Solar Energy

What does the US Market look like based on past and present events?

The suppressed economy and higher unemployment levels this year have had less detrimental impacts on solar sales than originally expected. Sales volumes had returned to pre-Covid-19 levels by the middle of the summer, and ever since, many installers have had record-breaking sales months. While larger installers have recovered faster than smaller installers, the recovery has been broad.  

As a result, the biggest limitation for the industry has shifted from sales to labor supply. Installation crews have been ramping back up and hiring more staff since the spring, but the labor supply is tight. The industry has now returned to the labor shortages experienced in late 2019 and early 2020 prior to the pandemic.  

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Labor shortages over the coming months will cause some projects to be delayed until next year. When combined with demand pull-in related to the ITC extension at 26% for two years. This expected result should increase to 13% growth in 2021 over 2020. Our 2021 outlook has been revised upwards where installers continue to report growing sales pipelines. Some markets are expected to install more than 300 MW in 2021, ranking behind only California.

Residential Market

  • 738 MWdc installed in Q3 2020
  • Up 14% from Q2 2020
  • Flat over Q3 2019



  • 429 MWdc installed in Q3 2020
  • Up 8% over Q2 2020
  • Down 13% from Q3 2019


  • 2.7 GWdc installed in Q3 2020, the largest third quarter for utility PV in


•          The utility PV contracted pipeline has grown by 7 GWdc to 69.2 GWdc

An explosion at GCL Poly’s facility in Xinjiang, China, and the flooding at Tongwei’s facility in Sichuan, China took 68,000 tons of polysilicon capacity offline. This is about 11% of the total global capacity, equivalent to 21 GW of wafers.


GCL-Poly, the world’s second-largest maker of polysilicon welcomed laborers from a rural area 650 miles away, preparing to put them to work. According to a report by the consultancy Horizon Advisory, Xinjiang’s rising solar energy technology sector is connected to a broad program of assigned labor in China, including methods that fit well-documented patterns of forced labor.

These major incidents triggered a domino effect on the supply chain, causing significant upstream price increases starting in August. Mono-grade polysilicon prices increased by 56% quarter-over-quarter. Mono wafer prices jumped by more than 20% during the same period while multi wafer prices increased for the first time in more than two years due to supply shortage. Mono PERC cell prices also went up by about one cent.

Important Note:

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With an additional two years of 26% ITC, it is time now to remove the tariff.

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