Last year, Solar Power International teamed up with GTM Research, SEPA, SEIA, and IREC to present educational sessions and market research on the solar industry at the conference's Industry Trends booth. GTM is excited to return to the Industry Trends booth this year, and we have some great analyst presentations lined up.

Stop by booth #3909 and learn about the current and future state of the solar industry from our expert analyst team. The analyst schedule is below with detailed descriptions of each presentation.

Tuesday, October 21

12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
The State and Future of the U.S. Solar PV Market
Cory Honeyman, Solar Analyst

GTM Research will provide a historical overview, current status update and future outlook for the U.S. PV market. Tapping into GTM Research's reports and data services, Cory will break down the space by state and market segment, identifying the key trends that are shaping the U.S. solar PV market.

Related research: U.S. Solar Market Insight report

1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
The Solar-Utility Nexus at the Grid Edge
Shayle Kann, Senior Vice President

The future of U.S. utilities has never been so uncertain. The current growth of distributed solar combined with the potential for energy storage, improved customer energy management, and microgrids is forcing many utilities to fundamentally rethink their role in the electricity market. GTM Research SVP Shayle Kann will survey the landscape of utility-solar interaction and provide some insight about the future.

Related research: Grid Edge Executive Council

4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
PV System Price and Technology Trends: Reimagining the PV BOS Value Proposition
MJ Shiao, Director of Solar Research

Up until now, the competitiveness of solar has had more to do with dollars-per-kilowatt-hour delivered rather than upfront costs. However, the never-ending call to squeeze out capital costs continues to march forward in the wake of incredible cost reductions of modules, inverters and mounting structures. GTM Research's Director of Solar Research MJ Shiao walks through major trends in the PV system pricing landscape including the future of PV system costs, PV inverter and mounting structure technology trends, and BOS innovations that will reduce capital costs.

Related research: U.S. Solar Balance-of-Systems Markets, 2014-2017 (coming soon)

Wednesday, October 22

11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
U.S. Solar-Plus-Storage Market: Opportunities and Challenges
Ravi Manghani, Senior Grid Analyst

The U.S. solar-plus-storage market is expanding rapidly, with a growing number of players adding new storage products to distributed solar. Join us for an overview of the underpinning economics driving the growth in the solar-plus-storage space and a discussion of the key market opportunities and hurdles.

Related research: U.S. Solar-Plus-Storage Market 2014 (coming soon)

1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
The U.S. Residential Finance and Installer Landscape
Nicole Litvak, Solar Analyst

The landscape of financiers, installers, and vendors in the booming U.S. residential solar market has grown increasingly complex over the past year. Find out everything you need to know about who dominates the market, as well as trends in project and consumer financing, business models, and mergers and acquisitions.

Related research: U.S. PV Leaderboard

2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Four Reasons Why You Should Care About the U.S. Solar Carport Market
Scott Moskowitz, Solar Research Associate

No longer a niche market, the U.S. solar carport market has grown to be a competitive, half-billion-dollar annual industry. The market is driven by individual states with attractive non-residential incentives. The uniqueness of each state market and the increased construction scope for carport projects have together formed a landscape where companies isolated by geographic constraints are now asking which new markets they should target and which companies they should work with. Join us as we help answer those questions and more.

Related research: U.S. Solar Carport Market 2014-2018: Landscape, Outlook and Leading Companies

4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Where Are the Opportunities in the Latin American PV Market?
Adam James, Global Solar Analyst

The Latin American region is finally starting to live up to its potential on the global stage. With the early market still highly opportunistic, this presentation will cover some of the key countries and market segments that companies across the value chain should watch, as well as discussing key drivers and risks.

Related research: Latin America PV Playbook


Thursday, October 23

10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
The Mexico Solar Boom: Strategies and Lessons for Success
Adam James, Global Solar Analyst

Mexico is expected to be the largest solar market in the Latin America region through 2018. This presentation will look at where the market is today, examine the new opportunities emerging in different segments, and discuss some of the key strategies for companies looking to make an impact.

Related research: Latin America PV Playbook

12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
PV Module Pricing Trends in the Americas
Jade Jones, Solar Analyst

Regional module prices in the Americas vary significantly, encompassing both some of the highest priced markets in the global solar industry and some of the most aggressively low-priced markets. In this session, GTM Research will provide insight on the solar value chain and end-market factors driving module prices in the Americas. We will map out where prices are now and what to expect going forward.

Related research: Module Supply Volumes, 2014 (coming soon) and PV Pulse


If you miss a presentation or just want to stop by and say hello, visit Greentech Media at booth #3913.