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SNEC 2017 Key Takeaways

May 05, 2017  | Subscribers Only

Sam Wilkinson Associate Director, Solar & Energy Storage

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SNEC PV Expo 2017 was once again a frantic exhibition, and the show floors felt as busy as previous years. The show has become an annual celebration of a market that has grown ferociously to account for sizeable share of both global demand and supply. China accounted for 41% of global PV installations in 2016, and 60% of PV cell manufacturing. However, after China has increased its installed base for PV from almost nothing in 2012 to over 80 GW by the end of 2016, and is now faced with the first year that annual installations may decline in 2017, the main tone of conversations at the conference has moved away from simple deployment to smarter integration and addressing the challenges that bringing such large amounts of renewable....

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