Solar Shakeout

The last 18 months have been the toughest yet for PV manufacturers and equipment and material suppliers. Massive overcapacity and plummeting prices have led to vanishing margins, sequential quarter financial losses and an ever-growing number of companies struggling to stay afloat, exit the market altogether or simply go bankrupt. The term ‘solar shakeout’ has been widely used in the media to characterize current market conditions.

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  • Photovoltaics International 27th Edition

    Now that the PV industry has unquestionably entered a new growth phase, all eyes are on which technologies will win through into the mainstream of PV manufacturing. PERC, n-type, p-type bifacial, heterojunction – all have become familiar terms in the ever-growing constellation of solar cell technologies. The question is which will offer manufacturers what they are looking for in improving efficiencies and cutting costs.

  • 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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