Before 2015, no solar PV cell manufacturer had ever produced more than 3GW of cells in a single calendar year. In fact, very few had exceeded the 2GW level. This year, three companies are poised to manufacture more than 3GW each, with almost 10GW collectively. Not surprisingly, these three c-Si cell manufacturers will occupy the top-3 solar cell production rankings come the end of the year.
The US Energy Information Administration’s ‘Today in Energy’ brief is more a recent history lesson in the PV industry's troubles with overcapacity, plummeting ASPs and low utilisation rates as it only covers the period 2011 to 2013 and amazingly highlights a ‘slowdown in the growth rate of global solar panel production’.