On Friday, three Chinese government ministries issued a joint “2018 Solar PV Power Generation Notice.” Its impact has been hotly debated since, with two key conclusions: the largest market segment – utility-scale PV – will take a pounding and not come close to last year’s record installation figure of just under 34 GW; and the expanding distributed generation market segment, which rose 360% from 2016 to 2017, will also be severely impacted by a 10 GW cap on new projects.
At their 2018 PV Market Workshop, across the street from the massive SNEC solar exhibition in Shanghai, IHS Markit offered interesting insights into the further development of China’s PV and energy storage markets, as well as the global PV market as a whole.
The annual SNEC photovoltaic power expo 2018, in Shanghai, closed yesterday after the 12th edition of the world’s biggest PV exhibition. Reflecting the rapid development of China’s PV industry, the scale of SNEC increased from 15,000 sqm at the first exhibition to 180,000 sqm last year and 200,000 this year – a 10% year-on-year increase. Preliminary figures show more than 220,000 visits to this year’s edition, with more than 5,000 industry professionals attending the expo and series of high-level conferences.
Solar exhibitions: Next year’s solar trade show calendar looks more packed than ever, with at least two noteworthy gatherings globally each month. To help you plan your travel itinerary for 2018, pv magazine selects the shows that are set to surprise and impress next year, based on our own unrivalled experience of the PV trade circuit.
Felix Fang, Growatt’s Marketing Director, talks to pv magazine about the Chinese firm’s central and string inverter technology, global expansion, post-sales service and the growing importance of storage.
The bundle includes a new JA Solar inverter as the Tier-1 solar firm pursues larger market share of China’s distributed generation sector. Growatt also bullish on rooftop potential in China.
Published in conjunction with Heraeus, the SNEC Daily is an eight-page newspaper featuring live and direct report from the exhibition and conference floors.
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