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Solar Panel Manufacturing and Installation

SIC 3674 & 1731 | NAICS 334413 & 238210

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Industry Analysis, Trends, Statistics, and Forecasts

Solar Panel Manufacturing  (view report)
Solar Panel Installation  (view report)

Comprehensive market research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Report contents include:

  • Market size and characteristics
  • Key statistics and trends
  • Current performance
  • Competitive landscape
  • Major firms and market share
  • Key risk and success factors
  • Five-year growth forecast

Greentech Media, Inc.
GTM News

Online news source features news and information for the clean energy market with a focus on solar power, with news channels including "Solar Panel & Energy Manufacturer News", "Solar PV Modules & Panel Manufacturing News", "Residential Solar Panels & Rooftop Energy News", and "Solar Panel Financing & Project Venture Capital News". Selected articles and updates can be viewed free online.

Semiconductor Equipment Manufacturing

First Research profiles cover key aspects of an industry's size, scope, and operations and include a five-year growth forecast. Profile contents include:

  • Industry overview
  • Recent developments
  • Critical issues and challenges
  • Business trends and opportunities
  • Executive insights
  • Financial benchmarking data
  • Five-year growth forecast

Solar Power World

Bimonthly trade publication provides news and information for installers, developers, and contractors, with special features including the annual "Top 500 Contractors" issue (July) which ranks contractors by total kilowatts installed and includes information on markets served (e.g., residential, commercial, utility) and services provided (e.g., EPC, developer, contractor, subcontractor, manufacturer installer).

Allied Market Research
Research reports available from this organization include:

Photovoltaic (PV) Panels
Comprehensive report provides a detailed analysis of the global PV panel market, with data provided including market size and forecast by technology type (e.g., thin film, monocrystalline/multicrystalline silicon, organic and concentrator), grid type (e.g., grid connected–centralized/decentralized, off-grid), geographic region (e.g., North America), and for selected countries (e.g., U.S., Canada, and Mexico).

Photovoltaic (PV) Installations
Market research report analyzes the photovoltaic installations market on a global and regional basis, with information provided including market size and forecast by technology (e.g., thin film, crystalline silicon, and others), grid type (e.g., grid connected–centralized/decentralized, off-grid), end use (e.g., residential, commercial, utility), global region (e.g., North America), and country (e.g., U.S., Canada).

GTM Research
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PV Module Supply Chain Service
Online subscription service provides in-depth analysis of the global photovoltaic module supply chain, with research coverage including PV module supply-demand balance, component pricing (e.g., cells, wafers, polysilicon), module prices, module technology and efficiency, and facility-level supplier data. Sample data from the monthly "PV Pulse" and other sources is available free online with registration.

U.S. Downstream Distributed Solar Service
Online subscription service features detailed PV installation and market share data for the residential and commercial market segments, with information provided including PV installations and forecasts by state and segment, residential and commercial installer market shares on national and state level, residential third-party versus direct ownership market shares, and residential financier market shares.


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Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

Industry Financial Ratios
Semiconductor and Related Device Manufacturing  Search for "334413"

Five-year financial statement analysis includes income statements, balance sheets, and key financial ratios, with data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metro area level.

  • Income and expense detail in dollars and percentages
  • Balance sheet detail in dollars and percentages
  • Sources and uses of funds cash flow analysis
  • Profitability and return on investment ratios
  • Liquidity and working capital ratios
  • Asset turnover and efficiency ratios
  • Capital structure and debt service ratios

Solar Panel Manufacturing / Installation
(see links for individual reports)

Financial benchmarking section of these reports provides an analysis of industry profit and expenses as a percentage of annual revenues for companies that manufacture panels, modules, and cells and install roof- and ground-mounted photovoltaic system components (e.g., panels, inverters, mounting, cabling, storage batteries, and other accessories) for use in residential and commercial applications.

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Compensation and Salary Surveys

PayScale, Inc.
Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Manufacturing / Installation

Free online service provides salary, bonus, and hourly wage data for job positions in this sector such as operations manager, mechanical engineer, electrical engineer, engineering technician, production operator, project manager, and system installer, with employers for which salary or hourly wage rate data is provided including Sunpower Corporation, SMA America, SunRun, and SolarCity Corporation.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Careers in Solar Power / Photovoltaic (PV) Installers / wage-survey

Career guide provides an overview of the industry and descriptions of various occupations employed in the manufacture and installation of photovoltaic panels and other related equipment, and the wage survey provides hourly and annual wage data on a national, state, and local area basis for personnel involved in assembling, installing, and/or maintaining photovoltaic panels on roofs or other structures.

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