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Solar Power Generation

SIC 4911 | NAICS 221119

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Industry Analysis, Trends, Statistics, and Forecasts

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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 ratios
  • Current performance
  • Competitive landscape
  • Major firms and market share
  • Key risk and success factors
  • Five-year growth forecast

Solar Today Magazine
Monthly trade association publication features news, information, and analysis for solar energy industry, with topics covered including market developments, policy analysis, renewable energy projects, new products, technology, and more. Digital editions of the magazine can be viewed online.

Solar Power Generation

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

Information resources available from this organization include:

Industry Data
Data section provides an overview of the industry, with topics covered including photovoltaic (PV) installations by market segment, average installed price per DC watt by market segment, PV installation forecast, state rankings, and national company database. All information can be viewed free online.

U.S. Market Insight
Quarterly market survey analyzes trends in the photovoltaic, concentrating power, and heating and cooling markets, with topics covered including market demand, installations, system and component costs, and manufacturing production. Executive summary is available free online.

Information resources available from this trade association include:

Utility Solar Rankings
Annual report ranks U.S. electric utilities based on megawatts and watts-per-customer by utility type and also examines key utility trends. Executive summary and full report can be viewed online.

Publications section provides an extensive selection of reports, with subject headings including customer programs; procurement and development; strategic planning; policy and regulatory; technology; business models; and event summaries. Selected previews and reports can be viewed online.

Solar Power Market  Search for above title
Extensive selection of research reports address the global market as well the markets for specific technology segments (e.g., photovoltaic, thermal, utility scale, concentrated, and distributed), and geographic regions (e.g., United States, China, India, Germany, Canada, and other countries). Summary description and detailed table of contents for each report are available free online.

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Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

Industry Financial Ratios
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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 sheets in dollars and percentages
  • Cash flow analysis
  • Liquidity and working capital ratios
  • Profitability and return on investment ratios
  • Asset turnover and efficiency ratios
  • Capital structure and debt service ratios

First Research
Solar Power Generation

Financial information section of these profiles includes common-size income statement and balance sheet data and key financial ratios for the most recent annual reporting period, with average financial measures reported for all companies and by sales size range for small (under $5 million), medium ($5 million to $50 million), and large companies (over $50 million). Sample report can be downloaded and viewed online.

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Compensation and Salary Surveys

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Information resources available from this organization include:

Careers in Solar Power
Career guide provides an overview of the industry and includes information on job duties, education and training, and earnings for occupations in this sector, with occupational categories covered including engineering, manufacturing, plant development, plant construction, plant operations, and solar panel installation and maintenance. All information is available free online.

Solar Photovoltaic Installers
Occupational employment and wages survey provides hourly and annual wage data for solar photovoltaic installers on a national, state, and metro area basis, with statistical measures for national wage data including mean, median, and upper/lower quartiles and deciles. All information is available free online.

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Business Valuation Resources

Mercom Capital Group
Solar Funding and M&A Reports
Quarterly reports include information on merger and acquisition activity involving solar companies, with topics covered including quarter-to-quarter trends, breakdown charts and graphs by technology and sector, and project merger and acquisition activity. Executive summary can be viewed online with registration.

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