The downstream solar PV market continues to evolve and as such so does the inverter. At Solar Power International 2017 in Las Vegas the continued roll-out of new products continues as the markets expand for energy storage and larger capacity commercial and residential rooftop systems.
Major PV inverter manufacturer SMA Solar Technology reported a strong rebound in revenue in the second quarter of 2017, while average selling prices (ASP) declines continued, hitting margins with first half year revenue below the prior year period.
PV inverter manufacturer SolarEdge Technologies has reported another quarter of record revenue and shipments on strong demand from key markets such as the US and Europe. The company also guided revenue much higher for the third quarter of 2017.
Major PV inverter manufacturer SMA Solar Technology has raised its full-year revenue guidance range on a 25% increase in its order backlog on strong market demand in all regions served and notably in the Asia-Pacific region (APAC).
Recently, PV Tech sat down with David Zhao, senior vice president at Sungrow Power Supply and president of the company’s PV & storage division, to gain an insight into the company’s market expectations for 2017, notably outside China, and understand key market and technology trends within the APAC and South East Asia regions, areas that have been key to its continued growth in recent years.
PV inverter manufacturers SMA Solar, SolarEdge and Enphase have all recently reported first quarter 2017 financial results. As already highlighted by PV Tech, US residential PV installers have reported softer than normal sales in the quarter and dependence on the US market for SMA Solar and Enphase, coupled to continued pricing pressure took a toll on revenues.
Major PV inverter manufacturer SMA Solar Technology came through another tough year with unit volume sold a record 8.23GW in 2016 but ASP pressure ensured sales were down. The bright spot was its commercial solar business unit, which bucked lower sales in the residential and utility-scale sectors with 27% growth, year-on-year.
PV inverter manufacturer SolarEdge Technologies reported fourth quarter and full-year 2016 results that were impacted by a slowdown in the US residential market in the second-half of the year. European and Asia markets helped revenue grow 15% in 2016.