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Solar Panel Manufacturing & Installation – Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

SIC 3674 & 1731  |  NAICS 334413 & 238210

The following guide to industry research and analysis provides sources for industry statistics, trends, and forecasts, financial ratios, salary surveys, and more.

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Solar Panel Manufacturing  (view report)
Solar Panel Installation  (view report)
Comprehensive industry 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. Topics addressed in the reports include:
Sample industry research report and selected industry statistics including market size, five-year average growth rate, number of businesses, and total employment are available free online.

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.

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
Research resources available from this organization include:

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.

Market Analysis

Market analysis report provides industry statistics for a user-defined area on a national, state, county, metro area, or zip code level, with data provided including number of companies, market volume and sales trends, average company sales, sales per employee, staffing and employment trends, average employee wage, and business start up activity and failure rates. Sample report can be viewed online.

More Resources
For more industry research reports and other resources, see the following resource guide.

Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

Industry Financial Ratios
Semiconductor and Related Device Manufacturing  Search for "334413"
Five-year financial statement analysis reports provide income statements, balance sheets, and key industry financial ratios for companies of all sizes, with financial data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metropolitan area level including:
Sample reports on a national and metropolitan area level are available free online.

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.

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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