GlobalData, a research and consulting firm, has released a report into the solar photovoltaic (PV) market. The study predicts that installed solar PV capacity will continue to grow globally by just over 480 gigawatts (GW) by 2025. GlobalData also forecast a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of solar PV of 13.1%.
The company’s latest report states that although growth will decline compared to the 2006-2015 period, which saw an exceptional CAGR of 50.1%, it will remain considerable over the next decade, most notably in China.
Pavan Vyakaranam, GlobalData’s Project Manager covering Power, says that China is the largest solar installation market in the world, accounting for 19.7% of global cumulative photovoltaic installations in 2015, with this figure forecast to reach 31.3% by 2025.
Vyakaranam explains: “China is a world leader in renewable energy investment, having proved itself a leader in wind power installation, wind turbine manufacturing, and solar PV manufacturing. Solar PV capacity in the country will continue to grow during the forecast period, from 60.5 GW in 2016 to 236.7 GW in 2025, at a CAGR of 18.5%.
“Solar PV will play a significant role in China’s future energy supply, as the government looks to this resource to meet growing energy demand. The central government, spurred on by growing environmental concerns, has planned many initiatives for rapid development of the domestic PV market. For example, China has implemented a Feed-in Tariff (FiT) scheme for utility scale and incentives for roof-top PV, while the National Energy Agency has been promoting off-grid solar installations.”
GlobalData’s report states that the key factors driving growth in China will also pervade in other parts of the world. Aside from the overwhelming environmental concern driving solar PV uptake, the sector is capital intensive, and favourable policies and financial incentives have played a large role in promoting its growth.
Vyakaranam continues: “Policies such as net metering, FiTs, and renewable portfolio standards have had a key impact. Indeed, the US and Canada have implemented all three of these policies, and will register notable CAGRs of 14.6% and 10.6%, respectively in cumulative installed capacity during 2016–2025.
“Finally, the formation of solar alliances will also drive growth globally. Those such as the International Solar Alliance formed at COP21 between India and France may improve the investment scenario in the solar energy sector, helping it to grow further in the near future.”