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PHOTON Consulting's widely read solar research reports provide the global PV sector with critical data, research, insight, and forecasting from PHOTON's world renowned consulting and research team. PHOTON Consulting screens more than 1500 companies in the PV sector at every step of the supply chain and models over 800 of those companies. PHOTON's research publications also include detailed cost structures, key benchmarks, analysis and projections for more than 60 key and emerging markets. PHOTON research reports are widely regarded by the PV sector for their accuracy, detail, and straightforward presentation of a complex, important, and evolving sector.

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The True Cost of Solar Power 2014: Mine Not Yours

The True Cost of Solar Power 2014: Mine Not Yours
PHOTON Consulting's flagship cost report The True Cost of Solar Power 2014: Mine Not Yours is the industry's leading resource for understanding PV sector cost at each step of the supply chain. This report presents in-depth cost data, trends, analysis and five year forecasts for all steps of the supply chain from polysilicon through project development, providing solar executives, investors and industry participants with cutting edge market intelligence. more

 

Latest research reports and publications

Storage Annual 2012: More in Store

Storage Annual 2012: More in Store
This inaugural edition is just in time to announce the opening of a new super store in the energy storage sector... more

The True Cost of Solar Power 2014: Mine Not Yours

The True Cost of Solar Power 2014: Mine Not Yours
The True Cost of Solar Power 2014: Mine Not Yours is the industry's leading resource for understanding PV sector cost at each step of the supply chain. This report presents in-depth cost data, trends, analysis and five year forecasts for all steps of the supply chain from polysilicon through project development, providing solar executives, investors and industry participants with cutting edge market intelligence. more

‘Solar Annual’ series

PHOTON Consulting's Solar Annual series is the most widely read solar research publication by key decision makers at companies across the PV value chain, policy makers and members of the investment community. Solar Annual is the definitive annual solar sector analysis providing 5-year forecasting of supply, demand, price, cost and profit and detailed research and analysis of key and emerging companies at each step of the PV supply chain.

Solar Annual 2013 - Build Your Empire Solar Annual 2013: Build Your Empire
Solar Annual 2013: Build Your Empire is PHOTON Consulting’s industry-leading sector outlook. It is the essential reference tool for solar decision makers and includes detailed, forward projections through 2016 of key sector trends related to supply, demand, cost, price and value capture. more
Solar Annual 2012: The Next Wave Solar Annual 2012: The Next Wave
PHOTON Consulting's annual industry-leading sector outlook. It is the essential reference tool for solar decision makers and includes detailed, five-year forward projections of key sector trends. more 
Solar Annual 2009 - Solar Sector Analysis Report Solar Annual 2010-2011: Cash In
PHOTON Consulting’s flagship report Solar Annual 2010-2011: Cash In is the definitive resource for anticipating and responding to the industry impact of a near-term cap on PV installations in Germany. This report presents ten core strategies for solar companies across the supply chain to pursue... more 
Solar Annual 2009 - Solar Sector Analysis Report Solar Annual 2010 – Part 1: Place Your Bets
Solar Annual 2010 – Part 1: Place Your Bets is a detailed report presenting scenario analysis of the solar power sector outlooks through 2014. Each scenario is based on different assumptions about key drivers of PV supply, demand, prices and costs, including policy, interest rates and technology evolution.  more
Solar Annual 2009 - Solar Sector Analysis Report

Solar Annual: Total Eclipse
This year‘s report takes a close look at the total eclipse the sector is likely to face in the coming five years, and the companies (including First Solar, Q-Cells, REC, SMA, SolarWorld, SunPower, Suntech) that stand out as bright spots against a darker mid-term outlook. more

Solar Annual 2008 - Solar Sector Analysis Report

Solar Annual: Four Peaks
Solar Annual: Four Peaks is a complex snapshot of a sector in transition. On one side of the picture, the sun is still brightly shining: Solar power companies appear likely to continue their relentless climb in volume (+68% CAGR), revenue (+60% CAGR) and profit (+61% CAGR) from 2007 to 2012. With a strong demand environment… more

‘Storage Annual’ series

Storage Annual 2012 Storage Annual 2012: More in Store
Storage Annual 2012: More in Store This inaugural edition is just in time to announce the opening of a new super store in the energy storage sector. It is a global super store reaching around the world. Worthy of a grand opening celebration, this new store offers more products at better price points, fulfilling crucial customer needs in both existing and new application segments. Many storage segments are well established, including automobile and laptop batteries. more

‘Solar Power in Focus’ series

The True Cost of Solar Power 2014: Mine Not Yours

The True Cost of Solar Power 2014: Mine Not Yours
The True Cost of Solar Power 2014: Mine Not Yours is the industry's leading resource for understanding PV sector cost at each step of the supply chain. This report presents in-depth cost data, trends, analysis and five year forecasts for all steps of the supply chain from polysilicon through project development, providing solar executives, investors and industry participants with cutting edge market intelligence. more

The True Cost of Solar Power 2012: Temple of Doom

The True Cost of Solar Power 2012: Temple of Doom
The True Cost of Solar Power 2012: Temple of Doom is the industry's leading resource for understanding PV sector cost at each step of the supply chain. This report presents in-depth cost data, trends, analysis and five year forecasts for all steps of the supply chain. more

Crash of the U.S. SREC Markets?

End of the Gold Rush: Crash of the U.S. SREC Markets?
End of the Gold Rush: Crash of the U.S. SREC Markets? is an in-depth study of the crumbling SREC markets with key data points and analysis that matter most for the U.S. solar sector. more

The Pressure's On

The True Cost of Solar Power: The Pressure's On
PHOTON Consulting's flagship report The True Cost of Solar Power 2011: The Pressure's On is the definitive resource for understanding PV sector cost at each step of the supply chain. more

Solar Annual 2009 - Solar Sector Analysis Report

Solar Power Markets: Eastern Sunrise
PHOTON Consulting’s 2011 downstream market study, Solar Power Markets: Eastern Sunrise profiles nine key Asia-Pacific markets for PV installation demand including Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. more

Solar Power Markets: Prepare for Impact

The True Cost of Solar Power: How Low Can You Go?
The True Cost of Solar Power: How Low Can You Go? is a detailed roadmap of the benchmarks and cost structures that matter most for the solar sector. How Low Can You Go? also presents in-depth cost breakdowns at each step of the solar supply chain: silicon, ingot/wafer, cell, module, system and electricity. more

Solar Power Markets: Prepare for Impact Solar Power Markets: Prepare for Impact
Solar Power Markets: Prepare for Impact is the definitive guide to the current state and outlook of global PV installation demand in 13 key global markets. Prepare for Impact also details PHOTON’s market-by-market methodology for evaluating the growth of global PV demand. more
Solar Power Cost Report The True Cost of Solar Power: Race to $1/W
The decoupling of solar power prices from their underlying costs hides the low and rapidly falling cost structure of solar power. Today, the true cost of solar power is under 25¢ per kWh in most locations and is likely to reach 10¢ to 15¢ per kWh by 2010. This includes all costs of manufacturing and installing solar power systems from… more

Briefings

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Who’s the BOS? - Balance-of-system briefing 
Who’s the BOS? Identifying and Capturing Value in PV BOS, presents a quantified look at BOS cost breakdowns, the impact from BOS optimization on levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) and actionable opportunities... more

Books

Explosive Growth

Explosive Growth
Explosive Growth: Reshaping energy and infrastructure in the next 1,000 days, is a perceptive new book that gives you the tools to answer the question....Can my company profit in a changing economy? more

Magazines & periodicals

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PHOTON International Magazine
PHOTON International Magazine is the most trusted trade publication in the worldwide PV industry… more