Photovoltaic Market Size and Growth Report 2027

Photovoltaic Market Forecast to 2027 – Global Analysis – by Application (Residential Applications, Commercial, and Utility Applications), Type (Organic Components and Inorganic Components), and Component (Cells, Optics, and Trackers)

Publication Month : Dec 2019

  • Report Code : TIPTE100000386
  • Category : Electronics and Semiconductor
  • Status : Published
  • No. of Pages : 154
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The photovoltaic market is expected to grow from US$ 153.9 billion in 2018 to US$ 768.1 billion by 2027 at a CAGR of 19.8% between 2019 and 2027.

In the wake of technological development and focus toward a growing trend of solar PV technology, the German and Spanish governments have established robust policy frameworks such as clear national targets, attractive incentives to promote consumption, and integrated plans to boost technological development and PV technology adoption in solar energy and drives the photovoltaic market growth. In APAC, several initiatives have been taken by governments to minimize the cost of the overall set-up to maximize the far-reaching benefits of an off-grid option in rural electrification, along with uplifting the focus toward sustainable environmental conditions. Moreover, several countries, such as China, have established policies to enhance the production level of photovoltaic solar power energy. Thus, above-mentioned factors are contributing toward the growth of the photovoltaic market.

Photovoltaic (PV) energy is growing at a rapid pace by contributing a significant part in the energy balance of the economy’s power systems. These systems have established to be a mature technology utilized for mainstream electricity generation and drive the photovoltaic market growth. However, solar-powered PV systems generate electricity in excess. Power providers across the world provide net metering, which is defined as an arrangement where the excess electricity produced by grid-connected renewable energy systems returns to the electricity meter. This avoids wastage and improves energy distribution as and when needed. PV systems using grid technology account for about 99% of the installed capacity in comparison with standalone systems, which require batteries. Battery-less grid-connected PV is considered to be a cost-effective solution and needs less maintenance which increases the adoption of PV-based products and thus drives the photovoltaic market share.

Moreover, for people switching over to solar panels, grid PV systems are considered to be a cost-effective option to meet their entire electrical needs. Also, the installation of standalone systems is quite a tedious task and requires more capital and space than that of PV grid systems. Thus, the rise in the adoption of PV-grid system will further drive the photovoltaic market growth. Further, with increasing focus toward the use of renewable energy along with a trend toward energy conservation, grid-connected PV systems prove to be an economically viable option. However, its applicability is quite limited at the moment and might increase in the forthcoming years.


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Photovoltaic Market: Strategic Insights

Market Size Value inUS$ 153.9 billion in 2018
Market Size Value byUS$ 768.1 billion by 2027
Growth rateCAGR of 19.8% from 2019 to 2027.
Forecast Period2019-2027
Base Year2018
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Photovoltaic Market Insights

Increasing Use of Photovoltaic Paints for Tapping Solar Energy

The volatility in the prices of crude oil, environmental concerns related to hydropower, and risk associated with nuclear radiation have shifted the burden of meeting energy demands on solar energy. The advancements in technology, focus on the reduction of installation costs, and rapid utilization of photovoltaic technology in residential applications are among the factors that are redefining the use of photovoltaic technology. In the era of increased usage of solar energy, the introduction of solar paints has become a remarkable achievement. Solar paints, or popularly known as photovoltaic paints, can be applied to any surface to trap energy from the sun and convert it into electricity. The components of the paint are combined with billions of pieces of light-sensitive material suspended in it, which could help in transforming a typical paint into super-powered energy-capturing paint. The use of photovoltaic paint can effectively lower down the dependency on metal and a combination p-n junction diode principle/thermoelectric effect to produce electrical energy from solar exposure. Thus, this will lead to a rise in the adoption of solar energy and eventually propel the photovoltaic market growth. Companies such as Onyx Solar Group LLC are aiming toward the development of technology by focusing on R&D activities and collaborating with the institutes to develop photovoltaic paint and thus drive the photovoltaic market growth. Although solar paints or photovoltaic paint technology are currently at the stage of infancy, it is likely to gain traction in the near future. With the progression and advancement of the solar industry, solar paint has an excellent opportunity to become a reasonable option. Thus, above-mentioned factors are creating an opportunity for the photovoltaic market.

Component-Based Market Insights

Photovoltaic cells consist of two or more thin layers of semi-conducting material. The most commonly used material in the photovoltaic cell is silicon. The semiconductor cells are exposed to light to generate electrical charges, and this can be conducted by metal contacts as direct current (DC) and thus increasing adoption of PV cells will rise the global photovoltaic market size in the forecast period.

Photovoltaic Market, by Component – 2017 and 2025 (%)  

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Players operating in the photovoltaic market adopt strategies such as mergers, acquisitions, and market initiatives to maintain their positions in the photovoltaic market. A few developments by key players are listed below:

  • In 2021, Royal Dutch Shell PLC debuted its 25-megawatt Qabas solar facility. The project is made up of over 88,000 solar modules, is located on a 50-hectare location in northern Oman's Sohar Free Zone. It aids in the reduction of around 25,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions per year.
  • In 2021, the 300 MW Sakaka PV IPP, the country's first utility-scale renewable energy project, was inaugurated by ACWA Power at a cost of SAR 1.2 billion. ACWA Power was awarded the project at a world-record tariff of US$ 2.3417 cents per kWh (8.781 halalas per kWh).
Report Coverage
Report Coverage

Revenue forecast, Company Analysis, Industry landscape, Growth factors, and Trends

Segment Covered
Segment Covered

Application, Type and Component

Regional Scope
Regional Scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, South & Central America

Country Scope
Country Scope

US, Canada, Mexico, UK, Germany, Spain, Italy, France, India, China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, UAE, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Brazil, Argentina

Frequently Asked Questions

By Type, which was the leading segment to hold the largest share in the market and by what CAGR?

The leading type of photovoltaic type is inorganic components that has noted to account a CAGR of 22.3%. Organic components or solar cells are made of thin films of organic semiconducting materials so as to convert solar energy into electrical energy. A typical organic components device consists of one or more photoactive materials between two electrodes. A primary advantage of organic components technology over inorganic components is its ability to be applied in a large area and flexible solar modules.

Which was the region to account the largest share for the Photovoltaic market?

The Asia Pacific region led the photovoltaic market with a market share of 52.13%in 2018. Solar energy has brought significant changes to energy usage pattern, from being an alternative source of energy to becoming a primary source of energy for power generation. It is quite evitable with the growing research and development activities focused on the increased production of solar energy, coupled with positive government initiatives and decreasing costs of photovoltaic equipment, in the Asian countries. Further, the diversification in the use of solar energy generation techniques by harnessing various technologies such as PV cell, thermal heating, and concentrated solar power technology is also leading to the growth of this industry.

What is the major driving factor to favor the 3D sensor market all over the globe?

Renewable energy is regarded as a clean form of energy obtained from natural sources, which can be continuously replenished. Energy derived from renewable sources such as sunlight, wind, tides, and geothermal heat are sustainable and cost-effective. With the increase in population coupled with a rise in industrialization and economic development, the energy requirements have grown consistently, which is posing a burden upon natural resources. For instance, in the US, about 29% of global warming emissions are contributed to the electricity sector. Such emissions are resulted from the utilization of fossil fuels such as coal and natural gas. Over-exploitation and depletion of natural resources along with environmental degradation have led to a shift over renewable forms of energy. The demand for electricity is associated with social and economic development that generates a requirement to shift to renewables in order to tackle climate change and promote sustainability of the environment while meeting energy demands of future generations. Renewable forms of energy generate little or no global warming emissions.

The List of Companies

  1. Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
  2. Panasonic Corporation
  3. Kaneka Corporation
  4. KYOCERA Corporation
  5. Sharp Corporation
  6. JA Solar Co.,Ltd.
  7. Renesola Co. Ltd
  8. Trina Solar
  9. Jinko Solar
  10. Shunfeng International Clean Energy Co., Ltd.

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  1. Data Collection and Secondary Research:

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  1. Data Analysis:

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  1. Data Triangulation and Final Review:

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