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Solar Power Market Size, Share & Industry Analysis, By Technology {Solar Photovoltaic (PV) (Mono-Si, Thin Film, Multi-Si, and Others) and Concentrated Solar Power (Parabolic Trough, Power Tower, and Linear Fresnel)}, By Application (Residential, Non-residential, and Utility), and Regional Forecast, 2024-2032

Last Updated: May 13, 2024 | Format: PDF | Report ID: FBI100764

 

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The global solar power market size was valued at USD 253.69 billion in 2023 and is projected to be worth USD 273 billion in 2024 and reach USD 436.36 billion by 2032, exhibiting a CAGR of 6% during the forecast period. North America dominated the solar power market with a share of 41.30% in 2023.


The global COVID-19 pandemic had been unprecedented and staggering, with solar power experiencing higher-than-anticipated demand across all regions compared to pre-pandemic levels. Ultimately, the transition to clean energy must be the priority for economic recovery and stimulus programs that have brought the spotlight on renewable energy, leading to continued expansion and installation. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, the number of solar permits issued in the week beginning March 30th, 2020 in the U.S. was 32% lower than the first week of February, indicating the precise impact of the pandemic on solar activity due to the shelter-in-place restrictions and decreased business & consumer confidence. About 70% of the world’s solar panels are manufactured in China, and around 10-15% of the reserve is accommodated by Chinese companies working in Southeast Asia. In February, solar PV manufacturing facilities in China paused or decreased their production due to lockdowns in several key provinces.


The rising population in developing countries has directly impacted power generation for the past years. With the increase in carbon reduction, power generation through renewable sources is considered the best feasible substitution for conventional power sources such as oil and coal products and is increasing at a healthy rate.


Solar power utilizes the sun's energy as either thermal energy (heat) or photovoltaic cells in solar boards and clear photovoltaic glass to create power. The aggregate sum of solar energy incidents on Earth is vastly abundant at present and can foresee energy requirements. If appropriately exploited, this highly distributed source has the prospective to meet all demands of future energy. Over the past years, solar energy has been proven to be an important renewable energy source due to its limitless availability and environment-friendly nature, contradicting the finite fossil fuels of coal, oil, and natural gas.


The increasing concern to reduce the dependency on fossil fuels and minimize the carbon emission from burning them has propelled the demand for renewable energy and its sources. This factor is expected to drive the development of the markets during the forecast period.


Solar Power Market Trends


Integration of New Technologies to Hold Immense Growth Opportunity


Better prediction capabilities provided by artificial intelligence are facilitating better forecasting and asset management, while its automation capability is driving operational excellence, leading to competitive advantage and cost savings for stakeholders. Artificial intelligence can unlock the vast potential of solar energy, supported by other emerging technologies, such as big data, the Internet of Things (IoT), sensors, and distributed ledger technology.


For instance, in February 2021, the U.S. DOE announced a project involving utilizing Artificial Intelligence (AI) diagnostic ability to increase performance in solar power systems. The work, financed by a U.S. 750,000 USD 3-year grant, will consist of a sizable solar-technology program proposed by the DOE in 2020, including USD 7.3 million primarily for engine learning and other solar-powered AI solutions. The above factor, along with the technological innovations aimed at the development of new methods in PV and Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) methods by prominent players, is expected to spur market opportunities during the forecast period.


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Solar Power Market Growth Factors


Countries Aiming to Achieve Green Energy Targets to Increase Investments in Solar Industry


An energy transition is needed urgently, globally, to limit the increase in average global surface temperature to below 2° Celsius. As a result, the installation of renewable energy sources will increase enormously in the next few years, which will lead to the expansion of the market. The transition from fossil fuels to low-carbon solutions will play a significant role, as energy-related carbon dioxide emissions account for two-thirds of all greenhouse gases. New energy targets introduced by various governments to encourage a shift toward sustainable energy have had a positive impact on the market size. For example, Brazil aims to get 42.5% of its primary energy supply from renewable sources by the end of 2023.


Similarly, the U.K. government is aiming for around half of its electricity to come from renewable sources by 2025, according to the Carbon Brief analysis. Germany is on track to get 65% of its total energy from renewable sources by 2030. China plans to achieve 16% of its renewable energy by 2030. In March 2023, President Joe Biden’s clean energy plan stated that U.S. is intending to invest nearly a trillion dollars in clean energy and climate action over the next decade. Almost USD 5 billion in solar manufacturing investments have been announced, including 47 manufacturing plants. Altogether, these investments are enough to power an additional 7 million homes per year. Following the investments and growth in the country, renewable energy is expected to hold a 26% share and surpass the set targets.


Growing Adoption of Renewable Sources for Power Generation to Boost Market


Renewable energy sources that help reduce carbon emissions and act as an economical source of everyday power are being looked upon as the best possible replacement for conventional power sources such as coal and oil products. At present, renewable sources account for around 29% of the total electricity generation across the globe. It is projected to rise considerably in the upcoming years and boost the market. The total installed capacity of solar PV will reach 842.14 GW globally by the end of 2021, representing the second-largest renewable electricity source after wind.


According to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the International Energy Agency (IEA), the Paris agreement targets need to be met by tripling the share of renewable energy in generating electricity by 2022 and increasing it to 90% globally by 2030.


The growing population in developing countries directly impacts energy consumption and generation. Power generation through renewable sources is the best possible replacement for conventional power sources with the increase in carbon reduction. For instance, oil products and coal are increasing at a constant rate. Further, the construction of new grids and mass storage systems by utilities to utilize the captured energy from renewables also poses an opportunity for the solar power market growth.


RESTRAINING FACTORS


High Investment and Lack of Infrastructure Remain a Threat to Market Growth 


The total cost of solar PV is higher than installing regular solar panels, likely reducing its acceptance in residential buildings where energy demands are comparatively low. For comparison, 15 ground-mounted solar panels rated at 300 watts would cost USD 14,625. The solar structure would cost an additional USD 500 per solar panel - this increase in initial cost results in lesser utilization of the solar power generation system.


Furthermore, the lack of infrastructure is another factor holding back investments in this market. Many rural areas face shortage of the necessary grid connectivity and transmission lines to distribute solar energy efficiently. This makes it problematic to harness solar power and allocate it to remote areas, where electricity access is often limited or nonexistent. In regions, such as Asia Pacific and Europe, the lack of awareness of the benefits and increasing preference for solar PV over primary grid power may hinder the market growth.


Solar Power Market Segmentation Analysis


By Technology Analysis


Global Solar PV Segment to Dominate Market Due to High efficiency


By technology, the market is segmented into solar photovoltaic (PV) and Concentrated Solar Power (CSP).


Solar technology is further categorized into mono-Si, thin film, multi-Si, and others. The CSP segment is divided into the parabolic trough, power tower, and linear fresnel. The global solar PV segment dominated in 2021 owing to rising investments in solar photovoltaic projects due to rising electricity consumption across the globe. The mini solar panels (small PV) where low power is required can be used for power calculators, wristwatches, and other small electronic devices. Solar PV systems have a long lifecycle with low maintenance and no fuel cost. As per IRENA, accelerated solar PV deployment and deep electrification could deliver 21% of the CO₂ emission reductions by 2050. Also, it is expected by IRENA that global capacity must reach 18 times the current levels or more than 8,000 gigawatts by 2050.


CSP systems store energy through Thermal Energy Storage (TES) technologies, so that power can be used when there aren’t enough renewable sources. PV systems, however, can’t store thermal energy as they use direct sunlight rather than heat. For this reason, CSP systems are better for energy storage. Thus, this factor is set to drive the CSP segment’s growth.


By Application Analysis


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Utility Segment to Grow with Increasing Demand for Energy


Based on application, the market is divided into residential, non-residential, and utility. The utility segment dominates the market owing to increasing installation targets and the high operating efficiency of PV panels compared to other counterparts. Large-scale photovoltaic power plants, consisting of many PV arrays installed together, prove helpful utilities. Utilities can build PV plants much more quickly than conventional power plants as the arrays are easy to install and can connect electrically. Solar energy adoption across residential segments is increasing due to increasing energy demand. The number of residential construction projects is increasing along with the growing public awareness regarding using renewable and efficient energy sources for residential purposes. Therefore, such factors are expected to drive the residential segment’s growth.


REGIONAL INSIGHTS


The market has been geographically analyzed across five central regions, Europe, North America, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East & Africa.


Asia Pacific Solar Power Market Size, 2023 (USD Billion)

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Asia Pacific is expected to dominate the solar power market share during the forecast period, with most of the demand arriving from China. The country is one of the major producers and consumers of solar energy globally. The country is highly dependent on conventional resources and installing more renewable sources. For instance, in March 2022, China announced its plans to build 450 gigawatts (GW) of wind, solar, and power generation capacity in the Gobi desert and other desert regions. India is another primary potential market for solar energy in Asia Pacific. Solar energy installation is increasing owing to rapidly growing energy demand from various sectors. A positive outlook for clean energy deployment and an encouraging regulatory framework are some key factors propelling regional expansion. 


Furthermore, North America will likely hold a substantial portion of the industry in 2023. Rapidly increasing energy demand from various sectors, a positive outlook for clean energy deployment, and an encouraging regulatory framework are critical factors propelling regional expansion.


Besides, the Middle East & Africa solar power market is also set to witness the highest growth rate between 2022 and 2030 owing to effective plans of various countries across the region to reduce the dependency on natural gas and crude oil for energy generation.  The region is also in need to adopt a reliable power source to support remote areas with high solar exposure and low grid connectivity.


List of Key Companies in Solar Power Market


Key Players have been Acquiring New Contracts to Maintain their Position in the Market 


Companies dealing in the renewable energy service business are expected to generate a significant market share in the coming years, owing to the rising adoption of renewable sources. The industry has also witnessed the continued involvement of critical global and regional players and several small & medium-scale system integrators.


Another key player is Trina Solar. The company is a crucial market shareholder and a reliable brand in the solar industry. As of April 2022, the company has achieved the milestone of having shipped 100 GW of modules in 25 years. Trina Solar has been a pioneer in solar systems and integrated technology for many years, during which module power generation capacity has increased from less than 100W to 690W and the diameter of its silicon wafers has grown from 125mm to 210mm.


Other players account for the rest of the market share in the solar energy market as majority of the share is represented by the top 10 players. However, the industry has seen several other local players in the market.


LIST OF KEY COMPANIES PROFILED:



  • Trina Solar (China)

  • First Solar (U.S.)

  • Yingli Solar (China)

  • Tata Power Solar System Ltd (India)

  • Abengoa (Spain)

  • Canadian Solar Inc. (Canada)

  • Waaree Group (India)

  • General Electric Company (U.S.)

  • BrightSource Energy, Inc. (U.S.)

  • SunPower Corporation (U.S.)

  • Convert Italia (Italy)

  • Urja Global Limited (India)

  • eSolar Inc (U.S.)


KEY INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENTS:



  • March 2022 – Solaria is set to launch its new PowerXT 430R-PL (430-watt) solar panel. The panel will be optimized for next-generation Module-Level Power Electronics (MLPE). These devices can be incorporated into a solar PV system to improve its performance in certain conditions such as in the shade. MLPE devices include micro-inverters and Direct Current (DC) power optimizers designed to improve the energy production of the solar power system.

  • March 2022- Canadian Solar announced it had signed two 10-year Power Purchase Agreements (PPA) with Axpo Italia to purchase 70% of the energy produced by two solar power plants under development, totaling 84 GWp.

  • January 2022 – Canadian Solar announced that its subsidiary, Recurrent Energy, LLC, entered into a purchase and sale agreement with Appalachian Power for the Recurrent Firefly Energy solar project in Pittsylvania County, Virginia. The Firefly project will be Appalachian Power's largest solar energy acquisition.

  • October 2021– Solliance Solar Research, a Netherlands-based consortium, announced that its researchers achieved 29.2% power conversion efficiency on a transparent bifacial perovskite solar cell combined with a crystalline silicon solar cell in a four-terminal tandem configuration. The cell is based on a near-infrared-transparent perovskite cell built by Dutch Organization for Applied Scientific Research (better known as TNO) and Belgian laboratory EnergyVille, along with an 11.4% efficient c- Panasonic developed Si interdigital back contact silicon heterojunction cell. By merging a perovskite top cell with a silicon bottom cell, EnergyVille is targeting a tandem energy conversion efficiency of +30%, which is above the theoretical maximum of silicon solar cells of around 28.

  • January 2021–  FTC Solar announced the launch of Voyager+, the next generation of its single-axis Voyager tracker, engineered to provide compatibility with new large-format solar modules built to incorporate larger solar cells, that enable the modules to achieve power output exceeding 500 watts. Voyager+ supports these larger format modules and will be able to accommodate multiple module sizes from a variety of solar manufacturers.


REPORT COVERAGE


The research report offers a qualitative and quantitative in-depth industry analysis of the global market. It further details the adoption of solar power systems across several regions. The report provides a detailed competitive landscape by presenting information on key players and their strategies in the market. Information on trends, drivers, opportunities, threats, and restraints can further help stakeholders gain valuable insights into the market.


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ATTRIBUTE



DETAILS



Study Period



2019-2032



Base Year



2023



Estimated Year



2024



Forecast Period



2024-2032



Historical Period



2019-2022



Growth Rate



CAGR of 6% from 2024 to 2032



Unit



Value (USD Billion) and Volume (GW)



Segmentation



By Technology



  • Solar Photovoltaic


    • Mono-Si

    • Thin Film

    • Multi-Si

    • Others


  • CSP


    • Parabolic Trough

    • Power Tower

    • Linear Fresnel




By Application



  • Residential

  • Non-Residential

  • Utility



By Geography



  • North America (By Technology, By Application, By Country)


    • U.S.

    • Canada


  • Europe (By Technology, By Application, By Country)


    • U.K.

    • Germany

    • Spain

    • Netherlands

    • France

    • Italy

    • Poland

    • Belgium

    • Ukraine

    • Russia

    • Rest of Europe


  • Asia Pacific (By Technology, By Application, By Country)


    • China

    • Japan

    • India

    • South Korea

    • Taiwan

    • Vietnam

    • Australia

    • Kazakhstan

    • Rest of Asia Pacific


  • Latin America (By Technology, By Application, By Country)


    • Brazil

    • Mexico

    • Chile

    • Argentina

    • Rest of Latin America


  •  Middle East & Africa (By Technology, By Application, By Country)


    • Turkey

    • UAE

    • South Africa

    • Israel

    • Jordan

    • Egypt


  • Rest of Middle East and Africa






Frequently Asked Questions

Fortune Business Insights says that the global market size was valued at USD 253.69 billion in 2023 and is projected to reach USD 436.36 billion by 2032.

In 2023, the regional market value stood at USD 104.79 billion.

Registering a CAGR of 6%, the market is projected to exhibit staggering growth during the forecast period of 2024-2032.

The solar PV segment is anticipated to hold the leading share in this market during the forecast period.

Countries to achieve green energy targets and the growing adoption of renewable sources for power generation are the major factors driving the market growth.

Asia Pacific dominated the market in terms of share in 2023.

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