World PV, ST, and CSP Markets Cumulatively Expected to Reach $83 Billion by 2014, Representing a 26.3% CAGR for the Five Year Period of 2010-2014

The report provides a concise, focused look on the photovoltaic and solar thermal market as it exists today, and shows where the market is moving over the next five years.

Rocville, MD, June 24, 2010 --( has announced the addition of SBI Energy’s new report “U.S. Solar Energy Market World Data, 2nd Edition” to their collection of reports. For more information, visit:

After its best year ever in 2008, the world solar market struggled to survive a tumultuous 2009. What looked like a yawning drop for the photovoltaic (PV) market in the first half of the year turned into a solid gain in total amount of systems installed on the strength of strong German sales in the fourth quarter. But despite annual worldwide PV installations rising from 5.8 GW in 2008 to 6.6 GW in 2009, the PV market value dropped by 15.8% to $17.0 billion due to crashing PV cell and module prices, SBI Energy reports.

The U.S. fared better than most countries, with the PV market up an estimated 6.0% in 2009 to $3.5 billion and PV installations rising to 469 MW. An extension of the solar tax credit and new recovery act funding helped to keep the U.S. PV market on a continuing upward trend. The U.S. represented only 1% of a world solar thermal collector market dominated by China in 2009, shipping 1.0 GW of collectors worth $79.6 million, according to the study.

Worldwide, the U.S. still has the greatest potential to increase its position in the solar market. SBI Energy foresees 900 MW of PV installations in 2010, rising to 7,600 MW of PV installations in 2014 building on renewed interest in solar from utilities and the extension of the solar tax credit. While the ST market will show only moderate growth in the U.S., the PV market segment will continue to shine in the U.S. and the concentrated solar power (CSP) market is set to explode. SBI Energy estimates the U.S. solar panel market will reach $34.5 billion in 2014.

“U.S. Solar Energy Market World Data, 2nd Edition” analyzes the manufacturing and sales of the U.S. solar photovoltaic and solar thermal markets within the context of other key solar countries such as the Germany, Spain, Japan and China. For more information, visit:

Veronica Franco

Veronica Franco