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Michael Barker

About Michael Barker

Michael is a senior analyst for NPD Solarbuzz. He covers primary research and analysis concerning the photovoltaic industry.
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Understanding the Basics of Solar PV and Storage Technologies

The amount of intermittent power generation sources, as a percentage of total global power production, continues to increase. Wind and solar PV have been the major drivers of this increased generation, with solar PV alone having seen global compound annual growth of approximately 50% over the past decade. According to our Marketbuzz 2014 report, solar PV alone could account for over 10% of total power generation within the next 15-20 years. Continue Reading

Top 10 Solar PV Markets Illustrate Shifts in Global Demand

The top 10 global PV markets accounted for over 80% of end-market demand in 2013. However, each of these markets has unique characteristics that drive demand, ranging from individual policy and regulatory structures to differing customer preferences and business models. These factors can lead to dramatically different market sizes and growth rates. Continue Reading

Tier 1 Solar PV Module Margin Recovery: How Long will it Last?

During the past few years, the upstream (or manufacturing) segment of the PV industry value-chain took a big hit in terms of revenues and profitability. Due to component over-supply, solar PV prices fell by double digits during 2012, with c-Si modules seeing an annual decline of over 40%. Continue Reading