Competitive Landscape Analysis for Global Ground-Mounted Solar PV
Authors: Sara Verbruggen
Published: August, 2015
Pages: 96 | Tables: | Figures: 33

While wind power has long been seen as the most viable choice for cost-competitive large-scale renewable electricity generation across the globe, it was perhaps only a matter of time before the solar power industry muscled in on the act – moving from being a mainly rooftop installation industry to a fully fledged renewable power generation heavyweight. What this Competitive Landscape Analysis for Ground-mounted Solar PV report makes abundantly clear is that the era of Big Solar – supplying competitive, PV-generated electricity on a utility-scale – is firmly upon us. And, it is a worldwide phenomenon.

Summary

Improvements in performance and the quality of components, from modules to inverters, combined with decades of experience gained by the industry’s established players in building solar PV farms, means solar energy is now regarded as a mainstream power generation technology with fewer perceived risks than other types of renewables. Indeed, last year almost 20.5GW of ground-mounted solar PV was installed worldwide to take global cumulative installed capacity beyond 71GW. By the end of 2020, ENDS Intelligence expects the cumulative installed total to more than treble to just under 245GW.

This report looks at where that growth will take place (including regional and country-specific capacity forecasts) and why, providing a thorough analysis of the policy landscape in each market that can make or break it going forward. In this context, the key market drivers and challenges for industry players are assessed (again for each region and for the key countries within them). In addition, general technology trends and the emergence of new funding/investment vehicles are discussed, while the industry’s leading players in terms of asset owners, developers and suppliers in each of the key regions are also assessed. Meantime, a detailed inventory of the key players is provided in Chapter 7 of this report.

Methodology

This report presents an overview and current market status of global groundmounted solar PV, related technologies, individual region and country analyses and installed capacity forecasts. It is based on desk research of the global ground-mounted solar PV markets and a significant amount of data research and analysis.

For European countries, the 2014 installed capacity data are derived from International Energy Agency (IEA)’s report, Snapshot of global PV markets 2014. As IEA only has data for annual installed solar PV, in order to calculate the installed capacity for ground-mounted solar PV, we also used market segmentation data from the European Photovoltaic Industry Association’s report Global market outlook for Photovoltaics 2014–2018.

For Asian-Pacific countries and emerging markets, the 2014 installed capacities are collected from several sources, including reports from China National Energy Administration, Bloomberg, and other news resources. The market segmentation information is also obtained from the above sources.

For North America, the 2014 installed capacity and market segmentation information are collected from reports produced by the Solar Energy Industries Association and the Canadian Solar Industries Association.

Our installed capacity forecasts are based on linear regression analysis and assessments of individual countries’ policies and targets for solar PV or renewable energy.

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