for the ground-mounted market in the United States, primarily due to continued price reductions and improved energy yields 3) The competitive landscape for single-axis trackers continues to grow at a rapid pace 4) New trends and opportunities for ground-mounted PV emerge as technologies and business models continue to evolve
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  • Dharmendra Kumar | November 22, 2017
    In June 2017, a group of Indian module manufacturers filed a petition for anti-dumping duties (ADD) against foreign PV module suppliers. Jupiter Solar Power, Indosolar Limited and Websol Energy has filed the petition with the help of Indian Solar Manufacturers Association (ISMA). In reaction to the petition, the Directorate General of Anti-Dumping and Allied Duties (DGAD) opened an investigation in July against imports from China, Malaysia and Taiwan. DGAD has also released the list of suppliers who will be investigated during the on-going process. From China, it includes BYD, Canadian Solar, Hengdian, Hanwha Q Cells, JA Solar, Risen, Suntech, Shunfeng, Trina Solar, and Tongwei Solar. From Taiwan, it includes Solartech and Motech. From Malaysia, it includes First Solar Malaysia, Jinko Solar, TS Solar Tech, Panasonic Energy Malaysia, and JA Solar Malaysia. The investigation is expected to complete by mid or end of 2018. If the investigation results in increased module prices, many planned PV projects under low tender tariffs will be at risk delay, potentially slowing the growth of the market.
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Reports View All (38)

  • 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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