Solar Power Generation – Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts
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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts
- Market size and major product and service segments
- Key industry statistics, trends, and financial ratios
- Operating conditions and current performance
- Competitive landscape and environment
- Major company profiles and market shares
- Five-year outlook and growth forecasts
Greentech Media, Inc.
Online news source features news and information for the clean energy market with a focus on solar power and the electric utility market, with news coverage including utility-scale projects, markets and policy, PV modules and panels, balance of systems components and inverters, project financing and venture capital funding, and residential panels and rooftops. News articles can be viewed free online.
Solar Energy Industries Association
Resources available from this organization include:
Industry Research Data
Introductory section provides an overview of the industry, with statistical data provided in this section including residential PV (photovoltaic) installations, residential PV system pricing, non-residential PV installations, fixed tilt utility-scale system pricing, cumulative megawatt capacity by state, utility-scale project pipeline, and U.S. growth forecast by market segment. All information is available free online.
U.S. Solar Market Insight
Quarterly survey report analyzes all sectors of the market, with information provided in the full report including installations and installed cost by market segment for over 40 states, state-by-state market analysis, manufacturing capacity, production, and pricing by component, and demand projections by market segment and state. Executive summary with aggregate national data is available free online.
Smart Electric Power Alliance
Utility Solar Market Snapshot
Annual electric utility survey provides data on solar installations interconnected with their systems or procured under power purchase agreements, with data provided including top 10 utilities by capacity and watts per customer, annual capacity by state, and annual capacity and regional development by type of utility (e.g., investor-owned, public power, and electric co-op). Report is available free online.
U.S. Downstream Utility-Scale Solar Service
Online subscription service provides detailed market research and analysis for the U.S. downstream utility-scale sector, with coverage including granular installation trends, project tracking, procurement analysis, PPA (purchase power agreement) price tracking, developer and ownership landscape, and installation forecasts. Sample excerpts from recent reports are available free online with registration.
Solar Electric Power Generation
BCC research report provides in-depth analysis of the market for this sector on a global and regional basis, with information provided including historical and forecast market by segment (e.g., residential, commercial, and industrial), geographic region (e.g., North America), and for selected countries (e.g., United States). Report overview, highlights, and detailed table of contents can be viewed free online.
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.
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Financial Statements and Financial Ratios
Electric Power Generation
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- Income and expenses in dollars and percentages
- Balance sheets in dollars and percentages
- Profitability and return on investment ratios
- Liquidity and working capital ratios
- Asset turnover and efficiency ratios
- Capital structure and debt service ratios
Utility-Scale Solar Power
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Financial benchmarking section of this report provides an analysis of industry income and expenses as a percentage of revenue for companies that operate utility-scale power generating facilities which use photovoltaic (PV) panels to generate electricity directly from sunlight and/or CSP systems which use mirrors or lenses to concentrate sunlight to produce heat which is then converted into electricity.
Compensation and Salary Surveys
Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Power Generation
Free online service provides salary, bonus, and hourly wage data for job positions in this sector such as operations manager, electrical engineer, project engineer, electrician, electrician journeyman, and office manager, with employers for which salary or hourly wage data is provided including SunPower Corporation, NRG Energy, Inc., and SolarCity Corporation (renamed Tesla Energy Operations, Inc.).
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Solar Electric Power Generation
Annual wage survey provides hourly and annual wage data on a national, state, and local area basis for personnel employed by establishments that operate utility-scale power generating facilities which use photovoltaic (PV) panels to generate electricity directly from sunlight and/or CSP systems which use mirrors or lenses to concentrate sunlight to produce heat which is then converted into electricity.
Business Valuation Resources
Mercom Capital Group
Solar Funding and M&A Report
Quarterly publication provides insights and information on financing and M&A activities in this sector, with report coverage including venture capital funding, public market financing, IPOs, debt financing, large-scale project funding, M&A transactions, and project acquisitions. Executive summary with key findings and a detailed table of contents is available for download free online with visitor registration.
Electric Companies and Utilities
Solar Panel Manufacturers
Wind Electric Power
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