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SMA Solar consolidates inverter production in Germany and China:


PV inverter manufacturer SMA Solar Technology said it would close production facilities in Denver, US, and Cape Town, South Africa on continued competition issues and consolidate global inverter production in Germany and China.
SMA Solar noted that it expected further intensification of product pricing pressure in 2017 as competition in the inverter market increases. The closure of the production facilities is intended to help reduce its fixed costs and enhance its competitiveness.
The inverter manufacturer has been losing market share since the slowdown in end-market demand in its previously core and dominant position in the German market and the emergence of several China-based producers such as Sungrow Power and telecoms giant Hauwei, to name a few in recent years.
The global PV end market demand could exceed 70GW in 2016, driven by strong growth in the US, which has around 10GW of utility-scale projects under construction, according to recent figures from GTM Research. SMA Solar had benefited from the US demand growth in the last two years as US competitors exited the sector due to aggressive pricing and evaporating margins.

However, the expected decline in end market demand in China, Japan and the US in 2017 is expected to lead to a period of overcapacity and ASP declines.
SMA Solar said that around 280 full-time jobs would be lost at the Denver facility when it is closed.However, SMA's sales and service facility in Rocklin, California, would remain in operation and be expanded.
Pierre-Pascal Urbon, CEO of SMA Solar said, "The acceleration of price pressure in the solar industry has been unexpectedly strong in recent weeks. We therefore immediately initiated measures to lower our break-even point even further. The closure of our production locations in Denver and Cape Town was extremely difficult for us. However, this step is unavoidable if we are to lastingly counteract the persistent price pressure and to achieve better production capacity utilization in China and Germany in the future. The American market remains highly important to us. We will be maintaining our presence at the Californian location in Rocklin with Sales and Service moving ahead as well, and we will further boost our leading position on the American market.”

The company has been reducing its headcount in Germany and internationally after announcing major restructuring just over a year ago, which included a 34% headcount reduction and in Germany around 1,300 jobs were planned to be cut, accompanied by 300 job losses from overseas operations.

SolarCity, Balfour Beatty Communities install 18,000 solar panels at US military housing:


Balfour Beatty Communities — a managing member of military housing projects located at Fort Detrick, Maryland, and Fort Carson, Colorado — and SolarCity have finished the installation of over 18,000 PV panels at Army family housing.
The solar panels are located atop multi-family housing, community centers and maintenance facilities at both Fort Detrick and Fort Carson. The PV systems are expected to provide power to around 1,200 housing units across the two bases.
SolarCity designed, constructed and will oversee the solar power systems, while the military housing project companies will purchase the power produced by the panels. The systems account for more than 4.7MW of solar power generation capacity.
U.S. Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado noted: “This partnership is yet another example of Fort Carson's work to increase our nation's security through energy efficiency and home-grown clean energy solutions. It will support service members and their families while benefiting Colorado's economy and environment."

Congressman John K. Delaney of Maryland added: "This new solar panel installation at Fort Detrick is exactly what our country needs. Having renewable, off-the-grid electricity generation is strategically important at our military bases and preventing climate change is in the best interests of our national security.

“This gets us one step closer to the national goal of 50x30 - 50% clean and carbon free electricity by 2030 - that Senator [Ben] Cardin and I have been working on together in Congress. I want to congratulate SolarCity for their SolarStrong initiative that plans on bringing solar power to more than 120,000 military homes in the U.S. This just goes to show that investments in clean energy are good for our economy, good for our national security, and good for the environment."

India’s NTPC to bid out another 5GW over next three years:


India’s largest utility NTPC, responsible to driving much of the PV allocation in the National Solar Mission (NSM) so far, is to tender another 5GW over the next three years.
Jasmeet Khurana, associate director, consulting, at Bridge to India, said that while this capacity is part of India's solar plans, the timelines and the basis for allocation of this capacity have been unknown.

Khurana added: “Bundling of power will not be the basis for allocation. We are waiting to find out the mechanism for allocation. The government has been mulling options such as dollar denominated bids, lower cost of finance and just aggregation of demand without any incentive.”

The capacity will be for private development with guidelines expected to come out shortly.

Obama announces 1GW solar goal for low-income families:


President Obama has launched a new scheme that will aim to provide low-income households with access to solar.
The Clean Energy Savings for All Initiative is targeting 1GW of installations by 2020.
According to a White House statement, the “new catalytic goal” will drive deployment from state agencies. It is an increase on the 100MW goal for federally-assisted houses in Obama’s Climate Action Plan.

The new scheme includes US$288 million of commitments from housing associations, energy co-ops and power companies for solar deployment. A programme will look to aid veterans to take advantage of Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) funding. A community solar competition and jobs programmes were also announced.

The initiative is supported by the Departments of Energy (DOE), Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Agriculture (USDA), Health and Human Services (HHS), Veteran’s Affairs (VA), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Array Technologies completes delivery to 191MW project:


Array Technologies (ATI) has completed delivery of its single axis trackers to the 191MW Springbok 2 project in California.
ATI also provided its DuraTrack HZ v3 trackers to its sister project, the 137MW Springbok 1. Both projects were developed by 8minutenergy Renewables and built by EPC firm Swinerton.

“We are proud to be building a project that will not only provide clean energy for decades to come, but also help set the standard for delivering the best LCOE among utility-scale PV installations,” said George Hershman, senior vice president and general manager of Swinerton Renewable Energy.

ATI recently demonstrated the DuraTrack HZ v3 at Intersolar North America, the first time it had been on open display rather than in a closed, private showing room.

“It was a very productive show for us. Bringing the DuraTrack HZ v3 out into the open helped us generate a lot of traffic and interest,” said Denise Hugo, director of marketing, ATI. “Visitors were able to get up close and personal with our tracker, allowing them to appreciate fully our recent innovations, such as its unique wind mitigation feature – which does not rely on active stow, back-up systems, or sensors,” she added.

ATI recently surpassed 5.6GW of shipments.

The 2015 North American tracker market was valued by IHS at US$1.2 billion.

India plans 146MW solar for airports:


India’s Civil Aviation Ministry is planning to build 146MW of solar capacity across 143 airports.
The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has already installed solar power plants at 16 airports with a total capacity of 5.4MW. Meanwhile, by December this year a further 24.1MW of solar power plants will become operational at 11 more airports. The targeted period of time in which to install the full 146MW has not been specified.

At a meeting, involving the union minister of Civil Aviation Ashok Gajapathi Raju, the issues of water conservation, water-recycling and sewage treatment plants at the airports were also discussed.

The airport director of Jaipur explained energy conservation measures recently undertaken at his airport including greater use of LED lighting, installing efficient air-conditioning equipment, energy efficient pumps and motors, as well as a 1MW rooftop solar power plant and a 1.8MW ground-mount solar plant both under construction. All airport directors were encouraged to adopt similar initiatives.

The state of Kerala made headlines last year by installing 12MW of solar at the Kochi International Airport.

Meanwhile, also last year, Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) put in an order for Enerparc Energy to set up a 5.7MW solar plant at T3 terminal. This was a repeat order following Enerparc’s successful 2.1MW solar installation for DIAL near the runway, which was commissioned in January 2014.

UK solar must ‘unlock’ commercial market to realise subsidy-free future:


The UK solar market must “unlock” deployment on commercial buildings if the technology is to continue its cost-reduction path to a subsidy-free future, the Renewable Energy Association (REA) has claimed.

This morning the REA published its annual Renewable Energy View report, compiled in conjunction with Big Four consultancy firm KPMG and Innovas, which provides an overview of the domestic renewable energy sector and the risks posed by changes in policy.

Hailing solar PV’s record for exceeding expectations as “second to none”, the report discusses the uncertain future the technology faces in the UK given the government’s subsidy reset which has seen the Renewables Obligation and feed-in tariff closed and cut respectively.

With solar all but excluded from future Contracts for Difference rounds, the REA has stressed that for solar to continue to reduce its installation costs it must branch out into previously lacklustre markets.

“In order for solar PV to become attractive without subsidies there is a need to unlock deployment on buildings in the commercial sector,” the report reads. The UK market has typically been dominated by domestic installations, with utility-scale projects enjoying periods of concentrated deployment under the RO. Commercial-scale rooftops have struggled to live up to expectations historically, however the 50kW+ FiT band remains one of the most active under the new regime.

The industry has however also had to contend with a surge in installation costs since the introduction of the new FiT regime, particularly in the residential band where economies of scale are significantly restricted.

Despite the warning, KPMG chair of energy Simon Virley insists there are still business opportunities in solar.

“It has been a turbulent year for the renewables sector. But the falling costs of technologies, like solar and storage, mean that exciting business opportunities lie ahead and the sector as a whole can start to move beyond subsidy,” he said.

The report has also sized the UK solar market, stating that the number of those employed across the whole UK solar supply chain reached a high in 2014/15 of 16,880. This comes despite a gradual reduction in the number of active companies, falling from 2,200 in 2011/12 to 2,005 last year.

Sector turnover rose to just below £2.5 billion last year (£2,477 million), however it is widely expected that this – and employment numbers – will fall as the industry continues to contract in the face of falling subsidies.

REA chief executive Nina Skorupska CBE expects these effects to be seen prominently in next year’s report.

“While many businesses have been left reeling and deployment has begun to slow, as an industry we will persevere, we will innovate, and we will continue to grow,” she said.

At last: Non-toxic and cheap thin-film solar cells for 'zero-energy' buildings:


'Zero-energy' buildings -- which generate as much power as they consume -- are now much closer after a team at Australia's University of New South Wales achieved the world's highest efficiency using flexible solar cells that are non-toxic and cheap to make.
Until now, the promise of 'zero-energy' buildings been held back by two hurdles: the cost of the thin-film solar cells (used in façades, roofs and windows), and the fact they're made from scarce, and highly toxic, materials.
That's about to change: the UNSW team, led by Dr Xiaojing Hao of the Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaics at the UNSW School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering, have achieved the world's highest efficiency rating for a full-sized thin-film solar cell using a competing thin-film technology, known as CZTS.
NREL, the USA's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, confirmed this world leading 7.6% efficiency in a 1cm2 area CZTS cell this month.
Unlike its thin-film competitors, CZTS cells are made from abundant materials: copper, zinc, tin and sulphur.
And CZTS has none of the toxicity problems of its two thin-film rivals, known as CdTe (cadmium-telluride) and CIGS (copper-indium-gallium-selenide). Cadmium and selenium are toxic at even tiny doses, while tellurium and indium are extremely rare.
"This is the first step on CZTS's road to beyond 20% efficiency, and marks a milestone in its journey from the lab to commercial product," said Hao, named one of UNSW's 20 rising stars last year. "There is still a lot of work needed to catch up with CdTe and CIGS, in both efficiency and cell size, but we are well on the way."
"In addition to its elements being more commonplace and environmentally benign, we're interested in these higher bandgap CZTS cells for two reasons," said Professor Martin Green, a mentor of Dr Hao and a global pioneer of photovoltaic research stretching back 40 years.
"They can be deposited directly onto materials as thin layers that are 50 times thinner than a human hair, so there's no need to manufacture silicon 'wafer' cells and interconnect them separately," he added. "They also respond better than silicon to blue wavelengths of light, and can be stacked as a thin-film on top of silicon cells to ultimately improve the overall performance."
By being able to deposit CZTS solar cells on various surfaces, Hao's team believe this puts them firmly on the road to making thin-film photovoltaic cells that can be rigid or flexible, and durable and cheap enough to be widely integrated into buildings to generate electricity from the sunlight that strikes structures such as glazing, façades, roof tiles and windows.
However, because CZTS is cheaper -- and easier to bring from lab to commercialisation than other thin-film solar cells, given already available commercialised manufacturing method -- applications are likely even sooner. UNSW is collaborating with a number of large companies keen to develop applications well before it reaches 20% efficiency -- probably, Hao says, within the next few years.
"I'm quietly confident we can overcome the technical challenges to further boosting the efficiency of CZTS cells, because there are a lot of tricks we've learned over the past 30 years in boosting CdTe and CIGS and even silicon cells, but which haven't been applied to CZTS," said Hao.
Currently, thin-film photovoltaic cells like CdTe are used mainly in large solar power farms, as the cadmium toxicity makes them unsuitable for residential systems, while CIGS cells is more commonly used in Japan on rooftops.
First Solar, a US$5 billion behemoth that specialises in large-scale photovoltaic systems, relies entirely on CdTe; while CIGS is the preferred technology of China's Hanergy, the world's largest thin-film solar power company.
Thin-film technologies such as CdTe and CIGS are also attractive because they are physically flexible, which increases the number of potential applications, such as curved surfaces, roofing membranes, or transparent and translucent structures like windows and skylights.
But their toxicity has made the construction industry -- mindful of its history with asbestos -- wary of using them. Scarcity of the elements also renders them unattractive, as price spikes are likely as demand rises. Despite this, the global market for so-called Building-Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) is already valued at US$1.6 billion.
Hao believes CZTS's cheapness, benign environmental profile and abundant elements may be the trigger that finally brings architects and builders onboard to using thin-film solar panels more widely in buildings.
Until now, most architects have used conventional solar panels made from crystalline silicon. While these are even cheaper than CZTS cells, they don't offer the same flexibility for curved surfaces and other awkward geometries needed to easily integrate into building designs.

Polymer solar cells manufactured using low-cost roll-to-roll printing technology:

Polymer solar cells can be even cheaper and more reliable thanks to a breakthrough by scientists at Linköping University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). This work is about avoiding costly and unstable fullerenes.
Polymer solar cells have in recent years emerged as a low cost alternative to silicon solar cells. In order to obtain high efficiency, fullerenes are usually required in polymer solar cells to separate charge carriers. However, fullerenes are unstable under illumination, and form large crystals at high temperatures.
Now, a team of chemists led by Professor Jianhui Hou at the CAS set a new world record for fullerene-free polymer solar cells by developing a unique combination of a polymer called PBDB-T and a small molecule called ITIC. With this combination, the sun's energy is converted with an efficiency of 11%, a value that strikes most solar cells with fullerenes, and all without fullerenes.
Feng Gao, together with his colleagues Olle Inganäs and Deping Qian at Linköping University, have characterized the loss spectroscopy of photovoltage (Voc), a key figure for solar cells, and proposed approaches to further improving the device performance.
The two research groups are now presenting their results in the high-profile journal Advanced Materials.
-We have demonstrated that it is possible to achieve a high efficiency without using fullerene, and that such solar cells are also highly stable to heat. Because solar cells are working under constant solar radiation, good thermal stability is very important, said Feng Gao, a physicist at the Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Linköping University.
-The combination of high efficiency and good thermal stability suggest that polymer solar cells, which can be easily manufactured using low-cost roll-to-roll printing technology, now come a step closer to commercialization, said Feng Gao.

The new silicon cell capable of absorbing the infrared radiation.


Researchers of the Universitat Politècnica de València, the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC, in Spanish), the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya-BarcelonaTech (UPC) and the Universidad Rovira i Virgili de Tarragona have developed a silicon photovoltaic cell capable of turning infrared radiation into electricity.
Nature Communications magazine has published this new development led by Francisco Meseguer professor from the CSIC, at the joint lab UPV/CSIC.
The sun is an inexhaustible source of energy which well-exploited, could solve many of the energy suply problems we have today. The photovoltaic cell, commonly known as solar cell, is a device capable of turning solar light into electricity. However, there are many obstacles that prevent a massive use, such as a relatively high cost (0.02 euros per watt generated) and the low efficiency of silicon based solar cells, around 17 per cent.
The low efficiency is related to the material the solar cell is made of. Most solar cells are made of silicon which is relatively cheap to produce. However these solar cells can generate electricity from the visible part of the sun spectrum, but the infrared region is, unfortunately, useless.
The professor Francisco Meseguer, explains that, "after three years of work, our research team has developed a new concept of silicon solar cells able to absorb infrared radiation from the sun and turning them into electricity." Moisés Garín, a researcher from the CSIC and the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, adds that, "what we have done is create photovoltaic cells on silicon micrometre scale sphere, where infrared light is trapped until it is absorbed turning it into electricity."
This work is a new scientific achievement for the development of high-performance photovoltaic cells in the future.

Solar cells that can face almost any direction and keep themselves clean.


In recent years, a complicated discussion over which direction solar cells should face -- south or west -- has likely left customers uncertain about the best way to orient their panels. Now researchers are attempting to resolve this issue by developing solar cells that can harvest light from almost any angle, and the panels self-clean to boot. Their report appears in the journal ACS Nano.
Commercial solar panels work best when sunlight hits them at a certain angle. Initially, experts had suggested that solar panels face south to collect the most energy from the sun. But an influential 2013 report by Pecan Street, an energy-research organization, advised that systems tilt westward to maximize efficiency.
Further analysis has found that determining the ideal angle is more complicated -- in essence, it depends on where you live. And even if customers get the positioning correct, they're still losing out on prime sunlight because most residential systems can't move or adjust to the sun's track across the sky. Jr-Hau He, Kun-Yu Lai and colleagues wanted to address this shortcoming.
The researchers developed a glass coating that incorporates ultrathin nanorods and honeycomb nanowalls that can help underlying solar cells harvest sunlight from multiple angles. The cell efficiency can be boosted by 5.2 to 27.7 percent, depending on the angle of the light, and the efficiency enhancement can be up to 46 percent during long-term use.
The material also repelled dust and pollution that would otherwise block some rays from getting absorbed and converted to electricity. The new glass coating kept panels working outdoors at optimum levels for six weeks while the efficiency of panels with an unmodified coating dropped over the same period.

Investment in energy storage vital if renewables to achieve full potential.


Government subsidies should be used to encourage investment in energy storage systems if renewable power is to be fully integrated into the sector, according to researchers at the University of East Anglia (UEA).
Variable output renewable energy systems, such as wind turbines and solar panels, are growing across Europe and contribute to supply and price volatility in electricity markets.
Systems for energy storage, for example reversed hydro power plants, large scale compressed air systems and batteries, provide ways to compensate for this variable power supply by storing excess power and releasing it when there is a production shortage.
However, the researchers argue that as the amount of renewable energy entering national power grids increases, so does the potential impact of volatility and therefore the need for storage. As subsidies for setting up renewable energy projects are gradually being removed, because they are reaching market maturity, these funds should instead be used to develop storage systems that could provide viable investment opportunities.
The study, led by Dr Dimitris Zafirakis and Dr Konstantinos Chalvatzis of UEA's Norwich Business School, explored the potential of energy storage systems to return profits by buying when energy is cheap and selling when it is expensive, known as arbitrage. They tested this in a number of European electricity markets and matched various trading strategies and storage technologies with market characteristics.
The researchers found that this buy cheap, sell expensive approach alone cannot provide adequate revenue to justify investment. However, if the decarbonisation of electricity is to be achieved by increasing renewables, investment in storage has to be encouraged, for example through a combination of arbitrage and state subsidies. The findings are published today in the journal Applied Energy.
Dr Chalvatzis, a senior lecturer in business and climate change, said: "It is good to adjust subsidies for renewable energy technologies that have reached maturity, but you have to start thinking about subsidising storage, as this can take us to using 100 per cent renewable energy sources.
"We need sufficient storage and more investment in storage systems in order for renewable energy to reach its full potential. Subsidies would encourage investment, which in turn would enable further integration of renewables into the energy sector.
"The fact that for some days countries such as Germany and Portugal are running their entire electricity network exclusively on renewable energy shows how far we have come to rely on it as a power source and this will continue to increase."
Despite this, investment in energy storage has been limited until now, largely due to the high capital costs of most systems. Therefore the researchers suggest that the main focus should be on multiple grid services and associated welfare effects, such as reduced consumer energy costs and increased energy security, that energy storage technologies can provide, triggering in this way state support and market incentives.
The study focused on two types of storage systems -- pumped hydro storage (PHS) and compressed air energy storage (CAES) -- examining different energy trade strategies and representative European power markets, including the APX Power UK.

Renewable Resources Set New Records in US Electricity Generation in 1Q16.


Defying all projections, wind, solar, and other renewable energy sources set a series of records for domestic electrical generation during the first quarter of 2016.
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration's (EIA) latest, just-released "Electric Power Monthly" report (with data for the first three months of 2016), net U.S. electrical generation from non-hydro renewables (i.e., biomass, geothermal, solar, wind) increased by 22.9 percent compared to the first quarter of 2015. Output from conventional hydropower also rose by 6.5 percent. Combined, generation from all renewable sources increased by 14.60 percent in January-March 2016 compared to the same period in 2015.
Further, utility-scale electrical generation from renewable sources hit an all-time high of nearly 17 percent (16.89 percent) of total generation. During the first quarter of 2015, renewable energy's share of net generation was only 14 percent.
Electrical generation by wind rose 32.8 percent and set a new record of 6.23 percent of total generation. In the first quarter of 2015, wind power's share was only 4.46 percent.
Similarly, electrical generation from utility-scale solar thermal and photovoltaics grew by 31.4 percent to 6,690 thousand megawatt-hours and comprised 0.69 percent of total electrical output. However, EIA also estimated that distributed solar photovoltaics (e.g., rooftop solar systems) expanded by 35.2 percent and accounted for an additional 3,146 thousand megawatt-hours. Combined, utility-scale and distributed solar accounted for over one percent (1.01 percent) of generation. A year ago, solar's share was only 0.72 percent.
Among renewable energy sources, only biomass and geothermal experienced declines at 1.4 percent and 1.6 percent, respectively.
In stark contrast to the stunning growth rate of renewable sources, nuclear power remained essentially stagnant — registering growth of only 1 percent; electrical generation fueled by natural gas was up by 6.7 percent, while that from coal plummeted by 24.2 percent.
Inasmuch as electrical output from wind and hydropower sources tend to be highest in the first quarter of each year, renewable energy's share of net electrical generation for the balance of 2016 may dip a little. Nonetheless, data for the first quarter appears to be swamping EIA's earlier forecast of just 9.5 percent growth by renewables in 2016.

Huawei readies major push in US PV inverter market:


In 2011 China-based ICT (information and communications technology) firm Huawei Technologies decided to enter the PV inverter sector, bringing its ICT know-how and hardware to a market already burdened by overcapacity and declining margins.

In a few short years, instead of floundering, Huawei soon became the market leader in China, surpassing key long-standing players. In 2015 it had around a 45% market share (by shipments) in the largest market worldwide with more than 18GW of PV installations. However, Huawei has not only dominated the Chinese PV landscape, its overall global shipments topped 10.5GW in 2015, penetrating key markets such as Japan, Europe and India. Unlike many rivals that have typically offered central inverters for utility-scale PV power plants, Huawei relies upon three-phase string inverter technology under the banner of its ‘FusionSolar’ smart PV solutions. It has partnered on several gigawatt-scale power plants in China to reinforce that its technology can not only compete with central inverters, but can offer a number of compelling operational benefits. It is these that have been behind its meteoric rise.

Ahead of this year’s Intersolar North America exhibition, US investment banking firm, ROTH Capital held a client conference call with Huawei Smart PV Solution North America’s Bates Marshall, VP sales & general manager, on its entry into the US market.

Although a private company (employee-owned but not state-owned), Marshall noted that Huawei’s total string inverter shipments in 2013 totalled only 820MW, while the company was targeting shipments of around 15GW in 2016.

However, 2016 is viewed by Marshall as its entry year into the US market. Marshall is a former senior VP at Advanced Energy, once the leading central inverter supplier to the US utility-scale market and previously spent three-years as a VP with SMA Solar in the US.

The company had already established some strategic partnerships in late 2015 with the likes of Shoals Technologies Group, a leading balance-of-system (BOS) supplier in the US and single-axis tracker supplier, NexTracker.
Not surprisingly, Huawei is also engaging with some of the largest US EPCs to demonstrate the advantages of string inverters and lowered LCOE (Levelised Cost of Electricity).
Marshall noted that it would be showcasing its 1500V three-phase string inverter series, which includes multi-channel MPPTs (Maximum Power Point Tracking) and multi-modal MPPTs. These are naturally cooled, providing “at least a 2% yield improvement”, Marshall said in the ROTH Capital conference call.
In a post conference call investor note, ROTH Capital’s solar analyst Philip Shen said: “We see Huawei’s entry into the US utility-scale market creating the potential for increased competition ahead for inverter manufacturers including ABB and SMA Solar Technology, while utility and commercial scale developers such as CSIQ (Canadian Solar), FSLR (First Solar), SunPower (SPWR) and SKYS (Sky Solar Holding) could benefit from lower BOS costs.”

Although Huawei’s US PV utility-scale market foray is just starting, the company has further product offerings to bring to market to build momentum, such as its ‘big data’ and ‘smart’ O&M services that have proved highly popular in China and Europe.
The company is also expected to offer US-centric residential products in the near future, said to be along the MLPE technology route, popular with rooftop installers.