SOLAR UNITED WHITE PAPER: Harmonized Data Collection from the field

The solar photovoltaic (PV) market has experienced an accelerated growth accompanied by remarkable cost declines for solar PV technologies. The levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) from solar PV decreased by 73% between 2010 and 2017 – reaching the cost range of fossil fuels. As solar PV power systems become increasingly competitive, constant market growth relies on assurances of performance and durability. In 2017, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) released the report “Boosting Global PV Markets: The Role of Quality Infrastructure”, displaying Quality Assurance (QA) as an essential instrument for the deployment of renewable energy.  Click Here to download the report.


Photovoltaic Solar Energy: Big and Beyond – ETIP PV Publishes Vision for Future Energy Supply

ETIP PV envisions a world with 100% renewable electricity supply where electricity is accessible to all and where electricity makes major inroads into satisfying the final energy demand for living including communications, zero-emission transport and mobility, efficient heating and cooling, and even sustainable fuels, chemicals, and materials. By applying Solar PV, buildings will increasingly become places of energy production and not only of energy consumption.
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ETIP PV Released Report on PV Quality and Economy

To achieve a sustainable development of PV technology, the only way is to focus on quality products and procedures. All stakeholders involved in PV plant design and installation need to collaborate and engage for a sustainable long-term selection of products and systems.  
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APVIA Market Report – Q2-2018

This 6th edition of APVIA’s quarterly market report focuses on ‘Bangladesh and Pakistan’, anticipated to witness solid growth 2018/2019 and beyond.

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APVIA Market Report – Q1-2018

This 5th edition of APVIA’s quarterly market report focuses on ‘Indonesia’, anticipated to witness solid growth 2018/2019 and beyond.

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1H-2018 Solar PV technologies status and evolutions – Technology Report

The rapidly developing global photovoltaic market constantly demands technology which is more efficient and cost-effective in order to compete against conventional energy sources as well as the other renewables. During the last decade, solar PV panels through various innovative approaches have improved substantially in terms of
their efficiency and power output.  
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Supporting the Development of the European PV Industry & Markets Through Enhanced Quality

The PV sector has evolved extremely fast in the last decade and in 2016 crossed the 100 billion EUR turnover threshold. In a context of this fast market development, components are improving constantly, while operators are implementing more efficient processes and PV system prices are dropping dramatically.  Whitepaper prepared by SOLARUNITED.
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APVIA Market Report – Q3-2017

This 3rd edition of APVIA’s quarterly market report focuses on ‘Brazil’, anticipated to witness the strongest growth in terms of additional added PV power generation capacity throughout 2017.

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APVIA Market Report – Q2-2017

This 2nd edition of APVIA’s quarterly market report focuses on ‘India’, anticipated to witness the strongest growth in terms of additional added PV power generation capacity throughout 2017.

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SOLARUNITED Global PV Technology & Industry Report – 1st Edition

This report aims at presenting several points of view on the future development of the PV market and industry. Inline with the new strategy of SOLARUNITED, it aims at providing an overview of current developments in several aspects on the PV industry and especially new and emerging technologies. Of course, much more could have been written on PV development and this report contains only some of the more interesting elements that are being industrialized now or that are heavily discussed within the industry.  
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Global Solar Council Quarterly Report – January 2017

The publication of this inaugural Quarterly Report is an important achievement. It underscores both the strength of our collaboration and success in establishing the Global Solar Council as the principal international voice of the solar industry. This report is also an important educational tool and will quickly become essential reading on solar energy policy, markets and technology. We thank you for your support.  
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Tracking the global progress in PV markets and industry systematically since 1992, the “Trends Report” is one of the flagship publications of the IEA PVPS Programme and an important source of unbiased and objective information.
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It has been shown that the PV module price will most likely to be halved again and BoS price will decrease by more than 35% by 2030, leading to an overall PV system CAPEX reduction of about 45%. It must be noted that this development does not require any major technology breakthroughs but is a natural cause from continuing efforts in reducing materials use, improving efficiency and developing manufacturing processes. At the same time, PV system OPEX is expected to decrease by 30%. PV LCOE will decrease by 30-50% from 2014 to 2030, depending on the volume growth and learning rate.  Download here 




Projected Costs of Generating Electricity – 2015 Edition is the eighth report in the series on the levelised costs of generating electricity. This report presents the results of work performed in 2014 and early 2015 to calculate the cost of generating electricity for both baseload electricity generated from fossil fuel thermal and nuclear power stations, and a range of renewable generation, including variable sources such as wind and solar. It is a forward-looking study, based on the expected cost of commissioning these plants in 2020.
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The unique format of the Photovoltaic Status Report combines international up-to-date information of Photovoltaics. These data are collected on a regular basis from public and commercial studies and crosschecked with personal communications. Regular fact-finding missions with company visits, as well as meetings with officials from funding organisations and policy makers, complete the picture. Growth in the solar Photovoltaic sector has been robust. The Compound Annual Growth Rate over the last decade was over 50%, thus making photovoltaics one of the fastest growing industries at present. The PV Status Report provides comprehensive and relevant information on this dynamic sector for the public interested, as well as decision-makers in policy and industry. This publication is a Science and Policy Report by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. Download here




The International Energy Agency (IEA), an autonomous agency, was established in November 1974.
Its primary mandate was – and is – two-fold: to promote energy security amongst its member countries through collective response to physical disruptions in oil supply, and provide authoritative research and analysis on ways to ensure reliable, affordable and clean energy for its 29 member countries and beyond.
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Long-term Scenarios for Market Development, System Prices and LCOE of Utility-Scale PV Systems.
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The 19th edition of the international survey report on Trends in Photovoltaic (PV) Applications provides an overview of PV power systems applications, markets and production in the reporting countries and elsewhere at the end of 2013 and analyzes trends in the implementation of PV power systems between 1992 and 2013. The survey is carried out as part of the IEA PVPS Programme’s work.  
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This paper is part of a series on the costs and performance of renewable energy technologies produced by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The goal of these papers is to assist government decision-making and ensure that governments have access to up-to-date and reliable information on the costs and performance of renewable energy technologies.
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