28 May '13, 2pm

Get Ready for a Revival in Solar Tech Investments

Get Ready for a Revival in Solar Tech Investments

Slumping solar PV equipment spending has finally bottomed out, and we're about to witness a "revival" in investments that will finally close the yawning gap between oversupply and demand, according to a pair of analysts reports. Solar PV manufacturers spent nearly $13 billion in 2011, but then their investments plunged more than 70 percent to $3.6 billion in 2012, and will probably drop another 36 percent this year to $2.3 billion, the lowest level since 2006, says Jon-Frederick Campos , analyst with IHS Solar. But with prices showing signs of stabilizing, companies that idled manufacturing lines and lowered utilization, and put off expansions in the last 12-18 months, are adding new plants and production capacity in emerging markets where some of the best growth is happening: Middle East to Africa to Latin America, he said. Two signs Campos has seen over the past six mont...

Full article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2013...

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