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Global PV Monitoring: Technologies, Markets and Leading Players, 2012-2016

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The highly competitive global PV monitoring market, which includes inverter suppliers, independent monitoring vendors, and project developers that integrate hardware and software to manage a PV system's operations data, client interface and standards compliance amongst many other functions, is forecasted to be a 23-gigawatt global market in 2012. While European independent monitoring vendors currently lead the market, the forecasted expansion of monitored PV capacity to nearly 50 gigawatts by 2016 foretells robust opportunity for existing and new suppliers.

Though monitoring technology is a critical aspect of a solar PV plant's successful operation (one single system outage can impact the overall plant production by 1 percent per year, and potentially more if it occurs in summertime), the market has received limited attention due to its relatively low impact on the up-front cost of a PV system. The lack of comprehensive, global and independent market research has lead to a situation where many vendors call themselves market leaders without the ability to confirm such claims with confidence – until now.

FIGURE: Global PV Monitoring Market, 2011

Source: GTM Research and SoliChamba Consulting

GTM Research and SoliChamba Consulting have partnered to release Global PV Monitoring: Technologies, Markets and Leading Players, 2012-2016. This 123-page report includes global and regional market shares by company and market share by segment, as well as demand projections to 2016 by market segment and region. The report also includes over 20 company profiles, including Solar-Log, meteocontrol, skytron energy, Power-One and SunPower amongst many others.

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Report Author


Cedric Brehaut is an expert in the monitoring and operations & maintenance of PV systems with extensive experience in the solar industry and over thirteen years in Silicon Valley.

After seven years spent developing, managing and marketing security software products, Cedric joined the solar industry in 2007 as a director of product management for SunEdison and was a key contributor to the development and growth of the company’s services business unit. During Cedric’s tenure, SunEdison created and launched a new suite of turnkey services for PV plants, including managed monitoring, operations & maintenance, billing, and asset reporting services. Cedric also acted as the business development leader for these products. In 2011, he established SoliChamba Consulting and began offering consulting services to various firms in the solar industry. In 2012 and 2013, Cedric authored the solar industry's most comprehensive reports on PV monitoring and operations & maintenance (O&M) markets, published by GTM Research: 'Global PV Monitoring: Technologies, Markets and Leading Players' and 'Megawatt-Scale PV Plant Operations and Maintenance: Services, Markets and Competitors'.

Cedric practices martial arts and enjoys traveling. Born in France and now living in San Francisco, he speaks English, French and Spanish.

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