Walking on sunshine: Government support for renewable energy will raise industry revenue

IBISWorld’s Industry Market Report on Solar Power is a comprehensive guide to market size and growth prospects. Ensure due diligence in your research with our strategic analysis of the factors influencing companies, including new product developments; economic, lifestyle and demographic influences; distribution and supply chain factors; and pricing issues.


Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth
Annual Growth

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Federal and state government assistance for renewable energy has led to strong growth in solar power
  • The rise of innovative financing mechanisms contributed to industry revenue growth
  • More states are expected to introduce or expand renewable energy targets with specific requirements
  • Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    The Solar Power industry has experienced clear skies over the five years to 2016, propelled by favorable government incentives in the form of renewable portfolio standard (RPS) targets and tax credits. Increased public support for green energy has led to tax incentives and grants to encourage investments in solar power. Additionally, equipment costs have continued to fall over the period. Government support will continue to help the industry compete with other energy sources, at least for most of the next five years. State mandates for renewable energy power and lower input costs will continue to translate into sustained revenue growth. These trends suggest that the industry will become more viable in the next five years, lowering its dependence on government assistance.

    Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

    Favorable state legislation with regard to renewable energy and sunlight availability typically determine business locations in the Solar Power industry. Furthermore, the availability of land in a certain area is also a factor, as solar plants can require large physical spaces. Higher abundance of land can encourage industry operators to locate in those regions.

    About one-third of industry establishments are located in the West. California alone accounts for about 30.1%, leading in terms of both photovoltaic (PV) capacity. Not only does the state have favorable landscape and climate for solar power generation, but also the state's government has been a long-term supporter of solar power. Washington (also located in the West) accounts for nearly 3.9% of total establishments. Ove

    Additional Insights for the Solar Power Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Solar Power Industry are

  • Ability to negotiate contracts with downstream customers
  • Ability to pass on cost increases
  • Optimum capacity utilization
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Tax credits for energy efficiency and Electric power consumption in the Solar Power industry impact industry performance..

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    Industry Products

    What is the Solar Power Industry?

    Operators in this industry own and operate solar-power-generating facilities in the form of either photovoltaic panels or solar thermal power stations that make use of mirrors or lenses to concentrate the sun’s energy. This industry covers utility-scale solar and does not include distributed energy.

    Industry Products
    Photovoltaic power
    Concentrating solar power
    Industry Activities
    Solar-fueled power generation

    Table of Contents

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Tax credits for energy efficiency
  • Electric power consumption
  • Price of natural gas
  • World price of steaming coal
  • Price of semiconductor and electronic components

  • Current Performance
  • Strong government support
  • Innovative financing mechanisms
  • Falling panel prices spur growth
  • Dawn of solar
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Push for solar energy
  • In favor of PV, distributed solar on the rise
  • Favorable market conditions
  • Table: Solar Power Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Solar Power Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Electric Power Transmission

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Solar Panel Manufacturing
  • Steel Framing

  • Products & Services
  • Photovoltaic power
  • Concentrating solar power
  • Chart: Solar Power Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Residential sector
  • Commercial sector
  • Industrial sector
  • Transportation sector
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Solar Power Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Depreciation
  • Wages
  • Purchases
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Solar Power

  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Solar Power Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    There are no major players in this industry
    Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Solar Power Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Solar Power Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2007-2021)
  • Industry Gross Product (2007-2021)
  • Establishments (2007-2021)
  • Businesses (2007-2021)
  • Employment (2007-2021)
  • Wages (2007-2021)
  • Electric Power Consumption (2007-2021)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
    Jargon & Glossary
    Concentrating Solar Power (Csp)
  • A technology that uses mirrors to focus sunlight on a surface to create energy.
  • Intermediate Power
  • Electricity from sources that can be switched on or off to meet seasonal demand.
  • Photovoltaic Cell
  • A specialized semiconductor diode that converts sunlight into electricity.
  • Renewables
  • All types of renewable energy.
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    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
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