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Solar Power Generation – Industry Research, Analysis, Statistics, and Forecasts

SIC 4911  |  NAICS 221114

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Industry Research Reports
Utility-Scale Solar Power  (view report)
Solar Farm Developers  (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 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 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. 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 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.

Wood Mackenzie LTD
U.S. 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.

BCC Research
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.

BizMiner Market Analysis Reports
Electric Power Generation  Search for "2211" to see available reports

Market analysis reports provide 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

BizMiner Industry Financial Ratios
Electric Power Generation  Search for "2211" to see available reports
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 financial statement and ratio analysis report is available free online.

Industry Research Reports
Solar Power Generation
(see links for individual reports)  (sample spreadsheet)

Key statistics section of these reports provides detailed income statements and balance sheets on a common-size basis and over twenty-five industry financial ratios, with financial ratios provided for the each of the four most recent calendar years and on a historical average basis for 3-year, 5-year, and 10-year time periods. Sample spreadsheet with breakdowns by asset size can be viewed free online.

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Compensation and Salary Surveys

PayScale, Inc.
Photovoltaic 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.

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BV Guides and Databases

Private Company Sales Transaction Databases
Free "Visitor Search" allows users to search the DealStats, BIZCOMPS, and FactSet/BVR databases for private company sales transaction data by SIC or NAICS Code using the following codes:
  SIC Code 4911 - Electric Services
  NAICS Code 221114 - Solar Electric Power Generation
Types of establishments included in these codes
Utility-scale solar photovoltaic power plants - establishments generating electricity using large arrays of photovoltaic panels installed on a fixed-tilt basis that does not follow the sun or with tracking systems that can adjust the tilt of panels to optimize sun exposure.
Utility-scale solar thermal power plants - establishments generating electricity using solar thermal technologies that can store thermal energy through the use of molten salt fluids, allowing for continuous electricity generation even during periods of reduced sunlight.
Solar farm operations - establishments operating large-scale installations of photovoltaic panels used to generate electricity that typically consist of interconnected panel arrays covering anywhere from a few acres of land to several hundred acres of land or more.
Community solar power projects - establishments providing opportunities for individuals, organizations, or communities to take part in solar energy generation by subscribing to a share of the power output and receiving credits or cost savings on their electric bills.
Grid-tied solar power systems - establishments operating systems that are connected to the electrical grid that allow excess energy generated during peak production periods to be fed to the grid and energy to be drawn from the grid when production is insufficient.
Off-grid solar power systems - establishments operating systems generally used in rural or remote areas where a grid connection is not available or feasible that typically include batteries for energy storage and backup generators to provide a reliable energy supply.
Hybrid solar power systems - establishments operating systems that use multiple energy sources to ensure continuous energy supply, taking advantage of solar energy during the day and complementing it with other sources, such as wind or generators, as needed.
Solar power purchase agreement providers - establishments facilitating the arrangement of long-term purchase contracts between solar energy producers and customers so the customers can access solar-generated electricity without investing in the infrastructure.
Sample reports with detailed sales transaction data and valuation multiples are available free online.

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.

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