BOSTON, June 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/—The balance-of-system (BOS) now represents a majority of PV system price and cost due to the ~50% drop in average module pricing over the last ~18 months. Though times are tough, the opportunity is colossal, with BOS profit pool topping $20bn by 2015. A major portion of BOS is the inverter—averaging between 15 and 20% of BOS price—and any other products that add value to a PV system by controlling electrons. Executives in this industry segment or those looking to get in must have the ability to navigate the complex dynamics of the PV inverters and controls market.

To address this area of intense market focus, on June 27th PHOTON Consulting will present a webinar entitled Who Will Win the Fight?, hosted by lead Inverters and Controls analyst Ben Merewitz. The discussion will include topics such as:

  • What type of PV inverters and controls product(s) offer the most attractive operating profit margin currently and in the years through 2016?
  • What new markets and segments offer the ripest opportunities for inverters and controls suppliers looking to diversify?
  • Which companies will win and which will lose in the fight for profit and market share?
  • Which distributed power conditioning platform will win between microinverters and power optimizers?

Additionally, PHOTON Consulting is proud to announce the launch of an in-depth PV Inverters and Controls database subscription service, powered by years of research and PHOTON Consulting’s proprietary online data platform, THE WALL™.

This new data platform is designed to be an ongoing resource for executives who are focused on reducing risk, reducing cost, increasing price and increasing volume with speed, precision and confidence. The data platform is built by the PV industry’s leading team of market researchers and provides quantified insight into volume, price, cost, revenue pools and profit pools for leading inverters and controls suppliers and the sector as a whole. More specifically, the new data platform features:

  • Sector-level estimates from 2008-2011 and forward-looking 2012-2016
  • Company-by-company accounting from 2010-2011 and forward-looking 2012-2016
  • Market-by-market and segment-by-segment estimates from 2010-2016
  • Product and technology penetration rates by market, segment and year from 2010-2016

For additional information on THE WALL™ or the new PV Inverters and Controls data platform, please send an e-mail to:

To register for the webinar, sign up via the appropriate link below:

Asia: Wednesday, June 27 at 10:00 AM CT

All Others: Wednesday, June 27 at 11:30 AM EDT


PHOTON Consulting is the largest dedicated research consultancy focusing on solar energy, storage and controls. It is a leading supplier of in-depth research, management and strategic consulting services specific to new energy sectors. With the deepest, broadest integrated coverage, PHOTON Consulting tracks the solar energy, storage and controls sectors from feedstock through factory gate to end customer in every active and emerging market. PHOTON’s consultants model company, geographic and industry projections from the outside-in, cross checking company announcements with providers and buyers. The company’s data focuses on the question, “Where is value?” and consists of historical and five-year forward projections for price, volume, revenue, cost, operating profit, operating margin and demand. With the most extensive research and data in the sector, PHOTON Consulting is the source for research and analysis in solar power, storage and controls. For more information on PHOTON Consulting, please visit the company’s website at

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