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Solar Power Generation

SIC 4911 | NAICS 221119


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Industry Analysis, Trends, Statistics, and Forecasts


Utility-Scale Solar Power  (view report)
Solar Farm Developers  (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 ratios
  • Current performance
  • Competitive landscape
  • Major firms and market share
  • Key risk and success factors
  • Five-year growth forecast


Greentech Media, Inc.
GTM News
https://www.greentechmedia.com/

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 Power Generation
http://www.firstresearch.com

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 Energy Industries Association
Information resources available from this organization include:

Industry Research Data
https://www.seia.org/
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
https://www.seia.org/
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
https://sepapower.org/

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.


GTM Research
U.S. Downstream Utility-Scale Solar Service
https://www.greentechmedia.com/

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
https://www.bccresearch.com/

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.


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Financial Statements and Financial Ratios



Industry Financial Ratios
Electric Power Generation
https://www.bizminer.com  Search for "2211"

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


IBISWorld
Utility-Scale Solar Power
(see links for individual reports)

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.


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Compensation and Salary Surveys


PayScale
Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Power Generation
https://www.payscale.com/

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
https://www.bls.gov/oes/

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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Business Valuation Resources


Mercom Capital Group
Solar Funding and M&A Report
https://mercomcapital.com/

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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