PV Tech has been covering analysis of R&D expenditures of PV manufacturers for over a decade. This blog anticipates some of the key trends set to be fully revealed in the forthcoming edition of technical journal Photovoltaics International.
This article continues our series of features introducing new methodology that allows leading PV module producers to be categorised, ranked and short-listed by manufacturing and financial strength metrics; ultimately providing an investor-risk (or bankability) profile of bankable module suppliers for non-residential end-market selection.
Baywa's renewables arm, Baywa r.e., has boosted its North American solar wholesale business with the purchase of a five-year-old Canadian firm that sells solar equipment to the residential and commercial grid-tie markets as well as for industrial and small off-grid applications.
The PV industry roadmap - and related metrics of technology and bankability - are now being driven by leading module supplier, JinkoSolar, with others seeking to replicate Jinko’s product line options, trying to differentiate in markets that are receptive to low-cost alternatives, or focusing only on rooftop markets where volumes are lower and sales/distribution efforts are more intensive.
‘Solar Module Super League’ (SMSL) member, Canadian Solar has reported a net loss of US$17.2 million in the first quarter of 2019, which was expected, due to a slowdown in PV power plant project sales and rebuilds its late-stage projects pipeline for 2020 onwards.