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PV Technology, Production and Cost Outlook: 2012-2016

Over the past year and a half, the PV industry has experienced remarkable price declines at each point along the supply chain from polysilicon to the module. While these declines have prompted record installations globally, the effect on the supply chain itself has been severe with margin collapse, and the consequences thereof, plaguing today's over-crowded and cut-throat PV landscape. Once promising technology upstarts are now shuttering capacity or ultimately exiting the market, while even leading incumbents scramble to revive demand at more favorable price points.

With so many companies and technologies attempting to avoid insolvency and obsolescence, understanding the current and forecasted supply strategies, market dynamics and technology innovations will be crucial for survival.


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PV Technology, Production and Cost Outlook: 2012-2016 is the third annual edition of GTM Research's flagship supply-side report. The analysis contained within has become a standard for the global PV industry and is essential for suppliers, developers, installers, financiers, project owners, policymakers and consultants active or interested in entering solar markets.

NOTE: All purchasers of this report will receive GTM Research's updated Wafer/Cell/Module Production Database, which includes global facility- and company-specific manufacturing data. This database, in addition to the report's analysis, is an authoritative resource on the status of the supply market. The database is delivered with the report PDF as an Excel file.

Download the report's brochure for a complete Table of Contents and List of Figures as well as more in-depth information on the report's analysis.

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Report Author

Shyam Mehta is the Lead Upstream Solar Analyst at GTM Research. Before joining GTM Research, Shyam was a Financial Analyst at Goldman Sachs Global Investment Research where he covered equities in the alternative energy sector, primarily solar companies. Prior to Goldman, Shyam was a Research Analyst at The Brattle Group, an economic consulting firm, where his work focused on problems within the electricity industry. Shyam received his Bachelor's in Mathematics from U.C. Berkeley.

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  • NOTE: All purchasers of this report will receive GTM Research's updated Wafer/Cell/Module Production Database, which includes global facility- and company-specific manufacturing data.
  • Competitive outlook on supply industry with technology positioning and vendor rankings.
  • Supply-side business strategies, including vendor financing, downstream integration and upstream integration models.
  • Comprehensive supply database with polysilicon, wafer, cell and module facilities globally.
  • Global polysilicon, wafer, cell and module capacity and production forecasts to 2016.
  • Global polysilicon, wafer, cell and module cost and price forecasts to 2016.
  • Examination of the intersection of global politics and solar manufacturing, including effects of policy, local subsidies and trade tariffs.

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