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Solar Competitive Landscape


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Solar Competitive Landscape

  1. 1. Strengths Market Position Weaknesses <ul><li>Recent emergence onto the solar scene </li></ul><ul><li>Focused on utility-scale installations </li></ul><ul><li>Pilot plants are contracted and being installed </li></ul><ul><li>Little reliance on silicon price swings </li></ul><ul><li>Infrastructure can be upgraded as cells improve </li></ul><ul><li>Modular infrastructure can be infinitely scaled </li></ul><ul><li>Low operating costs </li></ul><ul><li>Relatively new technology has limited field deployment statistics </li></ul><ul><li>Some systems are overly complex </li></ul><ul><li>Fairly recent entrant to solar power generation market </li></ul><ul><li>Significant traction internationally is growing in the US (CA, NV) </li></ul><ul><li>Scalable systems </li></ul><ul><li>Highly durable </li></ul><ul><li>Low operating costs </li></ul><ul><li>Water usage – often in areas where water is scarce </li></ul><ul><li>Difficult to Upgrade </li></ul>CPV CSP <ul><li>c-Si has a long operating history in the market and is well understood </li></ul><ul><li>Thin film has recently entered the market but is quickly gaining traction </li></ul><ul><li>Commercial and Residential Applicability </li></ul><ul><li>c-Si is well understood and is a fairly stable technology </li></ul><ul><li>Thin film is the lowest cost solar technology </li></ul><ul><li>Both technologies can be widely deployed – rooftops, cars, electronics, charging stations </li></ul><ul><li>Highly susceptible to silicon pricing / availability </li></ul><ul><li>High capital costs for incremental capacity </li></ul><ul><li>High replacement cost </li></ul><ul><li>Thin film provides relatively low energy density </li></ul>c-Si / Thin Film Competitive Landscape