Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
The Solar Panel Manufacturing industry experienced significant volatility over the past five years. Generous government tax credits for energy efficiency initially stimulated downstream demand from consumers, businesses, manufacturers and solar power producers, while government assistance helped industry operators expand production capacity. However, in the five years to 2021, intensifying international competition and waning demand will affect revenue... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter
Silicon modules and cells
Products in this category consist of solar modules and cells made from silicon. There are a variety of silicon products on the market but crystalline silicon (c-Si) cells and modules, which includes both monocrystalline and polycrystalline are expected to dominate the market. These products are popular due to their high efficiency. According to data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), c-Si panels averaged 16.0% efficiency compared to the 13.0% of thin-film panels.
Historically, products in this category have been constrained by price. However, prices of polysilicon silicon, which is used to make solar modules and cells, have severely declined. According to Peak Energy Strategist, in 2008, the price was $400 per kilogram... purchase to read more