After the 630 installation rush, enterprises, industry experts and investors began to think about the next trend for Chinese PV industry. It is predicted by senior staff from an investment company, that 2017’s plant development would be tripartite by the top runners (leading group) projects, distributed systems and poverty alleviating PV programmes.
This year saw Ghana not only install the largest solar project in East and West Africa, but also a major 30MW module manufacturing facility near its capital, Accra, in what is a major milestone for the upstream solar sector across Africa. PV Tech visited the plant to understand some of developer 3SIL's thinking behind location and business.
R&D expenditure by 12 major PV module manufacturers had showed a continued increase in 2015 from the remarkable turnaround in 2014, when 11 companies increased spending. However, a total of five companies actually reduced spending in 2015. As a direct consequence the rankings table changed significantly, year-on-year.