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’.
If you didn’t look closely at one of the charts you would be scratching your head as since 2014, the picture has changed considerably.
However, the article goes on to talk in the present tense, a big mistake and misleading to the present situation, which is basically the opposite of what the EIA is saying about a recent period in time but not relevant since the start of 2014.
Why did they provide an analysis of 2011 to 2013 but portray it as a current trend?
I personally have no idea, but at least you can access up to date and accurate monthly to quarterly (see charts left) PV manufacturing capacity announcements and frequent analysis on a wide range of related manufacturing subject matter at PV Tech and sister quarterly technical journal, Photovoltaics International.