U.S. Distributed PV O&M and Asset Management: Services, Markets and Competitors

by Cedric Brehaut

This report from GTM Research and SoliChamba Consulting focuses on distributed generation (DG) solar PV, which includes all PV systems connected “behind the meter,” including both residential and non-residential segments (but not utility). Operations and maintenance (O&M) and asset management encompass a variety of activities necessary to the ongoing operation of PV systems, both as power generation systems and as financial assets. The total addressable market for distributed generation O&M is forecasted to jump 38 percent in 2015, growing from 8.5 GW to 11.8 GW by the end of the year. By 2020, GTM Research and SoliChamba Consulting forecast the market value to reach $803 million.

FIGURE: DG Market by Segment, Cumulative Megawatts in Operation, 2009 - 2015E

Source: GTM Research

This report provides an in-depth look at the U.S. distributed PV O&M and asset management markets, including business models, market segmentation, market sizing (by segment and state), vendor categories, competitive landscape, pricing, trends, and market size and dollar value forecasts to 2020.

The report also profiles 25 vendors including the size and growth of their managed fleet by segment, and features a vendor comparison table presenting the O&M and AM services as well as in/out-sourcing policies of these vendors.

Companies profiled in the report include: Alectris USA | Borrego Solar | Clean Power Finance | Constellation | Direct Energy Solar | Enphase Energy (Next Phase Solar) | Gehrlicher Solar America | Miller Bros Solar | Nautilus Solar | Nexamp | NRG Home Solar | OneRoof Energy | QE Solar | Radian Generation | REC Solar | SolarCity | SunEdison | Sungevity | Sunnova | SunPower | Sunrun | Tecta Solar | True South Renewables | Vigilant Energy Management | Vivint Solar

Other companies mentioned include: Admirals Bank | Bay4 Energy Services | Dividend Solar | EnerBank | Greenskies Renewable Energy | Mosaic | RGS Energy | SMA America | SolarEdge | Solar Universe | SunSystem | SunUp

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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