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Title: Q4 2016/Q1 2017 Solar Industry Update

Abstract

This technical presentation provides an update on the major trends that occurred in the solar industry in the fourth quarter of 2016 and the first quarter of 2017. Major topics of focus include global and U.S. supply and demand, module and system price, investment trends and business models, and updates on U.S. government programs supporting the solar industry.

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Research Org.:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Solar Energy Technologies Office (EE-4S)
OSTI Identifier:
1358147
Report Number(s):
NREL/PR-6A20-68425
DOE Contract Number:
AC36-08GO28308
Resource Type:
Conference
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY; 29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY, AND ECONOMY; solar; PV; CSP; price; modules; demand; manufacturing; installation; installs; investment tax credit; ITC; community solar; PURPA; system price; SREC stock market

Citation Formats

Margolis, Robert, Feldman, David, and Boff, Daniel. Q4 2016/Q1 2017 Solar Industry Update. United States: N. p., 2017. Web.
Margolis, Robert, Feldman, David, & Boff, Daniel. Q4 2016/Q1 2017 Solar Industry Update. United States.
Margolis, Robert, Feldman, David, and Boff, Daniel. Wed . "Q4 2016/Q1 2017 Solar Industry Update". United States. doi:. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1358147.
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year = {Wed May 17 00:00:00 EDT 2017},
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