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The global solar power market is growing rapidly. This expansion of the market is attributed to several key factors, including supportive government policies aimed at achieving emission reduction targets and enhancing energy security, surge in investments in the global solar energy market, decreasing solar panel costs, and increasing competitiveness of solar relative to the conventional fossil fuels-based energy.
However, the expansion of the global solar photovoltaic market faces persistent hurdles. Issues such as low workforce availability, grid integration limitations, and continued support for the fossil fuel sector in the form of subsidies impede the deployment of large-scale solar PV capacity.
In 2022, the global photovoltaic (PV) installed capacity witnessed remarkable growth, surging to a cumulative 1,185 GW (approximately 1.2 TW). The addition of 240 GW of new PV systems, along with the presence of nearly a dozen countries achieving penetration rates exceeding 10%, underscores the significant and enduring role of PV technology as a substantial contributor to cost-competitive electricity generation and emissions reduction within the energy sector.
In terms of energy production, solar energy generation witnessed an unprecedented surge of 270 TWh (a remarkable 26% increase) in 2022, achieving a total output of nearly 1,300 TWh, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). This remarkable performance marked the most substantial absolute growth in generation across all renewable technologies for the year, surpassing wind power for the first time in history.
Concentrated solar power (CSP), another solar energy form, is experiencing a slower growth rate compared to solar PV. The worldwide installed capacity of concentrating solar thermal power (CSP) increased by 200 MW in 2022, reaching a total of 6.3 GW. This growth follows the first-ever contraction of global CSP capacity in 2021.
Overall, the global concentrated solar power systems market has decelerated after an initial surge of development in Spain and the United States in the early 2010s. Neither of these historically leading markets has added capacity in nearly a decade. However, new projects are coming online and are under construction in emerging markets, including Chile, China, Israel, Morocco, South Africa, and the United Arab Emirates.
Policy support continues to play a pivotal role in driving solar PV deployment across most of the world. The growth in capacity is due to a variety of policy mechanisms, including auctions, feed-in tariffs, net-metering, and contracts for difference.
Some of the major policies driving solar PV growth implemented in different parts of the world in recent times are:
In August 2022, the United States federal government introduced the Investment in Renewable Energy Act (IRA), a substantial initiative designed to greatly enhance support for renewable energy over the coming decade. This is to be achieved through the implementation of tax credits and various other measures.
In June 2022, China unveiled its 14th Five-Year Plan for Renewable Energy, outlining a notably ambitious goal of sourcing 33% of its electricity generation from renewables by 2025. This target represents a substantial increase from the approximately 29% achieved in 2021 and encompasses an 18% target specifically for wind and solar technologies.
In May 2022, the European Commission put forth a proposal to raise the European Union's renewable energy target for 2030 to 45% as part of the REPowerEU Plan. This ambitious goal would necessitate a total installed renewable capacity of 1,236 GW, including a substantial 600 GW allocated for solar PV. In response to this target and the energy crisis resulting from Russia's invasion of Ukraine, many European countries have already bolstered their support mechanisms for solar PV to expedite capacity expansion.
Furthermore, in February 2023, the Commission introduced the Green Deal Industrial Plan with the aim of facilitating the growth of clean energy technology manufacturing, encompassing solar PV, among other sectors.
In 2022, utility-scale solar PV plants accounted for approximately 50% of the global solar PV capacity additions. This was followed by distributed capacity, with the commercial and industrial segments contributing 25% and residential rooftop solar installations making up 23% of the total capacity additions.
During the period of elevated fuel and electricity costs in 2021-2022, distributed solar PV systems gained traction as an appealing alternative for many consumers, driving increased investment in this sector. While utility-scale systems remain the most cost-effective source of electricity generation in numerous regions globally, the task of constructing large-scale installations is becoming increasingly complex in many countries. This complexity arises from the scarcity of suitable sites and intricate permitting procedures, thereby favoring the adoption of small-scale rooftop PV systems.
The Asia-Pacific solar market continues to dominate the global solar market with record capacity additions, primarily due to the surging PV installations in China, India, and Japan. China, in particular, retains its dominant role in solar PV capacity expansion, with a remarkable addition of 100 GW in 2022, marking a nearly 60% increase compared to the previous year. The unveiling of the 14th Five-Year Plan for Renewable Energy in 2022, featuring ambitious deployment targets, paves the way for sustained capacity growth in the foreseeable future.
In June 2023, China successfully reached a significant milestone by surpassing its 50% renewable energy target ahead of schedule. With 51% of its energy now coming from renewable sources, China has achieved its 2025 target two years in advance, driven largely by the substantial growth in its solar power installations.
India made significant strides in solar PV installations, adding 18 GW in 2022, marking an impressive 40% increase compared to 2021. This surge is expected to gain even more momentum due to a new target to annually auction 40 GW of PV capacity and the dynamic development of the domestic supply chain, fostering further growth in the solar PV sector in the near future.
In response to the energy crisis, the European Union is expediting the deployment of solar PV, adding a substantial 38 GW in 2022. This represents a remarkable 50% increase compared to 2021. Anticipated to play crucial roles in driving investment into the Europe solar power market in the near future are the new policies and targets outlined in the REPowerEU Plan and the Green Deal Industrial Plan.
In the North American region, the United States is the largest solar PV market, accounting for the majority of the region’s total solar PV capacity. In 2022, the U.S. solar market installed 20.2 GW of solar capacity, marking a 16% decrease from the previous year. The industry faced challenges and constraints as a result of the uncertainty surrounding the anticircumvention investigation and the numerous solar equipment detentions by Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
However, in the second quarter of 2023, the U.S. solar industry successfully installed 5.6 gigawatts-direct current (GWdc) of capacity, reflecting a significant 20% increase compared to Q2 2022. However, this also represents an 8% decrease from Q1 2023. The industry is anticipated to see year-over-year growth in 2023, marking a turnaround from the contraction it experienced in 2022.
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