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Executing cost reductions and international expansion are critical to SMA Solar Technology’s future as global market share slumpsMarch 27, 2014SMA’s full year financial results today enforced IHS’ previous predictions of a major decline in the European PV inverter market. IHS estimates that PV installations in Europe declined by 37% in 2013. This slump in demand ignited a severely competitive price war which led to European PV inverter market revenues declining by a huge 46% to $2.1 billion. Europe accounted for 33% of the global inverter revenues in 2013, compared to nearly 60% in 2012.
Japan Energy Storage Subsidies To Spark Market GrowthMarch 19, 2014The introduction of subsidies for consumers and businesses installing energy storage in Japan and Germany is forecast to spark a drive to install the systems and help drive down costs just as they did for the solar PV industry over the past decade.
Danfoss / SMA Solar Technology Tie-Up Creates Solar Inverter Industry’s Strongest Player but Challenges RemainFebruary 26, 2014Today’s announcement that Danfoss would sell its entire solar inverter business line to SMA and in return acquire a 20% share of SMA for just over €300m highlights the on-going consolidation of the European solar manufacturing business in a declining domestic market.
CPV Prices retreating, technology advancements reduce costFebruary 25, 2014Whereas "conventional” photovoltaics (PV) uses cell technologies that have been developed for mass production with moderate conversion efficiencies, "Concentrated" PV (CPV) uses cells that have been designed to produce much higher convergence efficiencies.
Record results from Enphase, and the release of SMA’s solar microinverter in Europe will help fuel over 2 GW of solar microinverter shipments in 2017February 21, 2014“Record results from Enphase, and the release of SMA’s solar microinverter in Europe will help fuel over 2 GW of solar microinverter shipments in 2017” says Cormac Gilligan, Senior Analyst at IHS.
Tier 1 Solar PV Manufacturers Boost Expansions to Support Increasing DemandFebruary 21, 2014In 2012, IHS forecast the decline in PV capital spending would bottom out by 2013. With the solar shakeout seeming insurmountable in the not too distant past, positive sentiment has returned to the industry as demand growth and stabilized pricing has led to improved market dynamics.
PV capacity factors on the rise in CaliforniaFebruary 03, 2014On 17 December 2013, the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) approved 164 MW of renewable power purchase agreements (PPAs) signed by Southern California Edison (SCE) during its fourth Renewable Auction Mechanism (RAM) auction.
Performance Guarantees – The gateway between technology and profitabilityJanuary 30, 2014The US ground market has grown by leaps and bounds during the last 3 years, from a little over 500MW in 2010, to over 3GW of installations (greater than 1MW in size), in 2013. The US ground market, as a market segment, is second in the world only to China. Not only are there large scale investments of over a billion dollars as with NextEra’s 485MW Blythe project , but many smaller investments at the 10-100MW range which raise a critical topic, and largely unspoken factor in project development.Subscribers Only
2014 PV Installation Forecasts – 40-55 GW?January 28, 2014Each year forecasts for how much new PV capacity will be added around the world are released. These are subsequently revised, updated, defended and invariably increased.
Top Trends for Global Photovoltaic Market in 2014 PredictedJanuary 23, 2014After two years of a punishing downturn, the global solar industry is on the rebound. Worldwide PV installations are set to rise by double digits in 2014, solar manufacturing capital spending is recovering, module prices are stabilizing and emerging markets are on the rise...
The recently published Chinese company 'cull list' will only have a minimal effect on global photovoltaic marketsJanuary 09, 2014“The recently published Chinese ‘PV industry standards’ will only have a minimal effect on global photovoltaic markets,” says Jessica Jin, solar analyst at IHS. “The government’s policy will accelerate...
Solar Inverter Shipments to Exceed 10 GW in Q4 2013December 13, 2013H2’13 inverter shipments are forecast to increase by 21% over H2’12 to reach 20.8 GW which, driven by a surge in inverter shipments in USA, Japan and China. These 3 countries alone accounted for 64% of inverter shipments...
Slowing European PV Market Impacts SMA Solar Technology’s 2013 Revenues and EarningsNovember 07, 2013SMA’s poor financial performance in 2013 is due to a sharp decline in the European PV market, growing competition, and intense price pressure in its key market segments. IHS predicts that the PV inverter market in Europe...
Slowing European PV market impacts SMA Solar Technology’s 2013 revenues and earnings, but it remains well placed to resume growth in 2014November 07, 2013SMA’s poor financial performance in 2013 is due to a sharp decline in the European PV market, growing competition, and intense price pressure in its key market segments. IHS predicts that the PV inverter market in Europe...
Polysilicon Price Stabilizes Despite Looming Trade DisputesPrices even set to increase during the next three monthsApril 24, 2013Following a sustained stretch of severe declines from February 2012 through the end of the year, solar polysilicon pricing has stabilized in early 2013, with prices steady in April and early May,...
Solar Polysilicon Pricing in October Declines by Highest Rate Since FebruaryWeak demand since January is the culprit; pricing to drop further before rebounding in DecemberDecember 06, 2012Global demand and pricing in October for solar polysilicon fell at the highest rate seen since February, indicating that supply still exceeds demand, according to the IHS Solar Polysilicon Price Index...
Global Photovoltaic Market Will Finish Year with Slower GrowthGermany, China, Italy, US and Japan will be the Top 5 solar markets for the yearNovember 16, 2012Global photovoltaic (PV) installations will finish the year with discernibly lower growth than in 2011, undercut by softer demand in light of continuing economic uncertainties and a general cooling in solar markets worldwide...
A Year of Turbulence for the Solar IndustryConsolidation, trade wars and price drops rule in the second halfOctober 22, 2012The first half of 2012 was tumultuous for the photovoltaic (PV) industry. The overall economic downturn continued to impact prices across the silicon supply chain—extending from polysilicon to solar modules...
New Solar Tariff in Germany to Help Rooftop MarketPV installation patterns will change because of subsidy, but overall PV capacity to remain steadyJuly 30, 2012A midyear subsidy change approved by Germany for photovoltaic (PV) installations in rooftops will con- tinue to drive solar demand for the remainder of the year, even though no year-end rally...
German Solar Market to Remain Attractive for Residential InvestmentsWith looming cuts in tariffs, success of PV German market will depend on market-based ROIMarch 20, 2012Despite the German government’s plan to reduce incentives for new solar installations, some market segments in the country will remain attractive for photovoltaics (PV) in 2012, with the return on investment...