The demand for renewable energy sees pv panels supply booming in USA, China, India and multiple countries. The rise indicates that solar installations are now in an exponential phase, as forecast by Tony Seba of RethinkX in 2013
India is funding local production with about 40GW currently, although much of the components are sourced from overseas . Their target of 60GW would enable them to meet their national goal of over 200GW capacity by 2030.
China has continued its remarkable increase in supply and installations
EU and ROW
A few other countries have small boutique PV panel production. In context, every GW of panels produced reduces fossil fuel use in electricity production and in 2023 CO2 emissions from coal and gas will start to decline. Many countries have small or boutique manufacturers or assemblers. Many are considering building their own for sovereigty but it needs money time and supply chains.
|Europe||Mostly R&D||List of top 10 solar mfts|
|Turkey||4th largest in world||Behind Vietnam and Sth Korea|
|Australia||Tiny. 1 factory in Sth Australia||Although invented in australia, production went to China|
USA PV Solar panels supply booming
President Joe Biden signed the IRA in August 2022. In just 12 months over 51 solar factories have been announced or expanded in the US. The investment from IRA exceeds $20 billion that flows into US communities
New production capacity across the solar supply chain is more than 155 gigawatts (GW). USA production includes:
- 85 GW of solar panel capacity
- 43 GW of solar cells
- 20 GW of silicon ingots and wafers
- 7 GW of inverter capacity . (Reuters)
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Sources and References
- How solar has exploded in the US in just a year – in numbers https://electrek.co/2023/08/13/solar-us-ira/
- List of photovoltaics companies Wikipedia
- Top 10 PV manufactures 2022 https://www.blackridgeresearch.com/blog/top-solar-pv-module-panel-manufacturers-companies-suppliers-producers