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Analyst Insights View All (75)

  • Camron Barati | April 15, 2016
    In 2016, the United States rises to secure a position as the second largest PV market globally through 2020. IHS forecasts that the country will install 72 GW of PV in the period 2016 to 2020, boosted by the ITC extension announced at the end of 2015. In ‘Solar Market Tracker – North America – Q1’16’, IHS notes the market’s major near-term upside potential, given the 20 GW pipeline of late stage projects, referring to projects that are either under construction or have been given approval to begin construction.
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  • Josefin Berg | April 12, 2016
    On 1 April 2016, Mexico's National Center for Energy Control, CENACE, presented the winners of the first electricity supply auction. Solar PV projects were awarded three quarters of the auctioned power generation, and wind power the remainder. The tender results further cement Enel Green Power’s position in Latin America, and create a new growth market for utility-scale PV systems equipped with single-axis trackers.
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  • Jessica Jin | March 23, 2016
    Polysilicon Prices Affected by Continued China-US Trade Dispute Jessica Jin and Karl Melkonyan The IHS PV Integrated Market Tracker Q3 2015 edition published last September discussed the severe short-term and mid-term implications of the closing of the Chinese module supply chain market for most Western polysilicon players. As IHS forecast, the global polysilicon producers are now facing different market situations depending on their manufacturing origin.
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This Service provides current and credible forecasts and analysis for installed PV capacity in North America, O&M and EPC coverage, as well as tracking and analyzing project activity and Balance of System suppliers in North America. The research also includes detailed analysis of the supply chain, with coverage including module and inverter data.


Reports View All (15)

  • Josefin Berg | February 17, 2016
    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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  • Camron Barati | November 24, 2015
    IHS solar analysts produce short reports addressing the impact of new market developments, hot topics, and major announcements. These market briefs are produced throughout the year and are included in IHS Solar Intelligence Services.
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  • Cormac Gilligan | October 30, 2015
    This report is the fourth IHS survey of PV inverter customers and was conducted for PV inverter suppliers to gain knowledge and insight into the requirements and opinions of their customers.
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  • Cormac Gilligan | April 29, 2016
    The PV Inverter Market Tracker – Premium includes a minimum of three forecast updates per year and a major annual update each June. On occasion, the premium report will also include unscheduled...
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  • Jessica Jin, Edurne Zoco, Karl Melkonyan, Holly Hu | April 22, 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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  • ​Christine Beadle | April 20, 2016
    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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Presentations View All (7)

  • Camron Barati | April 25, 2016
    This presentation provides an overview of the major themes shaping the PV project acquisition and secondary market in North America. Topics covered include an overview of the North American PV market, the evolution of project acquisitions and ownership, the competitive landscape of the project transaction market, and the outlook for the secondary PV market in the region.
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  • Cost Benchmark Whitepaper
    Edurne Zoco, Henning Wicht, PhD, Sam Wilkinson | April 21, 2016
    Solar costs are an intensely debated and analyzed issue. Cost data per company is not or only partially disclosed and makes cost benchmarking across regions a challenge. While cost data is diffi cult to access in many industries, it becomes even more difficult in solar where fast innovation cycles, productivity and competition change company data quarter by quarter.
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  • Module Market Outlook & Main Supply Chain Trends
    Edurne Zoco, Jessica Jin | April 20, 2016
    This presentation explores current market developments and major supply-chain trends including polysilicon and wafers, and tracking of new cell manufacturing fab announcements. It also presents recent IHS analysis on module production costs and the cost development outlook for 2016-2019 period.
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Analysts View All (17)

  • 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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