PV-Tech Newscast – February 1, 2013

In a special round-up of last year's global solar market, this edition of the PV-Tech Newscast reveals that PV installs reached 32GW in 2012. NPD Solarbuzz, meanwhile, identifies the top 10 PV markets in 2012 as well as the top 10 PV module suppliers during the year with Germany and Yingli Green taking the number one spots, respectively. But let's not wallow in the past and start looking at the year ahead. So far, things are looking up with a stronger than expected first quarter for PV demand. According to EnergyTrend, expected cuts to the feed-in tariff in Japan and import duties imposition in the EU are generating a higher than anticipated pull-in of factory module orders. IHS research estimates that PV demand will top 35GW in 2013. And finally, the solar pioneering country that is Germany is set to pave the way for greater solar energy storage rollout in Europe. Companies: EnergyTrend, Eurosolar, First Solar, IHS, Jinko Solar, NanoMarkets, NPD Solarbuzz, Sharp, SunPower, Yingli Green Energy

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    Looking back, 2014 was a year of convalescence for a PV industry still battered and bruised from a period of ferocious competition. End-market demand continued apace, with analysts towards the end of 2014 predicting the year would see between around 45 and 50GW of deployment. That has begun to feed through to the supplier end of the market, with all the main manufacturers announcing capacity expansions in 2015 and further ahead.

  • Manufacturing The Solar Future: The 2014 Production Annual

    Although the past few years have proved extremely testing for PV equipment manufacturers, falling module prices have driven solar end-market demand to previously unseen levels. That demand is now starting to be felt by manufacturers, to the extent that leading companies are starting to talk about serious capacity expansions later this year and into 2015. This means that the next 12 months will be a critical period if companies throughout the supply chain are to take full advantage of the PV industry’s next growth phase.

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