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December 5, 2006
Paul Gipe

Brief Summary of World Solar PV Market Stats 2006


December 5, 2006

Total Market World PV

  • 1,500-2,000 MW/yr
  • $11-14 billion/yr
  • Growth: 20-40%/yr

Major Markets

  • Germany: 600-750 MW/yr; $4-5 billion/yr
  • Japan: 300-400 MW/yr; $2-3 billion/yr
  • USA: 80-100 MW/yr; $600-700 million/yr

Tariffs

  • German: $0.51/kWh, ground mounted; $0.71/kWh façade cladding
  • France: $0.70/kWh building integrated
  • Spain: $0.53/kWh
  • Ontario: $0.37/kWh

Germany PV

  • 1,500 MW installed
  • 40% homeowners; 240 MW; $1.7 billion
  • 50% homeownes, farms, commercial buildings; $2 billion
  • 300 MW on barn roofs!
  • Total market: $4 billion/yr
  • Jobs: 30,000
  • 1 TWh/yr; 0.02%

German EEG Cost (minimal)

  • 3% of German consumer electricity costs
  • $25 Euro/yr; in 2020: $50/yr
  • $0.007/kWh today; $0.01/kWh 2020

Germany Solar Thermal

  • 1 million m2 collector area; 100,000 new units/yr
  • ~5,000 MWt ; ~4 TWh/yr
  • $1 billion/yr
  • 12,000 jobs

Germany Biomass

  • 11 TWh/yr; 2%

California

  • Solar thermal: ~1/2 TWh; ~1/4%
  • Geothermal: 14 TWh/yr; 5%

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