The PV market - in terms of both new installations and shipments of PV
modules and inverters grew substantially in 2009 according to recently
released analysis from IMS Research.
Latest results from its recently published report ‘The World
Market for PV Cells and Modules’ reveal that PV module shipments
grew considerably once again in 2009 – by over 25%, to more than
8GW; however analysis also revealed that new installations grew just
5-10%. After Q1 and Q2’s disastrous results, many had in fact
expected shipments to decline. However, following unprecedented growth
in Q3 and Q4, results show that module shipments grew by over 25%.
With 2009 PV module shipments growing far beyond expectation and
installations growing less spectacularly, the natural question to ask
is where all of these modules have gone? “We are seeing delays of
two quarters between a module being shipped and it finally being
connected to the grid and therefore being counted as an
‘installation’ in official figures – perhaps longer
in very large installations,” offered Sam Wilkinson, one of IMS
Research’s PV market analysts. “In addition, we’ve
seen that a significant proportion of PV modules were shipped in Q4 in
anticipation of an unseasonably strong German market in the first half
of 2010. This is likely to have been caused by intense speculation of a
cut to the German tariff in July, reversing the country’s normal
seasonality” Wilkinson added.