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Editorial

After two years of market and industry consolidation, the PV market grew again in the 2013. In total, about 36.9 GW of PV capacity were installed in the IEA PVPS countries and the other major markets during 2013 (2012: 29.4 GW; 2011: 29.2 GW; 2010: 16.7 GW). This raised the total installed capacity in IEA PVPS countries to 123.2 GW with another estimated 10.8 GW of capacity installed in other major countries. These are the main outcomes of the latest IEA PVPS “Snapshot of Global PV” report, published on 31 March.

After several years of rapid growth and a stabilization in 2012, the PV market grew in 2013 to at least 36.9 GW. The Asia Pacific region represented around 59% of the global PV market in 2013, a premiere in more than a decade. While Europe still represented 59% of this global market in 2012, its market share fell to 28%, a consequence of a reduced market in Europe and a growing global PV market. The PV market in the Americas went above 5 GW for the first time. The Middle East and Africa remain regions in development for the PV market. However, the most important growth was observed in China which has progressed quickly and was the very first market in 2013 with 11.3 GW of PV systems connected to the grid. The second largest market in 2013 was Japan with 6.9 GW, ahead of the USA, with 4.75 GW and finally the first European market was Germany at 3.3 GW.

The annual PV contribution to electricity demand has passed the 1% mark in 15 countries, with Italy at the top with at least 7.8 % and the overall European PV contribution amounting to around 3% of Europe’s electricity demand.

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Latest publications

A Snapshot of Global PV 1992-2013

The new 2014 Edition of the IEA PVPS report A Snapshot of Global PV is now available. This edition presents preliminary market figures in 2013 in the IEA PVPS member countries and many others. It shows that at least 37 GW of PV systems were installed in the world in 2013.

Visit the Snapshot page on this website and find the 2 editions of the report.

Trends in Photovoltaic Applications - 2013 Edition

The new 2013 Edition of the IEA PVPS report Trends in Photovoltaic Applications is now available. This edition browses 20 years of PV installations in the IEA PVPS member countries and many others. Policies to support PV deployment, industry development and the integration of PV in the power sector are analyzed in depth in this report.

Visit the Trends page on this website and find the 18 editions of the report.

application/pdf  FINAL TRENDS v1.02
2013/11/29,  4.2 MB,  Gaëtan Masson

(New) Photovoltaic and Solar Forecasting Report

The field of solar and photovoltaic (PV) forecasting is rapidly evolving. The current report provides a snapshot of the state of the art of this dynamic research area, focusing on solar and PV forecasts for time horizons ranging from a few minutes ahead to several days ahead. Diverse resources are used to generate solar and PV forecasts, ranging from measured weather and PV system data to satellite and sky imagery observations of clouds, to numerical weather prediction (NWP) models which form the basis of modern weather forecasting.

The usefulness of these resources varies depending on the forecast horizon considered: very short‐term forecasts (0 to 6 hours ahead) perform best when they make use of measured data, while numerical weather prediction models become essential for forecast horizons beyond approximately six hours. The best approaches make use of both data and NWP models. Examples of this strategy include the use of NWP model outputs in stochastic learning models, or the use of measured data for post‐processing NWP models to correct systematic deviations between NWP model outputs and measured data. Benchmarking efforts have been conducted to compare the accuracy of various solar and PV forecast models against common datasets. Such benchmarking is critical to assessing forecast accuracy, since this accuracy depends on numerous factors, such as local climate, forecast horizon and whether forecasts apply to a single point or cover a wide geographic area. In the latter case, which is often the main interest of electric system operators, higher accuracies can be achieved since random errors at distant locations tend to be largely uncorrelated and to partially cancel out.

application/pdf  Photovoltaics and Solar Forecasting State of Art Report T14 2013
2013/10/12,  1.5 MB,  Pelland, Redmund, Kleissl, Oozeki, De Braban.

Rural Electrification with PV Hybrid Systems - 2013 (English / French)

application/pdf  Rural Electrification with PV Hybrid systems - T9 - 11072013 - Updated Feb2014
With decreasing PV prices, PV / diesel hybrid minigrids attract significant attention from institutions in charge of rural electrification and donor agencies - to mitigate fuel price increases, deliver operating cost reductions, and offer higher service quality than traditional single-source generation systems. The combining of technologies provides interesting opportunities to overcome certain technical limitations. Written by Gregoire LENA (IED), this publication aims to present the state of the art situation of PV / diesel hybrid systems for rural electrification and to highlight the main remaining issues – from the design, technical and implementation perspectives.
2014/02/27,  2.1 MB,  Grégoire Lena - IED
application/pdf  Mini-réseaux hybrides PV-diesel pour l'électrification rurale
L’état des lieux de la technologie des systèmes hybrides PV-diesel destinés à l'électrification rurale est présenté et les principaux enjeux actuels – relatifs à la conception, aux aspects techniques et à la mise en oeuvre de ces systèmes – sont abordés et analysés. Des conseils sont formulés à destination des décideurs afin de favoriser une prise de décision éclairée en matière de systèmes photovoltaïques hybrides pour l'électrification rurale. Les spécificités des systèmes hybrides sont explicitées, les marchés et les paramètres technico-économiques pour la planification des projets sont décrits. Enfin, les questions liées à la durabilité des systèmes hybrides et à leur développement effectif sont examinées.
2014/02/27,  2.5 MB,  Grégoire Lena

(New) National Survey Reports 2012

National Survey Reports detail the status of PV incentives, combined with market and industry development in 2012 in the IEA-PVPS countries. These NSR, together with the previous editions, can be found here.

These reports are used as a basis for the "Trends on PV application" publication.

Annual Report 2012

application/pdf  Annual Report 2012
IEA PVPS Annual Report 2012
2013/04/30,  3.2 MB,  IEA PVPS

Snapshot of Global PV 1992-2012

application/pdf  PVPS Report - A Snapshot of Global PV - 1992-2012
Preliminary information from the IEA PVPS Programme
2013/05/06,  1.3 MB,  Gaetan Masson

Pico Solar PV Systems for Remote Homes

application/pdf  Pico Solar PV Systems for Remote Homes
A new generation of small PV systems for lighting and communication The concept of pico PV systems and their application in real-world circumstances are explained. The importance of understanding the dynamics of the demand side of this market is clearly elaborated, as are the nature and supply of the products, their economics, and experience with various business models. There are clear lessons for the roles that should be played by governments, donor bodies and others in the markets for pico PV products and services, essentially as providers of appropriate institutional frameworks and information.
2013/05/21,  1.7 MB,  Erik H. Lysen (IEA PVPS Task 9)

Energy from the Desert - 2013 Edition

application/pdf  Energy from the desert
Summary Very Large Scale Photovoltaic Power - State of the Art and Into the Future
2013/04/29,  9.7 MB,  K. Komoto et al