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Major, multiple factors are at play in the solar energy sector. The demand for high-efficiency solar modules is rising. Disruptions are rocking the global PV supply chain. Monocrystalline technology is gaining traction. Energy storage opportunities are increasing. And governmental policy changes are underway.

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  • Karl Melkonyan, Edurne Zoco, PhD | October 21, 2019
    Since their invention 10 years ago, perovskite solar cells (PSCs) have shown a dramatic increase in conversion efficiency compared with other so-called third-generation solar cells. In 2018, some laboratory tests found that a single-junction PSC cell could reach up to 23% efficiency. Its technology has benefited from developments carried out for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSC) and organic solar cells (OSC), also called organic photovoltaic (OPV) cells. Please log in to view the full analysis.
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  • Cormac Gilligan, Miguel de Jesus | October 10, 2019
    Many PV inverter suppliers may benefit from a short-term boost to shipment orders in the coming quarters until the end of Q1’20 based on safe harbor rules that relate to the investment tax credit (ITC) in the US market. IHS Markit outlines why PV inverters may be considered as a way to fulfil safe harbor obligations to avail of the 30% ITC below. Please log in to view the full analysis.
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  • Jessica Jin, Edurne Zoco, PhD, Camron Barati | October 09, 2019
    In our recent insight from October 3rd, “US market to be standout global PV market in 2020 conditional to current ITC policy roadmap", we anticipated that “Restrictions to Bifacial 201 exemption likely to be imposed” because of a strong “push back from local US module manufacturers” since the June 2019 announcement. We anticipated that increasing restrictions were quite likely to be approved no later than Q2 2020. As such, the policy announcement has arrived earlier and more drastic than anticipated. The policy announcement has arrived earlier and more drastic than anticipated. On October 4th, the US Trade Representative (USTR) office announced that bifacial PV modules imported into the US will lose their exemption from Section 201 safeguard measures from October 28th 2019, thereby reverting its recent decision from earlier this year. The USTR claims to have assessed “newly available information” and stated that the exclusion of bifacial technology would “likely result” in significantly higher levels of imports, putting pressure on domestic manufacturers. Please log in to view the full analysis.
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  • Josefin Berg, Cormac Gilligan, Camron Barati | October 22, 2019
    This report includes installation figures for the global megawatt-scale ground-mount PV market up to the end of 2018, and the outlook to 2023. Market data and forecasts are segmented by system type (large commercial, small utility-scale, and large utility-scale) and mounting type (fixed-tilt and tracking).
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  • Josefin Berg, Susanne von Aichberger, Maria Chea | October 18, 2019
    The PV Geographic Profiles are published as part of the Downstream PV and Premium Solar Intelligence Services to provide dedicated studies on the market situation for photovoltaic (PV) systems in individual geographies. Each PV Geographic Profile provides in-depth analysis on the latest PV market development in each geography, including incentives, tenders and other drivers or barriers.
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    Sam Wilkinson, Camron Barati, Julian Jansen | September 30, 2019
    This report provides a comprehensive review of the behind-the-meter commercial & industrial (C&I) energy storage market in North America. The report helps subscribers understand the current market and future outlook of this fast growing energy storage segment.
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  • Camron Barati, Maria Chea | October 16, 2019
    The Solar Market Tracker - North America provides forecasts and analysis for installed PV capacity in the United States and Canada at a country and state/province level. The tracker is updated at least quarterly to provide the most up-to-date projections for each market based on the latest policy changes and market developments.
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    Jessica Jin, Karl Melkonyan, Holly Hu, Edurne Zoco, PhD | October 15, 2019
    This tracker focuses on the markets for polysilicon, solar wafers, PV cells and modules, and PV installations. It delivers independent analysis, accurate and fresh market data and informed forecasts.
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    The PV Suppliers Tracker contains detailed data on the performance of leading companies in the PV module supply chain. It provides a detailed database of capacity, production, utilization and shipments for polysilicon, wafer, cell and module suppliers.
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    Josefin Berg is a research & analysis manager for the Solar & Energy Storage research team, where she performs market analysis of trends and strategies in the downstream part of the PV market.

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