28 Dec '12, 8am

Ten Solar Energy Predictions for 2013

Ten Solar Energy Predictions for 2013

1. Module prices will continue a gradual decline by another 5-10% in 2013. That means that the average first customer price will be in the neighborhood of $0.60/watt — with many manufacturers selling in the mid to low $0.50. There is no chance of prices going up in 2013. By the end of the year you’ll be able to get two solar modules at the checkout register of your local dollar stores. 2. The game of Chinese Checkers will continue as the big solar manufacturers jump over the smaller companies and absorb their capacity. Modules are commodities distinguished by balance sheets — not minor incremental performance differences. Unfortunately, government support of manufacturers (of which almost all countries are guilty) distorts the reality of these balance sheets. Small manufacturers will just roll their marbles off the board and disappear in dusty cracks in the sofa — and half...

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