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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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  • Dharmendra Kumar | February 14, 2018
    While anti-dumping measures are evaluated in India (see insight India anti-dumping duties petition adds on to PV module procurement woes) with the verdict expected by the second half of 2018, on 19 December 2017, India notified the WTO's Committee on Safeguards of a safeguard investigation on solar cells, whether or not assembled in modules or panels. In early January, the Directorate General of Safeguards (DGS) proposed a Provisional Safeguard Duty (PSD) of 70% on PV cells and modules from China and Malaysia, and possibly also Taiwan and Singapore, for 200 days.
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  • January 31, 2018
    On 22 December 2017, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) in China confirmed the 2018 FiT rate and the anticipated grace period until June 2018 to obtain the 2017 FiT rate (for projects approved in 2017). The FiT tariff valid from 1 January 2018 is 0.55 yuan/kWh, 0.65 yuan/kWh, and 0.75 yuan/kWh for resource areas I, II and III, respectively. Distributed PV systems that sell surplus power to the grid will obtain 0.37 yuan/kWh for the excess power. The updated policy has removed the grace period in 2019, meaning that the 2019 FiT rate will apply for all projects as of 1 January 2019. The FiT deadlines for different policy segments, in parallel with events in PV markets outside China, will determine the quarterly module pricing and installation patterns. IHS Markit maintains its current annual 50 GW PV installation projection for China in 2018, but we are reviewing the quarterly distribution.
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  • Camron Barati, David Green, Thomas Frashier | January 31, 2018
    Distributech 2018 was held this year in San Antonio, Texas from January 23rd -25th, where IHS Markit analysts Camron Barati, David Green, and Thomas Frashier were on site across the three days to meet with thought leaders and cover the latest technology trends in utilities.


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  • Josefin Berg, Susanne von Aichberger, Maria Chea | February 16, 2018
    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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  • Miguel de Jesus | February 09, 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 | February 08, 2018
    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, Karl Melkonyan | February 13, 2018
    This bi-annual report tracks production, capacity and equipment spending of photovoltaic (PV) wafer, cell and modules, supply chain tool demand, technology roadmap adoption rates and more. The PV Manufacturing and Equipment Spending Tracker will also provide quarterly data on market shares for cell types and production tools.
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  • Edurne Zoco, Jessica Jin, Holly Hu, Karl Melkonyan | February 02, 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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  • ​Christine Beadle | February 01, 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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    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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