The top 15 solar PV module manufacturers of 2013 have been revealed thanks to a new report from the market research firm IHS.
As many would no doubt guess, the list is dominated — yet again — by firms based in China. But, interestingly, the Japanese firms Sharp and Kyocera saw a bit of a resurgence — up a fair bit from previous years. Japan’s strong feed-in tariffs for solar and Japanese preference for Japan-made products was clearly part of this upswing.
Some other things to note — Yingli Green Energy (aka Yingli Solar) once again took the top spot; 7 out of the top 10 companies were based in China; and the total Chinese share of the market fell 1% to 58% — down from a 59% market share in 2012.
“The year 2013 marked the turnaround of global PV markets and the recovery of leading players in the photovoltaic industry,” stated Jessica Jin, an analyst for solar supply chains at IHS. “Chinese and Japanese PV module suppliers benefited from the surge in demand in their domestic markets, with China in particular accounting for more than a quarter of global installations in 2013 and becoming the leading region in the process.”
IHS provides more:
The Chinese as a group continued to be the star players of the global PV market, but there were also signs pointing to slower growth. While they continue to lead by far, 2013 also marks the second time their overall market share has not risen significantly. Chinese suppliers held a 57% share in 2011, 59% in 2012 and 58% last year.
European companies also maintained stable share in 2013 at 13% — nearly unchanged from 2011 and 2012. In contrast, the Japanese module industry enjoyed an increase to 15%, up from 12% in 2011. Meanwhile, US suppliers fell behind as their portion dropped to 9%, down from 13% in 2011.
While Sharp and Kyocera saw the most substantial rises, a third Japanese firm managed to rank in the top 15 as well, CIS thin-film producer Solar Frontier. Solar Frontier saw shipment growth of more than 60% in 2013.
The IHS report also noted that total global solar PV shipments hit 38.7 GW in 2013 — roughly a 24% increase over the previous year. Interestingly, much of the growth appeared to be from the top players — showing clearly the consolidation of the industry. The top 15 manufacturers held a 59% market share in 2013, up from 51% in 2012.
With regard to the continued consolidation of the solar PV manufacturing industry, that’s something that’s likely going to continue for some time — with the dropping of state-support, in many cases, being one of the main drivers.
That’s exactly what’s happening right now in China, with a recent order by the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology doing a lot to “clean up” the industry — likely finishing off over 75% of the country’s solar panel and related component manufacturers.
Expect to see more of that in the near-future. And just note, this isn’t bad — it’s a natural part of a maturing industry.
Top Solar Module Manufacturers of 2013 was originally published on Solar Love!.
This was reported by Elon Musk on Tesla’s last financial call, but it seems to have slipped under the radar. Reuters recently ran a short article on the news, which made me think I should as well.
As Tesla moves into the European and Chinese markets more, the company is expecting to see about twice as many sales there as in the United States and Canada by the end of the year.
Tesla sold 22,477 cars in 2013, most of which went to the US market. European sales started in the Fall.
In China, Tesla is going against the tide. It isn’t jacking up its prices there to “rip off” customers and make a bigger profit. The price will be higher due to shipping costs, duties, taxes, etc, but Tesla doesn’t intend to make any more off of it there than in the US. (The same goes for Europe, by the way.) In a market so fond of exclusive, expensive, luxury vehicles, it’s unclear how that will turn out — but one would think it will turn out very well.
It’s all about doing what’s right, Elon said. However, he thinks it also makes good business sense.
While it’s going to take a few months to get vehicles over to China, sales should be big there once they are available. “Towards the end of the year, we expect sales in those regions combined to be almost twice that of North America,” Elon said.
European sales have been decent so far, but not sky high. They’ve been great in Norway, but not so hot in Germany, France, and the Netherlands. However, word on the street this weekend is that Tesla Model S prices in Europe are getting a big cut:
Tesla PR in America hasn’t responded to our request for confirmation, but online sources show the drops are fairly substantial. In Germany, for example, Tesla has dropped almost 7,000 euros ($9,700 US at today’s exchange rate) off the price, down to 65,300 euros ($90,600), while in Holland, the new price is down 4,000 ($5,500) euros to 66,200 ($91,900). No reason was given for these drops, but we can’t help but suspect that demand isn’t too strong at the moment.
Maybe this has been in the plans all along, as logistics got worked out and streamlined. Who knows?
Image Credit: Tesla
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