Solar PV Asset Management 2017-2022: Markets, Investors, Asset Managers and Software

by Cedric Brehaut

The total installed base of operational PV systems surpassed 300 GW globally at the end of 2016. As the solar industry continues to mature, increased focus is turning to asset management, a term used in the power industry to describe the financial, commercial, legal and technical management of power plants and other assets.

Asset management is usually considered as a separate function from operations and maintenance (O&M), although it includes oversight over O&M activities and technical plant performance. Because asset management and O&M are different markets with different characteristics and landscapes, and little overlap, GTM Research and SOLICHAMBA created a new report dedicated to asset management, and will no longer cover the topic in its O&M market research.

This new report analyzes global markets and landscapes for asset management of operational solar PV systems, including:

  • 198 investors accounting for 55 GW in net operational solar PV capacity
  • 46 third-party asset managers providing services to 17.6 GW of operational PV plants
  • 10 software vendors supplying asset management automation solutions for 12.5 GW of operational PV plants

The extensive coverage includes 13 key markets across 4 continents:

  • Europe: Germany, Italy, U.K., France, Spain
  • North America: U.S., Canada
  • Asia Pacific: Japan, India, China
  • Latin America: Chile, Mexico, Brazil

For each market, the report dives into:

  • Market size by year of installation and segment (Pre-2008 to 2016)
  • Market forecast by segment (2017 to 2022) and key market drivers
  • Top investors in operational assets (by net and gross capacity)
  • Secondary market activity
  • Top third-party asset managers (by managed capacity)
  • Services, market prices, trends, and outlook

Third-Party PV Asset Management Landscape


This report is part of GTM Research’s Global Downstream Solar Service. It can also be purchased individually or bundled together with GTM Research and SOLICHAMBA's upcoming Megawatt-Scale PV O&M report. To learn more or schedule a demo, please contact solarsubscription@gtmresearch.com.

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Cedric Brehaut Executive Consultant

Cedric Brehaut is an independent business consultant in solar photovoltaic (PV) performance monitoring and analytics, operations and maintenance (O&M) and asset management, and the author of the industry’s most comprehensive market reports on these domains. Since he founded SOLICHAMBA in 2011, Brehaut has been providing strategic consulting services to many solar industry leaders and served as a reviewer for the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Incubator grant applications.

A recognized domain expert, Brehaut is commonly quoted in renewable energy media around the world, such as Greentech Media (U.S.), PV Magazine (Germany and U.S.), Photovoltaik (Germany), PV Insider and PV Tech (U.K.), and QualEnergia (Italy). Brehaut also frequently speaks at industry conferences such as Solar Asset Management (Europe and North America), GTM Solar Summit, Intersolar, PV O&M USA, and Solar Power Asset Management and Performance.

Cedric practices martial arts and enjoys traveling. Born in France and now living in San Francisco with his wife and two young children, he speaks English, French and Spanish.

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