Executive Briefing: The Future of U.S. Solar

Solar power is on an impressive growth streak in the U.S., having gone from 2 gigawatts of cumulative capacity at the end of 2010 to a likely 26 gigawatts at the end of 2015. More importantly, costs have fallen enough to make it clear that solar will play a meaningful role in the future of electricity in the U.S.

For the solar industry, it is time to start thinking about the next order of magnitude. Solar generates approximately 1% of all electricity in the U.S. today, but there is a realistic path toward 10% over the next 10-15 years. That path is by no means guaranteed; solar faces both advantages and disadvantages as it begins to truly scale. This briefing highlights the key forces likely to push, or impede, solar growth in the coming years and identifies opportunities for the solar industry to ensure its future.

This free executive briefing is based on the keynote speech given by Shayle Kann, Senior VP of Research, at the U.S. Solar Market Insight 2015 conference.

Evolution of the Grid Edge: Pathways to Transformation

GTM Research launched the grid edge concept in October 2013 which, at its core, represents the most significant transformation that the electricity sector has witnessed in a century. As the grid edge market develops states will follow different paths of adoption based on the needs and issues specific to the territories they serve.

The three GTM Research-identified pathways: "The Advanced Energy Consumer," "The Innovative Regulator," and "The Proactive Energy Provider" offer some milestones as to when various grid edge technology decisions are likely to be made. Though some of these may appear on the surface to have similar tendencies, it can be used as a framework for solution providers to plan where their offerings could offer the most value to utilities and energy providers undergoing this transformation.

Solar PV in the Caribbean: Opportunities and Challenges

Although the Caribbean solar PV market remains small fragmented, PV development is now occuring in a large number of different jurisdictions. GTM Research and Meister Consultants Group partnered in an effort to understand the state of the solar industry in the Caribbean, surveying 30 companies in the market and tapping into the Latin America PV Playbook for additional insight.

The free whitepaper is structured to provide data in a clear and readily accessible format. The report contains:
•  Installed system cost data by market across the Caribbean
•  Module pricing
•  Module and inverter brand recognition
•  Summary of customer financing
•  Snapshot of policies for distributed generation

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