27 Jan '12, 7pm

Survey Reveals Customers' Wish List for PV Inverter Improvements

Survey Reveals Customers' Wish List for PV Inverter Improvements

In a survey conducted in 4Q11 , IMS Research asked more than 400 PV installers, distributors, and engineering/procurement/construction (EPC) firms about their purchasing habits for solar inverters: brand and product preference, product features, microinverters and power optimizers, service/warranty, and pricing, and what customers want to see improved in inverter technology. The survey covered several major global markets, with responses parsed by country and customer type. Among the key findings from the survey results: Western inverter suppliers are still clearly favored, and market-leader SMA in particular has great brand affinity. But nearly 30 percent of respondents, with an emphasis on Europe (Italy and the UK in particular), indicated they think Chinese products are of "acceptable quality." Survey respondents still see room for improvements. For string inverters, th...

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