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Analyst Insights View All (98)

  • 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.
  • Cormac Gilligan | September 23, 2016
    Following the rapid decline of the UK ground-mount PV market at the end of Q1'16, the majority of leading PV inverter suppliers are now shifting focus towards the residential and commercial segments in the UK market and eagerly waiting on a new solar policy In Ireland to be announced especially in relation to the ground-mount segment.


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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 | September 02, 2016
    The IHS Markit PV Module Suppliers Scorecard addresses the market need for vendor evaluation based on objective data and metrics. Our methodology produces scores that tell a nuanced story of the vendor landscape, one that conveys each player’s strengths and challenges. Based on actual data and metrics, the scores are made up of two overall categories: market presence and market momentum.
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  • Edurne Zoco | August 02, 2016
    This report analyses the current situation and future outlook of the main new cSi cell technologies that have been successfully ramped up to mass production levels. It provides historical data from 2015 and forecast data per technology type for the 2016–2020 period.
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  • Camron Barati | September 09, 2016
    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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  • Susanne von Aichberger | September 06, 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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  • ​Christine Beadle | August 31, 2016
    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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  • 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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  • Three trends in the global PV Inverter market that are impacting the United States in 2016
    Camron Barati, Cormac Gilligan | August 09, 2016
    This presentation summarises the most important trends in the global PV inverter market that will impact the USA in 2016. The presentation was delivered by Cormac Gilligan at Intersolar and ees North America in San Francisco on 12th July 2016
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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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